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Archives: June 2009

June
15th

Signs of semi-intelligent life


The makers of this UFO I found crashed next to the runway at the Vashon Island airport over the weekend were obviously smart enough to make it to Earth.



Unfortunately, no one told them about rust.


You just never know where you’ll find public art.

June
15th

Art goes golfing in Up “Fore!” Art

In the world of mixed media, this is something new to me. UP for Art (a University Place public art advocate group) and the Chambers Bay Golf Course are sponsoring the contest Up “Fore!” Art. They’re asking for two- or three-dimensional art submissions comprised at least 25 per cent of golf accoutrements. Think Duchamp with golf clubs. Or a Damien Hirst skull with golf balls in all orifices. A pointilist tee collage. Lots of possibilities.


The prize is , the deadline June 17 for applications and July 31 for artwork. Entry is $10 for 17 and under, $15 for

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June
12th

Critic’s Picks This Week

Dancing on the Plaza: SiteWorks

The second SiteWorks dance festival brings 14 contemporary dance groups to the plazas outside the Museum of Glass. 4 p.m. today, 2 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday. Free. 1801 Dock St., Tacoma. 253-627-2273, www.barefootcollective.org


Heavy metal at Traver

Traver Gallery joins the city-wide celebration of metal-made art, a.k.a. MetalUrge, in its eponymous show featuring four metal artists. Includes upcoming Tacoma Art Museum-featured jewelry artist Nancy Worden. Opens 5-8 p.m. tomorrow through Sept. 6. Free. 1821 Dock St., Tacoma. 253-383-3685, www.travergallery.com


Float your boat at ArtWalk

Next Thursday’s ArtWalk takes

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June
11th

And the GTCF art award winner is… Jeremy Mangan

Congratulations to Fife painter Jeremy Mangan, the 2009 winner of the Fife artist Jeremy Mangan is the winner of the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s second annual “Foundation of

Art Award.” The award, now in its second year, was announced this week, and rewards a Pierce County artist with $7,500 and a commissioned piece, to be unveiled in fall.


Mangan is a painter, professional ice sculptor and art handler at the Tacoma Art Museum. He received his Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from Hunter College, City University of New York, and was recently selected as the featured artist

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June
10th

“Freeing Silvia Baraldini” documentary has local connection

“Freeing Silvia Baraldini,” a documentary about an 1980s political activist showing at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival Friday and in Olympia June 18, was made by former Gig Harbor and Olympia resident Lisa Thomas.


Thomas grew up in Gig Harbor (1990 graduate of Gig Harbor High School) and attended The Evergreen State College in Olympia where she was a member of the Olympia Film Society.


So who is Silvia Baraldini? According to Thomas and co-filmmaker Margo Pelletier:


Silvia Baraldini, anti-war, anti-racist activist was sentenced to 43 years in prison in

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June
10th

Small art, fun space – the Telephone Room

Laura Komada, “Untitled (bigfoot and tree.” Photo courtesy The Telephone Room.


It may be tiny, but there’s a lot of art going on at the Telephone Room over the next week.


The one-room gallery inside the North-end house of artist Heide Fernandez-Llamazares is having two open houses: one today, to close the current show, and one next Wednesday, to open the next. The gallery, which Fernandez-Llamazares and co-organizers Ellen Ito and Marty Gengenbach call the world’s second-smallest gallery (what’s the smallest? The Tollbooth, of course), measures just 12 1/2 square feet. It’s

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June
9th

Two art sales this weekend: one glass, one everything else…

Yard sales are on every block this time of year – some good, some dire. But when artists have sales, you wanna be there. Two very different sales are on this weekend.


This Saturday is the annual Spring Glass Sale for the Hilltop Artist in Residence program at Jason Lee Middle School. HART trains teenagers to blow, fuse and bead glass, keeping them in school and giving them a valuable career skill at the same time. The stuff they make isn’t professional, but it looks great–and at half the price of most glass art. But everyone else is gonna

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June
8th

Why you should go see the Neddys

April Surgent, "Between the Night and the City." Photo: Jeff Curtis.


This year’s Neddys (a.k.a. the Neddy Artist Fellowship finalists) are up at Tacoma Art Museum, and I went along to the official opening party on Saturday night. Plenty of people, and just a bit more than the usual excitement that attends these things. Why? Because this year, for the first time, the Neddy awards honor artists in one of the Northwest’s most idiosyncratic media: glass.


Established in 1996 by the Behnke Family and Foundation as a memorial to Seattle painter Robert

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