It’s nearly over, the three-month-long metal arts extravaganza called Metal Urge that took over virtually every gallery in town, plus a museum and several outdoor spaces. The official closing date is this Sunday, September 6, so there’s just enough time to check out one last exhibit: Traver’s five-person mini-show.
Like a very condensed version of the Helen Williams Drutt exhibit at Tacoma Art Museum, Traver displays around three works from each of five contemporary American metal artists. Nancy Worden is represented by a luscious African-style necklace with shaving brushes and tusks; and “Shackles of Fear,” a set of two handcuff bangles linked cleverly to a detachable chain necklace. The silver bangles “open up,” one with a zipper, one with a shoelace, giving a tongue-in-cheek, DIY practicality to the concept of bondage.
Ron Ho’s two necklaces – one with jade butterflies, the other with three silver Chinese deities – are austere, impeccably balanced. Ada Rosman’s brooches are delicate but speak clearly of shut-away memories and events. Laurie Hall’s “No Rules Apply” is the best kind of mixed-media jewelry, the inch-long sections of aluminum ruler transformed by bronze crosses and numerical buttons into an abstract mathematical pattern.
Most fantastic of all are Catherine Grisez’ seed pod life forms, bulging copper and spilling forth garnets and aventurines on delicate silver chains like a shared secret.
In the main gallery, also closing this weekend, are Dick Weiss’ owls, painted in dribbles and scratches on ochre-toned earthenware platters. Their eyes are haunted black whirlpools, their swift texture incredibly lifelike and hiding behind hatched black thickets like something trapped.
Dick Weiss: “Something Different” and Metal-Urge both close this Sunday. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Next show is Rik Allen, opening Sept. 12. Traver Gallery, 1821 E. Dock St, Tacoma. 253-383-3685, www.travergallery.com