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Critic’s Picks: “Works of Light” at the library, Urban Art Fest, Nyland at Mineral and the Neddys at TAM

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on June 25, 2010 at 6:14 am |
June 21, 2010 12:16 pm

Spring and Bjorklund at the Handforth

New this week at the Tacoma Public Library’s Handforth Gallery is “Works of Light,” a duo show by two Tacoma artists. Photographer Victoria Bjorklund explores midnight streets in “Blue Midnight,” while printmaker Jessica Spring takes on artificial light in “Unnatural Light.” 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thur., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat. through Aug.9. Free. TPL main branch, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma. 253-591-5666, www.tacomapubliclibrary.org

Urban Art Fest

It’s back, Tacoma’s downtown all-day arts festival, now six years old. This year the Urban Art Fest moves to the Hilltop, and aims to make art more accessible to the community through multiple live music stages, DJs, spoken word, graffiti art, burlesque, bellydancing, stilt walkers, fashion shows, performance art, craft vendors and kid-friendly activities. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. June 27. Free. People’s Park, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma. 253-228-6400, www.TacomaUrbanArt.com

Nicholas Nyland at Mineral

Nyland, a Lakewood artist whose work ranges from curly wallpaper drawings to neon paint spurts to abstract ceramics, is back at Mineral with a show that references everything from Chinese scholars’ stones to ‘70s design. Noon-5 p.m. Tue., Thur., Sat. through July 29. Free. Mineral, 301 Puyallup Ave., Tacoma. 253.250.7745, www.lisakinoshita.com

15 years of Neddys at TAM

Tacoma Art Museum once again hosts the annual Neddy Awards for excellence in Northwest painting and, this year, glass. The show also features the Neddy nominees throughout the award’s 15-year existence, and the result is a joyful exuberant show of paint and sculpture. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays. $9/$8/free for under-five and third Thursdays. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, www.tacomaartmuseum.org

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