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Archives: Aug. 2010


Museum of Glass now accredited with AAM; offers free admission Sept. 25


The Museum of Glass recently announced it has achieved accreditation from the American Association of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition for a museum. The AAM, a non-profit which keeps data and resources on American museums, awards accreditation to museums that reach standards of excellence in governance, collections stewardship, public programs, financial stability, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement.  

To mark the occasion, MoG is opening the museum free to all visitors on Sept. 25, National Museum Day.

“Accreditation assures the people of the Pacific Northwest that their museum is among the finest in the

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New artwork up in Jazzbones

Jazzbones nightclub has two more artworks gracing the walls. Local painters James Allan Tucker and Andrea Trenbeath Lowen now have two pieces on display, “Pupal Stage” and “Seattle Night.” Jazzbones has a long history of showing local art, including the wall-length mural of crocodiles, musicians and more.


Jazzbones is at 2803 6th Ave., Tacoma, and is open from 5 p.m. daily. 253-369-9169, www.jazzbones.com


Critic’s picks: Maritime Fest, Vashon circus show, Mavi gallery and Claudia Riedener at Mary Boze gallery

Maritime Fest

It’s all about the art of the boat: sleek hydroplanes, chunky tugs, elegant Tall Ships, and a whole bunch of music thrown in, along with some local artists and circus performers. Get the details of Maritime Fest in our cover story. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 28-29. Free. Dock Street, Tacoma. 253-318-2210, www.maritimefest.org

Lelavision and more on Vashon

Two energetic and original circus-based events are happening on Vashon this weekend. On Saturday night human jazz meets physical music as Christian Swenson performs with musical sculpture circus duo Lelavision at their studio. Then on Sunday a Vashon family hosts the

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B2 and Mavi galleries open in Tacoma with a stylish but definitely commercial flair

Tacoma’s two new galleries, B2 and Mavi Contemporary Art, opened last Thursday with two quite different styles but a common aim: market appeal.

B2 (pronounced B-squared) is in fact part of a framing and commercial art dealing business, and it shows in the smooth, fairly unchallenging work that’s on view. Which isn’t to say the work’s not good. Chinese brush artist Jun Kang Ye’s paintings of animals and birds take a tight focus, with a light stroke creating realistic feathers and fur. Her birds, llamas and horses have whimsical, almost human expressions, and the two-tone background is soothing. Keith Lazelle’s

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Lakewood and Tacoma artists Nicholas Nyland and Yuki Nakamura on view in Bellevue Arts Museum’s inaugural Biennial, plus Tip Toland of Vaughn.

Bellevue Arts Museum’s holding its very first Biennial, and three local artists are included. Nicholas Nyland (Lakewood), Yuki Nakamura (Tacoma) and Tip Toland (Vaughn) are three of over 30 artists selected for the 2010 Biennial, titled “Clay Throwdown!” and focusing on ceramic works. The show opens Friday and runs through January 16, 2011.

Nyland, Nakamura and Toland are in good company. Among the artists participating from Oregon, Washington, Montana, British Columbia are Seattle’s Patti Warashina and Neddy winner Charles Krafft. Tacomans will be familiar with two of these local artists’ works: Nyland has had drawings in recent TAM

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Golf and glass art meet in a Hotel Murano show by Taliaferro Jones, daughter of Chambers Bay course designer Robert Trent Jones Jr.


If you think that golf and glass art have nothing to do with each other, think again. This week the two coincide at the Hotel Murano, the venue for a week-long exhibit by glass artist Taliaferro Jones. Who’s she? Just the daughter of Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the designer for the Chambers Bay golf course which is hosting the Amateur U.S. Open through Sunday.

Toronto-based Taliaferro Jones, a graduate of Tufts and the School at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, has exhibited her glass sculpture and photography internationally, including sculpture biennales in Spain, the Netherlands and South

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Critic’s Picks: Click Flick “Chicken Run”, South Hill Art Fest, Dance Northwest at MoG and So’Just festival at Evergreen

Click! Family Flick: “Chicken Run”

The monthly free family film is on again at The Grand Cinema tomorrow. “Chicken Run,” the 2000 British stop-motion animation comedy set on a sinister Yorkshire chicken farm, from the makers of “Wallace and Grommit.” Doors open 10 a.m., screening 10:30 a.m. July 17. Free, first 100 people only. The Grand Cinema, 608 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. 253-572-6062, www.grandcinema.com

South Hill Art Fest

South Hill Community Council is partnering with the Puyallup School District and Pierce County Parks to sponsor the South Hill Arts Fest, a competitive showcase for young artists featuring 2D and 3D art, chalk-offs

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Got pottery? Get some more at the annual Summer Pottery Sale this weekend in the Stadium District


The annual Summer Pottery Sale’s on again, where local ceramicists sell their wares at great prices and all in one place. You can get cups, bowls, vases, sculptural pieces and more, as well as seconds and older stock for cheap. It’s all hand-crafted by local potters such as Susan Thompson, who recently opened a temporary retail site downtown as part of Spaceworks.

The sale runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 20 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 21 at 717 N. D St., Tacoma, in the Stadium District. (That’s near the corner of North 7th Street, down near Garfield

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