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Free Arts Month: Weaving magic at Tacoma Public Library

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Jan. 3, 2011 at 10:26 pm with No Comments »
January 3, 2011 10:26 pm
Art by Mauricio Robalino. Courtesy photo.

Monday can be tricky to find arts events: no concerts, theaters are dark, galleries are closed. What to do when it’s too cold to see outside art? Head to the library! Tacoma Public Library main branch is open Mondays (at least until the next round of budget cuts) and it’s a great place to find art in all forms.

To the left past the checkout is the Handforth Gallery, where right now you can see gorgeous weaving done by the skillful members of the Tacoma Weavers Guild, now celebrating its 75th anniversary with this show. It ranges over many years (modern, hip purses of woven copper, traditional Haida baskets, a fantastic 1970s hanging with LOVE woven on in a big fat font) and many styles (scarves, objects and a beautifully abstract set of 75 towels, hand-woven in many different weaves and colors, to commemorate the anniversary.

The weaving show closes this week; coming Thursday is work by Tacoma painter Mauricio Robalino, his colorful folk-style forests drawing from Indonesia, Tibet, Native America and the Mediterranean.

But don’t ignore the rest of the library. The downtown branch is rich with opera and musical theater on DVD, classical CDs, art books and scores of sheet music – all you need is a library card. And check out the events calendar in hard copy there or on the website: This branch frequently hosts free classical concerts, artist talks, poetry and film nights and more. Plus, of course, you can always read a book or two, can’t you?

Tacoma Public Library’s main branch is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday at 1102 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma. 253-591-5666, www.tacomapubliclibrary.org

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