Tacoma’s oldest artist-owned gallery has been in operation over 18 years now, but it’s easy to overlook it. Freighthouse Art Gallery is tucked away upstairs in the Freighthouse Square shopping center in the Dome district, down the other end from the food court. Run by a cooperative of local artists, the gallery stays strong as the other shops come and go, and has a good range of medium.
Like any commercial gallery, the work’s chosen for appeal; you’re never going to find anything radically challenging. But it’s all pleasant stuff: Val Persoon’s fluffy watercolors, Ruth Volkman’s simple, primitive-style acrylics of farms and villages, photographs of waterfalls and ferns. There’s a bit of glass and wood also, and always an artist on duty to explain anything.
Best of all, the gallery keeps Freighthouse Square shopping hours, so it’s often open when other galleries aren’t. And – unless you buy something, of course – it’s free.
Freighthouse Square Art Gallery is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at 602 E. 25th St. Suite 60, Tacoma. 253-383-9765, www.freighthousesquare.com