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Archives: Aug. 2011


Washington Contemporary Ballet moves to University Place

Washington Contemporary Ballet has relocated from its old South Tacoma studio to University Place. The move was partly for space reasons and partly to move to a better location for students, says director Ken Kaiser.

The dance studio teaches ballet, jazz, tap and flamenco to all ages.

WCB will celebrate the new digs with a grand reopening celebration from 2-6 p.m. on Sept. 10. There’ll be a tour, barbecue and a bounce house for kids. You can also register for the new season of classes. 8315 27th St. W., University Place. 253-474-4312, www.wcbdance.org


In Tacoma, American Art Company Quilt Invitational quilts both follow and break out of tradition

After a three-year absence, the Quilt Invitational is back at American Art Company in downtown Tacoma, and the 40 quilts that fill the gallery space are a wide variety from traditional to ground-breaking.

The front gallery is full of geometrics: the vivid Mondriaan-ish shapes of Maria Groat, the more muted earthtone “Windows” by Janet Steadman, and in back some more traditional squares by Timothy Leonard and Melody Crust. Also in front is a new work by Toot Reid: This time her three panels are very different, with one traveling from blue to white to green, another moody in

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Critic’s Picks: Felt art at Bellevue Arts Museum, Stadium pottery sale, Tacoma Art Museum lectures and faculty art at Kittredge gallery

Felt artist Janice Arnold at BAM

The newest show at Bellevue Arts Museum, “Travellers: Objects of Dreams and Revelations,” features new work by Olympia felt artist Janice Arnold: a 20-foot-high, seven-foot-square Mongolian yurt made of fire-inspired handmade felt. Opens today, then 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $10/$7/free for under-six. 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue. 425-519-0770, www.bellevuearts.org

Summer Stadium pottery sale

The annual Stadium district summer sale is on again, featuring pots, bowls, vases, sculptures and more in both recent work, older work and seconds by local potters. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today, 10

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Twin art in Gig Harbor Civic Center

Up now at the Gig Harbor Civic Center is “Twin Art,” featuring the unidentical art of identical twins Don and Ron Snowden.
 Don paints using watercolors, pen and ink and sometimes instant coffee; his cartoons appeared weekly in the Peninsula Gateway newspaper in Gig Harbor for over 30 years. Ron paints mainly in watercolors, inspired by Northwest scenery.

The show is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday through Sept. 30, with artists’ reception 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 25, including a free drawing to win a painting from each artist. Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3510 Grandview St., Gig Harbor. 253-851-8136, www.cityofgigharbor.net



New murals go up around Tacoma, thanks to City grants

How do you move a mural? In a school bus, of course. At least, if you’re Mary Mann you do.  The Tacoma muralist moved a 14-panel mural measuring 28 by 14 feet this morning from the gym at Stewart Middle School, where she had spent the last few months painting it, and its new home at Ruston’s Antique Sandwich Company. The mural’s partially funded by the City of Tacoma’s 2011 Innovative Neighborhood Grant program.

Tacoma’s eight neighborhood councils recommend funding for projects like these in their areas, says the City of Tacoma’s Elton Gatewood. The West End neighborhood council asked

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Art and baseball come together for City of Tacoma at Cheney Stadium’s Arts Appreciation Night

Think art and baseball don’t mix? You obviously haven’t checked out the new public art at the renovated Cheney Stadium in Tacoma. Recent pieces installed as part of the one-per-cent-for-art budget program include LED-lit salmon sculptures, light installations and a baseball-themed mosaic; to show it all off (and dedicate the new art) the City of Tacoma Arts Commission is hosting an Arts Appreciation Night next Monday at the Stadium, including dance, hands-on art and a game between the Rainiers and the Tucson Padres.

The event includes a tour of the public art at 5:30 p.m. leaving from the

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Critic’s Picks: Click Flick at the Grand Cinema, quilt art at American Art Co and “Words” on Tollefson Plaza, Tacoma

Click Flick: “Horton Hears a Who”

This month’s free Click Family Flick at the Grand Cinema is the animated, Dr. Seuss-based “Horton Hears a Who.” Doors open 9:30 a.m., screening 10 a.m. Aug. 20. Free to first 100 people. The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. 253-593-4474, www.grandcinema.com

Quilt Invitational at American Art Company

The American Art Company’s 11th Northwest Contemporary Art Quilt Invitational is always a chance to see the latest trends in quilt art – new fibers, new techniques, new views. Open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays

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Local breast cancer survivor is looking for a Tacoma/Olympia theater to collaborate on her new musical about cancer survival

I sometimes get queries from readers: where to find a show, clarification on stories, how much the old painting in their attic is worth. (Answer: I haven’t a clue!) But this one struck me as worth sending out to you readers in case someone can help. The reader is Carol Trausen, a four-year breast cancer survivor in Tacoma who has watched her mother, sister and aunts go through the same thing, and has written a musical comedy about the journey through cancer – in her words, “sort of the Mel Brooks approach to cancer.” What Carol needs now is a

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