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Archives: July 2012


Proctor Gallery Art-A-Thon raises money for the FISH Food Bank this Saturday

It’s not just fresh fruit and veggies this Saturday at the Proctor Farmers’ Market – it’ll be live art as well. Artists from the Proctor Art Gallery will be painting and sculpting all day long at the market to raise awareness and funds for the nearby FISH Food Bank.

Over the past three years the gallery artists have raised more than $3,000 for the weekly food bank, which supports 4,500 local folks every month with supplies of free groceries. And while canned and packaged food is still helpful for those in need, there’s nothing as nutritious as fresh

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Sultry summer ballet: Tacoma City Ballet kicks off the season with a lushly-decorated art soirée

Last year's Summer Soirée at Tacoma City Ballet. Courtesy photo.

Sultry Summer Night Soirée, the kickoff for Tacoma City Ballet’s 2012-2013 performing season, will feature Corina Bakery cupcakes and Wingman Brewers beer this Saturday, July 21. TCB will transform its historic ballroom and studio spaces into a sultan’s tent filled with visual and literary arts, music, dance and film.

For just $10, attendees can mingle with artists or watch performances throughout the evening, as well as enjoy free snacks. There’ll also be additional food and drinks for purchase. One studio space will house a screening room for short films. Another will feature a room-sized art installation. Read more »


Kimerly Rorschach appointed new director for Seattle Art Museum

New SAM director Kimerly Rorschach. Photo: Robert Wade

Seattle Art Museum has named Kimerly Rorschach as its new director following a three-year international search by the board of directors. Rorschach replaces former director Mimi Gates, who stepped down from her position in 2009 after 15 years of leadership and who has since held the role of director emerita. Director of the Nasher Museum at Duke University for eight years, Rorschach will assume her new Seattle position in the fall.

“We feel fortunate to be bringing a new arts leader of such caliber to Seattle,” said Charles Wright, SAM board chair, in a recent press release. “Kim’s engagement with national and global arts issues, along with her combined experience in scholarship, business management and community engagement will benefit SAM and the wider community immeasurably and strengthen the city’s national reputation as a leader in the arts.”

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Critic’s Picks: Shakespeare in Des Moines, Tacoma Blues Vespers, Cambridge choir at St. John’s Olympia and Second City Chamber Music in Lakewood

Shakespeare in Des Moines Beach Park

The Seattle Shakespeare Company performs “Twelfth Night” in the meadow at Des Moines Beach Park tonight as part of its annual free Shakespeare in the Park. (Other performances through July include Volunteer Park, Luther Burbank Park and the Seattle Center.) 7 p.m. tonight. Free. Des Moines Beach Park, 22030 Cliff Ave. S., Des Moines. seattleshakespeare.org

Little Bill at Blues Vespers

This month’s Blues Vespers at Immanuel Presbyterian Church features 55-year Tacoma legend Little Bill and The Blue Notes. The Vespers mixes blues music with poetry, prayer and a brief message. 5 p.m. July

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Museum of Glass turns 10 with $10 admission this weekend (and more)

Time flies when you’re having fun – and it doesn’t seem 10 years since Tacoma’s Museum of Glass opened its doors. But it’s true: The museum turns 10 this month, and is celebrating this weekend with reduced admission, a party and more. From Friday through Sunday, visitors pay just $10 (and free for kids 12 and under) to see international glass and the Hot Shop team in action.

From 7-10 p.m. Friday the admission also gets you entry to the Shatter Sessions party, where bands like Friends and Family, Nolan Garrett, Hot Bodies in Motion, Joy Wants Eternity, Miles Max

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Extended twilight hours for “King Tut” at Pacific Science Center, Seattle

Due to high demand, the Pacific Science Center in Seattle has extended opening hours of the sellout exhibition “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” to 8 p.m. every Saturday during July.

According to the press release: “Since the exhibition opened on May 24, every Saturday to date has sold out. The additional hours on Saturdays not only accommodate more people, but also offer guests an opportunity to enjoy the exhibition during the evening hours.”

The exhibition, which opened in May and is organized by National Geographic and Arts and Exhibitions International, features over 100 artifacts from the

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ArtsFund awards $2.36 million to 60 King and Pierce County arts groups

Despite the low economy, granting body ArtsFund announced today that it was awarding $2.36 million to 60 King and Pierce County arts groups in its latest round of funding. These groups include long-term charter members such as the Broadway Center and Tacoma Art Museum, as well as continuing members and special grants for a total of $1,776,500 to Pierce County groups.

ArtsFund, the region’s central funding body for the arts, makes annual grants to local non-profit arts groups, most of which achieve member status by longevity and consistency of programming. Among this year’s Pierce County fundees are the

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Gig Harbor arts it up July 21 and 22

Gig Harbor’s annual Summer Art Festival will bring more than 130 artists and craftspeople to the city’s historic waterfront district July 21 and 22.

The free festival will feature painters, glass artists, metal workers, wood turners, potters, jewelry designers, photographers, fiber artists and more. There will also be food vendors, musical entertainment and arts activities for children.

Members of Peninsula Art League’s plein air painting group will be creating on-the-spot paintings. Musical contributors include “Spare Thyme” – a fiddle duet and guitarist Jess Ross, among others.

Free shuttle service will be provided from the Medical Center on Kimball Drive to

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