Art and coffee have long gone together – art in coffee shops, artists drinking coffee, artistic latte designs, you name it – and now there’s yet another way to revel in the synergy. Tacoma painter Marsha Glazière has brought her lush, vivid-hued brushwork to Puget Sound’s many quirky coffee houses in a self-published art book “Eclectic Coffee Spots in Puget Sound,” launching at – of course – the Tacoma café Rhapsody in Bloom this Friday.
Known for neo-expressionist works that blur reality and imagination, Glazière turns to the figurative with a sympathetic eye that captures the unique spirit of each of the 120 original venues in her book. In 41 paintings, plus maps and recipes, she covers cafes from Whidby to Bainbridge, Olympia to Seattle, including mourned Tacoma favorite The Mandolin, with tangerine-aqua walls and companionable music corner.
Says Laurie Cheeley, roastmaster for Highlands Coffee, in the press release: “As through she were recovering buried treasure, Marsha expertly guides us through Latte Land, from proud bean to magical elixir…”
Glazière will be signing the new book 5-9 p.m. Nov. 30 at Rhapsody in Bloom, 3709 6th Ave., Tacoma. The book’s also available in softcover ($35) and e-version ($9.99) at bookstore.authorhouse.com, and a 2013 calendar at marshaglaziere.com.