Sad news – Flow gallery, on Puyallup Avenue in Tacoma’s burgeoning Dome district – is about to close. Owner Andrea Erickson announced the news yesterday, saying she intends to spend more time on her own art.
“I want to thank all of the artists and patrons that have been part of our Flow experience over the last couple years,” said Erickson in a general email. “It has been a lot of fun and we have enjoyed meeting and working with you all.”
The closing is the second in about a year for Tacoma’s gallery scene, which saw Sandpiper close recently and both Traver and Mavi galleries closing last summer.
Flow, which showed mostly sumi-e painting at third Thursday and occasional open houses, was the latest in a line of occupants in the tiny, store-front gallery, part of a historic property from 301-305 Puyallup Avenue owned and renovated by Rick Semple and Jori Adkins, who live next door. The gallery, about the size of an average kitchen, connects to a studio in the back, and has been used by a number of artists (including Eugene Parnell and Lisa Kinoshita) for both work and display. Other storefronts in the property are rented successfully by watercolor artist Val Persoon, Tacoma Bike and the Urban Garden Company.