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Critic’s picks: Tacoma Art Museum free festival, Vashon Island art studio tour, medieval music at Revels and Brass Unlimited’s Pops at Tacoma Community College

TAM free festival and paper installation

Celebrate Tacoma Art Museum’s 10th birthday in its new Pacific Avenue building with a free community festival tomorrow. Activities include a community paper art installation and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 4. Free. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org

Vashon Art Studio Tour

Vashon Island’s many artists open up their doors this and next weekend in the annual spring studio tour. The self-guided driving tour is free and features 23 studios in media including blown glass, jewelry, woodwork, candles, pottery, tile and mosaic, sculpture, prints and painting. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 4-5, 11-12. Free. For maps see vashonislandartstudiotour.com or most island businesses. For ferry schedules see wsdot.wa.gov/ferries.

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Flow gallery in Tacoma’s Dome district to close

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

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“Look Here” one-night art salon of Tacoma art next week on the Hilltop

If you don’t look now, “Look Here” will be gone. A salon-style art exhibition featuring 14 Tacoma visual artists, “Look Here” is a one-night art stand in a temporary space on Earnest S. Brazill Street in Tacoma’s Hilltop, happening next Thursday.

The brainchild of artist Victoria Johnson, the salon features work by Johnson herself as well as Bill Colby, Lynn Di Nino, Karen Doten, Kristin Giordano, Lisa Kinoshita, Janet Marcavage, Yuki Nakamura, Nicholas Nyland, Frederic Quinn, Betty Sapp Ragan, William Turner, Emily Wood and Otto Youngers, and ranges over sculpture, printmaking, painting, ceramics, photography and mixed media.

Says Johnson: “Artists

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Ballet, art, music, film and fun all meet at Tacoma City Ballet’s 10th Mid-Winter Masquerade Ball Soirée, Saturday night at the Merlino Building

Masks by Tacoma City Ballet director Erin Ceragioli for the TCB Mid-Winter Masquerade Ball this Saturday. Courtesy photo.
Masks by Tacoma City Ballet director Erin Ceragioli for the TCB Mid-Winter Masquerade Ball this Saturday. Courtesy photo.

The Jan Collum Ballroom in the historic Merlino Building is perfect for a party: a sweeping balcony, gold Art Deco molding, the exotic whiff of ballet resin in the air. So that’s exactly what Tacoma City Ballet does every six months or so – transform its main rehearsal space into an elegant party scene filled with dance, music, fine art, film and food. On this Saturday, the next soirée has an added bit of fun: a masquerade ball.

Along with work by local photographers like Bill Hinsee, Jessie Felix, Denise Knudson and Scott Nelson, films by Ellington Tynes, poetry by Sandra King and original choreography by TCB’s Erin Ceragioli, Travis Goldman and Joel Myers, there’ll be live music by Touché: Eclectic Quintet, and guests are encouraged to dress up with masks.

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Digital and physical mesh in the mystical Nakamura-Campbell exhibit “Kukai” at Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound

Inside Kittredge Gallery it’s very, very dark. Eerie blips and taps punctuate the stillness. And in the center of the room is a kind of temple created by light, inhabited by seven inscrutable ceramic priests. It’s “Kukai,” a brand new collaborative installation by Tacoma ceramic artist Yuki Nakamura and Vashon digital media artist Robert Campbell that redefines each art form into something both ancient and futuristic.

The set-up’s cleverly simple. Seven foot-high clay towers – beautifully made, like unusual chess pieces – stand on a dark, mirrored surface, which reflects their length down into eternity, and also

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“Azul” dives to depths of blue at B2 Gallery, Tacoma

It sounds like a tenuous theme for a group show: Art with blue in it. But “Azul,” which opened last week at Tacoma’s B2 Fine Art Gallery, is anything but shallow. Instead it dives to sophisticated depths, sailing smoothly over diverse genres and media and covering a surprisingly wide range of emotion.

What helps is the gallery’s subdivided interior space. Usually problematic for the kind of group shows B2 likes to mount, the space this time helps the theme, offering quite separate visual areas for the half-dozen artists involved and allowing each of them room for more than the usual cursory one or two works.

The front room is occupied by Francisco Salgado and Susanna Rodriguez, and dives at once into the moody depths of the color. “Emocion Azul,” by the Mexican-born, Portland-based Salgado, is this show’s poster work and for good reason: The contorted, bunched muscles of this nude, sculpted in plaster and covered with tiny twigs in a coating of cobalt, speak eloquently of despair, confusion, depression. Just three feet high, this figure condenses human suffering into a wordless essence, prickly and naked.

Around the walls the Chilean painter Rodriguez captures the inhuman ambiguity of the city in moody Cubist works. Her bluey-gray buildings jumble together against angular clouds like tombstones or ship masts, occasionally lit with a harsh pink sunset or an eerily green shot of light.

Most of the other artists are local. Read more »


Third Thursday ArtWalk in Tacoma is now Art Mingle, run by newly renamed Tacoma Art Group

ArtMingle_LogoIt isn’t ArtWalk anymore. Nor is it called Third Thursday, at least by the folks who organize it. No, Tacoma’s monthly third Thursday evening – when museums are free and galleries open late with new exhibits – will now be called Art Mingle, and the former ArtWalk group that got the whole thing going 30 years ago is now called Tacoma Art Group, with more members than ever to spread the event over the whole city.

“We have less of a walk scenario than most cities,” explains Gary Boone, owner of B2 Fine Arts Gallery and co-president with his wife Deborah of the newly renamed Tacoma Art Group, which was officially proclaimed by Mayor Marilyn Strickland at this week’s city council meeting. “So as a fresh approach to our arts scene, we’re having more of a commingling situation. We liked the idea that Tacoma’s art was citywide, not just in the downtown core and at the museums.”

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Lisa Kinoshita brings rare art of horsehair hitching to Fulcrum Gallery, Tacoma

Leave it to Lisa Kinoshita. The Tacoma artist who has brought us insect jewelry, taxidermy installations and everything else esoteric now explores the almost-lost art of horsehair hitching, a complicated Western braiding art, in a talk Friday night at Fulcrum Gallery.

Not only is horsehair hitching unusual, but to find artisans who have the hours and patience to spend making whips and bridles out of horsehair Kinoshita had to travel to Montana State Prison, where inmates are not only continuing an art that’s been made there since the 1800s but selling their finished pieces for thousands of dollars

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