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July
15th

Aussie glass artist in residency at MOG July 24-28

Australian artist Tom Rowney will be working in the Museum of Glass’s Hot Shop July 24-28. The visiting artist residency concludes with a lecture at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 28.

Rowney uses Venetian techniques with a contemporary viewpoint to create precise geometric forms and graphic lines.

Currently on view at MOG are pieces from Rowney’s Maelstrom series – part of the exhibition, “Links: Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest.” The exhibit is up until January 2014.

Here’s more from the announcement:

The Maelstrom series narrates the water-like qualities of glass while exploring the relationship between the medium’s solid

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July
2nd

Gail Weyerhaeuser to head up Museum of Glass’ board of trustees

The Museum of Glass has announced that Gail Weyerhaeuser is the new president of the board of trustees. A local clinical psychologist, Weyerhaeuser is part of the Federal Way family lumber business of the same name, and cousin to the late George Weyerhaeuser Jr., a former board president, trustee and arts patron who passed away in April, and in whose honor an endowment fund was recently set up by the family.

“The Museum of Glass is a wonderful asset to Tacoma. I look forward to this new challenge, to working with the Board on the strategic decisions ahead and to the opportunity it brings for expanding my understanding of the art of glass and glass making. Stepping into this role is a way to acknowledge and honor the work of my cousin George Weyerhaeuser, Jr. at the Museum,” said Dr. Weyerhaeuser in a press release.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Weyerhaeuser at the helm of the Museum’s Board,” declared Susan Warner, executive director of Museum of Glass. “As we embrace the next decade of growth and change at the Museum her expertise in board leadership will be vital.” Read more »

June
24th

Instagram your close-ups of the gritty city in Tacoma Art Museum’s #253 StreetArt Photo Contest

Think you take pretty good photos? Then get up real close to Tacoma’s gritty streets and enter some of your shots via Instagram in the Tacoma Art Museum’s #253 StreetArt Photo Contest. You might even win a museum membership for the year.

Inspired by Eric Carle, who, aside from his winsome tissue-paper collages of rubber ducks and brown bears for kids likes to shoot extreme close-ups of streetscapes, the contest is open to anyone with a photo device and internet access. Like Carle, cruise your neighborhood and find the abstract beauty in parking lot lines, drain grates, sidewalk cracks

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June
11th

Three Tacoma museums for $25 – the new Museum District Pass gets you into Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass and the Washington State History Museum

Just in time for summer, tourists and friends from out of town, the Tacoma Museum District has announced a new three-museum pass that gets visitors into the Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass and Washington History Museum for just $25 ($20 for seniors, military and students age 6 and up).

In the past the three major Tacoma museums have offered a Wednesday-only discount deal, but the new pass is valid for seven days from the first redemption.

Locations and summer hours are:

Tacoma Art Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays at 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org

The Museum of Glass is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays at 1801 Dock St., Tacoma. 866-4-MUSEUM, museumofglass.org

The Washington State History Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays at 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 888-BE-THERE, washingtonhistory.org

You can get the pass at each museum, and online at tacomamuseumdistrict.com. Read more »

May
3rd

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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April
26th

Tacoma Art Museum takes Haub wing plans to Landmarks Preservation Commission for May 8 vote

Olson Kundig's rendering of the western (Pacific Avenue side) elevation of TAM's expansion. Courtesy image.
Olson Kundig’s rendering of the western (Pacific Avenue side) elevation of TAM’s expansion. Courtesy image.

The Tacoma Art Museum and Seattle architects Olson Kundig brought their plans for the museum’s new Western American art wing before Tacoma’s Landmarks Preservation Commission at a meeting Wednesday night. Details on the renderings include a close-up of the building material – a Tacoma-made fiber and resin composite called Richlite – the louvred windows which will allow street views into the wing’s sculpture hall, layout of five internal galleries and a metal grill on the Pacific Avenue side of the overhanging canopy.

The 16,000-square-foot wing is budgeted at $15.5 million, and purpose-built to house the newly-donated, 280-piece Western art collection of German billionaire Erivan Haub and his wife Helga, who have a home on Fox Island. The Haubs are paying for part of the expansion, which also includes renovation of the existing lobby, street entrance and parking lot entrance areas. You can read more details in Craig Sailor’s story here.

The Commission had no big objections, says architect and commissioner James Steel, but there were some questions about transparency from the street and whether the ivy slope beneath the cantilevered wing would be closed in for safety.

“They did improve the museum’s entrance – it’s more recognizable and transparent from the street,” says Steel. “They improved the pedestrian feel, and it makes a stronger relationship to Tollefson Plaza.”

What’s interesting about the proposal, which the Commission will vote on May 8 (it has jurisdiction over the exterior look of the building, which is sited in the Union Depot conservation district), are the plans, which show close-up details. Read more »

April
26th

Critic’s Picks: Tacoma Performing Dance Company, Haimovitz/O’Riley at the Rialto, Gaelic at Museum of Glass and Salish Sea Early Music fest at Trinity Lutheran, Tacoma

 

The Tacoma Performing Dance Company in "Carmen Variations." Courtesy photo.
The Tacoma Performing Dance Company in “Carmen Variations.” Courtesy photo.

Tacoma Performing Dance Company offers new choreography at Stadium

The spring show for the Tacoma Performing Dance Company goes from brand-new choreography by director Jo Emery set to both country-and-western and Adèle, to ballroom-inspired work, to a “Chicago” number, to the ballet works “Carmen Variations” and “Tinkerbelles Fairies.” 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 27. $22 adults/$18 youth. Stadium High School performing arts center, 111 N. E St., Tacoma. 253-759-5714, tacomaperformingdance.org

Haimovitz and O’Riley fuse classical and rock at Rialto

Bending genres in a unique collaboration this Saturday are pianist Chritsopher O’Riley, host of NPR’s “From The Top” and acclaimed recording artist, and cellist Matt Haimovitz, in a program blending Radiohead, Arcade Fire and Blonde Redhead seamlessly with Stravinsky, Piazzolla and Bach. 7:30 p.m. April 27. $19-$54. Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma. 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org

Gaelic songs at Museum of Glass Read more »

April
11th

Flora and Fine Arts brings nature onto the walls of Tacoma Art Museum next week

It’s spring inside as well next week, as the second annual “Flora and Fine Arts” show comes to Tacoma Art Museum courtesy of the Tacoma Garden Club. Local designers and floral artists will create 24 arrangements inspired by the current museum show “Drawing Line into Form.” Both shows are open free 5-8 p.m. April 18 for third Thursday; and the “Flora” show will stay up through the weekend.

“The interplay between works in “Drawing Line into Form” and the floral creations of talented local designers will dazzle museum visitors and provide new ways of connecting people through art,” said TAM director Stephanie Stebich.

Part of the private collection of BNY Mellon, “Drawing Line into Form” explores how sculptors sketch and design for their final works. It’s up until May 26 in the museum’s largest gallery.

“Flora and Fine Arts,” modeled on similar events at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, combines flowers, greenery, rocks and other materials into sculptural arrangements inspired by the art on the walls. This year’s show includes a site-specific bonsai installation by Elandan Gardens in the Richard Rhodes “Stone Wave” installation in the interior courtyard.            Read more »