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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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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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Clouds of art in Tacoma’s new Woolworth Windows installation

Janet Marcavage, "Fabrication." Courtesy photo.

Just when the weather’s finally warming up, we get clouds of art. The latest Spaceworks installation in the Woolworth Windows in downtown Tacoma features three artists – all female, not sure if that means anything – playing with clouds in form, metaphor and effect, using paper, fabric and straw to create art that wafts through the windows’ large interiors.

On the uptown end University of Puget Sound-based printmaker Janet Marcavage continues her rather dry, formal investigation of patterns and textures. This time she takes the ubiquitous stripe – think college dorm sheets, tacky business shirts – and transmutes it into flowing, leaf-shaped papers that flutter by in drifts, their interestingly-hatched stripes giving them the illusion of folded fabric.

Janet Marcavage, "Fabrication." Photo: Rosemary Ponnekanti

The flat window decals add to the dimensional riff, and the palette of violet/poppy red is bold and lipsticky. What drags the installation down is the inclusion of all the striped jersey sheets, pinned lumpily to the walls. Their heaviness detracts from the paper’s skillful construction, and the whole thing seems a little lazy – a kind of “how can I possibly fill this entire window?” Read more »


Monarch Sculpture Park in Tenino to remain open

Community leaders from Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Tenino have just secured funding to keep the Monarch Sculpture Park open for the year. The 13-year-old non-profit park located south-east of Olympia was slated for closure at the end of this month due to the health and financial difficulties of Myrna Orsini, founding director.

The local group, spearheaded by Commissioner Sandra Romero and Jack Horton, President of the Woodland Trails Association, is also working on securing funding partners to ensure that the park remains open for future generations, says Orsini, 70, and developing a plan for organizing the park’s infrastructure so that current

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Art sale to benefit injured deputy’s daughter

Local artists are donating their work to help the daughter of a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy injured in a paralyzing car crash.

The January 4 accident left Richelle Heacock, a college athlete, paralyzed from the chest down.

Heacock was returning home from school in Oregon at the time to attend the memorial service for slain sheriff’s deputy Kent Mundell, who worked alongside her father in the Sheriff’s Department Mountain Detachment.

The two-day sale at the Robert Daniel Gallery features painting, prints, jewelry, photography, posters, wine, bedding and blown glass. Over 50 items will be for sale from $20 to $2,000.
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Metal-Urge finishes this weekend – check out Traver

Nancy Worden, “Shackles of Fear.” Photo courtesy Traver Gallery.

It’s nearly over, the three-month-long metal arts extravaganza called Metal Urge that took over virtually every gallery in town, plus a museum and several outdoor spaces. The official closing date is this Sunday, September 6, so there’s just enough time to check out one last exhibit: Traver’s five-person mini-show.

Like a very condensed version of the Helen Williams Drutt exhibit at Tacoma Art Museum, Traver displays around three works from each of five contemporary American metal artists. Nancy Worden is represented by

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