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Category: Galleries

Aug.
26th

“Rabbitual” takes over Two Vaults

Zoe Williams, “Genesis Deconstruction”. Photo courtesy Two Vaults.


Rabbits are running wild all over Two Vaults gallery. The annual group show “Rabbitual” is on almost every single wall, featuring 77 works by 45 different artists, and there’s a huge variety: some what you’d expect, some disappointing, but some really intriguing.


It’s impossible to cover such a huge show completely. “Rabbitual” is this year’s version of Two Vaults’ annual big group show, and the variety of media is great to see: paint, ceramics, concrete, textiles, mixed and digital media.


One of the

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Aug.
12th

Farewell, Grand Impromptu Gallery…

The Grand Impromptu Gallery, in the Merlino building in downtown Tacoma.


If you want to see the art in the Grand Impromptu Gallery, you only have four more days. The artist co-operative-run gallery next to The Grand Cinema downtown is closing doors for good this Sunday, forced out of their space by planned expansions by The Grand.


The Grand Impromptu opened doors nearly two years ago after Art on Center vacated the space at 608 S. Fawcett. St. Members shifted and joined during the two years, sharing rent and expenses as well

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July
29th

Sex and sin, close-up, at Mineral and Gallery 301

Galen McCarty Turner, “No Vacancies.” Photo courtesy Mineral.


Want some art that’s provocative in more ways than one? Then peep through the windows at Mineral and Gallery 301. It’s not often you get a group show that’s both strong in theme and high in quality, and luckily for Tacomans, there’s two of them right now next door to one another on Puyallup Avenue. Best of all, they tackle moral and sexual issues that most exhibits stay away from. In “Entrance Denied” at Mineral, 18 chastity belts (male and female) line the walls

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July
16th

Grand to expand; Impromptu to move

The Grand Impromptu Gallery in the Merlino Arts Building in downtown Tacoma has had its lease terminated by The Grand Cinema, which is planning to expand into the space occupied by the gallery. The expansion, which is in the planning stages, has left the members of the co-operative gallery with no immediate home after their final show “Rear View Forward,” which runs July 16-August 15.


“We’ve wanted to expand for years,” said Philip Cowan, director of The Grand. What encouraged the decision, Cowan said, was an extension to the year 2025 of the art cinema’s own lease from Merlino

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July
2nd

TAM to manage UPS’ Kittredge Gallery

Margaret Bullock, Tacoma Art Museum’s new curator for Kittredge Gallery at UPS. Photo courtesy UPS.

As of yesterday, Tacoma Art Museum is now managing and curating Kittredge Gallery at the University of Puget Sound. The gallery had previously been run by a part-time curator–most recently Carol Adelman–and featured mostly contemporary Northwest artists, with occasional student and faculty shows. Margaret Bullock, TAM’s curator of collections and special exhibitions, will now oversee both the gallery and the university’s small collection, including the nationally-significant Abby Williams Hill collection.

"This offers an opportunity to bring the knowledge and expertise of key individuals at Tacoma Art Museum to the benefit of our students and art department," said Kris Bartanen, academic vice president and dean of UPS.

Stephanie Stebich, director of Tacoma Art Museum, said the partnership is an important and unusual collaboration that will give her institution opportunities to pursue different kinds of exhibitions.

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June
29th

Art up now–Justin Hahn’s strange people

Justin Hahn, “Dresden A and B.” Photo courtesy David Domkoski.


Don’t look now, but there are aliens in the library.


Facetious, maybe, but on first sight, that’s what Justin Hahn’s sculptures in the main branch’s Handforth Gallery look like. Four of them have skeletons of steel rod, draped with melted green or white plastic with the texture of goop. Another is a chunky bronze with clunky white polycarbonate hands like minstrel gloves. A bunch of others are tiny stick-figure people about a foot high with steel rod bodies.


Fun for the

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June
22nd

Last week to see Lisa Kinoshita at Seattle Vetri

Lisa Kinoshita with one of her Vetri pieces. Photo: Lisa Kinoshita


If you’re in downtown Seattle this week, drop by Vetri International (the up-and-coming-artist wing of Traver Gallery) to see the work of Tacoma jewelry artist Lisa Kinoshita.


Kinoshita operates very modestly out of a tiny storefront studio on Puyallup Ave called Mineral, but her work makes appearances on local catwalks and national fashion magazines. Working with fascinatingly gorgeous natural objects like horn, bone, insect carapace and the like, Kinoshita creates intricate settings with silver and leather to create jewelry that’s

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June
10th

Small art, fun space – the Telephone Room

Laura Komada, “Untitled (bigfoot and tree.” Photo courtesy The Telephone Room.


It may be tiny, but there’s a lot of art going on at the Telephone Room over the next week.


The one-room gallery inside the North-end house of artist Heide Fernandez-Llamazares is having two open houses: one today, to close the current show, and one next Wednesday, to open the next. The gallery, which Fernandez-Llamazares and co-organizers Ellen Ito and Marty Gengenbach call the world’s second-smallest gallery (what’s the smallest? The Tollbooth, of course), measures just 12 1/2 square feet. It’s

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