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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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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.”

Tacoma’s ArtWalk began in 1984, when downtown was a very different place. Read more »


Military families get a free pass to state history museum

The Washington State History Museums in downtown Tacoma and Olympia are giving free admission to active duty military and their families this summer.

The program starts on Memorial Day (May 28) and runs through Labor Day (September 6). Military personnel must show military ID and can be accompanied by up to five family members.

The WSHM has joined the Blue Star Museum Program, a collaboration with Blue Star Families – a non-profit organization that supports American military families.


The glint of gold – King Tut coming to Pacific Science Center

UPDATE: A representative at Pacific Science Center tells me this is a different show than the one currently in New York City, with different artifacts. So, if you saw that National Geographic-produced show in San Francisco or NYC you’ll see a different show at PSC. Still, the burial mask is not allowed to leave Egypt.

It’s official: King Tut is making his way back to Puget Sound next year after a 30-year absence.

The Pacific Science Center announced today it’s bringing “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” to Seattle, opening May 24, 2012.

Museum officials and

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World folk art at state history museum

You’ll find a world of folk art this weekend at the Washington State History Museum.

“With our Hands: World Folk Art Festival” is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Master folk artists will demonstrate their work and hands-on activities will fill this two-day festival. Enjoy performances, talk to master artists and learn about world folk art traditions. Participate in folk arts traditions such as Mexican wax flower dipping, Yakama bead working, Latvian embroidery and more.  All activities are free with museum admission, $6-8.
Schedule of performances and workshops:
Saturday and

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New museum hours for fall

Thinking of visiting one of Tacoma’s awesome museums in the near future? Be prepared – the Washington State History Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum and the Museum of Glass all change their opening hours around Labor Day. Admission prices stay the same, though (and look out for Museum Day on September 26, when they’re all free.)

Here are the new hours:

WSHM (as of Sept. 8): 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays (free from 2 p.m. onwards). 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-3500, www.washingtonhistory.org

TAM (as of Sept. 2):

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Kids see art free at Tacoma Art Museum

From now until the end of August, children under 18 years will get free admission to Tacoma Art Museum, in an offer made possible by museum donors.

"We want young people in our community to be exposed to the arts,"
said Paula McArdle, director of education and audience development.
 "We’d love to see teenagers and families take advantage of this
affordable, educational activity as the summer winds down."

So what can kids see and do now at TAM? Current exhibitions include the vast array of art jewelry in the Helen Williams Drutt collection, some really funky jewelry from Seattle artist

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Native Arts show and market at History Museum

Margaret Morris, “Happy Frog.” Photo courtesy Washington State History Museum.

This weekend at the Washington State History Museum it’s the annual Native Arts Market and Festival. Held outdoors between the museum and the Bridge of Glass, the market is a great way to see local artists of many tribes in a variety of media: carving, weaving, glass, printmaking and more. There are storytellers and dancers, musicians and food vendors, and the outdoor stuff is all free.

With museum admission, though, you get to see “In the Spirit,” the exhibition component to the

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