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Gig Harbor arts it up July 21 and 22

Gig Harbor’s annual Summer Art Festival will bring more than 130 artists and craftspeople to the city’s historic waterfront district July 21 and 22.

The free festival will feature painters, glass artists, metal workers, wood turners, potters, jewelry designers, photographers, fiber artists and more. There will also be food vendors, musical entertainment and arts activities for children.

Members of Peninsula Art League’s plein air painting group will be creating on-the-spot paintings. Musical contributors include “Spare Thyme” – a fiddle duet and guitarist Jess Ross, among others.

Free shuttle service will be provided from the Medical Center on Kimball Drive to

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Chalk the Harbor will add color to Gig Harbor’s sidewalks in July

It has a new name but the chalk is the same. Chalk the Harbor returns to Gig Harbor on Saturday, July 21. Bring your knee pads.

Reflecting the town’s history the Gig Harbor Historic Waterfront Association is encouraging chalk artists to create images of the harbor, its fishing heritage or any other maritime theme.

Best of all: the chalk is free. Registration takes place on the day of the event from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at two downtown locations: Anthony’s parking lot in the Finholm District and the Pioneer/Harborview intersection near the Fly Shop. The event runs

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Get your asparagus, both real and printed, at the Proctor Farmers’ Market Saturday

Not all of the vegetables will be edible at this Saturday’s Proctor Farmers’ Market. Artist Rachael Dotson will be signing her newest print “Asparagus” there.

Dotson is known around Tacoma as a public muralist. My colleague, Rosemary Ponnekanti, has written about Dotson and her murals before.

Dotson will be at the Proctor Farmers’ Market Merchandise Booth on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. to sign her third print in a series.

“Asparagus” joins the Market’s earlier print releases: “Corn” and “Tulip.” The trio are replicas of Dotson’s large exterior murals on 27th Street.

The prints

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Tacoma Art Museum acquires 400-piece glass collection

A renowned Seattle glass artist has donated his 400-piece glass art collection to the Tacoma Art Museum.

Paul Marioni, a founder of the studio-glass movement, is giving his collection to the museum because of its long commitment to Northwest art, he said in a statement Tuesday.

“I’ve seen more exhibitions at Tacoma Art Museum than any other museum … I know they will responsibly share these artworks and their history for years to come,” Marioni said.

Though he had previously promised the collection to TAM the museum has just taken possession of the work in time for an

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Oliver Doriss is Foundation of Art Award winner

Tacoma artist and gallery owner Oliver Doriss has been named the recipient of the Foundation of Art Award it was announced today.

The award is presented by the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. Doriss was selected by a committee of art professionals to win the fifth annual award.

The award is designed to recognize the talent and commitment of artists in Pierce County. Doriss will receive $7,500 and create a commissioned art piece for the Community Foundation. It will be unveiled in December at an art show featuring the work of Foundation of Art Award nominees from the past

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Auction of Betty Mears’ art collection on Saturday at Franke Tobey Jones, Tacoma

The extensive art collection of the late Tacoma resident and artist Betty Mears will be auctioned Saturday at Franke Tobey Jones retirement home by Pacific Gallery Artists, of which Mears was a member. Mears, an artist collected locally and nationally and winner of the 2001 Pierce County Margaret K. Williams Award, passed away last year at age 92.

Mears’ collection includes around 200 pieces of her own multimedia art and painting, plus a small collection of work by other artists both framed and unframed.

1-4 p.m. April 21. Free. Franke Tobey Jones Wellness Center, 5340 N. Bristol St., Tacoma.

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RAGS Wearable Art Gala “bigger, brighter and flashier” this year in new Fife location

Careywood, Idaho, artist Melanie Habets makes versatile, playful skirts and tops. Courtesy photo.

The 18th annual RAGS Wearable Art gala and sale is in a new location this year, promising even more eminently shoppable wearable art this weekend. The gala annually offers fashion and jewelry by dozens of local and regional artists, with a portion of all sales proceeds to benefit the YWCA Pierce County’s domestic violence prevention program

Still hosted by Larson’s Mercedes-Benz, the sale has now moved with the car dealer across I-5 to a new Fife showroom at 1701 Alexander Ave. East., and runs March 9-11.

“The new venue is bigger, brighter and flashier than our old location,” said publicist Kristy Gledhill. “This year we were able to add more artists.” The showroom also has a café. Read more »