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Category: Visual arts

Dec.
20th

Celebrate the light with storytelling theater group Live Paint at Tacoma’s Swasey Library

Imagine a show that brings together art, theater and music, together with telling stories, and you’ve got Live Paint, a Tacoma-based kids’ creativity group that has been helping local kids (and adults) tell stories through the arts for a few years now. It’s been hosting free shows at Tacoma Public Library branches this month, and Thursday afternoon at Swasey branch is the last show.

The company was founded by professional actor Cindy Arnold, who draws on cultural travel to Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia for the stories and cultural artifacts in the Live Paint shows. The company has

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Nov.
29th

Tacoma makes curator’s cut in online photo gallery of 1970s pollution

In the 1970s the Environmental Protection Agency lauched it’s own Farm Security Administration-like photo documentation of America, with an emphasis on environmental degradation.

Alan Taylor of The Atlantic Monthly recently spent some time combing through the Library of Congress’s collection of 15,000 photos to present 46 of them here in the project called DOCUMERICA: Images of America in Crisis in the 1970s. And, yes, Tacoma and Seattle are in there.

Sep.
15th

Mural dedication for two new Ruston murals

The Ruston business district will host a dedication ceremony for two new murals recently installed on cafes along North 51st Street, Tacoma. An undersea mural representing the natural beauty of Point Defiance, painted over the summer on plywood panels by artist Mary Mann and students of Point Defiance’s Science and Math Institute high school, is mounted on the south wall of the Antique Sandwich Company café, while a mural of flowers was painted directly onto the wall of Don’s Ruston Market by artist Rachel Dotson in August.

Both artists will be at the dedication ceremony. The murals

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Sep.
9th

From finance agent to artist: Keith Hammond debuts as a muralist to donate an undersea scene for the kids at MultiCare Urgent Care, Tacoma

When Keith Hammond started painting the lobby wall of MultiCare’s Westgate Urgent Care Clinic, the staff weren’t so confident in him: Here was a financial services agent who hadn’t painted since high school, and the first animal he roughed out on a sea-blue background didn’t look a whole lot like a turtle. Nearly a month later and things are different: Hammond’s mural, painted voluntarily in his spare time, is getting admiration and questions from kid and adult patients alike, and brightening up the waiting room space.

“The last time I picked up a paintbrush was in my sophomore year,” says

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Aug.
22nd

New murals go up around Tacoma, thanks to City grants

How do you move a mural? In a school bus, of course. At least, if you’re Mary Mann you do.  The Tacoma muralist moved a 14-panel mural measuring 28 by 14 feet this morning from the gym at Stewart Middle School, where she had spent the last few months painting it, and its new home at Ruston’s Antique Sandwich Company. The mural’s partially funded by the City of Tacoma’s 2011 Innovative Neighborhood Grant program.

Tacoma’s eight neighborhood councils recommend funding for projects like these in their areas, says the City of Tacoma’s Elton Gatewood. The West End neighborhood council asked

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April
21st

Chinese-American painter James Leong dies at 81 in Seattle

Internationally-known Chinese-American artist James Leong has died at the age of 81 in Seattle. Well-known in Europe for his romantic style and mixed media/acrylic murals and paintings, Leong died on April 15 of congestive heart failure.

Born in 1929 in San Francisco, Leong was a classically-trained painter who studied at the College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California and received both a Fulbright Fellowship in 1956 to study in Norway and later a Guggenheim Fellowship to study at the American Academy in Rome. Leong was inspired by Chinese-American history, and painted the first mural of the history of the

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March
1st

Grants will support fine arts in Tacoma

Last summer, kids and adults alike created art on the fly by forming words from a jumble of wooden, painted letters at Tollefson Plaza in downtown Tacoma.

A newly announced grant will allow the artist responsible for the interactive installation to return to the plaza to mount a similar project. This time, James Sinding is creating wooden words that people can arrange into sentences and poetry.

Letters arranged at Tollefson Plaza

The project is among 18 innovative arts proposals that will proceed this year with the help of grants from the Tacoma Arts Commission. The panel this week announced $45,000 in awards to artists in visual arts, literary arts, film and music. The Tacoma Artists Initiative Program will provide $1,000 to $4,500 to the artists, who were chosen from 26 applicants.
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Oct.
5th

Will Santa bring you a Chihuly pool?

Dale Chihuly pool installation. (Photo provided by Neiman Marcus)

The 2010 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is about to hit mailboxes. The catalog, famous for its one-of-a-kind and astronomically priced gifts, is offering a “Dale Chihuly Pool Installation” this year.

The cost to you: $1.5 million.

Neiman Marcus says “the lucky recipient will be able to work with the artist’s studio for a rare inside look at Chihuly’s creative process.”

The 12 foot by 22 foot installation of the Tacoma-born artist’s signature glass art will reside

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