Hard to believe that the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation has been presenting its annual Foundation of Art Award for five years now, but it’s true – and the community-funding non-profit is celebrating the anniversary with a show at downtown Tacoma’s B2 Gallery spanning 40 nominees and winners from the award’s past five years. The result is a cohesive exhibit that skims over some of Tacoma’s best artists and their recent work, including this year’s winner glassblower Oliver Doriss.
Doriss’ piece is just to the left of the entrance, and it’s a bit of a surprise. Leaving his usual chunky vases and forms for a figurative 2-D work, the glass artist (and Fulcrum Gallery owner) has riffed on a moody, New Age-type landscape, with a circular glass blue moon rippling with silver metal and green enamel hanging over a triangular arch of brown “earth.” The arch gets sophistication from the thick, jagged edges, and the whole thing sparkles with a metallic, otherworldly sheen, but the size and serenity looks created for decorating a wall rather than the boldness of Doriss’ other work (this award is given on the basis of a body of work, not just one piece.) Read more »