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Critic’s Picks: Edible Book Fest at UPS, Pam Ingalls at Brick House, new work at American Art Co and Mark O’Connor fiddling the Rialto

image004Edible books at UPS

Yes, you can have your book at eat it too. The University of Puget Sound’s annual Edible Book Festival is on again this Monday in the Collins library, spurring dozens of highly competitive and wacky entries from “Much Andouille About Nothing” to “Of Rice and Hen.” It’s part of the international Edible Book Festival. The categories are extensive – including Most Humorous, Most Geautiful, Most Delicious and Creeps Me Out – and the only rules are that it be (mostly) edible and inspired by a book. The festival is held April 1. Entry drop-off 8-11 a.m., show hours 11 a.m.-4 p.m., awards ceremony 3:30-4 p.m. with light refreshments (but, alas, no book eating). Free. Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. pugetsound.edu, books2eat.com

Pam Ingalls’ paintings at Brick House

Pam Ingalls shows still lifes, landscapes and nudes painted in the Russian Impressionist style with deep vivid colors and loose brushwork at Brick House Gallery. 5-9 p.m. third Thursdays and by appointment. Free. Brick House Gallery, 1123 S. Fawcett St., Tacoma. 253-627-0426, thebrickhousegallery.com

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The darkness of Mexico’s drug wars, now on the walls in Tacoma at Brick House gallery

Richard Turner, "Fiesta with Masks." Courtesy image.

When Tacoma artist Richard Turner built a winter home just south of Acapulco, Mexico a few years ago, it was a place of sunshine, tourists and good times. His art was bright, simple oils that used primitive thick black outlines and vibrant limes, aquas and oranges to convey the joy of life there. In the last few years, though, life has turned dark: the tourists dwindling, business bad and violence escalating from the battle between drug lords and the U.S. government. Expressing this in art, Turner started darkening his paintings with black shadows, copying Internet photos and taking local portraits of those who suffer. The result is up now at Brick House Gallery as “Darkness and Light,” and it’s a show well worth seeing and thinking about.

The “light” half of the show mostly fills the front room of the old brick venue. Brightly hued and simplistic, the Picasso-esque curves and humanistic animals tell fantasy stories set in a sunlit Mexican landscape – “Fiesta with Masks” is an annual holiday in the town where Turner spends half his year. Pinks, greens and vermilions bounce around the canvas, and blue circles radiate joyfully from the masked revelers (even the dog). Dual portraits of a youthful king and queen are tinged with hesitation in the form of black shading, but the calm expressions still speak of peace.

Not so in the main room, where drug barons grin handsomely through oiled black mustaches and criminals cringe at their own execution. Read more »


Artists focus on themselves in “Self-Portrait” at Tacoma’s Brick House gallery

Peter MacDonald, "Self-Portrait 2003." Courtesy image.

Amid the snow and ice, a couple of Tacoma galleries stood staunchly open last week – and Brick House was one of them. The upper downtown gallery had just opened a self-portrait show by 20 established local and regional artists, and while there are a few unremarkable works, most take on the topic of self from unusual viewpoints.

Two of those come from Alan Hopkins: The Bay area artist uses himself as a metaphor for larger human issues with inventive grace. In “Painting Through It,” Hopkins positions an iconographic, waist-up nude of himself behind a thick wire screen. Despite interesting composition (a Buddhist-inspired pose, with arms bent at 90 degrees holding a paintbrush and mirror with tapered, delicate fingers) the portrait is static and uninspiring, until you realize that Hopkins has in fact painted it through the screen itself. The crisscrossed wire casts prison-like shadows on Hopkins’ body, the flatness of the portrait takes on a new metaphorical dimension, and paint dabs on the wire blur the boundary line. Read more »


High-res digital meets old-school lens photography at Tacoma’s Brick House gallery

It’s been up awhile now, but “Impressions – Real and Imagined” is very much worth a look. Up through October at Brick House Gallery in downtown Tacoma, the show takes up two separate houses and cover two very different photographers: Ralff Somoff, whose old-school lens trickery creates a surrealist style, and Winston Swift Boyer, whose incredibly high resolution digital landscapes capture every tiny fleck of seaspray or leaf.

Boyer’s work is often inspired by his Carmel, CA environment: There are seascapes, rolling green hills, leafy forests. His enormous “canvases” are painterly, capturing landscapes at striking moments – a breaking

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