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A Collins Library exhibit at Tacoma’s University of Puget Sound explores transgender identity through photography and written word.

Irielle Dean, "Lukas G." Courtesy photo.

It’s not fantastic art, but it moves you just as much. “T-Town Transgender Neighbors: A Portrait Exhibition,” which just went up at the University of Puget Sound Collins Library, is a portrait show in the deepest sense of the work: 13 works of photography and text that delve into the most fundamental aspect of people’s lives, their gender.

The show impresses, not with visual tricks, but with stories. Each of the 13 folks shown in 11×13 photograph and text has coped in some way with transgender issues, with outcomes ranging from crossdressing acceptance to surgery and a complete estrangement from their old life. The photography by Irielle Dean is polished but conventional, subjects posed in front of Tacoma landmarks like the Narrows Bridge or Wright Park. There are a couple that have more depth of eye, like “Lukas G.”, slouched defiantly in front of a slash of graffiti downtown, the light bisecting him on a diagonal. But in a way, the conventionality does more than place these people squarely in our own neighborhood; it frames them as would a prom or wedding photo: mainstream, accepted.

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Unusual art shows in Puyallup City Hall, Tahoma Family Center and UPS Collins Library

Three very different art shows are up this month in Tacoma and Puyallup. At the Puyallup City Hall, identical twins Don and Ron Snowden show their unidentical art in “TwinArt.” 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday through August. 333 S. Meridian Ave., Puyallup. Free. 253-841-4321, www.cityofpuyallup.org

Tyrone Patkoski, urban Native American and self-taught artist (see my story on him here) is exhibiting his turbulent, found-object-filled paintings, drawings and sculptures at the Tahoma Family Center. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday through June 30. Free. CCS, 1323 S. Yakima Ave., Tacoma. 253-502-2617

And at the

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Critic’s picks: Letterpress books at the Collins Library, chastity belts and art boudoir at Mineral, ArtWalk and award art at Kittredge

Make books at the Collins Library

Meet the artists and learn how to make tricky books, paper toys and paper party décor at the opening of a new books-and-letterpress exhibit at the University of Puget Sound’s Collins Memorial Library. The show features Purgatory Pie Press, a husband-and-wife team (Dikko Faust and Esther K. Smith) from New York who’ve shown at museums worldwide. Workshop 4-6 p.m. Aug. 13; exhibit runs daily through Oct. 1. Free. UPS, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253-879-3669, http://www.pugetsound.edu/library.xml

Chastity Belts and Boudoirs on Puyallup Avenue

Art gets racy this month at the 301 Puyallup Ave. artspace.

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Edible Books at the UPS Collins Library


Go on, get into the library and eat those books! No, seriously, the Edible Books Festival is back next week at the Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound. Edible books? You bet. The April 1 festival is an annual event celebrated by hundreds of other libraries around the world to unite two things that a lot of us love – reading and eating.

And no, it’s not an April  Fools’ joke, though it has the same spirit. Local artists or chefs create book-shaped or book-inspired food that will be on display in the library

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It’s not just books anymore at the UPS Collins Library

When you think Tacoma art, you maybe don’t think of the Collins Memorial Library in the heart of the University of Puget Sound campus. But since Jane Carlin took over as director last year, the library has started to offer some really interesting art, connecting to the community and broadening the idea of what a library is.

Up right now is an exhibition of book art by Shereen LaPlantz. The California artist, who died in 2003, was known both for her unique handmade books and her teaching on how to make them, including her 1995 bok “Cover to Cover.” The

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