For Shadow ManyWhales, her beadwork reflects many parts of her life: her love of beauty, her delight in using found or given materials, her concern for young girls owning their bodies, her 21-year sobriety. Now, the 82-year old Cherokee/Arapaho/Aztec artist’s work is reflecting another aspect – her age – as it is displayed in the sixth annual Regional Senior Art Show, on view last week at Franke Tobey Jones and opening tomorrow at Tacoma Art Museum.
The show, organized by FTJ’s Senior University, is open to all Western Washington artists over 55, but focuses on Tacoma-area locals like ManyWhales. Not just something to brighten the community rooms at the retirement home, the show has expanded from a few days at FTJ to four weeks in the community area of Tacoma Art Museum’s mezzanine, celebrating older artists and keeping seniors creative.
“We restrict entries to work created in the last two years only,” explains FTJ development director Sarah Idstrom. “The concept is to keep people creating.” Read more »