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Lisa Kinoshita brings rare art of horsehair hitching to Fulcrum Gallery, Tacoma

Leave it to Lisa Kinoshita. The Tacoma artist who has brought us insect jewelry, taxidermy installations and everything else esoteric now explores the almost-lost art of horsehair hitching, a complicated Western braiding art, in a talk Friday night at Fulcrum Gallery.

Not only is horsehair hitching unusual, but to find artisans who have the hours and patience to spend making whips and bridles out of horsehair Kinoshita had to travel to Montana State Prison, where inmates are not only continuing an art that’s been made there since the 1800s but selling their finished pieces for thousands of dollars

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Oliver Doriss is Foundation of Art Award winner

Tacoma artist and gallery owner Oliver Doriss has been named the recipient of the Foundation of Art Award it was announced today.

The award is presented by the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. Doriss was selected by a committee of art professionals to win the fifth annual award.

The award is designed to recognize the talent and commitment of artists in Pierce County. Doriss will receive $7,500 and create a commissioned art piece for the Community Foundation. It will be unveiled in December at an art show featuring the work of Foundation of Art Award nominees from the past

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Critic’s Picks: Surreal portraits at Fulcrum Gallery, pastels at American Art Co, “Fiddler on the Roof” at Kitsap Forest Theater and “Happy Days” at Tacoma Musical Playhouse

Surreal portraits at Fulcrum Gallery

The Hilltop’s Fulcrum Gallery presents “Surrealistic Portraits,” a group show blurring human and beast in portraits by Larkin Cypher, Kelsi Finney, Jeremy Gregory and Keith Carter. Noon-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through July 14. Free. Fulcrum Gallery, 1308 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma. 253-520-0520, fulcrumtacoma.com

American Art Co hosts International Pastels Exhibition

The Northwest Pastel Society’s International Exhibition is back at American Art Co in downtown Tacoma, featuring work by local and national pastel artists in a variety of genres. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Free. 1126 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-272-4327,

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New local artists invent and explore in “Dawn of 2012” at Fulcrum Gallery, Tacoma

Kelsi Finney, “Wild Thoughts.” Photo courtesy Fulcrum Gallery

“Dawn of 2012” has been up for a month already at Fulcrum Gallery, but it’s worth going again to see these emerging Tacoma-area artists spread their exploratory wings. The work isn’t all perfect by any means – you wouldn’t expect that – but it’s jolting, witty and inventive by turns, with a real freshness of approach that’s totally apt for the new year.

Two of the best are highly line-based, though with very different treatment. Meghan Mitchell, Tacoma-born with a recent BFA from Portland, does intricate graphite drawings of tangled ribbons swirling over delicately shaded clouds of texture. Like the work of M.C. Escher the three-dimensional puzzles draw you in, then spit you out as you realize there’s no beginning or end in sight. When she superimposes two cut-off hands it’s not as effective: They float arbitrarily over the leaf-like background in a weirdly (and misproportioned) way. But it’s tantalizing to imagine how awesome these textured tangles would be en masse if Mitchell ever decided to enlarge her work. Read more »


Critic’s Picks: Piano fest at University of Puget Sound, Click Flick at the Grand, Brass Unlimited at St. Mark’s Lutheran and new art at Fulcrum Gallery, Tacoma

Brass Unlimited. Courtesy photo.

Brass and Organ Unlimited

This Sunday sees Brass Unlimited’s 14th annual “Sounds of Brass Concert” atSt. Mark’s Lutheran Church, featuring the church’s new digital organ in music by Gabrieli, Saint-Saens, Mozart and Holst, with brass and percussion ensembles directed by Dr. John Falskow. 3 p.m. Jan. 22. Free. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 6730 No. 17th St., Tacoma. 253-752-4966,www.smlutheran.orgwww.brassunlimited.org

Eight hands, two pianos at UPS

Three of Tacoma’s best concert pianists and a guest artist will combine at the University of Puget Sound tonight to play orchestral works as you’ve (probably) never heard them before: Ravel’s “La Valse” played with four hands on two pianos and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture played with eight hands on two pianos, plus more. Artists include Duane Hulbert, Tanya Stambuk, Keith Ward and Central Washington University’s John Pickett, who’ll also play Liszt’s monumental Sonata in b minor for solo piano. The program opens the university’s 21st annual piano festival. 7:30 p.m. tonight. $12.50/$8.50/free for UPS students. Schneebeck Hall, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Union Ave., Tacoma. 253-879-3419, ups.universitytickets.com

Grand Click Flick: “Astroboy”

This month’s free Click Family Flick at the Grand is the 2009 “Astroboy,” based on the classic Japanese animé series about a young robot with incredible powers. Doors open 9:30 a.m., screening 10 a.m. Jan. 21. Free to first 100 people. The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett Ave., Tacoma. 253-593-4474, www.grandcinema.com

New artists at Fulcrum

With a New Year come new artists, at least at Fulcrum Gallery, where the newly-opened “Dawn of 2012” features six emerging Tacoma artists. Julian Pena, Kelsi Finney, Gabriel Brown, Kirsten Marie Piso, Meghan Mitchell and Branden Urban present a variety of forms, imagery and materials, including repurposed. Noon-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday through March 10. Free. Fulcrum Gallery, 1308 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma. 253-250-0520, www.fulcrumtacoma.com Read more »


Critic’s Picks: Dorito-fed art at Tacoma Chamber of Commerce, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Nutcracker” in Seattle, Tollefson Plaza Skate Rink art and Kinoshita at Fulcrum

Lynn Di Nino, “Pin a Dorito on an American.” Photo courtesy Tom Holt and Elayne Vogel.

Dorito-fed Americans in GTCF show downtown

Twelve nominees for the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s annual Foundation of Art award, as well as award winner Jessica Spring, will exhibit their work in the street window of Tacoma’s Chamber of Commerce building this week. Among them is Lynn Di Nino, whose installation of five rotund, corn-fed paper-mache figures is titled “Pin a Dorito on an American.” Preview 5-7 p.m. Nov. 30, then viewable 24/7 through January. Free. Chamber of Commerce building, 11th and Pacific Avenues, Tacoma.www.tacomafoundation.org

Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Nutcracker”

PNB’s famous “Nutcracker,” a sparkling collaboration between choreographer Kent Stowell and illustrator Maurice Sendak, opens this weekend in Seattle, with local caroling groups and lobby activities before each show. Nov. 25-Dec. 27. $28-$123. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. 206-441-2424, www.pnb.org

Artist market and mural at skate rink

When Tollefson Plaza turns into an outdoor skating rink today, it’ll include some art: See Jeremy Gregory’s 27-foot Seuss-inspired “Twoville” on a wood frame surrounding the Christmas tree lot trailer, the yellow-floats pool installation by Holly Senn, Janet Marcavage and Bret Lyon, and the many artist-made goodies on sale at the European-style holiday market. Art 24/7, market 4-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 2. Free. Tollefson Plaza, 1900 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. www.polarplaza.com

Caribou art by Lisa Kinoshita at Fulcrum

Local metalsmith, jeweler and installation artist Lisa Kinoshita explores themes of backyard wildlife and suburbia in “Study #1: Backyard” at Fulcrum Gallery. Noon-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday through Dec. 3. Free. Fulcrum Gallery, 1308 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma. 253-2500520, www.fulcrumtacoma.com

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Critic’s Picks: Gig Harbor Film Fest, Tacoma Art Museum tapete, Tacoma Concert Band and Art Chantry at Fulcrum

Gig Harbor Film Fest

The annual Gig Harbor Film Festival runs this weekend, featuring a gala appearance by Julie Andrews plus features and shorts by regional, national and international filmmakers. October 14-16. $40 3-day pass, $75 gala or $8/$6 per film. Galaxy Theatre Uptown, 4649 Point Fosdick Drive NW, Gig Harbor. www.gigharborfilmfestival.org

Tacoma Art Museum tapetes

This Sunday, watch artists Fulgencio Lazo and Jose Orantes install two giant tapetes (sand paintings) on the floor of the museum’s lobby area in honor of Dia de los Muertos, coming up at the end of this month. Schools and community

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Critic’s Picks: Gig Harbor Studio Tour, Park(ing) Day in Tacoma, Click Flick at the Grand and Art Chantry at Fulcrum and

Gig Harbor studio tour

Gig Harbor’s annual self-guided Open Studio Tour is on again this weekend, with 28 artists in 25 studios in a variety of media. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept 17-18. Free. Various locations; get map online. 253-549-7551

Temporary street art on Park(ing) Day

Walk around downtown today and check out the temporary art literally on the street for Park(ing) Day, a one-day global event when artists, activist and regular citizens transform city parking spots into temporary public parks. Last year saw parking spots become tropical zones, picnic areas, art installations and even a tiny farm.

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