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Critic’s picks: Cathedrals at Immanuel Presbyterian, Adams at Seattle Symphony and Art Museum, organ at Christ Episcopal and Tapestry in Tacoma

Christ Church noon organ recital

The Third Fridays at Noon recital series at Christ Episcopal continues today with Dana Robinson, organist and pianist from the University of Illinois, playing Bach, Buxtehude and Beethoven. 12:10 p.m. today. Entry by donation. Christ Episcopal Church, 310 North K St., Tacoma. 253-383-1569, ccptacoma.org

“Cathedrals” series rocks Immanuel Presbyterian

The next in Tacoma’s “Cathedrals” series of indie rock in acoustic venues features Denver folk group Paper Bird, Seattle singer Shenandoah Davis and Tacoma duo Elk and Boar (Travis Barker and Kirsten Wenlock), in the warm intimacy of Immanuel Presbyterian. 8 p.m. tonight. $16. Immanuel Presbyterian,

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Alfredo Arreguin paints lush mysteries at the Tacoma Public Library’s Handforth Gallery

Work by Alfredo Arreguin, now up at the Handforth Gallery, Tacoma Public Library main branch. Courtesy image.

Alfredo Arreguin sees patterns. The Mexican-born, Seattle-based artist whose work is in the National Museum of American Art and has shown at the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery, paints lush landscapes comprised of patterns – intricate geometrics that hide or reveal larger portraits of animals or people. It’s a masterful effect, but the only chance Tacomans have had to see this work lately is at the Tacoma Art Museum, where Arreguin’s Frida Kahlo portrait was included in the exhibit about her several years ago. Now the Handforth Gallery at the Tacoma Public Library main branch is full of these mysterious, lush-colored patterns, each mingling Arreguin’s Mexican roots with visions of his adopted Northwest home in “Alfredo Arreguin: Selected Paintings.”

Staring into each of these paintings is like a journey back and forth along the eye’s perspective plane. In “El Arete,” for instance (the Kahlo portrait), Frida stares fiercely out with unblinking dark eyes, her lips blood-red, her hair-piece immaculately beautiful. But close-up her curvy outlines and smooth skin are made up of a grid of cross-like flowers and vaguely Native American faces, squares and diamonds alternating with subtly colored outlines. The effect is both wild and tamed, order coming out of chaos, a living person at once assembling from and dispersing into the atoms of the land that produced her. Read more »


The Tacoma Public Library’s Handforth Gallery shows 25 years of Puget Sound Sumi Artists

It must be something in the air or the water – the Puget Sound region sports a lot of passionate sumi-e painters. At the forefront is the Puget Sound Sumi Artists association, which has shown regularly at the Tacoma Public Library’s Handforth Gallery and is now celebrating its 25th anniversary with another large show there, as well as at the University of Washington Tacoma’s reference library and Mavi Contemporary gallery.

As always, the PSSA showcase a wide variety of sumi-e interpretations, from traditional Japanese and Zen to Chinese landscape and Western watercolor. Stretching around the back

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Critic’s Picks: Maritime Gig Harbor Festival, two Tacoma tapestry shows, “Dances with Dancers” at Pantages and Ten Tiny Dances at Jazzbones

Maritime Gig Festival

Join in the fun, food, festivities and everything watery at the annual Maritime Gig Festival in Gig Harbor this weekend. Events include Fun Run, Pancake Breakfast, Grand Parade and Round Rock Contest, plus this year’s pirate theme. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. June 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 5. Free. Along Harborview Drive (near waterfront, between Pioneer Way and Rosedale Street, park on Pioneer Way), Gig Harbor. 253-851-6865, full schedule at www.maritimegig.com

Two Tacoma Tapestry shows

Tacoma becomes tapestry central this weekend, with two shows in two venues highlighting work from both local and national artists. At the Handforth

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A tale of two libraries (and the art therein): UPS’ Collins and the downtown Tacoma Public Library


Libraries can be great places for seeing art. They’re open long hours, are nice and quiet and often show local artists. Two Tacoma libraries are showing work right now that’s worth a long look.

Tacoma Public Library’s downtown branch shows art regularly in its Handforth Gallery (past check-out and up the short steps to the left.) This month the show is “BIG: An exploration,” which is exactly what it sounds like.

The biggest work of the lot is probably Marsah Glazière’s “Human Tapestry.” A 15-foot frieze of 10 lifesize human sculptures projecting out of a paint-and-textile collage, this work

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Critic’s Picks: “Works of Light” at the library, Urban Art Fest, Nyland at Mineral and the Neddys at TAM

Spring and Bjorklund at the Handforth

New this week at the Tacoma Public Library’s Handforth Gallery is “Works of Light,” a duo show by two Tacoma artists. Photographer Victoria Bjorklund explores midnight streets in “Blue Midnight,” while printmaker Jessica Spring takes on artificial light in “Unnatural Light.” 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thur., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat. through Aug.9. Free. TPL main branch, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma. 253-591-5666, www.tacomapubliclibrary.org

Urban Art Fest

It’s back, Tacoma’s downtown all-day arts festival, now six years old. This year the Urban Art Fest moves to the Hilltop, and aims to make art more accessible to

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