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Glass squid and octopi adorn the new Mary Bridge expansion in downtown Tacoma


Greg Piercy with the new floats installation by Hilltop Artists at Multicare. Photo: Rosemary Ponnekanti
Greg Piercy with the new floats installation by Hilltop Artists at Multicare. Photo: Rosemary Ponnekanti

The Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital expansion – atop MultiCare’s new regional cancer center buildings and the emergency section of Mary Bridge and Tacoma General – isn’t open to the public yet, but the art’s already there, brightening the corridors and waiting rooms with glass sea-life in vivid tangerines and limes. And I was lucky enough yesterday to get a sneak peek at the installations by Jennevieve Schlemmer and the non-profit Hilltop Artists glass program.

The HART installation is interesting in two ways: It’s art made by kids for kids, with ongoing interactions planned; and it’s also visible from the outside. Lining the north windows of the 6th and 7th floor skyway bridges connecting the front building on Martin Luther King Jr. Way and the back building on South J Street are 1,400 glass floats, blown by the skilled, hardworking HART students at Jason Lee Middle School. You can see it from the alley just beside the emergency drop-off (but you’ll have to walk underneath the skybridge to see the north window, as the south one was left clear to preserve the views of Mt. Rainier). Gelato-hued floats pile up like bubbles inside an aquarium: cool blues and greens on the lower floor, warm lemons, limes, tangerines and berry colors on the upper.

But the best part can only be seen by the hospital’s young patients and staff. Up close you realize that every so often the glassblowers (at Wilson High, this time) have popped an exquisitely-blown squid or octopus inside a float, so the whole installation goes from abstract beauty to a “Where’s Waldo?” treasure hunt for viewers. Read more »


Critic’s Picks: Tacoma Performing Dance, glass at Seymour Conservatory, TEDX Talk at Museum of Glass and Salish Sea at Christ Episcopal

Tacoma Performing Dance Company dances “From the Heart”

This Saturday the Tacoma Performing Dance Company presents “Dances From the Heart”, a spring repertory program of new work by artistic director Jo Emery and guest choreographers Amity Howel-Sloboda, Jean Milano, Anna Herron and Amity Kernen. Using crescendos and stirring scores, the program explores research on how music affects heart rates and rehabilitation, and half of the proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 14. $22/$18. Stadium High School Performing Arts Center, 111 N. E St., Tacoma. 253-752-8530, tacomaperformingdance.org

Hilltop glass tribes at Seymour Conservatory

The Seymour Conservatory in Wright Park is now home to some newly-created archeological relics, blown in glass. “Shared Values: The Lost Tribes of Hilltop” features work of the Hilltop Artists in Residency, based at Jason Lee Middle School, as they create everyday objects reflecting an imaginary long-lost tribe. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays through May 24. $5 suggested donation. Wright Park, 316 S. G St., Tacoma. 253-591-5330, metroparkstacoma.org/conservatory. Read more »


Critic’s Picks: Seattle International Dance Fest, Flora at Tacoma Art Museum, Hilltop glass sale and TSO Chorus at Urban Grace

Seattle Dance fest

Beginning today the 6th Seattle International Dance Festival offers contemporary dance from Iraq, Japan, Mexico and the United States along South Lake Union until June 19. Art on the Fly is free: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. today at 410 Terry Ave. plaza, 12-6 p.m. June 11 at streetcar stops. Inside programs are at 7:30 p.m./8 p.m. each evening, $17 advance/$20 at door at Raisbeck Hall, 2015 Boren Ave., Seattle. www.thresholdfestival.org

“Flora and Fine Arts” at TAM

Tacoma Art  Museum plays host to “Flora and Fine Arts,” a collaborative show with the Tacoma Garden Club featuring floral arrangements inspired

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