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Lynn Di Nino sculpts Twinkies with ironic flair at Flow Gallery, Tacoma

Lynn Di Nino, "Ejectulation Confection." Courtesy image.

If you’re still thinking of Tacoma artist Lynn Di Nino as a concrete sculptor it’s time to get up to date. In the last few years Lynn has turned her hand to everything from jewelry to coffee filters as a medium, and her latest expedition into mixed-media art involves junk food. Specifically, Twinkies – and Sno Balls, Ding Dongs, Cupcakes and various other Hostess food products – enshrined in snarky, tongue-in-cheek installations at Flow Gallery that’ll have you laughing (and reaching for the organic whole wheat).

Around the walls of tiny Flow on Puyallup Avenue are around 15 of these sculptures. Enclosed behind plastic muffin-tray lids, they preserve Twinkies (in hand-made vintage packaging – look for the stitches) in any number of ‘archival’ situations. They perch in a rusty Radio Flyer toy wagon or huddle in WWI-era ration cans. They’re inserted phallically by tiny toy hands into a suggestive jack-in-the-box hole, or pounced on by a miniature Howdy Doody puppet, made in clay by Di Nino with a Wallace-and-Gromit innocence. 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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Solved! Lynn Di Nino’s mysterious jewelry at Sandpiper Gallery, Tacoma

She deliberately doesn’t tell you what it is, but if you think like Lynn Di Nino you can make a pretty good guess at the basic material for her show “The New Mysterious Jewelry,” up now at Sandpiper Gallery in Old Town Tacoma. I may be wrong, but my guess is…(drum roll)…coffee filters.

Yep, there’s a gallery full of coffee filter jewelry in Old Town, and it’s definitely worth wearing. Di Nino, who usually works in concrete but has lately explored all sorts of other, mostly found and recycled, media, gives you a hint in the artist statement – the

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Toes, circuit boards and octopi make “Unusual Adornment” at Sandpiper Gallery


Want something really splashy for your New Year’s Eve party? Try an octopus necklace. (Ho ho ho.) No, really – all puns aside, if you go looking at the wryly funny necklaces and brooches in “Unusual Adornment” as just wall-art you’re missing half the fun. The show, loosely organized by Lynn Di Nino and other Tacoma friends at Old Town’s Sandpiper Gallery, is of wearable art, and art that deserves plenty of wearing.


Take Di Morgan-Graves’ paper-mache-sculpted necklace pendants. Morgan-Graves is the diva of the 6th Avenue Dia de los Muertos procession, with gorgeous skeletons like the fisherman,

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Miss the Luzon? Revisit the landmark building at the Luzon Memorial Show this week

6a00e39331754e88340120a5fdc791970c-800wi“Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will not themselves be realized.” 

Daniel Burnham? Perhaps. It’s certainly attributed to that famous architect who, with partner John Root, built one of the world’s first skyscrapers (Chicago’s Masonic Temple Building) and who developed the Chicago School of classical revival. Burnham and Root’s last remaining Tacoma building – the Luzon, at South 13th and Pacific –  was no little plan, one of the first buildings whose light steel frame allowed much greater height than masonry alone.

Equally big was the City’s plan to tear it down last September, protested hotly right up until demolition.

At the Luzon Memorial Show this week you can join with local artists to mourn the graceful, decrepit structure. Read more »


Margaret K. Williams Award recipients to be honored Thursday night

Congratulations to this year’s Margaret K. Williams Awards, granted by Pierce County’s Arts Commission and Arts and Services Division for artistic leadership and innovation. The award, now in its 22nd year, has no money attached but plenty of glory: Past winners have included Dale Chihuly and your very own The News Tribune, both 1994 recipients. 

This year’s winners are watercolorist David Craig, art co-op powerhouse Linda Danforth, dancer Candi Hall who founded the D.A.S.H. arts school on the Hilltop, textile artist Barbara Lee Smith and concrete diva Lynn Di Nino, who also spearheads such community events as First Night and

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