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Mineral gallery closing; Flow opening on Puyallup Avenue, Tacoma

Mineral art space in Tacoma’s Stadium District has closed, and a new gallery will be opening in its place on May 19: Flow. Run by sumi-e and calligraphy artist Andrea Erickson, the gallery and studio will open with the show “Commencement,” featuring work by Erickson, Fumiko Kimura, Selinda Sheridan and Kathryn Whitacre, in a mixture of watercolor, mixed media, jewelry and three-dimensional art.

Andrea Erickson is a local sumi-e and calligraphy artist who has shown at  the Bellevue Art Museum , the Western Washington State Fair, the Handforth Gallery at the Tacoma Public Library, the Kirsten, Sandpiper and White Dove Galleries,

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Free Arts Month: Dome district art

If you think the Dome district’s just for big shows and dodgy bars, think again. The stretch from 301-409 Puyallup Avenue is home to some of the best art in Tacoma (and some really pretty buildings too.) And it’s free, all the time.

First up is Mineral, the tiny gallery-cum-jewelry studio at 301 Puyallup Ave. Suite A. Run by Lisa Kinoshita, it holds a fascinating array of her art jewelry, from insect carapaces to antlers hung delicately on silver. But it’s always got another artist up on the walls, and right now that’s John Fisher, whose “algorithmic drawings” of

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Critic’s picks: Letterpress books at the Collins Library, chastity belts and art boudoir at Mineral, ArtWalk and award art at Kittredge

Make books at the Collins Library

Meet the artists and learn how to make tricky books, paper toys and paper party décor at the opening of a new books-and-letterpress exhibit at the University of Puget Sound’s Collins Memorial Library. The show features Purgatory Pie Press, a husband-and-wife team (Dikko Faust and Esther K. Smith) from New York who’ve shown at museums worldwide. Workshop 4-6 p.m. Aug. 13; exhibit runs daily through Oct. 1. Free. UPS, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 253-879-3669, http://www.pugetsound.edu/library.xml

Chastity Belts and Boudoirs on Puyallup Avenue

Art gets racy this month at the 301 Puyallup Ave. artspace.

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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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Critic’s Picks: Tacoma Concert Band, “Splash” art in Gig Harbor, “Flow” at Mineral and Tacoma Art Supply

Tacoma Concert Band mixes Russian and American

Seattle soprano Heidi Vanderford is the soloist in the Tacoma Concert Band’s final show of the season, “A Russian-American Potpourri,” including works by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Gershwin and Bernstein, plus student solo winner flutist Candy Chang. 7:30 p.m. May 1. $15-$30. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org, www.tacomaconcertband.org

“Flow” at Mineral

Calligraphic art from locals Andrea Erickson and Maureen McHugh – the one sumi-character-based, the other modernist – is up now at Mineral. Noon-5 p.m. Tue, Thur and Sat and by appointment. Free. 301 Puyallup Ave. Ste. A, Tacoma. 253-250-7745, www.lisakinoshita.com


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Mike Capp’s monsters at Mineral, mighty nice


Sorry for the Seussian alliteration in the title, but it’s hard to resist getting back to childhood when you step into Mineral these days. The tiny gallery/art jewelry space on Puyallup Avenue is filled with monsters – the friendly kind, that is. Mike Capp‘s show “I wonder what that’s about?” has been up for a few weeks now and with a vibe that mixes painterly care with childlike humor it’s definitely worth a long look.

Capp’s an Everett painter with an eclectic background –  including a stretch as a stand-up comic – but a lot of

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Critic’s Picks: Tacoma Opera’s “Figaro,” Northwest Sinfonietta’s “Silver Flute,” Lisa Sweet at Kittredge and Mike Capp at Mineral

Tacoma Opera does “Figaro”

Mozart’s glorious comic opera “The Marriage of Figaro” comes to Tacoma Opera this weekend amid much farce, cross-dressing and jumping out of windows. 8 p.m. tonight, 2 p.m. March 7. $15-$80. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-627-7789, www.tacomaopera.com, www.broadwaycenter.org

 Northwest Sinfonietta’s “Silver Flute”

The NWS’ principal flutist Darrin Thaves plays a program of Impressionist music with bassoon and piano in “The Silver Flute.” 7:30 p.m. March 6. $28/$23. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 800-291-7593, www.nwsinfonietta.org

Lisa Sweet icons at Kittredge

Painter and Evergreen professor Lisa Sweet exhibits her modern take on medieval

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Critic’s Picks: Chris Sharp at Mineral, “The Hobbit” with puppets, Asian tea ceremony with APCC and “Young Victoria” at The Grand Cinema


Chris Sharp’s “Tiny” at Mineral



Tacoma painter Chris Sharp shows new small works to highlight the artistic process in “Tiny: New Works by Chris Sharp”, including flip-stacks of studies clipped to the walls. Noon-5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday through Feb. 2; artist reception 5-8 p.m. Jan. 21. Free. Mineral Gallery, 301 Puyallup Ave. #A, Tacoma. 253-250-7745, www.lisakinoshita.com

“The Hobbit,” with puppets

Like “The Lord of the Rings”? Then you’ll love Théâtre Sans Fils’ production of “The Hobbit,” featuring 50 life-size puppets including a 25-foot-long dragon, 10-foot-high trolls, giant spiderwebs and more, all to tell the

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