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Tag: Monkeyshines


Happy Year of the Dragon! Now go look for your glass floats, courtesy of Tacoma’s Monkeyshines crew

A Monkeyshines glass Dragon float. Courtesy photo.

Today’s the new Asian year – the Year of the Dragon. And for the ninth year in a row, Tacoma’s Monkeyshine folks have gotten out and about late last night to do their anonymous, slightly crazy glass art thing: hiding hundreds of hand-blown glass floats stamped with this year’s animal in front yards, trees and odd places around Tacoma for lucky citizens to find and keep.

Begun in 2003, Monkeyshines is a collaboration between local glass artists, glassblowers at the Jason Lee Hilltop Artists in Residence program, and willing volunteers who fan out late one night to deposit the floats all around the city. I’ve done it one year, and it’s fun finding creative places to hide the floats: under bushes, in tree branches (securely, of course), inside newspaper boxes… This year there are over 500 balls and medallions, each stamped with a dragon. Read more »


Happy Lunar New Year from Monkeyshines – or is that Rabbitshines?

It’s officially New Year – lunar new year, that is, and in the Asian calendar this is the year of the Rabbit. Which means that this morning, all around Tacoma, hundreds of hand-blown glass floats stamped with a rabbit design are hidden in trees, yards, newspaper boxes and the like, just waiting for fortune to fall upon someone. Maybe it’ll be you …

I’m talking Monkeyshines, the annual crazy art event cooked up by local glassblowers (who shall remain anonymous) and their devoted helpers, who every year create beautifully swirled color glass floats in honor of the new year, and

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Monkeyshines are out – Happy New Year of the Tiger

It’s Asian New Year this weekend, and for Tacoma that means Monkeyshines! The annual artist-driven tradition of hiding gorgeous hand-blown glass floats in yards and streets all over Tacoma happened again early this morning.

The Monkeyshines crew (various glassblowers, artists and friends) set out to hide the floats at 4 a.m., which was far too early for me to tag along. But I did go last year, and so I know more or less what happens: The Monkeyshiners meet at a top-secret location associated with Ms. Monkey, a certain glass artist around town, where they divide into teams and load

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