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Critic’s picks: Warhol at TAM, Raymond Turner at Museum of Glass, Tacoma art studio tours and PLU’s “Magic Flute”

Andy Warhol’s flowers come to TAM

In 1982, Tacoma almost became famous – for an Andy Warhol flower mural splashed right across the Tacoma Dome. It didn’t happen, but Warhol’s photographs, paintings and illustrations of flowers that inspired the application are coming to Tacoma Art Museum in “Andy Warhol’s Flowers for Tacoma.” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays Nov. 3-Feb. 10, 2013. $10/$8/free for under-five and 5-8 p.m. third Thursdays. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org

Raymond Turner at Museum of Glass

Former Tacoman Raymond Turner exhibits his thickly brushed paintings on glass at the Museum of

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Dale Chihuly to create “Soft Cylinder” at Museum of Glass Hot Shop with all-star team

Glass artist Dale Chihuly. Courtesy image.

It’s a few weeks off, but Chihuly glass fans might want to mark their calendars: glass icon and Tacoma boy Dale Chihuly is returning for one day on Sept. 23 to the Museum of Glass Hot Shop to work with an all-star glass-blowing team that includes Joey Kirkpatrick, Flora Mace, James Mongrain and Joey DeCamp. They’ll create one of Chihuly’s “Soft Cylinders” series.

“We are so pleased to have Dale back at MOG to help us celebrate our 10th anniversary,” states Museum of Glass Executive Director Susan Warner.  “His career has paved the way for so many young artists—in fact, he made a special request to ensure students from the Hilltop Artists program have the opportunity to come and see him and his team working in the Hot Shop.  Because of Dale, the Pacific Northwest has become a major glass center.”

One of the masterminds behind the creation of the Museum of Glass, Chihuly was the Hot Shop’s first visiting artist at the museum’s opening weekend in July 2002. Read more »


Critic’s Picks: Photography at the UPS Collins library, Indian art at SAAM, glass workshops at Museum of Glass and Olympia Harbor Days

Qatar photography at the Collins

Husband and wife team Andrew Gardner (UPS anthropology associate professor) and Kristin Giordano (photographer) blur genre boundaries in a new exhibit at the Collins Library at the University of Puget Sound, exploring the lives of labor migrants in the Gulf Coast. 7:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday through September. Free. Collins Memorial Library, UPS, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. 523-879-2664, pugetsound.edu/library

Indian art at SAAM

Seattle Asian Art Museum goes to India with two new exhibits of old and contemporary art from the subcontinent.

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Susan Warner named new executive director and curator of Museum of Glass

New Museum of Glass executive director/curator Susan Warner. Courtesy photo.

The board of trustees of Tacoma’s Museum of Glass has named Susan Warner as the museum’s new executive director and curator, beginning today. The move comes just two months after the resignation of former director Tim Close, who cited a need for a change in leadership as his reason for leaving. Warner, who has worked for the museum since 2001, has served as interim director since Close resigned in January after five years of leadership.

“We are very pleased that Susan has agreed to step into the role of Museum of Glass director,” comments board chair Steve Loeb in a press release.  “Susan knows the institution better than anyone and she is the ideal candidate to lead the organization as we enter into our second decade of service.  She has continually demonstrated her ability to inspire and engage Museum visitors, supporters, artists and staff during her tenure at the museum, and the Board is confident that she is the best person to move the institution forward.” Read more »


Peter Serko paints the Museum of Glass in a spectrum of photographic colors

It may seem a bit self-promoting to host a show of photographs depicting your own building, but once you’ve gotten past that hiccup the new exhibit of Peter Serko photographs at the Museum of Glass is well worth seeing: a vision of intensely colored angles and reflections stretching along the museum’s back gallery.

Serko often works in moody black and white, but here he abandons misty long views for vivid close-ups of the museum building and surrounds, charged with candy-box of colors in a wide variety of light. As a resident of the museum district since 2006 (Serko

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Lino Tagliapietra kicks off Museum of Glass’ summer residency program next week

Italian glass artist Lino Tagliapietra will be in residency at the Museum of Glass starting June 6, kicking off the museum’s 2011 Visiting Artist Summer Series.  Featuring 15 artists over 13 weeks, the Summer Series allows emerging, established and international artists into the Hot Shop to explore new projects, working with the Hot Shop team. The series runs through through Labor Day weekend.

Each resident artist works through the week before presenting a lecture and slide show in a public conversation at 2 p.m. Sundays. The Summer Series runs in conjunction with the Pilchuck Glass School, allowing visiting teaching

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