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Proctor Gallery Art-A-Thon raises money for the FISH Food Bank this Saturday

It’s not just fresh fruit and veggies this Saturday at the Proctor Farmers’ Market – it’ll be live art as well. Artists from the Proctor Art Gallery will be painting and sculpting all day long at the market to raise awareness and funds for the nearby FISH Food Bank.

Over the past three years the gallery artists have raised more than $3,000 for the weekly food bank, which supports 4,500 local folks every month with supplies of free groceries. And while canned and packaged food is still helpful for those in need, there’s nothing as nutritious as fresh

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Tacoma’s Proctor Art Gallery hosts mosaic artist Patty Franklin

Patty Franklin, "Estonia." Courtesy photo.

There are some rather unusual musical instruments in the Proctor Art Gallery this week. Two guitars and a mandolin have no strings – instead, they’re covered with a mosaic of glass and beads in swirls, curves, lines and hearts, shimmering with color like a swimming pool in brilliant sunshine. They’re the work of Patty Franklin, a Woodinville artist who shows in Seattle and around the region, and who is the featured artist at Proctor this month. She’ll also be demonstrating her mosaic technique this Saturday morning.

Franklin builds her mosaics up like relief sculptures on a variety of different surfaces: a sculpted female torso, onto which she’s created a white mosaic dress flamed with multi-hue glass tongues; flat framed boards of wedi (the waterproof substance used behind tiles in showers); and the guitars and mandolin themselves, actual instruments bought in junk shops and filled with foam for strength. Read more »


Third Proctor Food Bank Art-a-thon this Saturday in Tacoma

Artists from the Proctor Art Gallery are once again volunteering their time and talent this Saturday at the Proctor Farmers Market to help raise money for the Mason Fish Food Bank. The third annual Proctor Food Bank Art-a-thon will see artists painting and making art during market hours to attract donations and pledges to buy fresh market produce for the food bank.

Over the past two art-a-thons the PAG artists, led by Carolyn Burt, have raised $2,700 for the market. Over the same period, the Mason Fish Food Bank has seen an increase of 70 per cent of clients

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Critic’s picks: oils at Fulcrum, “In the Spirit” at History Museum, Click Flick “Madagascar” and recycled art at Proctor

Industrial oils at Fulcrum

Fulcrum Gallery’s latest show “Science and Industry” features Peter Sheesley’s moody oil paintings of the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. Noon-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through Aug. 13. Free. 1308 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma. 253-250-0520, www.fulcrumtacoma.com

“In the Spirit” at the History Museum

The Washington State History Museum has just opened its annual “In the Spirit: Contemporary Northwest Native Arts” exhibit. The juried show features 21 artists like Chholing Taha and Jennifer Johns in a range of media and styles from traditional to modern. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday through Aug. 28. $8/$7/$6/free for

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Free Arts Month: Arty purses in Old Town and paintings at Proctor

Old Town and the Proctor District have a gallery each plus several murals reflecting the character of each place, and they’re always free.

At Old Town’s Sandpiper Gallery, a show of arty purses was on its last day. Chris Wooten wove ironic baskets shaped like body parts, Elayne Vogel hung natty birdhouses from cords and Di Morgan-Graves sculpted papier-maché in a magic purple mushroom, a golden egg and a giant olive. After this it’ll be landscape photographs by owners Cordy and Judy Wagner until the next art show goes up. 2221 N. 30th St., Tacoma. Open noon-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 253-627-6667

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Proctor Farmers’ Market and Proctor Art Gallery stage the second Food Bank Art-a-thon


Support artists, farmers and hungry folk at the same time this Saturday at the Proctor Farmers’ Market, where the second Food Bank Art-a-thon is happening from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Begun last year, the Art-a-thon was organized as a way of generating funds to buy fresh produce directly from the Farmers’ Market and donate it to the FISH Food Bank, located nearby at Mason United Methodist Church.

Twelve artists from the Proctor Art Gallery around the corner will set up easels and workstations in a covered area of the market and paint, draw and create art all

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Need gifts? Try an art show (Traver, Proctor, ArtStop, White River Valley Museum)

Okay, admit it – you haven’t bought all your holiday gifts yet. Never fear, though, as there’s a great alternative to hitting the mall that will not only get your loved ones a handmade, unique gift but soothe your soul in the process. I’m talking about art, of course. Buying art doesn’t have to be a multi-thousand-dollar, big-investment kind of decision. At this time of year, artists and gallerists realize that what people are looking for is affordable, approachable gifts, and they set up shows to fit the bill – group shows of lots of small works.

In Tacoma, there

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