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Art outside the (book) box: Puget Sound Book Artists’ annual exhibit at the University of Puget Sound library challenges the whole idea of a book

Judy Lynn, "12th Jan. 2012" in the Puget Sound Book Artists' show at the Collins library at UPS. Photo: Rosemary Ponnekanti
Judy Lynn, “12th Jan. 2012″ in the Puget Sound Book Artists’ show at the Collins library at UPS. Photo: Rosemary Ponnekanti

If you think a book means cardboard covers and paper pages, then you need to head over to the Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound and have your horizons broadened. The Collins – which throughout the rest of the year hosts a swathe of visiting and local letterpress and book artists – is currently the venue for this year’s exhibit by 30 members of the Puget Sound Book Artists group, and the show continues to stretch the boundaries of creative materials, construction, binding and content.

A non-profit that links amateurs and professionals from all sections of the book art field, the PSBA offers year-round monthly meet-ups for workshops and or lectures. And it’s notjust for folks who live around Puget Sound: This year’s show features work by new members living in Oregon, New Mexico and Indiana.

As such, the show’s by no means even in quality – there’s stunning artistry by letterpress professionals like Chandler O’Leary (delicately watercolored horse prints in a cute little stitched pouch), by print artists like Dorothy McCuistion, Mark Hoppman (intensely textured pencil sketches in a large folio) and  and college instructors like co-curator Kathryn Govan. There’s also less skilled amateur work, which is nevertheless heartfelt and often innovative. Every work is different, and presents the concept of a book in a uniquely thought-out way. Read more »


Critic’s Picks: Pacific Northwest Ballet’s “Season Encore,” Britten in Seattle, book art at the Collins library and Jazz Live with Kareem Kandi

Jazz Live at Marine View with Kareem Kandi and Bill Ramsay

Jazz and blues legends old and new join forces for this month’s Jazz Live at Marine View. Saxophonist Kareem Kandi and his band play with three Northwest jazz legends will guest appear:  Bill Ramsay on sax, Jay Thomas on trumpet and Julian Priester on trombone. 5 p.m. June 9. Free. Marine View Church, 8469 Eastside Dr. NE, Tacoma. 253-229-9206, marineviewpc.org

PNB Season Encore

For one night only, the Pacific Northwest Ballet performs greatest hits from this year’s 40th anniversary season, including Balanchine’s “Concerto Barocco” and “Agon,” Ulysses Dove’s “Dancing on

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Unusual art shows in Puyallup City Hall, Tahoma Family Center and UPS Collins Library

Three very different art shows are up this month in Tacoma and Puyallup. At the Puyallup City Hall, identical twins Don and Ron Snowden show their unidentical art in “TwinArt.” 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday through August. 333 S. Meridian Ave., Puyallup. Free. 253-841-4321, www.cityofpuyallup.org

Tyrone Patkoski, urban Native American and self-taught artist (see my story on him here) is exhibiting his turbulent, found-object-filled paintings, drawings and sculptures at the Tahoma Family Center. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday through June 30. Free. CCS, 1323 S. Yakima Ave., Tacoma. 253-502-2617

And at the

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