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Tag: Sandpiper Gallery


Wooten’s feminine trees, Shakov’s unalluring women at Sandpiper

It’s curious, but the most feminine artworks at Sandpiper Gallery right now are the wire trees. The nude female photographs on the walls, meanwhile, are highly androgynized. Together they make up a duo exhibition at the Old Town gallery by a husband and wife: Vladimir Shakov, who takes the vintage silver gelatin photographs, and Chris Wooten, who makes the trees.

Even though there are just six of them, it’s the trees that catch your eye. Intricate sculptures of copper and colored wire with mixed-media foliage, they float in a fantasy world where nature glitters and trees have spirits. Wooten sculpts

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Critic’s Picks: Tacoma poetry walk, Sandpiper Gallery, Jazz Port Townsend and Second City Chamber Series at Lakewold Gardens

Tacoma Poetry Walk

Following on from the recently published Downtown On the Go Walk Tacoma maps, local poet Luke Smiraldo will lead a poetry walk around the brewery district, stopping at various locations to allow participants to write about their surroundings and take in the urban landscape. Journals, water and snacks supplied. Noon today. Free. Starts at University of Washington staircase, 1900 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. RSVP by July 18 to 253-682-1739 or dotg@tacomachamber.org

Shakov and Wooten at Sandpiper

Tacoma husband and wife team Valdimir Shakov and Chris Wooten show individual work at Sandpiper: Shakov’s silver gelatin photographs of shimmer-draped

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Critic’s Picks: TSO Chorus sing Mozart Requiem, Click Flick at the Grand, Sumi-e at Sandpiper Gallery, Tacoma Third Thursday ArtWalk

TSO chorus sings Mozart’s Requiem

The Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform Mozart’s famous last work and memorial to the dead, the Requiem, in a resonant church setting. 7:30 p.m. tonight. $20. Christ Episcopal Church, 310 N. K St., Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.tacomasymphony.org

Click Flick: “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”

This month’s free Click Family Flick at the Grand follows Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) as he’s pulled out of adventuring retirement to solve a scary Inca mystery involving quicksand, evil talking skulls and more. Doors open 10 a.m., screening 10:30 a.m. Free to first 100 people. The

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Critic’s Picks: Cubistic pastels at B2, letterpress poetry at UPS, pointillist circles at Sandpiper and the Olympia Dance Festival

B2’s “Cubistic Embrace”

Tacoma artists Ric Hall and Ron Schmitt have collaborated in pastel for 30 years; their duo show “Cubistic Embrace” is up now at B2 Fine Art Gallery/Studios. B2 is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays. Free. B2 Gallery, 711 St. Helens Ave. #100, Tacoma. 253-238-5065, www.b2finearts.com

It’s May Day at the UPS library

Letterpress artist Catherine Alice Michaelis (May Day Press) and local poet Ann Spiers work together to create the ethereal butterflies and flowers inscribed with text at the Collins Memorial Library at UPS in the show “Printer and

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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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James Hume tags Mona’s backside


If you ever thought Sandpiper Gallery was just for calming photographs of Puget Sound sunsets, you obviously haven’t been down there lately. Thanks to concrete art diva Lynn DiNino, the gallery is transforming into an alter-ego of quirky sculpture, wearable art and now graffiti-based subversive wit from Lakewood painter James Hume.

Apart from his famous father Ed Hume of Northwest gardening fame, Hume’s best known for Kulture Lab, the insta-gallery phenomenon which sprang up in various downtown venues a few years ago and involved the dark, moody painters based in Rampart Gallery, among others. Hume’s own work is sarcastic

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Toes, circuit boards and octopi make “Unusual Adornment” at Sandpiper Gallery


Want something really splashy for your New Year’s Eve party? Try an octopus necklace. (Ho ho ho.) No, really – all puns aside, if you go looking at the wryly funny necklaces and brooches in “Unusual Adornment” as just wall-art you’re missing half the fun. The show, loosely organized by Lynn Di Nino and other Tacoma friends at Old Town’s Sandpiper Gallery, is of wearable art, and art that deserves plenty of wearing.


Take Di Morgan-Graves’ paper-mache-sculpted necklace pendants. Morgan-Graves is the diva of the 6th Avenue Dia de los Muertos procession, with gorgeous skeletons like the fisherman,

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Critic’s Picks: Pantomime at Centerstage, Tacoma City Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” glass sale at HART and art jewelry at Sandpiper

Centerstage Theatre does English panto in “Jack”

Make the trek to Dash Point’s Knutzen Theatre, and you’ll be rewarded with two hours of silly slapstick, funny songs and groanable jokes in Centerstage’s annual pantomime, “Jack and the Beanstalk.” 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 20. $25/$20/$10. Knutzen Family Theatre, 3200 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way. 253-661-1444, www.centerstagetheatre.com

 It’s back: Tacoma City Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

There are many “Nutcrackers” around town, but this one combines the original Petipa choreography, the Tchaikovsky score played live by the Northwest Sinfonietta, and the glory of the huge

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