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Blue giants, green dragons, red-headed goddesses and white mattresses in Tacoma’s Woolworth Windows

Beth Johnson, "Green Dragon." Photo: Rosemary Ponnekanti
Beth Johnson, “Green Dragon.” Photo: Rosemary Ponnekanti

The latest edition of the Woolworth Windows art in downtown Tacoma is big – really big, with larger-than-life versions of everyday and mythical objects that fill the window space with color, form and vision to stop passers-by in their tracks.

Maybe the most surprising is Beth Johnson, up the theater end of the windows. A self-taught, self-described closet artist who’s obviously got a wealth of imagination, skill and love of fantasy (she gets summer jobs acting at the Renaissance Faire), Johnson has crafted three dragons out of cloth maché – whimsical, humorous and just a little scary. She combines realistic effects (wrinkled skin, reptilian scales, baleful eyes and fiery tongues) with original elements (corkscrew hair that ends in dagger-sharp teeth) and a fun sense of humor: The lizard-green dragon lazily carries a knight’s lance loaded with damsel-in-distress laundry (scarves, chiffon), while the little black guy with the scorpion tail examines a yellow-jacket he’s caught on his tongue with painful dismay. The red dragon, meanwhile, stares angrily out of a trophy mount – perfect lodge décor for your country knight.

One window further down Tacoma’s letterpress printmakers show off their supersize skills in the steamroller prints from this year’s Wayzgoose, a letterpress festival held annually at King’s Books. Read more »


Critic’s Picks: Spaceworks’ Cakewalk, Seattle Symphony opening, Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour and juried art show at The Gallery at TCC

Spaceworks Cakewalk

Join Spaceworks Tacoma for an arts fundraising cakewalk party this weekend. The City of Tacoma’s program that matches artists with vacant commercial spaces is raising money via a new-fashioned cakewalk, where prizes include locally-made art as well as cakes, DJs include Mr. Melanin and DJ Broam, and there’ll be dance from the Barefoot Collective and a video installation by Kris Crews. 6-9 p.m. Sept. 15. Free, cakewalk tickets $5, artwalk tickets $20. 311 S. 7th St., Tacoma. spaceworkstacoma.org

Seattle Symphony opening night

Ludovic Morlot opens the Seattle Symphony’s new season with an all-American

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