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Tacoma Art Place to close doors August 31

After four and a half years, nonprofit community arts center Tacoma Art Place will be closing doors on its street-front location on the Hilltop Aug. 31. Lack of funding is the primary reason for the closure, which will only affect TAP’s brick-and-mortar venue; mobile outreach activities will continue in schools and community centers.

From its beginnings, TAP has relied on donations, grants and yearly memberships to stay afloat. Founder Linda Danforth conceived of the community art-making and teaching venue after a trip to Africa, where local women were taught sewing and other income-generating crafts, with equipment supplied in

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Free Tacoma Art Place community day for art-making and more

Tacoma Art Place, our town’s community-based art studio on the Hilltop, is offering a free community day this Saturday. Workshops from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. range from egg decorating to crocheting, plus there are raffle prizes, refreshments and a silent auction.

There are also tours of the studio. Tacoma Art Place was founded as a place for anyone in the community to have a place and equipment to make art, and for a small membership or drop-in fee you can make use of their kilns, cameras, sewing machines, tools, tables, supplies and expertise.

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Critic’s Picks: Summer Sounds at Skansie, Werewolf art at Tacoma Art Place, Virna Haffer at Tacoma Art Museum and Audrey Hepburn festival at Seattle Art Museum

Summer Sounds at Skansie

Every Tuesday evening Gig Harbor’s Skansie Park lights up with music in the free Summer Sounds at Skansie series. This week: The Army National Guard Band. 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 5, then every Tuesday through summer. Free. Skansie Brothers Park, 3207 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor. 253-857-4842

Werewolf art at Tacoma Art Place

Andrea Trenbeath and James A. Tucker delve into the alter-ego psychology of werewolves with pen, ink and paint in Tacoma Art Place’s new exhibit “Dichotomy,” closing this weekend. 1-5:30 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday through July 2. Free. Tacoma Art

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Critic’s Picks: Dance Theatre Northwest, werewolf art at Tacoma Art Place, Flow gallery and Roberta Eichenberg at MoG

Dance Theatre Northwest presents “Postcards”

In its annual school recital, Dance Theatre Northwest takes audiences on an imaginary dance and music trip through Europe and America, showcasing dance styles from ballet and jazz to tap and Broadway musical. 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. June 25. $22-$26. Mt. Tahoma High School Auditorium, 4634 S. 74th St., Tacoma. 253-778-6534, www.dancetheatrenorthwest.org

Werewolf art at Tacoma Art Place

Andrea Trenbeath and James A. Tucker delve into the alter-ego psychology of werewolves with pen, ink and paint in Tacoma Art Place’s new exhibit “Dichotomy.” 1-8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 1-5:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and

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Critic’s Picks: “Stick Soup” at Pierce College, Click Flick at the Grand Cinema, Tacoma Art Place’s free Community Day and new glass art at Fulcrum

“Stick Soup” debuts at Pierce College

Pierce College Pierce College’s spring theater production features “Stick Soup, A Steilacoom Indian Story.” Written by Danny K. Marshall and his daughter Lacie. B. Deck, both leaders in the Steilacoom Indian tribe, “Stick Soup” tells the story of a girl struggling to find her place in the local community. 7 p.m. May 20, 21, 27, and 28; 2 p.m. May 22 and 29. $3/ $2 students. Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, 9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood. 253-964-6710, www.pierce.ctc.edu

Click Flick: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”

This month’s free Click Family Flick

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Free Arts Month: S.A.D. drawings at Fulcrum

For today I headed along Martin Luther King Jr. Way. It’s a pretty bleak street right now – lots of closed shopfronts – so thank goodness for the art. Tacoma Art Place (just along South 11th Street from MLK Way) usually has a featured artist in the lobby, although nothing’s there now until Feb. 10. Then there are the mural shopfronts, an artist-driven project between South 11th and 13th Streets that brightens the boarded-up windows.

And then there’s Fulcrum Gallery, which for several years now has been one of a handful of fine art galleries in town showing

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Boyd White’s photographs of homelessness, up now at Tacoma Art Place


If art gives people voice, then Boyd White is speaking out for the homeless this month at Tacoma Art Place. The community art studio on the Hilltop, just off Martin Luther King Jr. Way on South 11th Street, regularly exhibits work in its lobby, and the show up through this weekend features work by Hilltop photographer Boyd White documenting the region’s homeless.

White has spent the last four years documenting homelessness in the Northwest and elsewhere, and the 19 black-and-white silver gelatin prints at TAP are just part of the project. There are a few too many works for

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Critic’s Picks: Traver Gallery, NWRS/Rainier Opera, Seattle Symphony and ArtWalk

Mary Josephson at Traver

The opening this month at Traver Gallery is for Portland-based Mary Josephson, who creates expressive portraits in glass, textile and monotypes. Opening 2-5 p.m. March 13, then 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue-Sat, noon-5 p.m. Sun. through April 4. Free. 1821 E Dock St. Ste 100, Tacoma. 253-383-3685, www.travergallery.com

Opera Night with chorus and opera companies

The Northwest Repertory Singers and Rainier Family Opera collaborate this Saturday night in “A Night at the Opera,” combining their chorus and solo strengths to present favorite staged scenes from “Lucia di Lammermoor,” “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “La Traviata.” 7:30 p.m. March

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