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A true circus of book-art by Tacoma print artist Jessica Spring at the University of Puget Sound’s Collins Library, plus artist talk by Yuki Nakamura

Letterpress blocks by Jessica Spring. Courtesy photo.

Collins Library has done it again: The University of Puget Sound library is home to yet another wonderful exhibit of book-based art, this time by Tacoma letterpress artist Jessica Spring in a kind of “Greatest Hits” compilation of her work over the last decade. Called “Circus Libris,” it truly is a circus of books: books leaping over horses, tumbling in pyramids and generally doing the kinds of tricks you don’t expect from paper and ink.

In six vertical and five horizontal glass cases the books highlight Spring’s eternal inventiveness and skill in print arts. They range over various forms, subjects and styles, but one thing sings through – the ability of handmade books to transform even mundane ideas into works of art.

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Lakewood and Tacoma artists Nicholas Nyland and Yuki Nakamura on view in Bellevue Arts Museum’s inaugural Biennial, plus Tip Toland of Vaughn.

Bellevue Arts Museum’s holding its very first Biennial, and three local artists are included. Nicholas Nyland (Lakewood), Yuki Nakamura (Tacoma) and Tip Toland (Vaughn) are three of over 30 artists selected for the 2010 Biennial, titled “Clay Throwdown!” and focusing on ceramic works. The show opens Friday and runs through January 16, 2011.

Nyland, Nakamura and Toland are in good company. Among the artists participating from Oregon, Washington, Montana, British Columbia are Seattle’s Patti Warashina and Neddy winner Charles Krafft. Tacomans will be familiar with two of these local artists’ works: Nyland has had drawings in recent TAM

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