An Evening of Songs in Old Town

21 Nov Classical Tuesdays Dec 2011 Connelly Law

Classical Tuesdays Dec 2011 Connelly LawThis year’s Wine & Song Benefit event is December 9th at 7 pm. This annual event is sponsored and hosted by the John Connelly Law Offices and all  proceeds benefit the Classical Tuesdays in Old Town series of free concerts.

$25 per person includes an evening of song, wine poured by Ginkgo Forest Winery Tasting Room, and tasty finger foods.

Charles Robert Stephens

Charles Robert Stephens

Gino Lucchetti

Gino Lucchetti

Starting at 7 pm, enjoy solos and duets sung by tenor Gino Lucchetti and baritone Charles Robert Stephens, with Jeffrey Moidel at the piano. Gino will sing the standard Italian opera hits that he does so well and some Neapolitan songs. Charles will sing songs by Jeffrey Moidel, the evening’s pianist, on poems by Pablo Neruda as well as romantic songs from the 1940s and 50s. And, of course, the two men will round out their set with crowd-pleasing duets.

Following the great music you can mingle with a glass of Ginkgo Wine and an array of finger foods.

What: Classical Tuesdays in Old Town Wine & Song Benefit
When: December 9, 7 pm
John Connelly Law Offices, 2301 N. 30th Street, Old Town Tacoma
 $25 – purchase in advance at Bayview Optical, 2217 N. 30th Street, #106; remaining tickets will be available for purchase at the benefit

For more information, contact Classical Tuesdays at (253) 752-2135.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support Classical Tuesdays through Arts Projects funding.

Creative Space Tacoma

19 Nov

Creative Space Tacoma


Join us for a community conversation about creative vitality and its relationship to space.

Date: Thursday, December 4
Time: 4:30 – 7 pm
Location: Tacoma Post Office Building, Post Hall, 1102 A Street, 4th floor
FREE! Appetizers and drinks will be provided
RSVP: or (253) 383-5622

Space for creative activity is an important ingredient for flourishing neighborhoods and cities and may include traditional venues such as museums and performance halls and non-traditional venues such as churches, parks and coffee shops. Artist live/work enclaves, affordable housing, co-working spaces, special events, and creative businesses activate space, giving life to streetscapes and definition to communities.

How do we build our neighborhoods to include a sustainable creative life-force?
How do we best use our existing assets?

What strategies do we currently employ to engage the creative community?
Where are the gaps?

Special guest Michael Seiwerath, executive director of the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation will share how they transformed a police parking lot into a beautiful destination including affordable housing, performing arts space, community meeting space and local retail. 12 Avenue Arts just celebrated its grand opening in Seattle and is pivotal to a movement making Capitol Hill a designated arts district.

Wendy Holmes and Teri Deaver from Artspace, the nation’s leader in artist-led community transformation will discuss creative place making and announce the launch of Artspace’s new market survey about creative space needs in Tacoma that will enable people to make their specific needs known.

Enjoy refreshments and meet representatives from local organizations and creative space providers including Spaceworks Tacoma, Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Office, Tacoma Housing Authority, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Metro Parks Tacoma and more.

This free public event is hosted by the City of Tacoma, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation and Artspace with the generous support of JPMorgan Chase.

“Athena’s Bling”: Colossal Jewels by Carla Grahn

3 Nov

Originally posted on Spaceworks Tacoma:

“Athena’s Bling” includes 14 impressive sculptures of oversized, ornate jewelry.  For a sense of scale, the middle image contains glass doorknobs, and the pink sculpture on the right weighs 80 lbs! Spaceworks photo

“Athena’s Bling” includes 14 impressive sculptures of oversized, ornate jewelry. For a sense of scale, the middle image contains glass doorknobs, and the pink sculpture on the right weighs 80 lbs!

By Lisa Kinoshita

Carla Grahn is a Seattle-based artist and metalsmith who experiments with extremes of scale, overturning viewer expectations. “Athena’s Bling”, her installation of larger-than-life jewelry at the Woolworth Windows through Dec. 10, is a highlight of Tacoma’s city-wide Metal-Urge celebration, and a tribute to the symbolic power of the jewel. “This show is ultimately about perception and perspective, finding a balance between the masculine and the feminine, and simply trying to make the world a bit prettier place,” she says.

Grahn’s exhibit gives new meaning to the term, “tons of jewelry.” Her pieces are welded, riveted and screwed with hardware components; ornate necklaces drape with literally yards of industrial-grade chain, and rings (set with “stones” as big…

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Application deadline for 2015 Arts Projects funding this Friday

27 Oct
Steamroller printing at the Wayzgoose! Letterpress and Book Arts Extravaganza at King's Books.

Steamroller printing at the Wayzgoose! Letterpress and Book Arts Extravaganza at King’s Books. Photo courtesy of King’s Bookstore.

Will your organization or group be producing publicly accessible arts programming within Tacoma city limits in 2015? If so, you might want to take a look at our Arts Projects funding program. Arts Projects funding ranges from $1,000 to $5,000, and supports community projects that focus on the arts.

Applications are due this Friday, October 31 no later than 5 pm!

Past funding has supported a variety of projects including, but not limited to, arts components of festivals; arts workshops; dance, theater, and music performances; youth-focused arts programming; arts-focused cultural and historical events; exhibits; and literary events. Funded events must take place between Jan. 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2015.

Crafts of the Past artist demonstration at Fort Nisqually. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.

Crafts of the Past artist demonstration at Fort Nisqually. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.

Eligibility extends to private non-profit agencies with a 501(c) designation; organized groups of community volunteers, such as a business district or neighborhood council with an advisory body, business license and organizational bank account; and educational institutions or for-profit businesses wishing to produce not-for-profit arts functions. Applicants are required to have offices within Tacoma or, if they have no office, a majority of the applicant’s activities must take place within Tacoma city limits. Other eligibility requirements apply. See guidelines for complete terms.

Funding for Arts Projects is determined through a competitive application process. Actual contract amounts will be based upon availability of funds and the review of each application as measured against evaluation criteria detailed in the guidelines.


Check out the Arts Projects guidelines and application form.

Celebrating a new artistic era for the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra

22 Oct Sarah Ioannides will take the stage on Saturday for her inaugural concert as Music Director for the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Mark Olencki.
Sarah Ioannides will take the stage on Saturday for her inaugural concert as Music Director for the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Mark Olencki.

Sarah Ioannides will take the stage on Saturday for her inaugural concert as Music Director for the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Mark Olencki.

This Saturday will mark the official start of a new artistic era for the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra (TSO). Sarah Ioannides, TSO’s new Artistic Director, will take the stage to conduct her inaugural concert featuring percussion superstar Dame Evelyn Glennie. The concert will feature the world premiere of Portraits of Immortal Love, a new percussion concerto written expressly for Ms. Glennie by composer Sean O’Boyle. A concerto is a full-length musical work that showcases an instrument or set of instruments, accompanied by orchestra. Portraits is written in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of World War I. Also on the program will be Ravel’s Bolero, Debussy’s Nocturnes, and Respighi’s Pines of Rome. Bolero is famous for its repeating, lyrical melodic line and ostinato snare drum beat, which gradually builds in volume to a crashing conclusion. The Debussy and Respighi are big, colorful works as well, which together with the Ravel and O’Boyle will make for a spectacular, exciting evening of music.

World-renown percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. Photo by James Wilson.

World-renown percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. Photo by James Wilson.

Dame Evelyn Glennie, who is profoundly deaf, is the first person in musical history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist. As one of the most eclectic and innovative musicians on the scene today she creates performances of such vitality that they almost constitute a new genre. Awarded Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2007, the double Grammy award winning artist gives more than 100 concerts a year worldwide. Her diversity of collaborations includes visual mixing of live music with the likes of DJ Yoda and the ‘Beat Boxer’ Shlomo. Other collaborations include Nana Vasconcelos, Kodo, Bela Fleck, Björk, Bobby McFerrin, Sting, The Kings Singers, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. In July 2012 Glennie was featured in the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London. Born in Scotland, Glennie is based in the countryside of Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom.

This will mark a fitting opening to the era of Sarah Ioannides, who mounts the TSO podium as the TSO’s first new music director in two decades, on the heels of the historic tenure of Harvey Felder. Hailed by The New York Times as a conductor with “unquestionable strength and authority,” Sarah Ioannides is a passionate advocate of classical music through innovative projects, community engagement, education, and championing new works. The British conductor is a versatile musician, whose past studies include violin, viola, piano, and French horn, as well as singing, recorder, saxophone, and guitar. Ioannides served as Assistant conductor and Production Coordinator to Tan Dun, composer of the music for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, for many multimedia performances worldwide.

The TSO has been a vital part of Tacoma’s cultural landscape since 1946, and has operated as a professional symphony orchestra for the past 19 years. With 80 contracted musicians and an affiliated community chorus, the TSO brings music into the lives of 20,000 citizens annually throughout the South Puget Sound.

This concert, one of the premier events of Tacoma Arts Month 2014, is sponsored by Gordon Thomas Honeywell and the City of Tacoma Anchor Fund. Ms. Glennie’s appearance is underwritten by the Tacoma Philharmonic Endowment Fund and the Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Foundation.

Tickets for this concert are sold out but this is just the start of the 2014-15 season and there are 7 other concerts lined up. Find out more about the TSO’s season and purchase tickets for upcoming concerts by visiting or calling 253-591-5894 or toll free at 800-291-7593.

Metal-Urge Free Community Festival this Sunday!

15 Oct
Tacoma Community College wows crowds with a molten iron pour.

Tacoma Community College wows crowds with a molten iron pour.

Join us for a free, fun-filled afternoon of metal arts for the whole family.

Metal-Urge Free Community Festival
Sunday, October 19
12 – 3 pm
Tollefson Plaza, S. 17th & Pacific Avenue, Tacoma
Free and open to the public

We’ll keep you entertained with:



Metal-Urge is a city-wide celebration of metal arts that explores the many ways artists push this versatile and diverse medium. From October 1 – November 30, 31 venues will feature metal-themed exhibits, workshops, lectures, festivals, and more.

A list of all events and exhibits is available at, and brochures are available in coffee shops and cultural venues around town.

Besides the Metal-Urge Free Community Festival, two additional anchor programs are:

  • “Protective Ornament: Contemporary Amulets to Armor”
    October 18, 2014 – February 1, 2015
    Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave.
    This exhibit showcases nearly 100 works—including helmets, brass knuckles, breastplates, aggressive or defensive jewelry, chain mail, amulets, talismans, and protective gear—designed to address issues of protection and empowerment in the face of everyday perils and social challenges. Ranging from protective hardware (physical fortification) and protective “software” (faith-based adornment), the array of contemporary works underlines the crucial safeguarding function of jewelry and other wearable ornaments. Organized by the National Ornamental Metal Museum Foundation, Inc. The exhibition was curated by Suzanne Ramljak, Editor of Metalsmith magazine.
  • Seattle Metals Guild 19th Annual Northwest Jewelry & Metals Symposium
    October 18, 9 am – 5:30 pm
    Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave.
    This metal arts symposium features lectures by Metalsmith magazine editor Suzanne Ramljak, historian Stephen Fliegel, Vivian Beer, artist Jennifer Trask, jeweler Todd Pownell, and metalsmith Myra Mimlitsch-Gray. For more information or to register visit

Metal-Urge is organized by the Tacoma Arts Commission and sponsored by Click! Cable TV and The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation.


2014 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 9

8 Oct Deborah Greenwood Work Sample 5

Still looking for something to do this weekend? How about the Tacoma Studio Tour! This year’s tour features 61 artists and collaborative studios and allows the general public the opportunity to see the spaces in and tools with which local artists create their work, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Check out for the full list of artists, schedule, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 37 studio locations around Tacoma – map your course at
When: October 11 & 12, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Deborah Greenwood
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There is an element of joy in repurposing objects. Deborah Greenwood loves old post cards, letters, catalogs, encyclopedias, charms, and dried pressed plants. As time travelers, some of the dust and experience these items have left behind still clings to them. She also enjoys making paper from discarded garden plants. Composing artist books begins with a visit to her stash of ephemera and hand made papers, where a color, theme, or image will inspire her and carry her through the planning and implementation.

Leah Fitts
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From her light-filled studio, Leah Fitts creates abstract paintings using acrylics, graphite, charcoal, oil pastels, and other mixed media. Her original paintings on canvas and wood are inspired by mid-century and modern design, as well as her love of nature. By combining modern design with natural aspects, Leah creates original, textured, and vibrant works of art.

Bill Colby
Red Rock River, 2014, woodcut/watercolor, 18x18  Stonewall Beach 4  Blue Wave, 2013, woodcut/watercolor, 1/3, 17 x 13
Bill Colby has always used nature as a source of inspiration for his work. Water, rocks, and bright colors are featured in his new woodcuts with watercolor.

Jan Karroll, KarrollART
Blue Dew Medium  Ebony Pearl  Medium  Gingerbread Medium
Jan Karroll is a multimedia artist who creates unique wooden jewelry embellished with vintage buttons. The pieces are completely hand crafted from selected wood and finished to enhance the qualities of both the wood and the buttons. The fasteners are fabricated of shaped and sharpened brass wire. Each piece is mounted in a custom frame.

Lorraine Toler and Ben Davis
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Ben Davis and Lorraine Toler met, painted, and fell in love at the Jet Artist Cooperative in downtown Tacoma. They formed Sweetrain Studios (basically just a name for the second floor of their east Tacoma abode) in January 2014. Lorraine mainly paints with acrylics and Ben mainly uses oils although both artists paint, draw, sketch, street chalk, take photos, and use many mediums.

Elayne Vogel
Unusual materials have almost always guided the imagery in Elayne Vogel’s artwork, thus “mixed media” usually describes her medium. In recent years she has painted in encaustics and fabricated one-of-a-kind necklaces, which she calls “Unusual Adornments.” These necklaces are meant to combine humor and fashion in entirely wearable jewelry.

Ms. Darcy Anderson, Tinkertopia, LLC.
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Tinkertopia, LLC. works with local businesses to capture safe, reusable materials from the waste stream, and reimagines these as unusual arts and craft supplies for kids, teachers, makers, and tinkerers.


Check out these other artists on the tour:

Studio Tour Preview: Part 8
Studio Tour Preview: Part 7
Studio Tour Preview: Part 6
Studio Tour Preview: Part 5
Studio Tour Preview: Part 4
Studio Tour Preview: Part 3
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2
Studio Tour Preview: Part 1 

Tacoma Arts Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Northwest Public Radio, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma Weekly, Premier Media Group, and Exit133.

Third episode of Tacoma’s own ‘artTown’ TV show now available

6 Oct


Guitarist-singer-songwriter Nolan Garrett and the legendary Jerry Miller.

Guitarist-singer-songwriter Nolan Garrett and the legendary Jerry Miller.

The City of Tacoma’s Media and Communications Office – in partnership with its Community and Economic Development Department’s Arts Program – are proud to announce the launch of a new episode of “artTown,” a cultural documentary-style TV initiative exploring Tacoma’s emergence as a major creative hub in the Pacific Northwest.

This episode features:

  • Viewpoints and musical riffs from emerging guitarist-singer-songwriter Nolan Garrett and the legendary Jerry Miller, one of Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest guitarists of all time
  • A look at Tacoma’s hot metal arts scene with Amy Reeves of Tacoma Metal Arts Center, John Simpkins of Fort Nisqually, Ed Kroupa of Two Ravens Studio, and Saign Charlestein
  • An exploration into letterpress arts with Jessica Spring of Springtide Press, sweet pea Flaherty of King’s Bookstore, and Margaret Bullock of Tacoma Art Museum
  • A visit to the working studios of local artists Angela Rockett, Lynne Farren, Lynn Di Nino and Mauricio Robalino
  • music composed by Isaac Solverson
Hot off the press at Springtide Press.

Hot off the press at Springtide Press.

Launched in October 2013, the quarterly series features diverse perspectives on a variety of creative disciplines. Offering a more holistic look at creativity in Tacoma, “artTown” stretches beyond what people might traditionally think of as “creative” – such as fine art, music or dance – to spotlight other creative areas of interest that have flourished in Tacoma like food, fashion, innovative education practices, architecture and more.

Those who want to immerse themselves more fully in Tacoma’s creative community are invited to participate in Tacoma Arts Month, which features hundreds of events held throughout the entire month of October.

Online viewing:

Watch “artTown” anytime at

Saign Charlestein at work in his metal arts studio.

Saign Charlestein at work in his metal arts studio.

TV Tacoma air times:

Mondays at noon
Tuesdays at 1 a.m.
Wednesdays at 8 a.m.
Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 5 p.m.
Sundays at 5 a.m.

TV Tacoma is aired on both the Click! and Comcast Cable systems. On Click!, TV Tacoma can be seen on Channel 12 within Tacoma City limits and in Pierce County, with the exception of University Place, where TV Tacoma can be found on Channel 21. On Comcast, TV Tacoma can be seen on Channel 12 within Tacoma city limits and on Channel 21 in Pierce County. TV Tacoma is not on the Comcast system in University Place, but is accessible anywhere on the Internet at

Future episodes will be produced in part based on some of the audience feedback culled via social media, email at or phone at (253) 591-2054.


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