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A Gallery of Wooden Pallets & MAWP Call to Artists

6 Jun

Urban Art Festival (UAF) 2012 is building a gallery out of wooden pallets!

UAF is seeking visual artists in all mediums to display work on the walls of this unusual gallery or to create installations in odd/mundane sites throughout the festival taking place June 30-July 1 on Thea Foss Waterway. The goal is to capture the energy and flavor of work being produced by Tacoma artists.  Submission is free and open to all.
DEADLINE to submit is June 15.  If interested in exhibiting an installation, please contact UAF – well, a week ago.  Artwork is encouraged to be for sale, with 60% going to the artist and 40% to the festival.  Electricity per approval.  Please e-mail digital images of the work you would like to show (5 images maximum), with artwork titles, medium, dimensions, price and description (optional).  Additional information (statement, bio, website, links) is encouraged but not required.  In the e-mail subject line please write “Art Submission UAF2012”. E-mail submissions to: Questions? Contact Gabriel Brown at or call 509-844-6069.
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In other news, the Music & Art in Wright Park Festival (MAWP) is putting out a call to artists. MAWP is seeking artisans whose aesthetic leans toward indie arts and craft, and who take an innovative approach to traditional craft forms. This year’s festival takes place at Wright Park on August 11, noon to 7 pm. As in past years, the festival will feature music, art, food, activities for all ages, and more. Continue reading

Puget Sound Book Artists Opening Reception

6 Jun

By Hannah Franke, City of Tacoma Arts Intern

WHO: Puget Sound Book Artists
Second Annual Members’ Exhibition
Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound in Tacoma
WHEN: Exhibition dates: June 7 – July 31, 2012. Opening reception: Thurs., June 7, 4:30-6:30 pm. Conversation with the artists: June 20t 5- 8 pm.

Come to an exhibit celebrating the art of the book – real books with soul and made with the artist’s touch, not the kind delivered via computer. Curated by Lucia Harrison, MalPina Chan, Debbi Commodre, and Randi Parkhurst, this exhibit showcases the work of members of the Puget Sound Book Artists organization. Meet the artists at the opening reception June 7 from 4:30-6:30 pm.

Curators Statement:
The Puget Sound area of Washington State has a vibrant book arts community and we are delighted to present the works of 27 talented artists in the Puget Sound Book Artists (PSBA), 2nd annual Members’ Exhibition.  Each year, this exhibition gives our members a goal and experience exhibiting their work.  This year, PSBA brought in artists to give lectures or workshops on pattern design, handmade paper, and pop-up book design.  The contemporary artist books in this exhibition are exceptional in their many forms. The exhibition features many different book structures, re-purposed found materials, fabric, wood, handmade papers, and papers embellished with paint, rust, dirt, stitching, and calligrapher elements.  This year’s artists were inspired by nature, personal memory, family history, cultural memory, toys, art historical book forms, natural history, science and travels. Continue reading

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