Red Hot! Summer Exhibitions and Activities at TAM

18 Aug

It’s the hottest summer in recorded history in the Lower 48. Need a place to chill? We recommend Tacoma Art Museum, where you can enjoy a cool roster of exhibitions, activities and lectures throughout the summer.


The Marioni Family: Radical Experimentation in Glass and Jewelry
Through September 23, 2012
The Marioni Family celebrates the art and legacy of one of the Pacific Northwest’s most innovative and influential artist families: Paul, Dante, and Marina Marioni. The exhibition will showcase how each member of the Marioni family engages with form, materiality, and tradition in unique ways that have earned them international reputations and acclaim. Exhibition highlights include a retrospective survey of the work of Paul Marioni, one of the nation’s foremost innovators in glass art, a selection of works by his son Dante that underscores his world-renowned skill as a glassblower, and jewelry by his daughter Marina that showcases her humor and wit. Organized by Tacoma Art Museum.

Best of the Northwest: Selected Paintings from the Collection
Through March 2013
Best of the Northwest features highlights from the museum’s Northwest painting collection. Long-time favorites will join new arrivals in this snapshot exhibition of some of the museum’s best work by Northwest painters. Works range in age from the early 20th century through today and include a variety of painting media and styles. This exhibition was organized to coincide with publication of the museum’s handbook of the Northwest art collection which will be available late this fall. Organized by Tacoma Art Museum.

Marie Watt: Lodge
Through October 7, 2012
Blankets, Stories, and Communities
Marie Watt is a nationally recognized mixed media artist whose work explores human stories and ritual implicit in everyday objects. The exhibition will feature a range of work from the past decade, including portrait blankets of Jim Thorpe, Ira Hays, Susan B. Anthony and Joseph Beuys. Work also includes stacked blanket sculptures and Engine, a felt cave-like structure that honors the act of storytelling and the storytellers in the artist’s life. Organized by Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University

Chihuly: Gifts from the Artist
Open for extended exhibition
Tacoma Art Museum’s extensive permanent collection of artwork by world-renowned glass artist and Tacoma-native Dale Chihuly is in a gallery of its own. Tacoma boasts more installations of Chihuly’s artwork than any other city in the world. Organized by Tacoma Art Museum.


Sip ‘n’ Sew
Thursday Ignite, August 23, 5:30 pm

Inspired by the work of Marie Watt, make your own felt wine bag and learn about textile craft while enjoying good company and festive food and drink. Cost: $45 ($35 for members) includes all supplies, hors d’oeuvres, and a flight of wine. Click here to purchase tickets.

Free Arts in the Park at the Puyallup Farmers’ Market
Saturday, August 25, 10 am-2 pm in Pioneer Park and the Plaza at City Hall, Puyallup
There’s a whole lot of art going on in Puyallup, and if you haven’t checked out the busy farmers market and fantastic sculpture garden downtown, now’s the time! Valley Arts United presents Arts in the Park in cooperation with supporting organizations. On the Rotary Stage, Tacoma Art Museum invites all ages to participate in a community art creation inspired by current exhibitions. All supplies are provided, and artist assistants will be on hand to help out. Stop by, create art, and learn more about our upcoming exhibitions and programming; then check out the other booths and activities at the one of the largest farmer’s market events in Washington State.

Baubles ‘n’ Bubbly
Thursday Ignite, September 13, 5:30 pm

Looking for a unique, wearable, personally meaningful accessory? Create your own found-object jewelry art in the style of Marina Marioni while sipping and munching on delicious, inspiring refreshments. Cost: $45 ($35 for members) includes all supplies, hors d’oeuvres, and a flight of sparkling wine. Participants are encouraged to bring their own found objects to incorporate into their piece. Click here to purchase tickets.

“Know More Art” Lecture Series

Northwest Art, Northwest Influences: Mark Takamichi Miller
Thursday Ignite, September 20, 6 pm

This lecture series begins with the innovative Mark Takamichi Miller, featured in Best of the Northwest. He will share stories and insights about his work and his relationships to other Northwest artists. Cost: $50 for complete series ($35 for members), $15 per individual lecture ($10 for members, $5 for students). Preregistration is recommended.

 Northwest Art, Northwest Influences: Barbara Earl Thomas
Thursday Ignite, September 27, 6 pm
In this lecture hear directly from the talented Barbara Earl Thomas, featured in Best of the Northwest, as she shares her stories and insights about her work and relationships to other Northwest artists. Cost: $50 for complete series ($35 for members), $15 per individual lecture ($10 for members, $5 for students). Preregistration is recommended.

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HOURS – Wednesdays–Sundays 10 am–5 pm, Thursdays 10 am–8 pm
ADMISSION – Adult $10, Student/Military/Senior (65+) $8, Family $25 (2 adults and up to 4 children under 18). Children 5 and under free. Thursday Ignite is admission by donation from 5-8 pm. Third Thursdays free from 5-8 pm. Members always free.

One Response to “Red Hot! Summer Exhibitions and Activities at TAM”

  1. Glenda Wiffler August 20, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    Rainier League of arts “Mixed Media Art Show” wil be held in the beautiful and unique Weyerheeuser Bonsai Gardens in Federal Way, WA from August 25th – Sept. 19th. Show is open Tuesday – Sat. 10AM-4PM. Closed on Mondays. There will be more than 22 gorgeous mixed media art, including jewlery and blown glass.

    Augusut 16th 1:30-4:00PM there will be a reception and live demonstrations, refreshments and meet the artists. There will also be a beautiful framed print on canvas raffled off.

    This will be one of the best art shows this summer that you will not want to miss! For further information contact the show coordinator, Glenda Wiffler 253-926-0329.

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