Archive | September, 2013

TGIF – TFF

27 Sep

It’s Friday and we’re really pleased about that. But, we’re even more excited about the Tacoma Film Festival (TFF), which starts next week.

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TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL OVERVIEW
A production of Tacoma’s very own Grand Cinema, in collaboration with many community partners, The Tacoma Film Festival celebrates current independent film from around the globe with a special nod to filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest. Beyond just screening these independent films, many of the filmmakers attend the screenings. This year, the TFF brings us a whopping 123 films spanning all genres, subjects and styles including documentaries, feature length films, short films, and films produced right here in the Pacific Northwest.  10 of those 123 films were made by Tacoma filmmakers and almost 40 by Washington state filmmakers!

You’ll want to check out the Tacoma Film Festival website to help you navigate the large volume of films and plan your line-up.

What: Tacoma Film Festival
Where: Screenings and events take place at multiple locations including:
The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett
Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Avenue
Annie Wright School, 827 N. Tacoma Ave.
UW Tacoma’s Carwein Auditorium, 1900 Commerce St., Keystone Building, Room 102
Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St.
University of Puget Sound Kilworth Memorial Chapel, 3410 N. 18th St.
Tacoma Community College Auditorium, 6501 S. 19th St., Building #2
When: October 3 – 10, 2013. Check website for complete list of screening times.
Cost: Go one day, go all days, see one film, or see them all – it’s up to you with these ticket options:
Single tickets: $10 general; $8 Grand Cinema members/military/seniors; $6 students/member seniors
Passes: $50 TFF weekend pass (Friday – Sunday films); $150 TFF VIP Festival Pass
All screenings at UW Tacoma are free!
Tickets and Information: www.tacomafilmfestival.com, 253.593.4474 

 

OPENING NIGHT GALA
Kick-off the 2013 TFF with a giant, indie film-loving, party on Thursday, October 3rd at Annie Wright Schools. Enjoy a great dinner provided by Maxwell’s Restaurant, a cash bar and the company of fellow movie-lovers and see a screening of the first film of TFF 2013 – the hysterical and timely comedy feature G.B.F. (Gay Best Friend).  G.B.F. screenwriter George Northy will be joining the evening’s festivities.

The Gala begins at 6:30 p.m. and the film starts at 7:30 p.m. Purchase a VIP ticket to receive the dinner and a movie – limited to the first 100. Cost: $25 for VIP gala & movie for Grand Cinema members; $30 for VIP gala and movie for non-members; $11 for movie only.

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2013 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 3

24 Sep

This is part 3 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this November.

This year’s tour features 60 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 ArtAtWorkTacoma.com 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: 39 studio locations around Tacoma – map your course at ArtAtWorkTacoma.com
When: November 2 & 3, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Dorothy McCuistion

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Dorothy McCuistion uses a variety of printmaking techniques to layer shapes, textures, and colors of plants, animals, and places to create a place where they merge. Fusing the local with the foreign, the personal with the universal, her artwork comments on topics ranging from human environmental impact to the fusion of cultures in contemporary society.

John McCuistion

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John McCuistion creates artwork about history, myth, storytelling, religion, relationships, ceremony, civilization, and humor. The themes in his current work deal with air, land, water, and the magical natural world around us. He is interested in the language of gesture, expression, texture, form, and color. Through his work, John contributes to the long tradition of the artist as teacher, recorder, and seer.

Marit Berg

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Marit Berg has been a working artist in Tacoma for over 15 years. Her primary discipline is painting, working in both oil and water media. In addition, she is a printmaker. Most recently she has focused on small detailed etchings exploring the natural world. Marit teaches art at Tacoma Community College.

Lynn Di Nino, Di Nino Fabrications

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Lynn Di Nino’s artwork is all over the map. She’s known for her expertise in specialized concrete yet she also loves working on the sewing machine, her most recent preoccupation. Her love of recycling coupled with her wearable art background results in coats anyone would love wearing every day of the week. Now that she’s lived in Tacoma for twelve years you could call her a permanent fixture.

Vanessa Vancuren, 6th Ave Photography Studios

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6th Ave Photography Studios is a 5,000 square foot facility from which photographer Vanessa Vancuren is working to launch her artistic career. Formerly the Sunset Theater, Ms. Vancuren is pleased to finally bring the arts back to the space after a four decade absence. 6th Ave Photo Studios supports local artists of all mediums, and works to foster an environment in which artists can gather, create, and showcase their works.

Tacoma City Ballet

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Tacoma City Ballet has been providing excellent comprehensive classical ballet instruction and creating accessibility to the performing arts for 58 years. As a resident arts organization of the Broadway Center, Tacoma City Ballet presents an annual performance season including The Haunted Theatre, The Nutcracker, Mid-Winter Masquerade Ball Soiree, and Storybook Ballet Theatre Fairy Tale Tea Party and Traditional Performance.

Diane Hansen & Lesli Jacobs-McHugh, bellaballs, Inc.

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bellaballs are hand-blown glass floats individually made by artisans in Tacoma. Diane Hansen and Lesli Jacobs-McHugh decided to take the simple glass float, with its powerful history, and elevate it to a level of great importance. Each bellaball is not only beautiful in its own right, but serves to remind both the giver and the receiver that living beautifully is a choice. Through weathering the storms of life, we each become more beautiful.

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2
Studio Tour Preview: Part 1

Art at Work Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma Weekly, and Premier Media Group.

2013 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 2

17 Sep

This is part 2 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this November.

This year’s tour features 60 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 ArtAtWorkTacoma.com at the beginning of October 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: 39 studio locations around Tacoma
When: November 2 & 3, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Chelsia Berry, Chelsia Berry Designs

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Chelsia Berry’s studio is located in beautiful downtown Tacoma. Her design focus is on structure, use, feeling/situation, and place. She works to convey the mood and power of the wearer through her clothing design. Chelsia attended Seattle Central Community College and the Art Institute of Seattle Fashion and Apparel Design Programs.

Gabriel Brown

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Gabriel Brown is an artist, activist, and shoe cobbler. His work consists of multimedia installations, satirical street performances, and collaborative community-based projects. He holds an MFA from Washington State University and has been a professor of sculpture, 3D-design, and humanities. A self described ‘garbologist,’ Brown has lectured throughout the Northwest on topics of waste, consumerism, contemporary art, and permaculture.

 Nancy McLaughlin

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Nancy makes colorful abstract paintings and pastels in her light-filled studio on Opera Alley. The subjects of her work are drawn from her experiences as an outdoor enthusiast and from the sketches she makes both on site and from memory. She emphasizes interpretation over literal realism, allowing the process of color mixing and brushwork to dictate the final outcome.

Henry Haneda

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Henry Haneda has, for decades, received international awards and invitationals for his photography and designs. Henry uses medium format or 4×5 films, which convey detailed impressions to large prints. He has been a world-renown rod and knife maker since 1980.  

Sharon Carr, Sharon Carr Studio

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Sharon began watercolor painting as a diversion from a busy work life. She fell in love with paint and eventually retired from her counseling practice to work full time as an artist. Her work is spontaneous and expressive. She is primarily interested in pushing her work in a less literal, more abstract painterly direction. Her work is inspired by the Fauves, mid century Bay area landscape, and figurative painters.

Joan Teed

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Joan studied art at the University of Texas, and worked for 18 years as a graphic artist and technical illustrator at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. She has been painting professionally since moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2001. Joan’s style and media have evolved over the years, from oils and pastels to acrylic. Her focus at the moment is on contemporary portraiture using a high key palette.

William Turner

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William Turner’s paintings create an energetic art that draws on the legacy of West Coast Abstraction. His images are expressive, charged with color, and contain landscape, interior, and figurative metaphors from his world of spontaneous improvisation.

Marquita Hunt

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Marquita is currently producing non-objective or abstract work in acrylics and oils on canvas. Painting with Bill Turner, Sharon Carr, and Joan Teed is a conduit for her creative freedom. There is a sense of community in this shared purpose and she is able to access creativity that wouldn’t otherwise flourish. This collective group energy is a luxury she cannot do without. Marquita’s paintings are accomplishing one clue, urge, or intuition at a time.

Art at Work Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma Weekly, and Premier Media Group.

Meet Sean Orlando, public artist for S. 26th and Pacific Avenue

16 Sep
Sean Orlando's operable land submarine,The Nautilus: 2011, inspired by Jules Verne.

Sean Orlando’s operable land submarine,The Nautilus: 2011, inspired by Jules Verne.

The Tacoma community is invited to meet Sean Orlando – the artist commissioned through a national call-to-artists to create artwork for the gateway intersection of South 26th Street and Pacific Avenue – at two meetings on Sept. 25.

Those attending the following events will have the chance to see some samples of Orlando’s past work, provide input and learn more about the project:
Open House
Wednesday, Sept. 25
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Anthem Coffee, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

Meet-the-Artist Reception
Wednesday, Sept. 25
6 – 7:30 p.m.
301 Puyallup Ave., Tacoma

Sean Orlando's Steampunk Tree House, 2007.

Sean Orlando’s Steampunk Tree House, 2007.

“I am very excited for this opportunity to share my work with Tacoma,” said Orlando, an Oakland, Calif. native whose work will be among the public art pieces for the Sound Transit D-to-M Streets track and signal project that extends the Seattle-Tacoma Sounder commuter rail line from the Dome District to South Tacoma and Lakewood. “I’m particularly interested in hearing about the needs of the community and learning more about this area.”

A design concept for the gateway project is underway and will be released later this year. A schedule for construction of the artwork will be established once design is complete.

Sean Orlando's Raygun Gothic Rocketship, 2009

Sean Orlando’s Raygun Gothic Rocketship, 2009

The City of Tacoma’s Arts Program staff is managing this project for Sound Transit’s Public Art Program. Sound Transit plans, builds and operates regional transit systems and services to improve mobility for Central Puget Sound.

2013 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 1

10 Sep

As we head into fall, our minds are abuzz about Art at Work: Tacoma Arts Month. What is Art at Work Month? It’s the entire month of November chock-full of hundreds of arts and cultural activities for you to participate in including music, dance and theater performances; visual art exhibits; literary readings; lectures; workshops; film screenings and cultural events. Art at Work Month is dedicated to showing off the very best about our community and we want you to be a part of it. Come see how the arts are at work in Tacoma!

One of the signature events that takes place in November is the Tacoma Studio Tour. This year’s tour features 60 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.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 39 studio locations around Tacoma
When: November 2 & 3, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Stay tuned as we’ll be bringing you a series of weekly posts featuring sneak peek samples of art from each of the participating artists. Here are this week’s highlights:

Jennevieve Schlemmer
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Jennevieve Schlemmer is a fiber artist and sculptor. When not creating small sculptures out of wool, she creates large mosaics out of glass. Her most recent mosaic mural was created this year for the new Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital expansion in Tacoma.  She is constantly inspired by the natural beauty of the flora and fauna, landscape, and weather of the Pacific Northwest. Color, whimsy, and animals are major themes in her work.

Elayne Vogel
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Unusual materials have almost always guided the imagery in Elayne’s artwork. Her series of necklaces combines humor and fashion in entirely wearable and durable jewelry. Elayne received a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington and has exhibited in solo shows and numerous group exhibitions.

 Jim Oliver, Jim Oliver Photography
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Jim is a fine art photographer, known for capturing natural and urban landscapes in a variety of photographic styles. His work has been in 53 exhibitions since 2007. The studio walls and floors are used as staging grounds for selecting images. A bit of clutter is common. With his background in providing adult education, he truly enjoys discussing photography, and helping people improve their skills.

Mark Hudak, Throwing Mud Gallery
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Functional decorative pottery has been Mark’s passion for almost 30 years. His intent is to make creative pottery to be enjoyed and used in daily living. He loves to share his passion for making ceramic art with others through pottery classes at his studio, Throwing Mud Gallery.

Annie Wright Schools
The Annie Wright Schools ceramic studio is part of a comprehensive integrated visual arts program that supports the Day School PYP students in Kindergarten through 5th grade and middle years students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Upper School students in grades 9-12 may choose art as an activity or pursue an International Baccalaureate degree in Visual Arts.

Lois Yoshida
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Lois is intrigued and challenged by the process and beauty of sumi art, which seeks to capture the essence or spirit of a subject in as few spontaneous brush strokes as possible. She continues to explore mixed media, incorporating sumi (ink), watercolor, and handmade papers. The juxtaposition of shapes and colors, discovering what combinations appeal to her visually and emotionally, is a wonderful adventure.

Lynne Farren
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For as long as she can remember, Lynne has been making art in a variety of mediums including paper, paint, fabric, metal, and found materials. Her studio is filled with paintings, collages, photo montages, and assemblages. Nothing is safe from being made into art.

 

Art at Work Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma Weekly, and Premier Media Group.

Kick off Classical Tuesdays in Old Town’s 9th season!

4 Sep

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Where: Old Town Park, 2350 N. 30th St., Tacoma (in Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th, if rainy)
When: Tuesday, September 10, 5:30pm
Cost: Free!

Help kick off Classical Tuesdays in Old Town’s season at Old Town Park’s new stage. Bring chairs and blankets to sit on and check out the neighborhood eateries offering beverages and light meals to compliment your evening’s entertainment. This event is family friendly and free!

Classical Tuesday’s season kicks off with the fabulous Thione Diop and the Yeke Yeke West African drum ensemble. Thione is a terrific drummer, teacher and person.

Thione Diop was born in 1978 to a Griot family in Senegal, West Africa. Griots are hereditary artists who carry the responsibility of preserving history, values, and cultural identity, dedicating their lives to art. With his father already a renowned sabar drummer, Thione began playing the sabar and djembe at the age of five. After becoming an acclaimed performer, he moved to Seattle, where he began teaching in addition to performing, mostly in the Northwest.

For more information call (253) 752-2135 or check out the Classical Tuesdays website.

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