Archive | June, 2014

Sun King Reigns Again

30 Jun

On June 25, About 40 community members from Tacoma and beyond gathered at the pocket park at S. 15th and Dock Street to welcome the return of Thomas Morandi’s Sun King sculpture to the public realm. Photographer Dane Gregory Meyer captured the event through the following photo essay.

The monumental-scale public art sculpture, part of the City of Tacoma’s Municipal Art Collection, was originally installed in 1977 in front of what is now the Hotel Murano. The piece was moved into storage in 2007 while it underwent repairs and awaited its new permanent location. 

Mascots from Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, and Tacoma Art Museum came out to celebrate the Sun King.

Mascots from Museum of Glass, Washington State History Museum, and Tacoma Art Museum came out to celebrate the Sun King.

Council Member David Boe and Tacoma Arts Commission members Scott Ramsey, Traci Kelly, and Don Lacky gather before the dedication.

Council Member David Boe and Tacoma Arts Commission members Scott Ramsey, Traci Kelly, and Don Lacky gathered before the dedication.

A group of about 40 community members gathered in celebration of the artist, Thomas Morandi, and his artwork, Sun King.

Community members gathered in celebration of the artist, Thomas Morandi, and his artwork, Sun King.

The monumental-scale Sun King provides the focal point for those gathered in celebration.

The monumental-scale Sun King provided the focal point and backdrop for those who came out to celebrate.

Council Member David Boe chanted The Beattles' Sun King lyrics.

Council Member David Boe led the crowd while chanting the lyrics to Sun King by The Beattles.

Artist Thomas Morandi helps dedicate his artwork.

Artist Thomas Morandi spoke about the changes in Tacoma from the time he created the artwork in 1977 to today.

Artist Thomas Morandi and former arts administrator Ellida Lathrop pose in front of the artwork they brought to Tacoma in 1977.

Artist Thomas Morandi and former arts administrator Ellida Lathrop posed in front of the artwork they brought to Tacoma in 1977.

All photos used with permission from Dane Gregory Meyer. Copyright Dane Gregory Meyer.

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Dane Gregory Meyer PhotographyDane Gregory Meyer has been a professional photographer for over 25 years and owns Dane Gregory Meyer Photography. He has served on the Tacoma Arts Commission since 2009 in a desire to give back to the community and support the arts as an economic engine and core for Tacoma.

What do you have planned for October?

24 Jun
Tacoma Community College's sculpture program performs a live molten iron pour as part of Tacoma Arts Month in 2013.

Tacoma Community College’s sculpture program performs a live molten iron pour as part of Tacoma Arts Month in 2013.

Call for Arts Activities
13th annual Tacoma Arts Month
October 1 – 31, 2014

Will you be hosting an arts event in October? Do you want to contribute to the arts programming offered in Tacoma, build community, and benefit from free publicity? Submit your arts activity for inclusion in the 2014 Tacoma Arts Month online calendar!

The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking submissions of arts activities happening during our thirteenth annual Tacoma Arts Month this October. We are looking for a variety of activities spanning all categories of art and culture including but not limited to music, visual art, literary art, dance, theater, and film.

If you will be hosting an exhibition, performance, class, workshop, reception, lecture, tour, artists’ market, celebration, meeting, presentation, or any other programming, let us know. We will list your arts event in an interactive and searchable online calendar of events on www.TacomaArtsMonth.com. There is no cost to you. We will be promoting the many events going on throughout the month through newspaper and magazine advertisements and articles, email newsletters, television ads, radio ads, and through a variety of social media outlets.

This month would not be possible without the participation of local businesses, organizations, and community members. We encourage you to participate by hosting your own arts activity or event.

Deadline for submissions is August 10, 2014. To qualify, your arts activity must be located within the City of Tacoma limits and occur during the month of October.

To have your event listed:

1. Fill out the online Tacoma Arts Month Activity Submission form. Note: If you are submitting multiple events, please fill out a form for each event.

2. (optional) Email a digital photograph to be used for promoting this event. Image must be at least 150 ppi. Email digital images to tacoma.submissions@cityoftacoma.org. Please put “Activities_Your Event Namein the subject line.

Questions? Contact Naomi at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or by calling (253) 591-5191.

4th Annual Puget Sound Book Artists Members Exhibition

10 Jun

June 5th – July 31st
Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound

Mary Ashton’s Shrinkage II. Photo: courtesy of Mary Ashton.

Mary Ashton’s Shrinkage II. Photo: courtesy of Mary Ashton.

The evening of June 5th, 2014 marked the opening reception for the 4th Annual Puget Sound Book Artists Members Exhibition, featuring 57 extraordinary handmade books created by 39 artists from Puget Sound and beyond. Held annually at Collins Memorial Library on the University of Puget Sound campus, the exhibition represents the growing diversity of ideas constantly challenging the question; what is a book? In this exhibition, using various media ranging from photography, printmaking, drawing, painting, calligraphy, and digital means, and employing a variety of materials including wood, handmade paper, fabric, and cordage, the members of the Puget Sound Book Artists strive to answer that question.

Lucia Harrison: Old Growth: Beneath the Forest Floor. Photo: courtesy of Lucia Harrison.

Lucia Harrison: Old Growth: Beneath the
Forest Floor. Photo: courtesy of Lucia Harrison.

The exhibition demonstrates that, like other artists, book artists are not limited to boundaries imposed on them by “rules.” This opens up endless possibilities in regards to the book form and even the materials used in making the book. The term “altered states” comes to mind. Keep in mind, while working together towards one goal, the artists whose work grace this exhibition are as diverse as the work they create. No two interpretations are alike, just as not two artists are alike. Remember, I said “endless possibilities?” From the complex layers of Mary Ashton’s Shrinkage II, to Lucia Harrison, recipient of the exhibition’s Award for Excellence for Old Growth: Beneath the Forest Floor, the exhibition tests our expectations of what a book is.

As you stroll through the exhibition, You may find yourself wishing you could reach through the glass to pick up the book. On the evening of June 19th, 5:30-7:30pm you may have your opportunity during the Conversation with the artists when the works are taken out from beneath the glass. You will have a first-hand opportunity to understand how these books came to be, and to hear from the artists themselves about their vision.

Lily Richmond: Go With The Flow. Photo: courtesy of Ross Mulhausen.

Lily Richmond: Go With The Flow. Photo: courtesy of Ross Mulhausen.

The Puget Sound Book Artists is a non-profit organization comprised of over 60 members from Puget Sound and beyond, with a growing membership from other states. Recipient of the 2013 AMOCAT Arts Award, the organization’s mission is to further the knowledge, practice and understanding of the art of the book by means of educational activities including but not limited to lectures, workshops, and exhibits.

For additional information about the exhibition, the award recipients, and the opening reception, visit the Puget Sound Book Artists’ blog. To inquire about membership or any other questions, you may contact them at psba@gmail.com.


This blog post was written by Mark Hoppmann, a 2011 Tacoma Artists Initiative Program funding recipient and current President of the Puget Sound Book Artists.

The Rise of the ‘Sun King’

9 Jun

 

by Thomas Morandi

“Sun King” sculpture by Thomas Morandi

What: “Sun King” Rededication
Where: South 15th and Dock Street
When: Wednesday, June 25, 12 – 1 pm
Cost: Free!

The public is invited to celebrate the reinstallation of “Sun King” by Thomas Morandi, one of Tacoma’s most prominent pieces of public art, on June 25, from noon – 1 p.m, at the park on the intersection of South 15th and Dock streets along the Thea Foss Waterway. Morandi will be present at this event, along with Council Member David Boe and members of the Tacoma Arts Commission.

“We are pleased to bring this stunning work of art back into the public realm where it will be enjoyed for years to come,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride. “This site is pivotal in connecting downtown to the waterfront and this monumental sculpture provides great visual interest.”

The sculpture is one of the first major pieces of art to be sited along the Prairie Line Trail, a new walking, biking and interpretive trail that follows the historic rail corridor linking the University of Washington Tacoma campus, the Brewery District, the Museum District and Thea Foss Waterway. The trail eventually connects with the Water Ditch Trail in South Tacoma.

“Sun King” was commissioned in 1977 for $30,000 in Urban Renewal Grant funding from the federal Department of Public Works. The monumental-scale, contemporary, bronze plate sculpture measures over 13 feet tall, 17.5 feet wide and 10 feet deep. Morandi was selected by a panel interested in providing a focus for the pedestrian space at South 13th Street and Broadway Plaza, where the piece was sited until 2007 before it was moved into storage.

Morandi currently resides in Corvallis, Ore. and is a metal sculptor and former professor of art at Oregon State University.

 

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