Archive | February, 2016

An opportunity now for Crafts of the Past

11 Feb
Families get hands-on at Crafts of the Past. Photo provided by Fort Nisqually Foundation.

A family get hands-on learning how to make a cyanotype photo at Crafts of the Past. Photo provided by Fort Nisqually Foundation.

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is seeking traditional artists and crafts people to share their knowledge and skills with the public in the museum’s Crafts of the Past program.

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Sashes made by Darryl Hall using the finger-weaving technique. Photo provided by Fort Nisqually.

Crafts of the Past supports a different artist-in-residence demonstrating mid-19th century crafts every weekend May – September. Past featured arts and crafts have included silver inlay, powder horns, Native American beadwork, Native American basket weaving, scrimshaw, blacksmithing, spinning and dyeing, weaving, hand sewing, musical instruments, historical illustration, calligraphy, and puppetry.

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Native American basketry hat by Judy Bridges. Photo provided by Fort Nisqually.

Artists-in-residence set up a display of their work and are available to talk with visitors from 11 am – 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday for one weekend. Artists demonstrate their craft and are encouraged, if appropriate, to provide a hands-on learning opportunity for the public.

An honorarium of $200 per day is paid to the artist-in-residence. There is also a maximum $50 reimbursement for supplies for the public hands-on activity. In addition, artists-in-residence are invited to sell artwork on commission through the museum store, and to participate in the Artisan Market during the Arts of the Fur Trade event later in the year.

 

Punch and Judy Performance by Kelsey Sample. Photo provided by Fort Nisqually.

Applications are available online and are due February 26, 2016.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support Crafts of the Past through our Arts Projects funding program.

 

Artist Trust ‘Pop Up Studio’ at Feast Art Center

11 Feb

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667318-250 Event artwork by Rebecca Chernow, photographed by Ian Lewis.

Join Artist Trust and artist Darcy Anderson to envision the future of Tacoma’s art scene! This Pop-up Studio is an opportunity to share your vision of the future, make some art, and connect with other local artists and supporters.

Facilitated by Frances McCue and Lisa Fitzhugh from Creative Ground, and in creative collaboration with a local artist, this workshop is the third in a series of Pop-up Studios where we’ll engage through creative activities with artists and arts supporters to imagine a vibrant future in Washington State alive with happy, productive, supported artists.

Help influence the future of Artist Trust and the Washington State arts community! And enjoy free snacks! Space is extremely limited so please RSVP to this free event today.

RSVP here for this free, fun, community-focused event!
Artist Trust Pop-up Studio – Tacoma
February 18th, 5-7:30pm
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Are you a pluviophile?

9 Feb
Jennifer Chushcoff documents work at a cranberry bog for her book WA is Water. Photo provided by artist.

Jennifer Chushcoff documents work at a cranberry bog for her book WA is Water. Photo provided by artist.

What do misty mornings, cranberry bogs, and waterfalls have in common? They are all featured in Jennifer Chushcoff’s new book, WA is Water. Her exploration of water in our state is a visual, scientific, and spiritual journey through native ecosystems large and small. WA is Water encourages audience participation, by sending in submissions to the Rain Glossary, images to the WA is Water Facebook page, and highlighting poems on the topic.

Jennifer Chushcoff on the Washington coast, gathering data and images for her book WA is Water. Photo provided by artist.

Jennifer Chushcoff on the Washington coast, gathering data and images for her book WA is Water. Photo provided by artist.

Chushcoff’s triplicate approach to the subject is intriguing and informational. The macro photography lends an intimate feeling which is supported by the poems, while the scientific facts lend an academic credibility to the project. I enjoy the juxtaposition of research and whimsy present in this project and in its creator.

Name the Rain
Do you have a word for a specific kind of rain? If so, post it on the WA is WATER Facebook page. It may end up in the Name the Rain Glossary! You will receive an attribution if your word and definition are selected for the book.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support Jennifer Chushcoff’s work through the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program.

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Tacoma Arts Commission member Traci Kelly. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.

Traci Kelly moved to Tacoma in 2004 and joined the Tacoma Arts Commission shortly after. Her degree is in sculpture, but she appreciates the range of arts the City of Destiny has to offer.

Community Groups Wanted for Tacoma Murals Project

2 Feb

 

Earthwise Architectural Salvage, 628 E. 60th Street. Artist: Chris Sharp. 2014.

Earthwise Architectural Salvage, 628 E. 60th Street. Artist: Chris Sharp. 2014.

In support of the City of Tacoma’s ongoing efforts to strategically revitalize and beautify Tacoma, the Tacoma Murals Project is seeking applications from community groups interested in collaborating with local artists who will design and implement painted outdoor murals that reflect positive neighborhood themes or messages. The deadline for submissions is midnight on March 14, 2016.

“The strength of the Tacoma Murals Project is its ability to reflect the diverse voices of our community while creating beautiful artworks that can be catalysts for change,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride. “These murals help create a sense of place and identity, and provide a welcoming entry into our many unique neighborhoods.”

Viet My Gift Shop, 775 S. 38th Street. Lead artist: Bob Henry, assistant artists: Anthony Duenas and Daniel Duenas. 2014.

Viet My Gift Shop, 775 S. 38th Street. Lead artist: Bob Henry, assistant artists: Anthony Duenas and Daniel Duenas. 2014.

Each selected community group will receive a funded mural that includes artist supplies and artist compensation, an artist or artist team from a roster provided by the City, technical assistance and general promotion of the project.

In return, each selected community group would be responsible for contributing in-kind services and materials as required to prepare their mural wall, participating in the selection of an artist/artist team from a City-provided roster, coordinating community meetings and the dedication of their completed mural, and maintaining their mural after completion.

“Beyond the Bluff, Beneath the Bay” on Stadium Way. Artist: Janice Lee Warren. 2014.

“Beyond the Bluff, Beneath the Bay” on Stadium Way. Artist: Janice Lee Warren. 2014.

Community groups must, with property owner permission, propose specific mural walls. Proposed mural walls must be on commercial or public property and located within Tacoma city limits. Priority will be given to sites located in areas without a good representation of public art and/or that are highly visible to the public.

It is tentatively projected that five mural sites will be selected for 2016.

Twenty-seven murals have been completed between 2010 and 2015. Photos of these murals are available on the Completed Murals page on the City’s website.

Full project details, and the application, is available online. Additional information is available from Naomi Strom-Avila at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5191.


 

If you are a mural artist and would like to lead or assist in painting a mural please check out the companion 2016-18 Mural Artist Roster Call to Artists. Applications from artists are due by March 7, 2016.

 

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