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Kaleidoscope: Celebrate Art and Community

14 Sep

Start off your October with an evening of creative fun at the historic Normanna Hall in Hilltop neighborhood!

Presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks, Kaleidoscope is the official kick off party for Tacoma Arts Month. This free and family-friendly event is full of dance, art, activities, music, and much more!

Kaleidoscope Opening Party
October 3rd, 2018
6 PM – 9 PM
Normanna Hall, 1106 S 15th Street

The festivities begin with the AMOCAT Arts Award ceremony at 6pm sharp. Snack on some delicious appetizers and enjoy a beverage from the no-host bar provided by Jonz Catering, or enjoy an evening coffee provided by Anthem Coffee.

We’ll keep the party going until 9pm with performances and hands-on activities from artists and organizations such as: Asia Pacific Cultural Center, The BareFoot Collective, The Grand Cinema, Jordani Sarreal, Tacoma Poet Laureate Kellie Richardson, DJ SmokeywonderTacoma Art MuseumTacoma Refugee ChoirTacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, and TeenTix. Pop-up art exhibits will be installed by several Tacoma artists, including Jasmine Brown, Maria Jost, Nori Kimura, Spaceworks Tacoma Links to Opportunity Project, and prints provided by Wayzgoose.


AMOCAT Arts Awards

The 2018 AMOCAT Arts Awards will be presented at 6pm by Mayor Victoria Woodards, and City Council Members Lillian Hunter and Keith Blocker.
The award recipients are:
Jackie Casella – Community Outreach by an Individual
Tacoma Little Theatre – Community Outreach by an Organization
MultiCare Health System – Arts Patron

Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the event details and the full art events calendar for October 2018.


Kaleidoscope Sponsors

We could not provide this wonderful and free event without the support of our sponsors:

NW Stage, LLC
Spaceworks
Norden Lodge #2 – Sons of Norway
HOLDstudios
The Grand Cinema
Anthem Coffee Company


Tacoma Arts Month Sponsors

Premier Sponsor: Click! Cable TV
Media Sponsors: ARCADE, KNKX, Northwest Public Broadcasting, Macaroni Kid, ParentMap, Preview, Sounds Fun MomSouth Sound magazine, Tacoma Living Local, Tacoma WeeklyWeekly Volcano

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Tacoma Arts Month 2018 is Almost Here!

11 Sep

October 2018 marks the 17th anniversary of Tacoma Arts Month – a community celebration of the arts that includes hundreds of community-hosted arts and culture events, exhibits and workshops for all ages taking place throughout the month. Programming includes music, theater and dance performances, hands-on experiences, visual art exhibits, film screenings, literary readings, lectures, cultural events, and workshops. All events are open to the public and many activities are free.

Events Calendar
Information about all Tacoma Arts Month events, workshops, and exhibits can be found online at TacomaArtsMonth.com. New programs are added to the calendar each week!

E-newsletter
Let us bring the weekly calendar of Tacoma’s arts and culture happenings straight to your inbox so that you can plan out your weekday and weekend social calendar. Sign up for the twice-weekly Tacoma Arts Month e-newsletter and you’ll receive timely information about the multitude of fabulous arts and culture events you can be a part of this October.

#TacomaArtsMonth Reverse Scavenger Hunt 
From September through October, we’ll be posting questions and photos about upcoming Tacoma Arts Month events on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. Participants who post the correct answer to the questions within 24 hours of the posting will be entered to win prizes from a local arts organizations!

#TacomaArtsMonth Photo Challenge
Attendees of Tacoma Arts Month events are invited to participate in the #TacomaArtsMonth Challenge. Throughout October, those who attend Tacoma Arts Month events and post a photo to social media using #TacomaArtsMonth will be entered to win a grand prize. Make sure your post is public. More information about the Tacoma Arts Month Challenge is available at TacomaArtsMonth.com.

Signature events include:

  • Kaleidoscope Opening Party
    October 3
    6 – 9 pm
    Normanna Hall, 1106 S 15th
    Free and open to the public

Start Tacoma Arts Month off with a kaleidoscope of pop-up art exhibits, hands-on activities, music and dance performances, and more at this family-friendly, community festival. There will be appetizers, dessert and a no-host bar. The event will include recognition of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s 2018 funding recipients and the AMOCAT Arts Award winners. The event is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma, hosted by the Sons of Norway – Norden Lodge #2, and sponsored by Northwest Stage, The Grand Cinema, HOLDstudios, and Anthem Coffee.

  • Tacoma Studio Tour
    October 13 & 14
    11 am – 5 pm
    47 locations around Tacoma
    Free and open to the public

You are invited inside the working studios of over 80 local artists to learn about the artistic process, ask questions and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. This is a free, family-friendly, self-guided tour.

Studio Tour attendees are encouraged to pick up a Tacoma Studio Tour Passport and have it stamped at each studio location visited. Once at least eight stamps have been collected, the passport can be submitted for a chance to win one of several prize packages containing artwork handcrafted by a selection of artists on the tour.

Visit the Tacoma Studio Tour website for a complete list of studio locations, an interactive map, and information about the Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.

Start planning now; October is going to be a great month in Tacoma!

 


Tacoma Arts Month is made possible with the support of these generous sponsors:

Premier Sponsor: Click! Cable TV
Media Sponsors: ARCADEKNKX, Northwest Public Broadcasting, Macaroni Kid, ParentMap, Preview, Sounds Fun MomSouth Sound magazine, Tacoma Living Local, Tacoma WeeklyWeekly Volcano

Nominations sought for 2018 AMOCAT Arts Awards

26 Jun
AMOCAT Arts Award

AMOCAT Arts Award illustration designed by Chandler O’Leary

The Tacoma Arts Commission is accepting nominations for the 2018 AMOCAT Arts Awards, which recognize the people and organizations that positively impact Tacoma with their passion, innovation and commitment to the arts. Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 3, 2018.

The Tacoma Arts Commission will review all nominations and select one finalist in each award category based on the breadth and depth of the nominee’s community impact as well as the quality of the work being done by the nominee. Mayor Victoria Woodards will present the 2018 AMOCAT Arts Awards at Kaleidoscope, the Tacoma Arts Month opening party on Oct. 3, 2018.

Award Categories:

  1. Community Outreach by an Individual– Community outreach, engagement and involvement in the arts in Tacoma by an individual
  2. Community Outreach by an Organization– Community outreach, engagement and involvement in the arts in Tacoma by an organization
  3. Arts Patron– A community partner who significantly supports or contributes to the arts in Tacoma

To Make a Nomination:

Fill out the online nomination form via Submittable: https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit. You must create a Submittable account in order to complete the form.

Past Award Winners:

In the category of Community Outreach by an Individual, past winners include: Michael Haeflinger, Lynn Di Nino, Jared Pappas-Kelley and Michael S. Lent, Laura and Matt Eklund, Lance Kagey and Tom Llewellyn, Linda Danforth, William Kupinse, Oliver Doriss, Stella Haioulani, Katy Evans, David Domkoski, Jessica Spring, Connie K. Walle, and Christopher Paul Jordan.

In the category of Community Outreach by an Organization, past winners include: Monkeyshines, Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass Education Programs, Arts Impact, Tacoma School of the Arts, Barefoot Studios, Victory Music, King’s Books, Hilltop Artists, Fab-5, D.A.S.H. Center for the Arts, The Grand Cinema, Puget Sound Book Artists, Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Tacoma Public Library, and Tacoma Youth Symphony Association.

In the category of Arts Patron, past winners include: Tacoma Housing Authority, Sound Transit Art Program, Pierce Transit, Sixth Avenue Business District, The Weekly Volcano, Hotel Murano, City Arts, Urban Grace Church, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Key Bank, Erivan and Helga Haub and family, ArtsFund, University of Washington Tacoma, and Metro Parks Tacoma.

More Information:

More information about the AMOCAT Arts Awards is available at cityoftacoma.org/amocat.

2015 AMOCAT Arts Award winners announced

14 Sep

The Tacoma Arts Commission has announced this year’s AMOCAT Arts Award winners: University of Washington Tacoma (Arts Patron), Tacoma Public Library (Community Outreach by an Organization), and Connie K. Walle (Community Outreach by an Individual). The AMOCAT Arts Awards honor those who provide distinctive contributions to the arts in Tacoma.

Arts Patron – University of Washington Tacoma

"Maru" by Gerard Tsutakawa on the University of Washington Tacoma campus. Photos courtesy of UW Tacoma.

“Maru” by Gerard Tsutakawa on the University of Washington Tacoma campus. Photos courtesy of UW Tacoma.

This award goes to University of Washington Tacoma for its ongoing commitment to serving and partnering with the greater Tacoma community. UW Tacoma’s contributions to the arts in Tacoma began 25 years ago at the campus’ founding, when 15 faculty members were hired to create an interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum. Since then, the university’s impact on the community can be measured by the work of its faculty, students and alumni; a dense network of partnerships and collaborations; and a growing public art collection.

UW Tacoma’s connections to the Tacoma arts community include glass art classes hosted at the Museum of Glass, Tacoma School of the Arts classes held on campus, and a partnership with Spaceworks Tacoma to support creative entrepreneurs. Recent collaborations include an innovative community-based theater production by UW Tacoma faculty and Toy Boat Theatre, and the hosting of a portion of the City of Tacoma and Tacoma Art Museum’s Pop-Up Art Putt! golf course.

UW Tacoma’s investment in developing the campus and Prairie Line Trail, with a commitment to aesthetic design and adaptive re-use, has encouraged a more walkable and beautiful community. The campus proudly displays a diverse art collection including works by Pablo Picasso, Dale Chihuly, Gerard Tsutakawa, Dawoud Bey, Buster Simpson and many others.

Community Outreach by an Organization – Tacoma Public Library

William Kamkwamba, author of The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, at Tacoma Public Library. Photo courtesy of TPL.

William Kamkwamba, author of The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, at Tacoma Public Library. Photo courtesy of TPL.

This award goes to Tacoma Public Library for its deep and ongoing commitment to creating opportunities for interactive and dynamic lifelong learning through the lens of arts and culture.

Tacoma’s public libraries are hubs of community activity where citizens can gather together to tell and create stories, listen to and create music, experience art, play chess, access the internet, and escape with a great film. The libraries bring readers and writers together to share a love of stories through book talks and signings, discussion groups, and the community-wide reading program: Tacoma Reads Together.

The Handforth Gallery at the Main Library provides an opportunity to experience visual art created by local, regional, national and international artists, as well as to hear artists talk about their work and learn more about the art forms through demonstrations.

The Tacoma Public Library provides free performing arts opportunities for the public including music concerts, puppet shows, magic acts, silent movies, jugglers, clowns, and acrobats. The Main Library’s StoryLab encourages students to expand their digital creativity through workshops in sound production, voice-over, film production and editing, beat-making, digital drawing, and song writing.

Community Outreach by an Individual – Connie K. Walle

Connie K. Walle.

Connie K. Walle reads from her poetry.

This award goes to Connie K. Walle for her commitment to elevating the literary arts in Tacoma and the South Sound. Walle is a poet, the founder and president of Puget Sound Poetry Connection (PSPC), and facilitator for the Distinguished Writer Series, which has been a staple of Tacoma’s literary arts community for 25 years and counting.

The Distinguished Writer Series provides a platform where poets of national regard share their work with the South Sound community, and where local writers of all levels and backgrounds can share their work in a constructive and supportive environment.

Under Walle’s leadership, PSPC has spearheaded multiple projects including literary publications, a teen writing contest and poetry workshops. She also hosts poetry critiques and produces a weekly e-newsletter promoting poetry-related opportunities throughout the region. PSPC, along with collaborating partners, are producing the first ever Tacoma Poetry Festival on October 16 and 17, 2015.

“What do I get out of this? Great poetry. Good friends. Good teachers,” said Walle. “Our group is the most generous and friendly reading in the state. No matter what the level of writing or reading, our people always make newbies feel welcome and encourage them to return. I set pretty high standards for our group and somehow they find a way to exceed it.”

The Distinguished Writer Series meets at 7 p.m. on the second Friday of every month at King’s Bookstore (218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma). The event is free and open to the public. All ages and levels of writing are welcome.


Awards Celebration

Awardees will be honored at the annual Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party on Oct. 1, from 6 – 9 p.m., at the historic Tacoma Armory (715 S. 11th St.). Mayor Marilyn Strickland will present the awards starting at 7:45 p.m.

In addition, there will be live entertainment at this event that includes music by Ken Jacobsen, contemporary dance by the BareFoot Collective, Samoan Village Dance by Asia Pacific Cultural Center, poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Cathy Nguyen, and more. Attendees can also explore a series of pop-up multimedia art exhibits by Christopher Jordan, Isaac Olsen, Jennifer Chushcoff, Nichole Rathburn, Janet Marcavage, Tim + April Norris, Terese Cuff, Elizabeth Gahan, Diana Leigh Surma and Judd Cohen. The event will include appetizers, dessert and a no-host bar.

This free public event is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma with support from the Historic Tacoma Armory and is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Tacoma Weekly, Northwest Public Radio, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, South Sound magazine, and ARCADE.

Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party Tomorrow!

1 Oct

Intellectual property of the City of Tacoma, WA.  Republication prohibitedCome celebrate with us. You know you want to! Join the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma in a free community celebration of the arts as we kick off Tacoma’s 13th annual Tacoma Arts Month.

Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party & AMOCAT Arts Awards
Thursday, October 2
6 – 9 PM
Tacoma Post Office Building, 1102 A Street
Free and open to the public

We’ll keep you entertained with:

A detail from Jessica Spring's exhibit Recollection: An Ephemeral Exhibition of Exquisite & Eclectic Ephemera

A detail from Jessica Spring’s exhibit Recollection: An Ephemeral Exhibition of Exquisite & Eclectic Ephemera

Experience the newly-renovated Tacoma Post Office Building and enjoy  appetizers, dessert and a no-host bar. Help us honor the 2014 funding recipients and AMOCAT Arts Award winners – ArtsFund, Asia Pacific Cultural Center, and Jessica Spring. Mayor Strickland and council members David Boe and Marty Campbell will present the awards beginning at 7:45 pm.

It’s all free and open to the public – pack up the family, invite your friends and come help us celebrate!

Thanks to the Opening Party event partners: Post Hall, A Street Associates, and Power Property Consultants. Tacoma Arts Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Tacoma Weekly, Northwest Public Radio, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Premier Media Group, and Exit133.

2014 AMOCAT Arts Award winners announced

5 Sep

The Tacoma Arts Commission has announced this year’s AMOCAT Arts Award winners: ArtsFund (Arts Patron), Asia Pacific Cultural Center (Community Outreach by an Organization), and Jessica Spring (Community Outreach by an Individual). The AMOCAT Arts Awards honor those who provide distinctive contributions to the arts in Tacoma.

The cast of HAIR The Musical. Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. Photo Courtesy of Broadway Center.

The cast of HAIR The Musical. Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. Photo Courtesy of Broadway Center.

Arts Patron – ArtsFund

This award goes to ArtsFund for their work to strengthen the community by supporting the arts through leadership, advocacy and grant making. ArtsFund has been directing funds to Pierce County arts organizations since its inception in 1969, and has invested over $6.5 million in grants into the arts sector in Pierce County.

“ArtsFund grants are a stabilizing force in our arts community, providing a reliable source of funding and support for the operating costs of our organizations,” said David Fischer, Executive Director of Broadway Center for the Performing Arts.

ArtsFund is committed to helping develop the next generation of community and civic leaders, and offers a nonprofit board leadership training course as well as ongoing meetings for the cultural sector. Through ArtsFund’s policy and advocacy efforts, Building for the Arts, a statewide capital grant program, has distributed $5,323,675 to Pierce County arts organizations. And, through one of its newest initiatives, power2give.org/PugetSound, a regional arts crowdfunding platform, ArtsFund is generating new support for an increasingly broad range of arts organizations.

Performers at APCC's annual Asia Pacific New Year Celebration.

Performers at APCC’s annual Asia Pacific New Year Celebration.

Community Outreach by an Organization – Asia Pacific Cultural Center

This award goes to Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) for their deep and ongoing commitment to developing a greater understanding and appreciation of the diversity of Tacoma and vibrancy of Asia Pacific cultures. APCC represents 47 countries and cultures of Asia Pacific, offering programs and services that honor the distinct artistry, business protocols, history and social practices of each.

Established in 1996, APCC’s mission is to bridge communities and generations through arts, culture, education, and business. APCC serves over 40,000 people annually through multiple community-based programs including the annual Asia Pacific New Year Celebration.

APCC is active in many school districts throughout the Washington, teaching students in grades Pre-K through 12th grade about the Asia Pacific countries, their people, cultures, languages, foods, arts, crafts, geography, and history. In addition, APCC administers the only Asia Pacific Youth Program in Tacoma-Pierce County to address the needs of hard-to-reach Asia Pacific youth who are failing academically due to a lack of culturally competent services for students and families.

On a daily basis, APCC presents a diverse array of culturally-focused programs including tea ceremonies and classes on language, cooking, dance, music, martial arts, wood carving, storytelling, and crafting. APCC has an on-going partnership with JBLM, presenting cultural demonstrations on the bases and providing basic cultural training to military service members before they deploy to Asia Pacific countries.

Jessica Spring's, 'You’ll Like Tacoma' prints.

Jessica Spring’s, ‘You’ll Like Tacoma’ prints.

Community Outreach by an Individual – Jessica Spring

This award goes to Jessica Spring for her commitment to bringing the art of letterpress to Tacoma. She started setting cold type on a phototypesetting machine as an undergraduate English major, beginning a lifelong interest in typography. She learned to set metal type in 1989 and has been a letterpress printer since. Her work at Springtide Press—artist books, broadsides and ephemera—is included in collections around the country and abroad. Collaborations are an important part of her work, either printing for other artists or teaching students traditional letterpress printing, typography and book arts. She has a master’s degree in fine arts from Columbia College Chicago.

“Though I’ve been printing for a long time, the past 12 years in Tacoma have provided a fantastic community in which to grow as an artist, teacher and collaborator,” said Spring.

Spring is deeply committed to sharing the craft and history of letterpress printing and believes that is best done hands on, as evidenced through her work in helping found and sustain Wayzgoose, Tacoma’s own letterpress and books arts festival, for the past 10 years. She has taught printmaking, run the Elliott Press at Pacific Lutheran University for a decade, and is half of the creative duo behind the Dead Feminists broadsides, a series of letterpress prints highlighting historical feminists.

Awards Celebration

Awardees will be honored at the annual Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party on Oct. 2, from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Tacoma Post Office Building (1102 A St.). Mayor Marilyn Strickland will present the awards starting at 7:45 p.m.

In addition, there will be live entertainment at this event that includes music by Speed Queen and Okinawa Taiko Drums, Trash Fashion Runway by Tinkertopia and Friends, theater performance by Working Class Theater, poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo, and a tintype photo demonstration by Kyle Dillehay. Attendees can explore an exhibition of work by Jessica Spring and The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s Foundation of Art Award Exhibit. The newly-renovated building will also host a series of pop-up art exhibits by Beautiful Angle, Alice Di Certo, Isaac Olsen, Jeremy Gregory, Kristin Giordano, the C.L.A.W., and Poly Rev. Resident artists Abby Kok, Alana Tamminga, and Katlyn Hubner will open their studios to the public for the evening. There will also be screenings of short films by Kat Ogden, Nick Butler, Kris Crews, Kate Walker and The Grand Cinema. The event will include appetizers, dessert and a no-host bar.

This free public event is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma and is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Tacoma Weekly, Northwest Public Radio, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Premier Media Group, and Exit133.

Nominations sought for 2014 AMOCAT Arts Awards

3 Jul
Council Member Marty Campbell; Jane Carlin and Rochelle Monner representing Puget Sound Book Artists, the 2013 AMOCAT Arts Award for Community Outreach by an Organization winner; and Mayor Marilyn Strickland

Council Member Marty Campbell; Jane Carlin and Rochelle Monner representing Puget Sound Book Artists, the 2013 AMOCAT Arts Award for Community Outreach by an Organization winner; and Mayor Marilyn Strickland

The Tacoma Arts Commission is currently accepting nominations for the 2014 AMOCAT Arts Awards.

Since 2004, the AMOCAT Arts Awards recognize those in our community who provide distinctive contributions to the arts. The honorees work hard to support and build our community by innovating in artistic excellence. Each exhibits vision, dedication, and action in creating a lively arts community in Tacoma.

The three award categories are:

  1. Community Outreach by an Individual – Community outreach, engagement and involvement in the arts in Tacoma by an individual
  2. Community Outreach by an Organization – Community outreach, engagement and involvement in the arts in Tacoma by an organization
  3. Arts Patron – A community partner who significantly supports or contributes to the arts in Tacoma

“Tacoma is home to an amazing group of arts supporters – people, organizations and patrons who invest their energy and passion into improving our community through the arts. The AMOCAT Arts Awards help recognize and commend these people for all they do to make our city a more vibrant place to live and work.” – Mayor Marilyn Strickland

To make a nomination, simply fill out the online nomination form. Nominations are due by August 1, 2014. The Tacoma Arts Commission will review all nominations and select one finalist in each award category based on the breadth and depth of the nominee’s community impact as well as the quality of the work being done by the nominee, not by the number of times the nominee has been nominated. Mayor Strickland will present the 2014 AMOCAT Arts Awards at the Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party on Oct. 2.

In the category of Community Outreach by an Individual, past winners include: Lynn Di Nino, Jared Pappas-Kelley and Michael S. Lent, Laura and Matt Eklund, Lance Kagey and Tom Llewellyn, Linda Danforth, William Kupinse, Oliver Doriss, Stella Haioulani, Katy Evans, and David Domkoski.

In the category of Community Outreach by an Organization, past winners include: Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass Education Programs, Arts Impact, Tacoma School of the Arts, Barefoot Studios, Victory Music, King’s Books, Hilltop Artists, Fab-5, D.A.S.H. Center for the Arts, The Grand Cinema, and Puget Sound Book Artists.

In the category of Arts Patron, past winners include: Sound Transit Art Program, Pierce Transit, 6th Avenue Business District, The Weekly Volcano, Hotel Murano, City Arts, Urban Grace Church, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Key Bank, and Erivan and Helga Haub and family.

Additional information about the AMOCAT Arts Awards can be found online.

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.

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