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Art at Work Month kickoff this Monday

25 Oct
What happens when molten iron is poured into 300# blocks of ice? Come check it out.

What happens when molten iron is poured into 300# blocks of ice? Come check it out.

Come celebrate with us. You know you want to! Join the Tacoma Arts Commission in a free community celebration of the arts as we kick off Tacoma’s 12th annual Art at Work Month.

Art at Work Opening Party and AMOCAT Arts Awards
Monday, October 28

6 – 8:30 pm
Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock Street, Tacoma
Free and open to the public

We’ll keep you entertained with:

the BareFoot Collective will  be dancing us into Art at Work Month. Photo by Michael Hoover.

the BareFoot Collective will be dancing us into Art at Work Month. Photo by Michael Hoover.

music by Taxi Driver
molten iron pour by Tacoma Community College
contemporary dance by the BareFoot Collective
urban arts by Fab-5
poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo
films by Kat Ogden and Carla Barragan
museum displays and marine life touch tanks

You will even have the opportunity to contribute to Diane Hansen’s soon-to-be-installed public art piece, The Locks, by personalizing a padlock to hang on the installation. We’ll provide the supplies, you provide your sentimental love of Tacoma.

Enjoy appetizers, dessert, and no-host bar while experience the newly-renovated Foss Waterway Seaport including a new public art piece, Lot 411 by Bret Lyon.

Help us honor the 2013 funding recipients and AMOCAT Arts Award winners – Erivan and Helga Haub and family, Puget Sound Book Artists, and David Domkoski. Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Deputy Mayor Marty Campbell will present the awards beginning at 7:15 pm.

This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required. Dress warmly – we’ll be over the water and it’s fall.

The Art at Work Opening Party is sponsored by Foss Waterway Seaport and NW Stage. Art at Work Month is generously sponsored by Click! Cable TVThe Greater Tacoma Community FoundationKPLUPremier Media GroupTacoma Weekly, and Weekly Volcano.

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2013 AMOCAT Arts Award winners announced

12 Oct

The Tacoma Arts Commission has announced this year’s AMOCAT Arts Award winners: Erivan and Helga Haub and family (Arts Patron), Puget Sound Book Artists (Community Outreach by an Organization) and David Domkoski (Community Outreach by an Individual). The AMOCAT Arts Awards honor those who provide distinctive contributions to the arts in Tacoma.

Groundbreaking of the Tacoma Art Museum's new wing. Photo courtesy of Tacoma Art Museum

Groundbreaking of the Tacoma Art Museum’s new wing. Photo courtesy of Tacoma Art Museum

The Arts Patron award goes to Erivan and Helga Haub and family for their investment in the arts in Tacoma. In 2012, Tacoma Art Museum announced a major donation by the Haub family of 280 outstanding works of Western American art, along with endowment funds for the care of the collection and a 16,000 square foot museum expansion.

The Haub family gift of a world-class art collection will have a lasting legacy on the Tacoma community and greater region, elevating the city’s reputation as a cultural destination. As the only Western American art collection of this caliber in the Pacific Northwest, the Haub family gift will provide a new dimension of cultural offerings to our region and make more prominent the diversity of the city’s many cultural offerings.

 “As the history of the Northwest is inextricably embedded within the history of the greater West, the Haub Collection will strengthen the meaning, value and historical perspectives of Northwest art within the broader art historical context of American art,” said TAM Executive Director Stephanie Stebich.

Book artist Kevin Steele teaching a dimensional book binding workshop for Puget Sound Book Artists. Photo courtesy of PSBA.

Book artist Kevin Steele teaching a dimensional book
binding workshop for Puget Sound Book Artists. Photo courtesy of PSBA.

The Community Outreach by an Organization award goes to Puget Sound Book Artists who, since 2010, has been carrying out its mission to create a spirit of community among book artists and those who love books. The organization has exhibited a deep and ongoing commitment to creating a welcoming and educational community for book artists of all skill levels to collaborate and share their work with the public.

 Perhaps the most publicly visible work of PSBA is its annual juried book arts exhibition, which continues to grow each year.

“There are limited venues for book arts to be displayed, so we feel strongly about the opportunity to showcase the book arts,” said PSBA President Rochelle Monner.

PSBA strives to increase educational opportunities for individuals and foster excellence by bringing book arts experts to Tacoma for lectures and workshops. Professional development also comes from within PSBA’s membership, which works collaboratively to self-produce exhibition catalogs and provide professional support to its members.

Assemblage Theater's production of Pericles Snowdon's Bluebeard. Photo by Jason Ganwich.

Assemblage Theater’s production of Pericles Snowdon’s Bluebeard. Photo by Jason Ganwich.

The Community Outreach by an Individual award goes to David Domkoski for his dedication in bringing the arts to Tacoma through his work in local theater and through his job at the Tacoma Public Library.

“You know that quote, ‘Find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life?’” said Domkoski. “I have two jobs like that.”

Domkoski has directed theater for Tacoma Little Theater, Lakewood Playhouse, Northwest Playwrights Alliance, Tacoma Community College, Tacoma Repertory Theater, and Tacoma School of the Arts. In 2012, he created Assemblage Theater to produce provocative, quirky and challenging plays – including Pericles Snowdon’s “Bluebeard” and Mark O’Rowe’s “Terminus” – that explore the endless possibilities of live theater.

Having served as the Tacoma Public Library’s community relations manager since 1987, Domkoski is responsible for the Handforth Gallery – featuring the work of local, regional and nation visual artists including Alfredo Arreguin, Jacob Lawrence and Mary Randlett.  He has worked tirelessly to bring free literary and performing arts experiences to the community through the library – featuring book talks by major American authors including Ray Bradbury, David McCullough and Sherman Alexie; concerts of all types including classical guitarists, brass bands and marimba ensembles; and the community-wide reading program – Tacoma Reads Together – with programs and events designed to engage the community in conversations around important issues.

Awardees will be honored at the annual Art at Work Opening Party on Oct. 28, from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at the Foss Waterway Seaport (705 Dock St.). Mayor Marilyn Strickland will present the awards starting at 7:15 p.m.

In addition, there will be live entertainment at this event that includes music by Taxi Driver, a molten iron pour by Tacoma Community College, contemporary dance by the BareFoot Collective, urban arts by Fab-5, poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo, films by Kat Ogden and Carla Barragan, and a hands-on public art project with Diane Hansen. Attendees can experience the newly-renovated Foss Waterway Seaport which includes a new public art piece – “Lot 411” by Bret Lyon – and there will be appetizers, dessert and a no-host bar.

This free public event is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Tacoma Weekly, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Premier Media Group and Foss Waterway Seaport. Visit ArtAtWorkTacoma.com for more information.

Assemblage Theater presents Pericles Snowdon’s haunting Bluebeard

17 May
Cherilynn Williams & Annie Katica Green in rehearsal for Bluebeard.

Cherilynn Williams & Annie Katica Green in rehearsal for Bluebeard.

What: Pericles Snowdon’s Bluebeard
Where: Chapel at Urban Grace, 902 Market Street, Tacoma
When: Fridays & Saturdays, May 31 – June 15, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $14/adults; $7/students w/ID. Tickets available at the door or in advance at Brown Paper Tickets.
Information: www.assemblagetheater.com

Raised inside an abandoned church since they were babies, four women have been taught to fear the outside world. Locked in to keep them safe from an ice storm which, 25 years ago, brought the world-as they-knew-it to an apocalyptic end, the four exist in a makeshift society controlled by their tortured matriarch, Blue. This uniquely written tour de force highlights one of London’s finest young playwrights. In its west coast premiere, English playwright Pericles Snowdon’s Bluebeard explores parenthood, political subjugation, gender, the environment, betrayal, and the apocalypse. The play, while dark and creepy, is charming and engaging with a fetching touch of dark humor. Bluebeard, presented by Tacoma’s Assemblage Theater, opens Friday, May 31 and runs for three weeks. Two pay-what-you-can performances are scheduled for Thursday, June 6 and 13.

Featured in the cast are Kathi Aleman, Nicole Lockett, Heather Christopher, Kaylie Rainer, Annie Katica Green and Cherilyn Williams.  Bluebeard is directed and produced by David Domkoski, with original music by Stanley William. Production design is by Erin Chanfrau.

“We all know the fairy tale about Bluebeard, who keeps his wives hostage, insisting that they be obedient to his will. It’s clearly a tale of patriarchal rule,” said David Domkoski, the play’s director. “How do we react to the tale, however,” asked Domkoski, “when the controller is a mother bent on protecting her daughters? That’s the premise which Pericles explores in his play. As the girls’ mother asks, ‘Isn’t it better to be put away somewhere safe than to get sent out to a world without a heart.'” Post-play discussions with the cast and director are scheduled after every performance.

Bluebeard was first produced in London, enjoying a sell-out run at the Old Red Lion Theater and garnering Time Out Critic’s Choice. It then transferred to New York and the Toronto Festival where it won rave reviews and the coveted Patron’s Pick award.

Assemblage Theater’s production of Bluebeard is funded in part through the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program of the Tacoma Arts Commission. Additional funding came from a recently completed campaign on KickStarter.com

About the playwright

In 2009 Pericles was selected by a panel of Radio 4 producers and artistic directors to receive the £10k OffWestEnd Adopt A Playwright award. The winning play, They Who Lay in Fields Like Beasts, was then introduced by Ian McKellen at The Theatre Royal Haymarket. Last year his memory palace play The Cat’s Mother was produced by all-female theatre company FoxedUp at The Courtyard in London, receiving 5 stars and a grant from the Arts Council.

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