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Ruston-Pt. Defiance celebrates art and community

15 Dec
Back row: John Truman (RPDBD President 2014-15), Karen Truman (Treasurer of Tacoma Neighborhoods Together), Tammi Herridge (property owner & proprietor of Antique Sandwich Co.) From row: Beth Torbet (RPDBD Past President 2010-14), Lily Weddermann , Jennifer Weddermann (artist), Juel Lugo (LILT, Project Manager)

Back row: John Trueman (RPDBD President 2014-15), Karen Trueman (Treasurer of Tacoma Neighborhoods Together), Tamie Herridge (property owner & proprietor of Antique Sandwich Co.) From row: Beth Torbet (RPDBD Past President 2010-14), Lily Weddermann , Jennifer Weddermann (artist), Juel Lugo (LILT, Project Manager)

Art plays such a powerful role in the vitality of a community. It was illustrated again last Saturday morning as the Ruston-Pt. Defiance Business District dedicated their new art installation, a series of four sculptural benches, funded in part by the Tacoma Arts Commission. Gathered were members of the Ruston-Pt. Defiance Business community and artist Jennifer Weddermann, joyfully celebrating the latest colorful addition of public art – sculpture in the form of benches.

You'll find one of the four benches outside of the Antique Sandwich Co. at N. 51st and Pearl.

You’ll find one of the four benches outside of the Antique Sandwich Co. at N. 51st and Pearl.

The benches, hand-crafted by local artist Jennifer Weddermann, are made of steel and have aquatic and octopus imagery along with gears and mechanical elements that represent the district’s strong manufacturing history. Two of the sculptural benches have additional functional elements – one has a bike rack while the other hinges to allow users to sit facing two directions.

This wasn’t the first time the arts have helped the ‘North Pearl Business District.’ Unsolicited appreciations were shared about other funded art projects and programs in the district. A large mural on the wall of the Antique Sandwich Company was one. The impact of Spaceworks was another.

“This district has had a 50% occupancy rate. Spaceworks is great, bringing in more interest, adding vitality and potential new tenants,” said community activist John Truman.

This is great grass roots economic development in our neighborhoods, affecting small businesses and supporting local artists.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to have supported the bench project through Arts Projects funding.

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


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.

Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 4

3 Oct

This is part 4 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this November.

The Tacoma Studio Tour will feature 55 artists and collaborative studios and will allow 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 tour course.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 37 studio locations around Tacoma – map your course at ArtAtWorkTacoma.com
When: November 3 & 4, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here is this week’s artist sneak peeks:

Beverly Naidus
Beverly Naidus is an internationally recognized artist, author, and faculty member at UW Tacoma where she teaches interdisciplinary studio courses in art for social change and healing. Conceptually based and socially engaged, she works in many mediums, allowing the content to determine the form. Themes in her work have included the ecological crisis, fear of difference, nuclear nightmares, unemployment, consumerism, body image and her dreams for a reconstructed world.

Hilltop Artists
Hilltop Artists is a non-profit organization with a mission of “Using glass art to connect young people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds to better futures.” Established in 1994 with the help of Dale Chihuly, Hilltop Artists is a glass arts program that provides classes and individualized instruction for over 500 students each year. Through the program, young people learn about the art of glass blowing, mosaics, fused glass and beadwork.

Tacoma City Ballet
Under the ongoing direction of Artistic Director Erin M. Ceragioli, Tacoma City Ballet is committed to creating opportunities for the community to access the performing arts. Tacoma City Ballet’s mission is to nurture artistic development that in turn, fosters growth in the human spirit.

Annie Wright Schools
The Annie Wright Schools ceramic studio is part of a comprehensive visual arts program offered to students in preschool through grade 12. Annie Wright’s Day School offers unique age-appropriate artistic opportunities for boys and girls from three years of age through middle school. The Upper School offers young women IB visual art, filmmaking, theatre, and music classes and an IB diploma. Visit the studio on Saturday, Nov 3, between 12 and 4 pm for an under glazing demonstration. Visit the studio on Sunday, Nov 4, between 12 and 4 pm for a single slab demonstration. Plus, they have limited space available to throw a bowl for the “No Empty Bowls” fund raiser.

Jennifer Weddermann
Jennifer is a maker. And that quality manifests itself in two ways: she is a licensed architect, with a strong emphasis in functionality and sustainability and a LEED Accredited Professional. She is also a welder, and has worked in steel for many years, using traditional blacksmithing  and modern lasercutting techniques to make forms that she fabricates into furnishings, public and private art, architectural elements, signage, etc.

Juliette Ricci
Juliette Ricci is a mixed media artist who creates unique paintings using photo, text, and acrylic. Her work is diaristic and contemporary. She has shown in Chicago, Seattle, Portland, and Tacoma. This year Ricci’s work was included in the 10th Northwest Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum. Come visit her on the studio tour and see where her work is created.

Check out other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
Studio Tour Preview: Part 3
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, Washington State Arts Commission, Weekly Volcano, and Premier Media Group.

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