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21 May
Sarah Gilbert in the Museum of Glass hot shop. Photo provided by artist.

Sarah Gilbert in the Museum of Glass hot shop. Photo provided by artist.

What do Rochester, NY and Tacoma, WA have in common? Sarah Gilbert has called both places home, and wants to show local citizens what she finds fascinatingly similar about these two gritty cities. It started out as an interest in historical figures that the cities have in common, but grew into a much more personal project. She is interviewing friends and family about their idea of ‘home’ to help develop her new series.

Gilbert is a glassblower and engraver, using her glass as a canvas to illustrate narratives about family in Rochester and friends from Tacoma. Her new series uses a process similar to creating cameos, where the surface is carved away to show contrasting colors below. What makes her work remarkable is not just the practical challenge of using this technique large scale, but also the narrative element. This series includes landscapes or ‘postcards’ from both cities, and portraits of over a dozen friends and family members.

Come and check out some remarkable new glass work, and at the same time get a glimpse into the personal word of a bi-coastal artist.

What: 3000 Miles from Home – an exhibit of cameo engraved blown glass pieces that explore the concept of ‘home’ using  historic and contemporary people and places from Rochester, NY, where Gilbert was born and raised, and Tacoma, WA, where she currently lives.
Where: Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, N. 15th & N. Lawrence Street.
When: Exhibit will open around August 22, 2014
Cost: Free
Meet Sarah:

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


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.

‘Made in Tacoma’ free concert January 11

6 Jan

steighner hi-resWhat: Free concert and CD Release for ‘Made in Tacoma, New Chamber Music for Saxophone’
Where: Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock Street, Tacoma
When: January 11, 1 PM
Admission: Free

Tacoma’s Alea Publishing & Recording announces the January 11, 2014 release of a new CD recording, ‘Made in Tacoma: New Chamber Music for Saxophone,’ featuring local saxophonist Erik Steighner.

A free concert open to the public will take place at the Museum of Glass at 1pm on Saturday, January 11. The program will feature Steighner along with fellow saxophonists Evan Smith and Fred Winkler, and will include both works from the CD (by Greg Youtz, Jeff Tecca, and Erik Steighner) as well as other pieces from the saxophone repertoire (by Paul Hindemith, Barry Cockcroft, and Allan Blank).

CD GraphicThe CD will be available for purchase at the January 11 concert and after that time from the Alea Publishing & Recording website, www.bassclarinet.org, as well as a variety of other online retailers. This recording, made with the support of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s Tacoma Artists Initiative Program, features all–‐Tacoma production, composers and performers:

Recorded August 1 and 5–‐7, 2013 in Lagerquist Concert Hall, Pacific Lutheran University
Producer: Edwin Powell; Sound Engineer: Patrick Colin Wakefield
Performers: Erik Steighner: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Baritone Saxophones; Karen Ganz: Piano; Zachary Lyman: Trumpet; Francine Peterson: Bassoon; Evan Smith: Alto Saxophone; Miho Takekawa: Percussion; Fred Winkler: Soprano Saxophone; Brian Yarkosky: Percussion.
Composers: Gregory Youtz, Deborah Anderson, Robert Hutchinson, Jeff Tecca, Clement Reid, Erik Steighner.

Tacoma photos: Kim Davenport, Alea Publishing & Recording
Design/layout: Laurie Davenport, Alea Publishing & Recording

The Ladies of Lyric and Song

7 Nov

Erin Guinup presents “The Ladies of Lyric and Song”. Photo by Kat Hennessey.

Erin Guinup presents her new one-woman show, “The Ladies of Lyric and Song” on Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Puget Sound’s Schneebeck Concert Hall.  This performance is free to the public.

“The Ladies of Lyric and Song: A Musical Reflection on the Ground-Breaking Female Composers and Lyricists of the American Musical Theatre” is a unique concert experience, incorporating theatrical elements, fascinating stories, and a wide variety of songs.  The history of 100 years of musical theatre is traced through the words and music of the women who helped shape it.  Music includes operetta, jazz, golden era, folk-rock, and contemporary musical theatre songs.

Directed by local theatre icon Patti Cohenour (Tony-nominated for Big River, Christine Daae in original Broadway cast of Phantom of the Opera, and Gregory Award winner for Edith/Little Edie in 5th Avenue’s recent production of Grey Gardens), Guinup is joined on stage by pianist Tim Strong.

Erin Guinup has performed a wide range of operatic and musical theatre roles with Tacoma Opera, Rainier Family Opera, Capital Playhouse, Mormon Festival of the Arts, and Shakespeare in the Parking Lot. Roles include Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Musetta in La Boheme, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Mrs. Nordstrom in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, and both Mary and Mary Magdalene in productions of Savior of the World. Guinup earned her degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from the University of Puget Sound and works as a performer, voice teacher, stage director, conductor, and composer.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support this project through its Tacoma Artists Initiative Program.

The Bridle Show

24 Dec

IMG_5811What: Artist Talk by Lisa Kinoshita
Where: Fulcrum Gallery, 1308 South, MLK Street  Tacoma, WA 98405
When: Friday, December 28, 2012 at 5 pm
Cost: Free

Lisa Kinoshita’s Bridle Show explores the vanishing art of horsehair hitching, a traditional Western art whose most skilled practitioners are amongst the inmates at Montana State Prison (MSP). Kinoshita traveled to the prison to interview inmates who are making horsehair art, and she took up the parallel art of leather braiding and knotting, a time-honored practice of vaqueros, American Indians and cowboys, to collaborate on a single horse’s bridle which demonstrates the beauty of a functional art form revered in centuries past.

Since the 1800s, inmates at MSP have kept this incredibly intricate and increasingly rare art alive inside prison walls, passing on their knowledge from hand to hand (mostly) under supervised conditions. Hitching exists at other prisons, in Washington (Walla Walla), Wyoming, Colorado, and Arizona, but none surpasses the quality of work coming out of Deer Lodge, MT. Observers say this practice has been shown to help reduce tension in the prison environment and build inmates’ self-confidence, while also contributing to victims’ restitution. Inmates are allowed to sell their finished pieces, such as horsehair bridles, for up to thousands of dollars in the prison gift shop. In the process, they are keeping alive a skill that few modern artisans have the time or patience to master.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to help fund this project through the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program.


Hitched horsehair reins by MSP inmate. Unlike braiding, hitching consists of thousands of miniscule half-hitch knots, tied 5-10 hairs at a time.

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