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Stories of freedom

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Stories of freedom

Jacci Lynn Butler's "Holy Trinity and Other Tales in Abstract" at Browsers Book Shop is this artist's first exhibition. When I visited, there were half a dozen small works on a couch waiting to be hung. In the staircase ascending to the upstairs gallery space were five small abstract paintings

Book Art on Display

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Book Art on Display

Book artists, meaning artists who create books conceived as works of art, combine many of the most fascinating elements of books - stories told with words and sometimes illustrated with pictures - and elements of visual arts such as drawn, painted and sculpted images. When these elements are skillfully woven

Art popping up all over Tacoma

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Art popping up all over Tacoma

Pop-up galleries are the latest thing all over the country. Pop-ups feature art exhibitions that are usually of short duration and often in non-commercial venues such as private homes or vacant storefronts. In Olympia, the premiere pop-up gallery is Allsorts in the home of artist Lynette Charters and actor John

Lysistrata

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Lysistrata

Well over 2,000 years ago, the city of Athens, Greece, was treated to a sexy and hilarious anti-war farce called Lysistrata by the writer Aristophanes. Now it is making its way to Tacoma's Dukesbay Theater in an anonymous adaptation believed to have been by Oscar Wilde, directed by Niclas Olson

Cowboy and Cowgirl Culture

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Cowboy and Cowgirl Culture

I hardly know where to start. There is so much art crammed into this little space -- basically three shows in one -- that I need at least a thousand words to simply describe it, much less evaluate it. I shall do my best to consolidate it.  "The West" is a

Feeling Good

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Feeling Good

Suite Surrender, written by Michael McKeever and directed by Toni Holm for Olympia Little Theatre, is a period comedy set in the early 1940s. It is filled with outdated and overused comic bits -- and yet it still manages to elicit quite a few chuckles from the audience. Two outlandish, imperious

Mexican Printmaking

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Mexican Printmaking

Childhood's End Gallery's latest show is clearly different from their usual group show. "Oaxaca to Washington" is an exhibition of more than 30 prints by Mexican artists from the state of Oaxaca. Local artist Mimi Williams became friends with Mexican artist Edgar Martinez (not the baseball player), who now lives

Student art at SPSCC

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Student art at SPSCC

"The 13th Annual Student Art Exhibition" now fills the gallery at South Puget Sound Community College.  My first impression was admiration for the audacity and humor of "Boombox," a gigantic boombox made of cardboard with wood screws that are used both structurally and for aesthetic purposes. Immediately upon seeing it, I

“Tacoma Ocean Fest”

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“Tacoma Ocean Fest”

Former Tacoma News Tribune art writer Rosemary Ponnekanti, with the help of curator Lisa Kinoshita, has pulled together an amazing arts festival to take place Sunday, June 10, at the Foss Waterway Seaport. The event called "Tacoma Ocean Fest" will feature photography, eco-sculpture, film, dance, music, an aerial circus, painting,

Political Thriller at Tacoma Little Theatre

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Political Thriller at Tacoma Little Theatre

Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan's timely political thriller Building the Wall comes to Tacoma Little Theatre for a one-night-only staged reading directed by Randy Clark, founder of Dukesbay Theatre, and starring Scott C. Brown and Iesha McIntyre. Called a "must-see show" by The New York Times, and "a

The shoe fits

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The shoe fits

Olympia Family Theater premiered Cinder Edna five years ago, almost to the day, and now they're bringing it back with some revisions and a larger cast. A local actor not involved in either production called it a legend and wondered if it was too soon to bring it back. I

Traditional, recognizable and pretty

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Traditional, recognizable and pretty

Two big shows are running simultaneously at American Art Company, "Women in Wood" and the "32nd NW Pastel Society International Exhibit." As if that were not enough, they are also showing some excellent fiber art, including some terrific work by local favorite Jill Nordfors Clark. "Women in Wood" features wood pieces

“The Light We Hear”

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“The Light We Hear”

I introduced Andy Behrle's audio sculpture show "The Light We Hear" in this column last week but did not see the show until after that column was printed. Now, after seeing the show, I offer a more in-depth look at it.  Behrle, who lives near Yakima, seems to be something of

Innovative art, times two

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Innovative art, times two

An online dictionary defines "avant garde" art as new, unusual or experimental art. Synonyms offered up include innovative, ahead of the times, cutting/leading/bleeding edge, pioneering, progressive, Bohemian, and revolutionary. In Tacoma, the places to experience avant garde art are 950 Gallery (formerly Spaceworks) and Feast Arts Center. This week winds up

Rain brings joy

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Rain brings joy

Harlequin Productions' latest offering is Three Days of Rain, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama by Richard Greenberg, author of Take Me Out. In act one, 1995, Walker Janeway (Fox Rain Matthews) is staying in the apartment in New York where 35 years earlier his architect father, Ned, and Ned's partner, Theo, designed

Future looks bright

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Future looks bright

If the 12 artists represented in the "Senior Art Show" at University of Puget Sound's Kittredge Gallery are an indication of what the future of art in the South Sound holds in store, the future shall be bright.  The "Senior Art Show" is Puget Sound's annual exhibit of studio-based senior thesis projects by

The good, the bad and the unnecessary

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The good, the bad and the unnecessary

Talley's Folly is a sweet romance with an unlikely couple, the daughter of a wealthy garment factory owner in Missouri and a Jewish immigrant from the East Coast. This two-person, Pulitzer Prize-winning play takes place during World War II in one act (97-minutes long with no intermission) and in a

"We sit together the mountain and me"

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"We sit together the mountain and me"

There are artists with whom art lovers simply cannot connect. They can't enjoy their work even though they understand and appreciate its importance. Picasso is a prime example. Surely everyone knowledgeable of art appreciates the importance of his work, yet there are many who, despite this appreciation, cannot stand the

2018 Olympia's Arts Walk

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2018 Olympia's Arts Walk

Seattle metal sculptor and blacksmith Lisa Geertsen will be the featured artist at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts during Olympia's Arts Walk Friday and Saturday, April 27-28. Her show will continue until June 22. She will be showing about 40 pieces from the "Show of Hearts." The works are

"Zen" at Allsorts Gallery

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"Zen" at Allsorts Gallery

Hart James is fairly new to the Olympia art scene. I first saw her work in 2013, at which time she was showing a group of flowery collages that verged on surrealism. Soon after she began showing solid, heavy landscapes perhaps influenced by Cezanne landscapes that were solid and somewhat

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