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2017 Best of Olympia: Salon Refu

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2017 Best of Olympia: Salon Refu

If I could choose two galleries, I would start with Childhood's End because they have consistently shown top-notch local and regional artists since 1971. Many of the best local artists got their first major exposure at Childhood's End, and the gallery continues to show works by such stellar artists as

2017 Best of Olympia: Seven Ways to Get There

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2017 Best of Olympia: Seven Ways to Get There

Olympia has fantastic theater. Picking the best is nearly impossible, but after much deliberation, I landed on playwright Bryan Willis' riveting play, Seven Ways to Get There, as performed by Theater Artists Olympia (TAO). My reasons are many. First, to acknowledge Willis, a home-grown playwriting genius who is the founder and

Wall fodder

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Wall fodder

The Ways We See," now showing in the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia, are paintings by Lois Beck, Mia Schulte and Becky Knold, three women whose paintings have a lot in common - so much so, in fact, that unless you have studied their paintings in detail

Grant offers new opportunities

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Grant offers new opportunities

The Evergreen State College Foundation recently received a $1 million grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies for the expansion of the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center's Indigenous Arts Campus. The Arts Campus provides teaching and learning opportunities for the creation of indigenous art forms, including those that may be

Portraits from the Smithsonian

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Portraits from the Smithsonian

The development of photography in the early 19th century almost killed portrait painting as a fine art and forced artists to find new ways of making art. Prior to the advent of photography, the purpose of portraiture was to memorialize or honor the subject of the portrait. The subject (the

Galileo set to music

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Galileo set to music

Olympia Family Theater is known for delightful plays aimed at children, but every once upon a time they do a serious adult play such as Animal Farm and Orphan Train from previous seasons. Such is the case with Starry Messenger, the story of the father or modern science, Galileo Galilei

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"Statements & Questions"

Based on previous experience, I expected anything but traditional in an exhibition of work by faculty and staff at The Evergreen State College. I expected political art and identity art and conceptual art, and I was surprised at how much traditional art there was - not that there wasn't plenty

"Of Mice and Men" at Tacoma Little Theatre

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"Of Mice and Men" at Tacoma Little Theatre

Tacoma Little Theatre continues an outstanding season with John Steinbeck's classic tale, Of Mice and Men, directed by Niclas Olson, founder and managing artistic director of New Muses Theatre Company, and starring Mason Quinn as George, and Chris James as Lennie. To be clear, this is not just an adaptation

Children's Museum and TAM partnering

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Children's Museum and TAM partnering

Children and families in Tacoma and the South Sound region can now gain free access to Tacoma Art Museum thanks to a new partnership program between TAM and Children's Museum of Tacoma. Young children and their families will be introduced to works of art and different creative processes through hands-on activities

Anne de Marcken's Invisible Ink

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Anne de Marcken's Invisible Ink

Anne de Marcken, whose stunning "Redaction Project" at Salon Refu this past spring I reviewed in this column, is at it again with another intriguing, intelligent and engaging art project. This time it is what she calls a "performative piece" at the Feast Art Center. This project defies easy categorization. It

"My Name is Rachel Corrie" at Harlequin

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"My Name is Rachel Corrie" at Harlequin

At long last, Rachel Corrie has come home to Olympia in the form of Harlequin Productions' presentation of My Name is Rachel Corrie. This is Olympia's first-ever locally-produced full theatrical performance of the play based on the life and writings of the Olympia native who was run over and killed

Group show for dog and cat lovers

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Group show for dog and cat lovers

I must confess: I went to this show expecting it to be the art show equivalent of one of those Facebook posts that say the world is going to hell and everybody's dying, so here's a cute picture of a cat. And there were quite a few bland photos, drawings

'The Seafarer'

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'The Seafarer'

The Seafarer by the great Irish playwright Conor McPherson is among the best plays I have seen in my career as a theater critic. It was my choice as best drama when done by Harlequin Productions four years ago, and now it is playing  for one night only as a staged

Annual postcard show

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Annual postcard show

There are something like 360 art works by approximately 120 artists in the annual postcard show at South Puget Sound Community College. But who's counting. Actually, I am. I counted 118 names on the announcement card, but sort of lost my place while counting, and I multiplied that by three

Art Deco collection at the Museum of Glass

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Art Deco collection at the Museum of Glass

Vases, vases and more vases crowd two large galleries in Tacoma's Museum of Glass - more than 100 Art Deco vases, statuettes, glass plates and wall hangings from the collection of David Huchthausen, famous as an artist and collector. Not coincidentally an exhibition of Huchthausen's own outstanding glass art closed

TLT tackles a classic

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TLT tackles a classic

Tacoma Little Theatre begins 2017 with John Steinbeck's classic tale, Of Mice and Men, directed by Niclas Olson, founder and managing artistic director of New Muses Theatre Company. "It's been a pleasure working with the cast to find new layers in Steinbeck's classic," Olson said. "What jumps out at me every

'Coast to Cascades'

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'Coast to Cascades'

Considered one of the Pacific Northwest's greatest impressionist painters, C.C. McKim was an east coast transplant who moved to Portland from the east coast around 1910, and turned out a large body of glowing, Oregon landscape paintings from then until the early 1930s. American Impressionism was more realistic, more precisely detailed,

Woody and the divas

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Woody and the divas

Centerstage Theatre in Federal Way has reached out to Seattle, and even as far away as New York, in order to start the new year with great musical entertainment, starting with Hard Travelin' with Woody, a glimpse into the life and music of Woody Guthrie, written and performed by New

'Ghost Ship'

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'Ghost Ship'

A multi-media art installation by painter Matthew Olds at the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum takes a contemporary look at the ages-old fascination with wrecks at sea. "When thinking about maritime history, the very real threat of losing a vessel one way or another may tip the balance between triumph and defeat,"

'A Charlie Brown Christmas'

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'A Charlie Brown Christmas'

Tacoma Musical Playhouse's TMP Honor Camp presents the fourth annual A Charlie Brown Christmas, adapted for the stage from the popular television show based on the "Peanuts" comic strips by Charles Schultz. It is directed and choreographed by Deanna Martinez. Honor Camp is a program open to any Camp TMP performer who

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