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Sex and violence

I really like Ric Hall and Ron Schmitt’s collaborative pastels. It is absolutely astonishing that two artists can work simultaneously on a painting — and apparently, judging from their written statements, with little or no preplanning — and come up with anything as coherent and well designed as the pictures

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The lovely bones

Betty Bastai’s drawings bring to mind the Alice Sebold novel “The Lovely Bones.” Not the story, just the title. Along the right-hand wall of the gallery at South Puget Sound Community College is a group of eight soft and delicate Bastai drawings of X-ray images — lovely bones seen through

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The lovely bones

Betty Bastai’s drawings bring to mind the Alice Sebold novel “The Lovely Bones.” Not the story, just the title. Along the right-hand wall of the gallery at South Puget Sound Community College is a group of eight soft and delicate Bastai drawings of X-ray images — lovely bones seen through

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Immersed in art

The handy little booklet the Tacoma Arts Commission put out for the Studio Tours — Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10-11 — says that at each of the 41 artist studios and three schools on the tour visitors can pick up a card with a picture of the artist’s work. If

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Immersed in art

The handy little booklet the Tacoma Arts Commission put out for the Studio Tours — Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10-11 — says that at each of the 41 artist studios and three schools on the tour visitors can pick up a card with a picture of the artist’s work. If

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Great Clayton Cop-out

It’s time for another one of those columns that I like to think of as The Great Clayton Cop-out. That’s when I offer an overview of exhibitions throughout the region because there’s no one thing I particularly want to review. Let’s face it, it’s a cop-out because there are shows that

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Great Clayton Cop-out

It’s time for another one of those columns that I like to think of as The Great Clayton Cop-out. That’s when I offer an overview of exhibitions throughout the region because there’s no one thing I particularly want to review. Let’s face it, it’s a cop-out because there are shows that

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Must-see show

I’ve been following the evolution of Chauney Peck since the late ’90s when she showed up in a group show at the old Commencement Art Gallery. Back then she was doing paintings that were expressive, spatially open and gestural. Then she evolved into a sculptor of large, painted wood constructions that

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Must-see show

I’ve been following the evolution of Chauney Peck since the late ’90s when she showed up in a group show at the old Commencement Art Gallery. Back then she was doing paintings that were expressive, spatially open and gestural. Then she evolved into a sculptor of large, painted wood constructions that

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Art @ Work

Tacoma’s Art at Work Month has become a Godzilla’s feast of literary, visual and performing arts. Is there any other town of comparable size in the Western Hemisphere that has anything to match it? I don’t think so. November is Art at Work Month. Festivities begin with an opening celebration

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Art @ Work

Tacoma’s Art at Work Month has become a Godzilla’s feast of literary, visual and performing arts. Is there any other town of comparable size in the Western Hemisphere that has anything to match it? I don’t think so. November is Art at Work Month. Festivities begin with an

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Don't look

I first became aware of Bil Fleming’s art when he had a really nice drawing in a juried show at South Puget Sound Community College last year. Now he offers two interactive sculptural installations in the Capitol Theater: “The Projectionists’ Gardens” and “Reverse Psychology.” Depending on your state of mind

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Don't look

I first became aware of Bil Fleming’s art when he had a really nice drawing in a juried show at South Puget Sound Community College last year. Now he offers two interactive sculptural installations in the Capitol Theater: “The Projectionists’ Gardens” and “Reverse Psychology.” Depending on your state of mind

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Repeat worthy

I visited the Tacoma Art Museum again last week. Having already seen most of what’s on display, I went back to see what I’d missed and re-view shows I’ve already written about. Guess what. Mary Randlett’s Puget Sound landscape photographs are still as hauntingly beautiful as ever, and the quilts

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Repeat worthy

I visited the Tacoma Art Museum again last week. Having already seen most of what’s on display, I went back to see what I’d missed and re-view shows I’ve already written about. Guess what. Mary Randlett’s Puget Sound landscape photographs are still as hauntingly beautiful as ever, and the quilts

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You too can be an activist

B.J. Honeycutt is coming to town. He’s ready to make changes in this world, and he wants you to join in the fight. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, B.J. Honeycutt was Hawkeye Pierce’s buddy on “M*A*S*H” (played by actor Mike Farrell, more recently known as the kindly veterinarian

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You too can be an activist

B.J. Honeycutt is coming to town. He’s ready to make changes in this world, and he wants you to join in the fight. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, B.J. Honeycutt was Hawkeye Pierce’s buddy on “M*A*S*H” (played by actor Mike Farrell, more recently known as the kindly veterinarian

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Frasca favorites

Childhood’s End Gallery in Olympia is featuring two artists and one husband and wife collaborative team this month: Marilyn Frasca, Betty Moynahan, and John and Robin Gamaelius. Moynahan, a Native American and member of the Cowlitz Tribe, is showing a series of pastel portraits all of the same woman. The

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Frasca favorites

Childhood’s End Gallery in Olympia is featuring two artists and one husband and wife collaborative team this month: Marilyn Frasca, Betty Moynahan, and John and Robin Gamaelius. Moynahan, a Native American and member of the Cowlitz Tribe, is showing a series of pastel portraits all of the same woman. The

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Hodgepodge

Tacoma’s newest gallery, The Helm, opened with a burst of adolescent bravado in a show the gallery owners admit includes a lot of “crappy” art. You see, they didn’t pick the work. They didn’t eliminate submissions they thought were bad. They sent out invitations to artists from all over the

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