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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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Walks on water

Kyle Dillehay rules the roost at a.o.c. gallery this month. The other two artists — Ellen Picken and Jason Sobottka — are not too shabby either, but Dillehay’s the main man. As you walk into the gallery, the first thing you notice are clumps of rusted steel, driftwood, rock and

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Walks on water

Kyle Dillehay rules the roost at a.o.c. gallery this month. The other two artists — Ellen Picken and Jason Sobottka — are not too shabby either, but Dillehay’s the main man. As you walk into the gallery, the first thing you notice are clumps of rusted steel, driftwood, rock and

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Too sweet for me

In my fall arts guide article last week, I said I was majorly impressed back in ’99 by Claire Johnson’s realistic paintings of scenes in a San Francisco nightclub and that I looked forward to seeing what she’s doing now. Well, I saw what she’s doing now — in a group

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Too sweet for me

In my fall arts guide article last week, I said I was majorly impressed back in ’99 by Claire Johnson’s realistic paintings of scenes in a San Francisco nightclub and that I looked forward to seeing what she’s doing now. Well, I saw what she’s doing now — in a group

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Sad ink

The Black Front Gallery’s latest find is Portland artist Troy Briggs. He offers a group of six large ink and acrylic drawings of strange humoresque figures that relate to certain mythological creatures such as the Greek Minotaur and the Egyptian god Thoth, but their implied stories spring from Briggs’ fertile

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Architecture of the quilt

“Gee’s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt” at Tacoma Art Museum may prove to be the most exciting show this museum has ever had. The show features 51 quilts from the famous Gee’s Bend quilters — all women, all descended from a single slave, and all residents of Gee’s Bend,

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Sad ink

The Black Front Gallery’s latest find is Portland artist Troy Briggs. He offers a group of six large ink and acrylic drawings of strange humoresque figures that relate to certain mythological creatures such as the Greek Minotaur and the Egyptian god Thoth, but their implied stories spring from Briggs’ fertile

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Architecture of the quilt

“Gee’s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt” at Tacoma Art Museum may prove to be the most exciting show this museum has ever had. The show features 51 quilts from the famous Gee’s Bend quilters — all women, all descended from a single slave, and all residents of Gee’s Bend,

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Liquid light

“Veiled Northwest: Photographs by Mary Randlett” is the latest show to open at Tacoma Art Museum. And it’s about time. Randlett is mostly famous for her portraits of Pacific Northwest artists such as Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan and Guy Anderson, but her softly lit and mysterious landscapes are also greatly

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Liquid light

“Veiled Northwest: Photographs by Mary Randlett” is the latest show to open at Tacoma Art Museum. And it’s about time. Randlett is mostly famous for her portraits of Pacific Northwest artists such as Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan and Guy Anderson, but her softly lit and mysterious landscapes are also greatly

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Reflections

Tacoma scenes shine in the latest Tacoma Contemporary installations in the Woolworth Windows. In the Broadway windows, the city is represented by reflections-within-reflections and grids-within-grids in painted constructions by Paul McKee. I don’t know who wrote it, but someone sent out on an arts listserv an intriguing description of McKee’s

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Reflections

Tacoma scenes shine in the latest Tacoma Contemporary installations in the Woolworth Windows. In the Broadway windows, the city is represented by reflections-within-reflections and grids-within-grids in painted constructions by Paul McKee. I don’t know who wrote it, but someone sent out on an arts listserv an intriguing description of McKee’s

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Women rule

Do I detect a trend, or is it mere coincidence that for two months in a row A.O.C. Gallery has featured four women artists? The last time it was a quartet of fiber artists. This time it’s printmakers. Good ones, too. The best in this show are Klara Glosova and Betsy

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Get your glass down there

Glass, all glass and nothing but glass. That seems to be the new focus of the previously misnamed Museum of Glass: International Center for Contemporary Art. Yep, MOG got smart and did away with the last part of that heavily ambitious name and simplified its mission to reflect a direction it,

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Women rule

Do I detect a trend, or is it mere coincidence that for two months in a row A.O.C. Gallery has featured four women artists? The last time it was a quartet of fiber artists. This time it’s printmakers. Good ones, too. The best in this show are Klara Glosova and Betsy

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Get your glass down there

Glass, all glass and nothing but glass. That seems to be the new focus of the previously misnamed Museum of Glass: International Center for Contemporary Art. Yep, MOG got smart and did away with the last part of that heavily ambitious name and simplified its mission to reflect a direction it,

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Bold pencil

If you happen to be in downtown Olympia when The Black Front Gallery is open, stop in to see Julia Gfrörer’s exquisite pencil drawings. They’re simple and easy on the eye, and it won’t take you long to give them the kind of thorough study they deserve. But I bet

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Bold pencil

If you happen to be in downtown Olympia when The Black Front Gallery is open, stop in to see Julia Gfrörer’s exquisite pencil drawings. They’re simple and easy on the eye, and it won’t take you long to give them the kind of thorough study they deserve. But I bet

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Viaduct viable in Tacoma

Once upon a time, a few years ago, there was an all-ages club run by Brian Skiffington and Rachel Keenan called the Frameshop in a suburb of Tacoma called Midland. About a year and few neighborhood complaints later, it closed down. Across town in University Place there was an all-ages club

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