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Gestural love

Chuck Gumpert and Christopher Mathie are painters after my own heart. They both love the act of painting ― the kind of painting that since the 1940s has been called “gestural,” a word not recognized by dictionaries but well loved by artists the world over. Gumpert and Mathie share a studio,

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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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Gestural love

Chuck Gumpert and Christopher Mathie are painters after my own heart. They both love the act of painting ― the kind of painting that since the 1940s has been called “gestural,” a word not recognized by dictionaries but well loved by artists the world over. Gumpert and Mathie share a studio,

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Mining Glass

“Mining Glass” at the Museum of Glass features installations by eight contemporary glass artists. Some are great, some are interesting but unexciting, and some are just boring. The big disappointment is Maya Lin, one of the most exciting and intelligent artists working in America today. Lin is the creator of the

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Mining Glass

“Mining Glass” at the Museum of Glass features installations by eight contemporary glass artists. Some are great, some are interesting but unexciting, and some are just boring. The big disappointment is Maya Lin, one of the most exciting and intelligent artists working in America today. Lin is the creator of the

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Neddy finalists

Once again Tacoma Art Museum brings us works from the Neddy Fellowship Finalists — the Neddy being “ … one of only a handful of prestigious regional awards,” according to TAM director Stephanie Stebich. The first thing to meet the eye when entering the gallery is Buddy Bunting’s impressive ink and

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Neddy finalists

Once again Tacoma Art Museum brings us works from the Neddy Fellowship Finalists — the Neddy being “ … one of only a handful of prestigious regional awards,” according to TAM director Stephanie Stebich. The first thing to meet the eye when entering the gallery is Buddy Bunting’s impressive ink and

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The girlie show

The latest show at A.O.C. Gallery is called “Divergent Metaphors.” I’m tempted to call it “The Girlie Show.” But that would be sexist. It is a show of fiber art by four recent graduates of the University of Washington: Julia Waldeck, Robin Sterling Brewer, Liz Frey, and Deborah Gregory. Overall, this

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The girlie show

The latest show at A.O.C. Gallery is called “Divergent Metaphors.” I’m tempted to call it “The Girlie Show.” But that would be sexist. It is a show of fiber art by four recent graduates of the University of Washington: Julia Waldeck, Robin Sterling Brewer, Liz Frey, and Deborah Gregory. Overall, this

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Wonderful weave

I love the title of Laura Sharp-Wilson’s show at The Black Front Gallery: “You Are in the Weave Whether You Like It or Not.” That title fits beautifully with the look of Sharp-Wilson’s paintings — or the look of her paintings as seen in reproduction on the gallery Web site

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Wonderful weave

I love the title of Laura Sharp-Wilson’s show at The Black Front Gallery: “You Are in the Weave Whether You Like It or Not.” That title fits beautifully with the look of Sharp-Wilson’s paintings — or the look of her paintings as seen in reproduction on the gallery Web site

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Street art

Graffiti has grown up. From hip-hop tagging of the ’70s and ’80s, graffiti has blossomed into an international street art movement. Street art. That’s what the new graffiti is called. And it goes far beyond spray painting the sides of buildings. In addition to wall paintings, the new street art may

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Street art

Graffiti has grown up. From hip-hop tagging of the ’70s and ’80s, graffiti has blossomed into an international street art movement. Street art. That’s what the new graffiti is called. And it goes far beyond spray painting the sides of buildings. In addition to wall paintings, the new street art may

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Ross rules

The opening show at A.O.C. Gallery (formerly Art on Center) is essentially a one-person show starring Kathy Ross, with two other artists thrown in — Dave R. Davison and Peggy Bennett. Davison is showing a group of mostly blue figure paintings on the back wall that look a lot like some

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Ross rules

The opening show at A.O.C. Gallery (formerly Art on Center) is essentially a one-person show starring Kathy Ross, with two other artists thrown in — Dave R. Davison and Peggy Bennett. Davison is showing a group of mostly blue figure paintings on the back wall that look a lot like some

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Sloppy splendor

The smug know-it-all who gleefully dismisses “modern” art with statements like “a trained monkey could do that” or “my 3-year-old child could do better” should have a field day with Ricky Burnett’s show at Black Front Gallery. Burnett’s work is raw, gritty, sloppy, and definitely looks (to the untrained eye)

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Capital City Pride

Capital City Pride is going to be huge this year — expanded to two days, June 16 and 17, with lots of special events leading up to the big parade and celebration in Sylvester Park, including: Thursday, June 14: Pride Night at Olympia Little Theater with a special presentation of the

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Sloppy splendor

The smug know-it-all who gleefully dismisses “modern” art with statements like “a trained monkey could do that” or “my 3-year-old child could do better” should have a field day with Ricky Burnett’s show at Black Front Gallery. Burnett’s work is raw, gritty, sloppy, and definitely looks (to the untrained eye)

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Capital City Pride

Capital City Pride is going to be huge this year — expanded to two days, June 16 and 17, with lots of special events leading up to the big parade and celebration in Sylvester Park, including: Thursday, June 14: Pride Night at Olympia Little Theater with a special presentation of the

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Take it or leave it

If you happen to be in the neighborhood, stop by the University of Washington-Tacoma art gallery to see the installation by Brooklyn, N.Y., artist Betsy Alwin. I’ll make a wild guess that you’ll find it fascinating — for upwards of two minutes. After that, you may catch yourself yawning. I drove

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