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"Two Centuries of American Still-Life Painting"

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"Two Centuries of American Still-Life Painting"

Two galleries in the Tacoma Art Museum are filled with 60 paintings from 200 years of American still life painting from the Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs Collection. Included are works by such masters as James Peale, Georgia O'Keeffe, Andrew Wyeth and Wayne Thiebaud, plus many lesser-known artists. The paintings are

Holiday happenings on-stage

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Holiday happenings on-stage

Never does a Christmas season come and go without some local theater doing a version of A Christmas Carol. Doing the honors this year is Lakewood Playhouse with an adaptation written by Playhouse stalwart James Venturini. Popular local actors to inhabit the Dickensian world this holiday season include Joseph Grant

Must-see shows

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Must-see shows

Seattle artist Katlyn Hubner is well known in the Emerald City and, if she is not equally well known in Tacoma, she should be, and hopefully will be soon after the opening of her show "Codependent Menagerie" at Feast Arts Center. A menagerie is usually thought of in reference to

A hui at Evergreen

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A hui at Evergreen

This past year, The Evergreen State College in Olympia hosted a gathering of indigenous artists from the continental U.S., Hawaii, Alaska, Samoa and New Zealand. In New Zealand and Hawaii, such gatherings of artists are called a hui. It took place at the Longhouse. Artists who took part in the

Academic paintings

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Academic paintings

"Liberal and Phenomenal" is not my assessment of the two current shows at Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound. It is the name of the combined shows, each with works by five painters. "Liberal" in the main gallery features paintings by painting professors Michael Knutson (Reed College), Richard Martinez (Whitman),

Real deal

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Real deal

Susan Christian's paintings at Stable Studios are the real deal. They are painting as painting is meant to be: simple, straight-forward, unpretentious and with no trickery whatsoever. Some might see the cut-off figures, oddly elongated formats and mysterious scenes as gimmickry, but they're not; they are simply Christian being Christian

Storytime

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Storytime

All the King's Women at Olympia Little Theatre is a cute, lighthearted play. The concept is inventive, and the structure is unique -- more an evening of storytelling and skits than a play. It is a series of eight short stories about the women in Elvis Presley's life, not his

Must-see show

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Must-see show

Marilyn Frasca is a marvel. If there was ever such a thing as a must-see show, it is Frasca's show of some 56 drawings at Childhood's End Gallery in Olympia. This exhibition is the result of a lifetime, so far, of making art, studying art and teaching art. Her drawing

Really good stuff

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Really good stuff

Juried art exhibitions inevitably include a few clunkers, a few so-so works, and -- if we're lucky -- some excellent art. Sometimes the inconsistency in quality is because there were not enough good entries to choose from, and sometimes it is because the juror feels compelled to include a variety

The Cat in the Hat

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The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat at Olympia Family Theater is a fun, little play that breezes through non-stop and almost constant motion for under 40 minutes with no intermission. As everyone who remembers the book by Dr. Seuss knows - and who doesn't remember the book? - there are not a

Faculty and staff exhibition at SPSCC

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Faculty and staff exhibition at SPSCC

When walking into the art gallery at South Puget Sound Community College, the first thing to greet the eye is a curtain of hanging white porcelain shapes suspended by clear monofilament line. It is like a bead curtain, but it is not beads. It is a representation of genome sequencing.

Almost Paradise

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Almost Paradise

I enjoyed opening night of Footloose at Tacoma Musical Playhouse. It's a rocking good, high-energy show with great music and dancing. The music is mostly up-tempos rock and roll blended with a touch of gospel and show tunes, and an occasional sweet love song such as the beautiful "Almost Paradise,"

Woolworth Windows

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Woolworth Windows

When artworks first began showing up in the windows of the old Woolworth building on 11th St. between Broadway and Commerce, there was little sense of installing work that was site specific. The walls were treated as gallery walls upon which paintings were hung, not as the three-dimensional space it

"Witness to Wartime"

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"Witness to Wartime"

Washington State History Museum offers a rare opportunity to see the visual diary, drawings and watercolor paintings of a Japanese-American held in the relocation center in Puyallup and the internment camp at Minidoka, Idaho. Takuichi Fujii was a small businessman and well-known local artist in Seattle at the beginning of World

And the winners are ...

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And the winners are ...

The Greater Tacoma Community 10th Foundation of Art Award is among the year's biggest arts events. Purportedly, the exhibition represents the best of the best. Every year for 10 years jurors chosen from among Tacoma's art professionals have nominated local artists for a major prize, and every year the nominees

Fall visual art preview

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Fall visual art preview

Autumn always brings a cornucopia of new art exhibits. Among the exhibitions this longtime reviewer is most excited about are two shows by Olympia artist Susan Christian, one at Lynette Charters' All Sorts Gallery and one at Stable Studios in the heart of downtown Olympia -- both small but vital

What's in a crane?

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What's in a crane?

More than 6,000 folded paper cranes by nationally known artist Clarissa Sligh hang from the ceilings and cling to the walls of Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound. Many of the cranes are made from the pages of white supremacist books, plus there are dramatic black-and-white photographs of people who

Opening up the heavens

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Opening up the heavens

Before there were machines called computers, there were women called computers, meaning, according to Peter Shaw (Drew Doyle) in the play Silent Sky at Olympia Little Theatre, "one who computes." Women scientists who were highly overqualified and severely underpaid, were hired to do dull, routine jobs the men scientists would

The Prince man

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The Prince man

In the art of Troy Gua, we see the reincarnation of the minds of Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp. His art is conceptual, brilliant, funny, and drawn/painted/built with exquisite craftsmanship. He is famous regionally, and should be famous nationally and even internationally, for his pop hybrid portraits of celebrities and for

August: Osage County

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August: Osage County

The Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play August: Osage County by Tracy Letts is a play unlike any other. The story unfolds, or should we say erupts, over a few weeks in the rural Oklahoma home of Beverly and Violet Weston. It opens with Beverly (a crusty but kindly old drunk played

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