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Through Feb. 28: Artist Tom Anderson

Childhood End's Gallery

"Kyoto," mixed media by Tom Anderson, on display at Childhood's End in Olympia.

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Tom Anderson is one of the most prolific and most popular artists in Olympia. He paints with chemicals, gold leaf, pastel, Graphite and varnishes on recycled metal and aluminum sheets. In the 26 years since I first saw his work I've observed an endless recycling of a relatively small selection of motifs and techniques. There are metal squares and rectangles attached to the surface with brads; there are large circular shapes, usually in the center and sometimes surrounded by smaller circles or other shapes; there are shapes seemingly derived from Asian writing that look like something you might find on the walls of an ancient temple; there are decorative leaf patterns that appear to be stenciled; and there are swirling graphite marks that are similar to the artist's signature.

Read Alec Clayton's full review on Tom Anderson's show in the Music & Culture section.

TOM ANDERSON, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, through Feb. 28, Childhood End's Gallery, 222 Fourth Ave. W, Olympia, 360.943.3724

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