There's a lot of exciting stuff coming up in area art galleries.
Flow will host a show honoring artist and co-founder of Puget Sound Sumi Artist, the late Mary Bottomley in October. In November and December they'll have a retrospective of Fumiko Kimura's artwork featuring pieces not shown in years and some work never before seen by the public. This show will also feature artwork by Andrea Erickson, owner of Flow. The gallery is open Third Thursdays and by appointment.
Brickhouse, also open only on Third Thursdays and by appointment, promises to have a very cool show this month featuring new work about the Mexican drug wars by Richard Turner, who lives part-time in a house he built in Southern Mexico. Brickhouse owner Peter MacDonald says Turner's works "illustrate the horrors that have befallen Mexico as a result of our ‘War on Drugs,' our appetites and the resulting drug wars between Mexican gangs that are fed by both." On the lighter side, there will be works of fantasy, also by Turner, that MacDonald describes as "colorful and lighthearted ruminations on kings, queens and spirits of many kinds." Photographs of Turner's work seen on the show announcement have a graphic-novel look and truly indicate the extremes of darkness and light in his art - Darkness and Light being the show's title.
Andy Warhol's Flowers for Tacoma, will be the featured show at Tacoma Art Museum Nov. 3 through Feb. 10. Also, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Tapete and Altars will be on view Oct. 21 through Nov. 4 - the big Día de los Muertos Free Community Festival is Nov. 4.
One other exciting show this fall will be the annual juried exhibition at The Gallery at Tacoma Community College with Becky Knold, Don Haggerty, Ron Hinson, Dayton Karen Knipher, Dorothy McCuistion, Jason Sobottka, C.J. Swanson, Jeffree Stewart and others Sept. 17 to Oct. 26. A reception will be held in The Gallery Sept. 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. Fall gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. If you've been following my reviews at all over the past few years you'll know this is one of the more exciting lineups of artists to be seen anywhere in the South Sound region.
Ray Turner's Population opens Nov. 3 at Museum of Glass. It's described as a unique, community-engaged touring exhibition that comprises a series of painted portraits inviting viewers to contemplate notions of both collective and individual identity - approximately 150 painted portraits rendered in lush layers applied to glass. In 2011, Turner visited Tacoma and photographed members of the community whose portraits will be included in the exhibition.
Finally, I was unable to get information on Fulcrum Gallery, but in an earlier email Oliver Doriss assured me they're going to have some great new shows this fall.