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Midsummer Soiree promises more eyes full

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The women that brought us last winter’s Eye Full are back at it, bringing another art party to the scene July 28, starting at 7 p.m.

This party, called the Midsummer Soiree, will place focus firmly on the girl power of the Tacoma art scene, with photography, 2- and 3-D art, entertainment including burlesque, aerialists, contortionists, circus freaks, belly dancers, henna love, an accordianist, Joel Myers, the Can Can Castaways, MLKBallet, DJ Lulu Spice, jugglers and musicians, and of course, libations.

The secret scene can be accessed through an RSVP call to Elizabeth Cardany (206.829.9776), who will hook you up with the location. A mere five bucks gets you into the door, once you know where it is, and then the sexy, succulent event will unfold before your eyes.

Cardany, along with Linda DeSantis Lapping, Mandi Webster-Martin, Suzanne Skaar, Lia Craven, Desiree Flerchinger, and Lisa Fruichantie, will show recent work for the crowd to appreciate.

Webster-Martin previews the work, stating, “Everyone has a unique skill or perspective to bring to the table. I’m a photographer because even my stick figures are horribly mutated, and so I am in awe of what these women create with paints and canvas. Dez’s women are so beautiful that I want to be them. Elizabeth creates such soft lines that I know she’s secretly a romantic (although she might hit me for saying that). Suzanne’s pieces are so quirky and unique I laugh every time I see a new one. Linda’s art for this show is very different compared to what she did in December, but both times she’s blown me away. Lia’s talent for 3-D art is SO creative: wait until you see what she made out of duct tape this time! And every time I see one of Lisa’s new clothing designs I dust off my sewing machine, plug it in, and stare at it waiting for inspiration.”

She also jokes, “”Trying to put on a function like this, with this many planners and performers, is a lot like herding cats. That being said, I’m sure it will be a fabulous evening as long as no one catches on fire.”

DeSantis Lapping adds love and peace to Webster-Martin’s vibe, as well as an explanation of why the women might choose to undertake such a large labor of love, saying, “I enjoy the scene, the people, the party. I totally appreciate the creative and relaxed atmosphere of the Tacoma art scene. I think the real plus is having an excuse to sink my teeth into fabricating some of my own artwork as well as to collaborate with other talented local artists.”

And Elizabeth Cardany adds to that bit of community art love, saying, “As an artist I love the supportive Tacoma community. Our first all-female artist event was well received, and people have been asking when we would have another event. I am thrilled to be a part of it. Not just the excitement of showing my work but also being a part of the community and collaborating with other artists, but also meeting new people who continue to inspire me.”

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