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Losses and Longings

Painter Jethaniel Peterka shows a deft touch and a fertile mind in his paintings and assemblages at Fulcrum Gallery. The show is called Losses and Longings, and it presents a record of how Peterka’s work is evolving and how individual works come into being. Paintings over a period of time

Losses and Longings

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Losses and Longings

Painter Jethaniel Peterka shows a deft touch and a fertile mind in his paintings and assemblages at Fulcrum Gallery. The show is called Losses and Longings, and it presents a record of how Peterka’s work is evolving and how individual works come into being. Paintings over a period of time

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Last days

There are two art exhibits running in Tacoma that end this weekend, one very serious and high-minded and the other cute enough to make you want to puke. I’m talking kitsch cute that’s so bad it’s good. The shows are Flux at Gallery Madera and Rabbitual at Two Vaults. Both

Last days

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Last days

There are two art exhibits running in Tacoma that end this weekend, one very serious and high-minded and the other cute enough to make you want to puke. I’m talking kitsch cute that’s so bad it’s good. The shows are Flux at Gallery Madera and Rabbitual at Two Vaults. Both

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Fancy frames

I’ve been told by friends whose artistic judgment I respect that my reviews are too forgiving. They might be right. I try to give artists the benefit of the doubt, and I’m never as critical in my reviews as I’d sometimes like to be. Mama said, “If you can’t say

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Fancy frames

I’ve been told by friends whose artistic judgment I respect that my reviews are too forgiving. They might be right. I try to give artists the benefit of the doubt, and I’m never as critical in my reviews as I’d sometimes like to be. Mama said, “If you can’t say

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Classical modern

Angel Matamoros’ abstract paintings are paired with surrealistic paintings by Blake Flynn in the current exhibition at Childhood’s End Gallery in Olympia. It’s a nice contrast. Both artists display competent skill, and Flynn displays a very inventive mind. Matamoros’ paintings are bold and simple forms on roughly textured surfaces with typically

Classical modern

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Classical modern

Angel Matamoros’ abstract paintings are paired with surrealistic paintings by Blake Flynn in the current exhibition at Childhood’s End Gallery in Olympia. It’s a nice contrast. Both artists display competent skill, and Flynn displays a very inventive mind. Matamoros’ paintings are bold and simple forms on roughly textured surfaces with typically

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Definitions of Space

Dear reader: If you’re going to be in Seattle anytime in the next six weeks, please stop by the Convention Center downtown to see my show Definitions of Space. I’m showing with three other artists, two from Tacoma and one from Port Orchard. From Port Orchard comes Patrice Tullai. The Tacoma

Definitions of Space

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Definitions of Space

Dear reader: If you’re going to be in Seattle anytime in the next six weeks, please stop by the Convention Center downtown to see my show Definitions of Space. I’m showing with three other artists, two from Tacoma and one from Port Orchard. From Port Orchard comes Patirice Tullai.

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The Bluebird

The Bluebird by Jessica Bender is one of the more unique art installations in Tacoma at one of the most unique galleries in town. The Telephone Room is billed as “the world’s second-smallest art gallery.” Is it really? We may never know, but it’s certainly Tacoma’s second smallest, with the

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The Bluebird

The Bluebird by Jessica Bender is one of the more unique art installations in Tacoma at one of the most unique galleries in town. The Telephone Room is billed as “the world’s second-smallest art gallery.” Is it really? We may never know, but it’s certainly Tacoma’s second smallest, with the

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Here Today

Once again in the blink of an eye, the city of Olympia presents a month of temporary art projects. Mark your calendars because it’s here and then gone — visual, performance and literary art in various spots around downtown Oly throughout the month of August. Now, if only we can get

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Entrance Denied

If the title to the latest show at mineral doesn’t attract some attention, I don’t know what will. Not to mention the double whammy of pairing it with a related show next door at Gallery 301. The shows are Entrance Denied: the Art of the Chastity Belt at mineral and

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Second Childhood

Betty Jo Fitzgerald has been making art a long time. I’ve been familiar with her work since about 1990, but there’s something quite different about her latest work at the appropriately named Childhood’s End Gallery in Olympia. It looks like she’s entered her second childhood. This art is playful, joyful

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CJ Swanson

The gallery at Pierce College in Steilacoom is nothing more than a wide place in the hall. But that wide space is filled with a dozen or so very nice paintings by CJ Swanson. Swanson’s abstract paintings are swirls and ribbons of colorful shapes that meander through shallow spaces on the

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Foundation Art Award

Nominees and winner of the 2nd Annual Foundation of Art Award from The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation were announced in June. This annual program was established to honor professional artists living and working in Pierce County. This year’s winner, Jeremy Mangan, was chosen by a panel including: Rock Hushka, director

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Rock Paper Scissors

LeeAnn Seaburg Peery is a sculptor whose work harkens back to Michelangelo’s  slave sculptures — highly polished figures emerging from rough marble — and similar figures by Rodin. She carves abstracted human bodies in marble, alabaster, soapstone and limestone, which she personally chooses from a quarry in Vermont. At their

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Planet CHROMA

Chris Blivens’ latest show is called CHROMA because each piece is identifiable by color (Chroma defined in dictionary.com as “intensity of distinctive hue; saturation of a color”). His pieces are fetishistic dolls or sculptures made of carved wood or cloth with twigs for arms and wooden dowels for legs and

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The Neddy

On a scale from one to10 I give a five to the Neddy exhibition at Tacoma Art Museum. If based on how close the selections come to representing the best of the best regional artists, which it purportedly does, then that score drops to about two-point-five. There is a good variety

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