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Lovely Alice

It’s been four years since I last reviewed Ron Hinson. At that time he was showing a series of paintings based on Aesop’s Fables — children’s book illustrations elevated to fine art with wit and a fine eye for color and design. What he did for Aesop then he’s now

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Smashing art

You’ve already seen all the latest shows at Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass, at Robert Daniel, Fulcrum, Grand Impromptu and all the others — although the fetish art and Tacoma Erotic Art Show are yet to come. So where do you look to satisfy your craving for visual

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Re-furniture Recovery

Woodworker Steve Lawler is a man of many talents. His handcrafted furniture — or as he calls it, “re-Furniture” — is both beautiful and functional, and it is made from reclaimed fir and scrap plywood collected from local cabinet and furniture shops. But that’s just one small part of his

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Phantasm Chasm

Eakins and Dombrosky are installation/conceptual artists. Their work tends to be more experiential and thought provoking than visual, yet some of the works in Phantasm Chasm at Fulcrum are visually intriguing, and some are downright beautiful to look at. Each piece has its story, and the more you know about the

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Phantasm Chasm

Eakins and Dombrosky are installation/conceptual artists. Their work tends to be more experiential and thought provoking than visual, yet some of the works in Phantasm Chasm at Fulcrum are visually intriguing, and some are downright beautiful to look at. Each piece has its story, and the more you know about the

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Dumbness

“When asked to describe my work, I usually answer, ‘Abstract,’“ says Nicholas Nyland. “Unfortunately, I’ve found that that answer is a great way to stop a conversation dead in its tracks.” He’s talking about what he calls “Abstraction’s dumbness,” which he confesses is why he’s drawn to it.

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Dumbness

“When asked to describe my work, I usually answer, ‘Abstract,’“ says Nicholas Nyland. “Unfortunately, I’ve found that that answer is a great way to stop a conversation dead in its tracks.” He’s talking about what he calls “Abstraction’s dumbness,” which he confesses is why he’s drawn to it. Nyland’s show at

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John Lennon’s Piano

Singer, songwriter, storyteller Steve Schalchlin is a little bit gospel, a little bit rock and roll, and all theatrical entertainer. And he played John Lennon’s piano. Right here in Olympia. He’s coming back to Olympia Sunday, May 10 for a very special Mother’s Day PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians

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John Lennon’s Piano

Singer, songwriter, storyteller Steve Schalchlin is a little bit gospel, a little bit rock and roll, and all theatrical entertainer. And he played John Lennon’s piano. Right here in Olympia. He’s coming back to Olympia Sunday, May 10 for a very special Mother’s Day PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians

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Frasca and Gumaelius

The current show at Childhood’s End Gallery is one of the better shows they’ve had in a long time. Featured artists are Robin and John Gumaelius, ceramic and mixed media, and Marilyn Frasca, pastel on monotype. Frasca’s drawings are wonderful. They picture fantasy people (some borrowed from Renaissance and medieval art)

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Frasca and Gumaelius

The current show at Childhood’s End Gallery is one of the better shows they’ve had in a long time. Featured artists are Robin and John Gumaelius, ceramic and mixed media, and Marilyn Frasca, pastel on monotype. Frasca’s drawings are wonderful. They picture fantasy people (some borrowed from Renaissance and medieval art)

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Burning Man

Ed Hoffman’s Burning Man photos at Art House Design are burning hot images of the freewheeling annual celebration of art in the burning sands of Nevada's Black Rock Desert. Viewing these photos made me wish I could drag my old bones into the desert and spend a week with the

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Burning Man

Ed Hoffman’s Burning Man photos at Art House Design are burning hot images of the freewheeling annual celebration of art in the burning sands of Nevada's Black Rock Desert. Viewing these photos made me wish I could drag my old bones into the desert and spend a week with the

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Olympia Arts Walk

Here we go again. For the 38th time. Olympia Arts Walk. It’s a madhouse of art, music and performance arts of all types, and one of the wildest, grass-roots, non-motorized parades south of Seattle. It’s called The Procession of the Species, and it’s like the Freemont Solstice Parade without the

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Olympia Arts Walk

Here we go again. For the 38th time. Olympia Arts Walk. It’s a madhouse of art, music and performance arts of all types, and one of the wildest, grass-roots, non-motorized parades south of Seattle. It’s called The Procession of the Species, and it’s like the Freemont Solstice Parade without the

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Fluent Steps

Water, water everywhere, and much of it made of glass. Glass artist Martin Blank has been working for four years on a massive installation in the reflecting pool on the plaza at Museum of Glass — mostly working in the museum Hot Shop and his studio, but more lately it’s been

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Fluent Steps

Water, water everywhere, and much of it made of glass. Glass artist Martin Blank has been working for four years on a massive installation in the reflecting pool on the plaza at Museum of Glass — mostly working in the museum Hot Shop and his studio, but more lately it’s been

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To the Letter

The Chandler O’Leary show at Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound is fascinating. O’Leary, who runs Anagram Press in Tacoma, makes handmade books, letterpress prints and textile work; her work includes illustration, graphic design, textiles, and drawing, and her books and prints are collected and exhibited internationally. Representative samplings of

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To the Letter

The Chandler O’Leary show at Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound is fascinating. O’Leary, who runs Anagram Press in Tacoma, makes handmade books, letterpress prints and textile work; her work includes illustration, graphic design, textiles, and drawing, and her books and prints are collected and exhibited internationally. Representative samplings of

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Ah Spring!

Tacoma is just now beginning to awaken to what a treasure it has in The Robert Daniel Gallery. It’s like a mini-Museum of Modern Art tucked away in a nondescript warehouse on Fawcett Avenue. On display now is a group show called Signs of Spring featuring works by more than 15

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