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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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Random calculations

Lance Kagey is fascinated with our society’s obsession with numbers and statistics, stating that (and I paraphrase) if we cannot quantify it statistically, it doesn’t exist. In an artist’s statement written for his new show, The distance between the calculated and the random at Fulcrum Gallery, Kagey says: “I present the

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Random calculations

Lance Kagey is fascinated with our society’s obsession with numbers and statistics, stating that (and I paraphrase) if we cannot quantify it statistically, it doesn’t exist. In an artist’s statement written for his new show, The distance between the calculated and the random at Fulcrum Gallery, Kagey says: “I present the

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Depression Art

Are artists hard hit by the economic depression? Well, yeah. Maybe. But most artists have been so poor and out of the mainstream for so long that they hardly notice. Galleries too. They may have to make some creative adjustments to weather the hard times, but geez Louise, weathering the

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Depression Art

Are artists hard hit by the economic depression? Well, yeah. Maybe. But most artists have been so poor and out of the mainstream for so long that they hardly notice. Galleries too. They may have to make some creative adjustments to weather the hard times, but geez Louise, weathering the

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Breast ahoy

The Feminist Art Exhibition at The Gallery at Tacoma Community College has everything you could ask of a feminist art show: references to feminist leaders from Elizabeth Cady Stanton to the Guerilla Girls to Judy Chicago; multi-layered commentary on breasts, fashion and gender roles; and media ranging from painting and

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Breast ahoy

The Feminist Art Exhibition at The Gallery at Tacoma Community College has everything you could ask of a feminist art show: references to feminist leaders from Elizabeth Cady Stanton to the Guerilla Girls to Judy Chicago; multi-layered commentary on breasts, fashion and gender roles; and media ranging from painting and

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Young and old

How different can you get? William Turner — showing at Handforth Gallery, Tacoma Public Library — is old school modernist with roots in the heart of a strong Pacific Northwest painting tradition (he studied with the great Michael Spafford and Alden Mason). Eli Hansen and Joey Piecuch at The Helm

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Young and old

How different can you get? William Turner — showing at Handforth Gallery, Tacoma Public Library — is old school modernist with roots in the heart of a strong Pacific Northwest painting tradition (he studied with the great Michael Spafford and Alden Mason). Eli Hansen and Joey Piecuch at The Helm

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The Odyssey

There’s a machine gun on the wall at mineral. It’s made of bread, seed and salt; it’s in a glass-fronted display case with wire mesh, and it looks like some bizarre archeological find as if machine guns existed in the time of Homer’s Odyssey. That’s my imagination at work and

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The Odyssey

There’s a machine gun on the wall at mineral. It’s made of bread, seed and salt; it’s in a glass-fronted display case with wire mesh, and it looks like some bizarre archeological find as if machine guns existed in the time of Homer’s Odyssey. That’s my imagination at work and

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Pink dog

I went to the Washington Center for the Performing Arts to see the Afro-Cuban All Stars last week and was struck with the artwork throughout all three floors of the center. I’d seen a couple of Marilyn Bedford’s paintings recently in group shows at both South Puget Sound Community College

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Pink dog

I went to the Washington Center for the Performing Arts to see the Afro-Cuban All Stars last week and was struck with the artwork throughout all three floors of the center. I’d seen a couple of Marilyn Bedford’s paintings recently in group shows at both South Puget Sound Community College

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Remembering Darwin

I counted 48 artists in the Charles Darwin birthday exhibition, Evolutionary Tales, at   The Grand Impromptu Gallery. In addition to the usual suspects, i.e., members of this artists’ co-op gallery, there is a huge lineup of guest artists as each member artist invited one guest artist, who in turn invited

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Remembering Darwin

I counted 48 artists in the Charles Darwin birthday exhibition, Evolutionary Tales, at   The Grand Impromptu Gallery. In addition to the usual suspects, i.e., members of this artists’ co-op gallery, there is a huge lineup of guest artists as each member artist invited one guest artist, who in turn invited

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Gilded cage

Last week I identified a painting as a flower painting by Elliott Ficus. Actually it was a painting of a Ficus by Eric Elliott. My mistake. I mistook the name of an image file for the artist’s name. So now that we know who he is I recommend you see

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Gilded cage

Last week I identified a painting as a flower painting by Elliott Ficus. Actually it was a painting of a Ficus by Eric Elliott. My mistake. I mistook the name of an image file for the artist’s name. So now that we know who he is I recommend you see

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Biennial

The 9th Northwest Biennial at Tacoma Art Museum is too heavy on the conceptual; there’s too much photography, and it would be nice if there were at least one South Sound artist in the show. But it’s one of the more impressive biennials they’ve had, with a wide range of

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Biennial

The 9th Northwest Biennial at Tacoma Art Museum is too heavy on the conceptual; there’s too much photography, and it would be nice if there were at least one South Sound artist in the show. But it’s one of the more impressive biennials they’ve had, with a wide range of

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Winners all

Juried art exhibitions are almost always rife with problems. They usually try to cram in way too much, and the selections are usually inconsistent at best. But not this time. The fourth annual Juried Art Show at South Puget Sound Community College is the best they’ve had yet and may

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