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Take it or leave it

If you happen to be in the neighborhood, stop by the University of Washington-Tacoma art gallery to see the installation by Brooklyn, N.Y., artist Betsy Alwin. I’ll make a wild guess that you’ll find it fascinating — for upwards of two minutes. After that, you may catch yourself yawning. I drove

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Take it or leave it

If you happen to be in the neighborhood, stop by the University of Washington-Tacoma art gallery to see the installation by Brooklyn, N.Y., artist Betsy Alwin. I’ll make a wild guess that you’ll find it fascinating — for upwards of two minutes. After that, you may catch yourself yawning. I drove

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Cool Show

TAM has glitz. The new show called “Sparkle Then Fade” at Tacoma Art Museum is cool. Not necessarily great, mind you, but cool. There are some great artworks in this show, but also some that are downright stupid. It’s all about glitz, glamour, celebrity, the media — and how all of

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Cool Show

TAM has glitz. The new show called “Sparkle Then Fade” at Tacoma Art Museum is cool. Not necessarily great, mind you, but cool. There are some great artworks in this show, but also some that are downright stupid. It’s all about glitz, glamour, celebrity, the media — and how all of

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Gritty pretty

At the risk of stating the obvious, Ashley Wells’ paintings at Two Vaults Gallery are Hopperesque. Edward Hopper set the standard for the type of urban landscape Wells paints, and the inevitable comparison is not fair to Wells or anyone else who paints gritty urban scenes marked by strong lighting and

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Gritty pretty

At the risk of stating the obvious, Ashley Wells’ paintings at Two Vaults Gallery are Hopperesque. Edward Hopper set the standard for the type of urban landscape Wells paints, and the inevitable comparison is not fair to Wells or anyone else who paints gritty urban scenes marked by strong lighting and

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Texture tenure

Bob Gillis’ maturity is showing in his mini-retrospective, “Work After 70 Years,” at Art House Designs in Olympia. I’ve followed his progress over an almost 20-year period, and his latest works are the strongest yet. Gillis has always done wonderful things with intricately textured surfaces. His earlier works were all about

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Texture tenure

Bob Gillis’ maturity is showing in his mini-retrospective, “Work After 70 Years,” at Art House Designs in Olympia. I’ve followed his progress over an almost 20-year period, and his latest works are the strongest yet. Gillis has always done wonderful things with intricately textured surfaces. His earlier works were all about

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Worth the drive

The first thing they taught us in Art Snob 101 was that to find real art you have to drive up to Seattle, since Tacoma’s just an overgrown mill town with none of the real stuff — except for the one-eyed glass guy. And now the real art has not

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Worth the drive

The first thing they taught us in Art Snob 101 was that to find real art you have to drive up to Seattle, since Tacoma’s just an overgrown mill town with none of the real stuff — except for the one-eyed glass guy. And now the real art has not

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Wood!

The 7th North American Sculptural Wood Invitational at American Art Company is an audacious show. How these artisans do what they do with wood boggles the mind. The media is turned wood, which, strictly speaking, means carving forms out of wood that is turned on a lathe. But these artisans

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Wood!

The 7th North American Sculptural Wood Invitational at American Art Company is an audacious show. How these artisans do what they do with wood boggles the mind. The media is turned wood, which, strictly speaking, means carving forms out of wood that is turned on a lathe. But these artisans

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Color and form

The show is called Color and Form, but I prefer to call it Beatrice Geller and Friends. It features digital photography by Geller, a Pacific Lutheran University art faculty member, with other works by Tom Michael, Carol Adelman, Stephen Rock and Jessica Spring. It’s really Geller’s show, but some of

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Color and form

The show is called Color and Form, but I prefer to call it Beatrice Geller and Friends. It features digital photography by Geller, a Pacific Lutheran University art faculty member, with other works by Tom Michael, Carol Adelman, Stephen Rock and Jessica Spring. It’s really Geller’s show, but some of

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Arts Walk XXXIV

When you’re riding herd on one of the largest indoor and outdoor extravaganzas in the state of Washington and you’ve been doing it twice a year since just about forever, it might be a little difficult to keep it fresh and exciting. But the city of Olympia somehow does just

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Arts Walk XXXIV

When you’re riding herd on one of the largest indoor and outdoor extravaganzas in the state of Washington and you’ve been doing it twice a year since just about forever, it might be a little difficult to keep it fresh and exciting. But the city of Olympia somehow does just

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Borderline Black

I confess: I play favorites. I review my favorite galleries over and over again while ignoring many others. That’s because I’m old and jaded. I’ve been around too long to subject myself to reworked Americana and calendar art and amateurish offerings of whatever stripe. This week I revisited one of my

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Borderline Black

I confess: I play favorites. I review my favorite galleries over and over again while ignoring many others. That’s because I’m old and jaded. I’ve been around too long to subject myself to reworked Americana and calendar art and amateurish offerings of whatever stripe. This week I revisited one of my

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The Vanity Show

Ah, The Vanity Show. What chutzpah! Art on Center owners C.J. Swanson and David N. Goldberg are showing their own paintings to mark the gallery’s second anniversary. This exhibition is an update on Art on Center’s premiere show two years ago, which is especially appropriate since this is slated to

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The Vanity Show

Ah, The Vanity Show. What chutzpah! Art on Center owners C.J. Swanson and David N. Goldberg are showing their own paintings to mark the gallery’s second anniversary. This exhibition is an update on Art on Center’s premiere show two years ago, which is especially appropriate since this is slated to

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