New Art Openings in Bloom

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Along with the tulips and the daffodils and the darling buds of spring, a rash of new art shows have opened or are soon to come into bloom. Following is a list of some of what you can go and see if you want to get your eyes full of art and recharge the batteries of your inspiration.

University of Puget Sound’s 2018 Senior Art Show

(Kittredge Gallery, North 15th Street at North Lawrence Street, Tacoma)
Through May 13
University of Puget Sound’s Kittredge Gallery opened its annual Senior Art Show Wednesday, April 25. The class of 2018 exhibiting artists include: Kiri Bolles, Megan Breiter, Ian Chandler, Stephanie Clement, Sam Crookston Herschlag, Walker Edison, Ally Hembree, Emily Katz, Sequoia Leech-Kritchman, Monica Patterson, Jarrett Prince, and Mairan Smith.
The Senior Art Show is UPS’ annual exhibit of studio-based senior thesis projects by studio art majors. This years 12 seniors have produced a diverse collection of work, addressing themes such as vulnerability, identity, relationships, environment, and craft.
The artists’ theses, both individually and collectively, exemplify many of the university’s core values as a liberal arts institution, including a rich knowledge of self and others, aesthetic appreciation, and intellectual curiosity.
On the whole, the show encourages viewers to consider ones place — whether that be within one’s own body and identity, within a global community, or any space in between. The show is the culmination of the 12 artists’ undergraduate work at Puget Sound, and collectively represents thousands of hours of dedication, discovery, learning, and honing of craft.
Kittredge Gallery serves as a teaching tool for the Department of Art and Art History, and as a cultural resource for both the university and the community at large, exhibiting work by noted regional and national artists. Exhibits and talks are free and open to the public.
Regular Hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, noon–5 p.m. Info: pugetsound.edu/Kittredge or facebook.com/KittredgeGallery

Pacific Lutheran University Senior Exhibition

(University Gallery/Ingram Hall)
April 26 through May 25
Join the PLU Department of Art and Design in a celebration of the accomplishments of its graduating artists in the culmination of their degree program. The opening reception is April 25, 5-7 p.m. Gallery hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday or by appointment.
Please join the Department of Art and Design as we celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating artists in the culmination of their degree program.
For information, visit www.plu.edu/gallery/gallery-season.

Spring Popup Gallery

(Minka, 821 Pacific Ave., Tacoma)
April 28 2-5:30 p.m.
Tacoma-based artist Devon Urquhart makes fabulous, miniature paintings and dioramas smaller than a slice of bread but action packed. Meet the artist and enter her tiny universe of laid-back, beer drinking locusts, astronauts tethered to ovaries and more. You might even go home with a ceramic boob cup.
Jewelry designer Regina Chang sells her jewels from Hong Kong to Seattle to Los Angeles. She will be at the show with a selection of her juicy-colored natural stones set off with beautiful hammered metals.
Also showing are new prints by San Antonio artist Guy Hundere, who does colorful abstracts based on algorithms that appear to mirror the natural world. Also on April 28, meet Paula Shields, Minka’s new co-owner with Lisa Kinoshita. New art, furnishings and collectibles are arriving weekly.
“Minka” is Japanese for “house of the people.” Gallery hours are Friday noon-5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Starting in May, Minka will also be open Thursdays noon to 5 p.m. For information, phone (253) 961-5220 or visit www.minkatacoma.com.

Cosmic Shapes

(El Centro Latino, 1208 S. 10th St., Tacoma)
April 28 through June
Cosmic Shapes is an art exhibition featuring drawings and paintings created by artist Mauricio Robalino. The theme of the art is yoga. Yoga is an ancient practice of physical and spiritual exercises that promotes the union of mind and body in a way that nurtures mental and physical well-being. Robalino has been interested in yoga most of his life. Four years ago, age and a work-related injury led Robalino to a daily practice of yoga. Pretty soon what at first seemed a miraculous healing became an understandable result of practice, and curious exploration of the story of yoga. Robalino has been making art since he was a child in Ecuador, a very long time ago. What you will see at the exhibition are unique, stylized drawings and paintings based on some of the physical postures of yoga. On the opening day, there will be a presentation by the artist and yoga teachers that will help the general public understand how yoga works and the benefits that can be enjoyed from its practice. You will be able to learn and practice some simple moves, enjoy some healthy snacks and create art during the afternoon of April 28. Robalino and El Centro Latino are grateful to the City of Tacoma for providing funding to frame the work. Please stop by and enjoy a happy afternoon at El Centro Latino and the Hilltop Cherry Blossom Fest happening at the same time.
For information, visit www.facebook.com/events/616051762070741.

Tacoma Gallery

(1120 S. 11th St., Second Floor, Tacoma)
Through May
Jane and Jason Sobottka, the dynamic duo behind the brand-new Tacoma Gallery, have dedicated the space to Tacoma-themed art. They also have a classroom that is sure to become a valuable resource for all manner of creative training, teaching everything from figure drawing classes to the formulation of creative strategies for individuals and companies. See www.tacomagallery.com for more details. Upcoming workshops are “Paint Your Pet’s Portrait” and “Design a Character,” the latter being a two-day class in which participants learn to design and draw a character suitable for video games, comics and animation.
The current show, which opened April 19, features some iconic Tacoma imagery. The show features work by Nathan Barnes, Kathryn Cotnoir, Sarah Dillon-Gilmartin, Erik Sandgren, Banjo Skatoots, Jane Sobottka, Jason Sobottka and Dee Vadnais.
The artists were asked to submit work inspired by, similar to or in some way connected to Tacoma. The show is diverse, yet it captures a Tacoma vibe in a multifaceted way.
For the time being, the gallery is open by appointment, Jason Sobottka is there often, so contact him at Jason@tacomagallery.com for a viewing.
For information, visit www.Tacomagallery.com or www.facebook.com/tacomagallery.

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