Art Gallery Roundup


New art shows have been popping up like mushrooms all over town. Here is a listing of some of the most recent offerings.

253 Collective
1901 Jefferson Ave., Suite 100, Tacoma
“An Abstract Coupling: A Fine Art Show”
Oct. 14 through Nov. 10 Artist Reception, Third Thursday Art Walk, Oct. 18, 4-8 p.m.
Featuring the work of artists Diana Carey and Jonathon Gorman
Carey studied metal working at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Her sculptures emerge from dreams and take shape as the metal directs where it wants to go. Her light, fluid sculptures counterbalance the rigidity of the medium she is working with. The sculptures are meant to be touched, allowing the observer to move with them. Carey has been creating steel sculptures for six years.
Gorman received his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from the University of Washington, School of Art. His recent work examines the connection between our “sense of self” and our “sense of place”. Gorman constructs complexities in texture, form and color that convey emotional tensions transfixed in space and time.

950 Gallery
950 Pacific Ave., Suite 205, Tacoma
Galen Turner and Chris Sharp
Through Oct. 18
Galen Turner is a Tacoma artist who works in neon and assemblage. Chris Sharp is the inaugural winner of the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s Foundation of Art Award and is a well-known sign painter in the Tacoma area.

Art Above
321 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
“Journey Through the Day of the Dead”
Through Nov. 30, Reception Oct. 13-14, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the Tacoma Studio Tour
Explore two of the great cultural traditions of Mexico: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) featuring a vibrant altar created by art expert Dr. Antonio Sanchez and “Folk art of Oaxaca,” an exhibit of whimsical animal sculptures carved by the world-famous artisans of Oaxaca, Mexico. From the collections of Brian Ebersole and Dr. Sanchez. The show also features new work by Jeremiah Maddock.

Feast Art Center Gallery
1402 S. 11th St., Tacoma
“Catherine’s Garden”
Through Oct. 14
Nichole Rathburn is an installation artist and sculptor who uses her artistic practice as an opportunity to make connections. Hoping to encourage a sense of awareness and communication, she aims to draw the viewer out of the fog of the modern world and divert their attention to the unobserved. Visually, she is interested in enlarging small patterns and subtle movements found in nature, using these textures to evoke a sense of empathy.
Rathburn earned a BFA in Fine Art with an emphasis in sculpture, printmaking and video from Cornish College of the Arts in 2010 and is currently employed as a foundry artisan, which has greatly influenced her artistic practice by granting her access to new materials and processes.

Steilacoom Fireside Gallery
Steilacoom Community Center, 2301 S. Worthington St., Steilacoom
Paintings by Anne Doane and Barbara Beaver
Through Oct. 29
Paintings by Anne Doane and Barbara Beaver are on display at Steilacoom Fireside Gallery. Watercolor, oil and mixed media paintings are featured in the show. Both artists are members of Pacific Gallery Artists.
Gallery hours: Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed weekends and holidays).

Handforth Gallery
Tacoma Public Library Main Branch, 1102 Tacoma Ave., Tacoma
“Where the Wild Things Are”
Through Dec. 1
The traveling “Memorial Exhibition…50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons” includes work from Sendak’s estate, museums, and private collectors, providing a rare opportunity for Puget Sound residents and those living beyond to view 50 drawings, watercolors, prints and other original pieces that represent Sendak’s career. Supplemental informative displays on Sendak’s life and work accompany each work.
Come to Tacoma Public Library to meet Max, his monsters and others of Sendak’s beloved “Where the Wild Things Are” characters as he envisioned them and brought them to life on paper.
Tacoma Public Library’s Handforth Gallery is proud to host this nationally acclaimed exhibit, which can be viewed free during library hours at the Main Branch (Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

Kittredge Gallery
University of Puget Sound
“Comix Body”
Oct. 8 through Nov. 1, Reception Oct 29, 5-7 p.m. with panel interview of featured artists
“Comix Body,” curated by Mita Mahato, will focus on the concept of “body image” in the work of contemporary independent comics artists. The artists are interested particularly in perspectives on the body that challenge broad cultural assumptions about health, gender, race, beauty, ability, nudity and sex. The exhibit will consider how bodies move through the world – as sensitive skin, as vulnerable meat, as human and as animal.

821 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
“The Jungle”
Oct. 13 through Dec, 31, Reception Nov. 15, 5-8 p.m.
Just in, epic paintings by Lauren Boilini! Lauren will be at the studio tour on Oct. 13, 2-5 p.m.; her show will be up through Dec. 31.Composed of five large panels, “The Jungle” was originally created for an installation at the Amazon Campus in Seattle. This work explores themes of male aggression, the effects of overcrowding, ecological devastation, nature stripped down to its essence. Alongside it, Boilini produced a book of drawings, “The Fugue: An Island Love Story,” published by Last Word Press in Olympia. “The Fugue” consists of small drawings based around the artist’s observations on sport and war, and their mutual relationship to violence. The story takes place on a fictional island in which only male members of different species have survived, with the destruction that inevitably follows.

Here, Boilini talks about “The Jungle” in her own words: “In my current body of work, I examine modes of excess. The concept of gluttony is reflected by our culture, where images of excess have become both ubiquitous and meaningless, eventually dissolving into the realm of pattern. We are a hedonistic society, always hungry for more, until the ‘more’ we are seeking loses its meaning.
“My studio practice consists of large-scale, mural-sized paintings, though I also often work directly on wall surfaces, exploring painting-as-installation. Because of their large dimensions, my paintings have the potential for physically dominating a space, as well as psychologically overwhelming the viewer.
“Research and exploration are vital to my studio practice. Considering the concept of excess, I have been fascinated by the phenomena of crowds, of people converging together in one place. I investigate various events and practices that force masses of life forms together, to discover how they interact when driven in hordes. This includes religious practices, festivals, holidays, political gatherings, orgies, feeding frenzies, stampedes, riots, migrations, etc. Recently, I have been drawn to images of battles and duels, where opposing forces fight for the same space. I am interested in what compels us toward violence and the destruction of life.”

Pacific Lutheran University Gallery
PLU Campus, 12180 Park Ave. S., Tacoma
“It’s All In The Details”
Through Oct. 24
This year’s gallery season opens with Pacific Northwest ceramicists who create unique home decor. Each of our featured artists rely on their strong forms and surface designs to interpret production pottery for the contemporary home.

Tacoma Community College Gallery
The Gallery is located in Bldg. 4, near the corner of 12th and Mildred.
16th Annual Juried Local Art Exhibition
Sept. 18 through Oct. 20
Local artists show their stuff in this great annual exhibit.

Tacoma Armory
1001 S. Yakima Ave., Tacoma
“Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition”
Through Oct. 14
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition recreates the awe and wonder of arguably one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements and will let you experience this art from a new perspective.

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