Art Gallery Roundup


253 Collective
1901 Jefferson Ave., Ste. 100, Tacoma
Artists’ Cooperative Gallery
Sept. 20, 5-8 p.m.
Jennifer Moore hosting Third Thursday Art Walk
The 253 Collective is a cooperative gallery for local artists in Tacoma. Meet the artists that staff the shop, buy original paintings, prints, greeting cards, jewelry, and join us for gallery shows.

950 Gallery
950 Pacific Ave., Ste. 205, Tacoma
Galen Turner and Chris Sharp
Opens Sept. 20
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.

1120 Creative House
1120 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
Third Thursday Opening
Sept. 20, 5 p.m.
Each month, 1120 Creative House is part of the recurring Third Thursday Tacoma Art Walk. Evenings typically include open studios, featured artists, music and more. Check Spaceworks’ events on Facebook for the latest details.

American Art Company
1126 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma
Michael Ferguson, “Garden Delights – At Home and in the Wild”
Melanie Thompson, “Milestone; 30 New Works in Celebration of Turning 30”
Sept. 22 through Nov. 3
Reception Sept. 22, 3-5 p.m.
Michael Ferguson paintings from 1992 to 2018. Melanie Thompson’s Western landscape paintings.

Blue Octopus Art Gallery and Champagne Bar
3820 North 27th Ave., Tacoma
Marques Vickers, “Dancers”
Through Oct. 15
Herron Island based artist Marques Vickers’ series of figurative artwork will be on display at the newly re-opened Blue Octopus Art Gallery and Champagne Bar in the Proctor District. Vickers’ art has been showcased internationally in art galleries, exhibitions and are part of numerous public and private collections. His painted dancers have been characterized “as snapshots in time. His figures are captured either in contorted positions as they dance or while relaxing as they regain their strength. Yet, they all hold that spark of life that makes the difference in good work. Unquestionably these are living people, filled with energy and a real lust for life, even when in repose. Vickers’ paintings depict strong, bold and sensual women, forthright in appearance while transitioning into active dance sequences.” Vickers is a Northern California native presently based on Herron Island. He is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University and professionally has been executive director of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce, a travel and apparel industry executive, high school teacher and wine distributor. He lived for six years in the Burgundy and Languedoc regions of France.

Feast Art Center Gallery
1402 S. 11th St., Tacoma
Nichole Rathburn
Sept. 20 through Oct. 18
Reception Sept. 20, 6 p.m.
Art by Nichole Rathburn.

Fulcrum Gallery
1308 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma
“Glitch Portraits” by Jo Bazuka
Through Sept. 16
“Removing a face doesn’t remove the identity of the image, on the contrary it unlocks it. With these initial constraints removed, opportunities are fertile for abstracting, fracturing and multiplying images ‘identity.’ The result is a multi-dimensional conversation opening up new and wider lanes for both the image and the observer,” says Jo Bazuka.

Bazuka is unapologetic as an artist, creating work that strikes in the moment is contemporary, and shifts effortlessly through a variety of mediums. Music is his primary catalyst driving all other artistic endeavors. MC’ing, dance, graffiti and tattooing have all been linked through this thread of sound. The “Glitch Portraits” series of visual works arose when all other previous avenues appeared blocked. This new medium follows suit, with the musical thread influencing even the smallest facets, a digitized amalgamation of music, color, fashion, creation and destruction. Embodying hip-hop and lo-fi’s sample based nature, punk rock’s “color outside the lines,” anti-authoritarian overtones, vivid bass and glitch inspired textures and effects, the cool feels of reggae, dub and the abstract improvisational sprit of jazz.

Handforth Gallery
Main Branch Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Ave., Tacoma
Maurice Sendak “Where the Wild Things Are”
Oct. 1 to Dec. 1
On the 50th anniversary of “Where the Wild Things Are,” the Handforth invites you to take part in an exhibition of 50 works by the late, great Maurice Sendak. The artwork will be presented with heartfelt words from 50 extraordinary people, whose lives were all touched by this beloved author and illustrator. Pieces include original pencil drawings from Sendak’s famous books as well as early images from his magazine work. The items are drawn from his entire career and from every stage of his creative process, from preliminary sketch to publication. They include many “Wild Things” lithographs, as well as the famous 1976 Rolling Stone cover and a stunning bronze sculpture of Max battling a sea monster.

Kittredge Gallery
University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma
Victor Cartagena, “The Invisible Nation”
Through Sept. 29
“The Invisible Nation” features a series of photo-based installations created by Salvadoran artist, Victor Cartagena. Cartagena’s projects call upon the great distance between the human dimension of economic displacement and the “faceless” accounts of the immigration debate that pervade the media.

Carletta Carrington Wilson, “Letter to a Laundress”
Through Sept. 29
“Letter to a Laundress” is an immersive installation that mirrors a ubiquitous and familiar form from a bygone era, the clothesline. This work reconfigures the figure of the laundress and the washerwoman as witness. It sheds light on the unique position these women held as a result of their occupational tasks during an era where thousands of African Americans were summarily lynched throughout the United States.

Museum of Glass
1801 Dock St., Tacoma
“Raven and the Box of Daylight”
Oct. 3 through Oct. 2019
“Raven and the Box of Daylight,” featuring works by the internationally acclaimed artist Preston Singletary (Tlingit American, born 1963). The exhibition, organized by Museum of Glass and curated by Miranda Belarde-Lewis, PhD (Zuni/Tlingit), features new works by the artist accompanied by an immersive multi-sensory environment. Countless generations of Tlingit children have heard of Raven’s adventures through an oral tradition that has played an essential role in the survival of Tlingit culture by preserving its rich histories and narratives. Singletary shares this story in which Raven, the central character, is a trickster who released the stars, moon, and sun.
In addition to Belarde-Lewis, Singletary credits the music arranged by Matt Starritt and Juniper Shuey’s video installations for contributing to the overall exhibition experience.

Pacific Gallery Artists
Asia Pacific Culture Center, 4851 S. Tacoma Way
Ron Snowden artist’s demo
Tues. Sept. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ron Snowden will be the demonstrator for Pacific Gallery Artists’ monthly meeting. He will be painting a quick watercolor portrait. Snowden has been painting watercolors for many years, but semi-retirement has afforded him the opportunity to spend much more time painting and studying art. He is a member of the American Watercolor Society, the Northwest Watercolor Society and the South Hill Artists Association in Puyallup. Snowden has won many awards for his work at juried art shows throughout the Northwest, including twice receiving the Director’s Purchase Award and first place in watercolors at the Washington State Fair Fine Arts Show and also People’s Choice Awards at the Fair and the Fred Oldfield Spring Art Show. He has had his art selected for the Foss Maritime Calendars for the past eight years. His painting of a Nez Perce Indian woman, “Wynookie Wysookie,” was selected for exhibition in the Northwest Watercolor Society International Open Show.

Proctor Art Gallery
3811 N. 26th St., Tacoma
September Artist Showcase
Sept. 20 through Oct. 13
Reception Sept. 20, 5-8 p.m.
The featured local artists this month are painter Tim Huhn (a recent addition to the gallery), wood artist Ron Fuller, and photographer Douglas Hall. Join us for great local art, conversation, snacks, and sips.

Tacoma Community College Gallery
Tacoma Community College, near corner of S. 12th and Mildred Streets, Tacoma
16th Annual Juried Local Art Exhibition
Sept. 18 through Oct. 20
Reception Sept. 20, 4-6 p.m.
View work by local artists in this annual exhibition.

Woolworth Windows
13th and Broadway Streets
Fall Installations
Through Nov. 15
Woolworth #1, Jennifer Chin


“She’s Had Enough”

“Oddly,” says Tacoma artist Jennifer Chin, “this is a Dickensian time. It’s the best and the worst. It feels like this time change will happen; like it’s really different this time around. But it also feels hateful and a bit hopeless with all the inequities we face as a society. Perhaps it’s time to step back and look at a basic need and some not so simple issues that surround it.”

Since childhood, Chin has been asking “why?” and “what if?” Her quest to find the deeper meaning hidden beneath a slurry of “because” led her to the technology sector. Computers work along a golden thread of logical and defined connections. She observed that humans struggle with the nuanced difference between “do what I want” versus “do what I ask.” Exploration of this discord through paint, collage and printmaking has been her inspiration ever since. There is logic in the chaotic network around us, and it is beautiful.

Chin was born in Seattle. Painting and collage are her primary focus. She also hand-pulls relief and monotype prints and enjoys the immediacy of Instagram. In 1995 Chin completed a BA in Art from the University of Washington. Her paintings and prints are included in private collections across the US. Chin currently lives and works in Tacoma.

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Woolworth #3 and #4, Tacoma Wayzgoose

“All Around T-Town, 2018 Tacoma Wayzgoose Steamroll Prints”

On display is a collection of the steamroller prints that were created during Tacoma’s Wayzgoose letterpress and book arts celebration, hosted by Kings Books each year at the end of May. The themes and imagery were chosen by local artists, as a way to highlight some of the neighborhoods and destinations in the wonderful city of destiny. This year Wayzgoose brought in some fresh new artists to our list of linoleum carvers, including Saiyare Refaei, Ceclia Schilling and the students at Lincoln High.

Learn all about Tacoma Wayzgoose at


Woolworth Window #5, Sophia Munic

Sophia Munic is print maker fascinated with how to apply traditional printmaking techniques to sculpture and collage. Her recent work focuses on translating simple shapes from two dimensional images and incorporating them into sculptures and investigating how this change in dimension alters the image itself. She is intrigued by the properties of color and how they can alter an object. Even when a piece is abstract, color can describe the work itself. When not working on sculpture, Munic layers screen prints onto old drawings to see how one print can transform an old drawing. Often she employs this method to explore her intrigue with selfie culture versus individuality.

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