The Gallery at Tacoma Community College will open its winter show Tuesday, Jan. 2. Each year, the gallery has a themed exhibition, in which local artists contribute art related to a particular theme. This season, the theme was “Food.” For the show, there are works by almost 40 different artists. Some of the pre-show buzz mentions Barbara Bohn Patterson’s paintings of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and Diana Fairbanks’ pastries and other foods placed amid Northwest landmarks. The official reception for the show is Jan. 18.
The show runs all the way through March 16, allowing the gallery ample time to play host to a veritable festival of events having to do with the intersection of food and art. On different dates, folks will have the chance to come to the gallery and explore everything from world cuisines to the art of casting sculptural forms in chocolate. See the list below for a schedule of events.
For more information on the show and the gallery, visit www.tacomacc.edu/campuslife/thegallery.
Schedule of events
Food in Literature and Film
Jan. 2-March 16, TCC Library, Building 7
- A book and film display organized by Jill Merritt
This fascinating display takes you on a journey of art through literature and film around the globe. The display is open during regular library hours; materials displayed are available for checkout.
Jan.26, noon to 12:30 p.m., TCC Art Gallery
- A gallery talk by Rick Mahaffey
TCC art professor Rick Mahaffey invites you to join him on a journey of exploration through Japanese cuisine.
Your Gastrointestinal Tract: An Alimentary Journey
Jan. 29, 11 a.m., TCC Art Gallery
- A gallery talk by Mary Stobie
Mary Stobie, TCC Nursing professor, is prepared to take you on a different journey, an alimentary journey.
Poetry Reading: Music, Food and Love
Feb. 7, 7-8 p.m., TCC Art Gallery
- Inspirational reading by Michael Magee
Michael Magee is the “coordinator” for the Poetry Box at Freighthouse Square. His most recent books include “Vanishing Points: From Ballarat to Ravenna Park” and “Dementia: Love is a Blur.” Join Magee at the gallery for inspirational reading on music, food and love in poetry. Bring a poem.
Food of the Gods: Chocolate
Feb. 9, 1:30 p.m., TCC Gig Harbor Campus
Feb 14, noon and 6 p.m., TCC Art Gallery
- A lecture with tastings by Marlene Bosanko
Marlene Bosanko self describes as a passionate chocolate scholar. She pursues academic research on chocolate, the food of the gods, regularly teaches classes about chocolate, and holds private tastings. She has presented papers to academic circles in Idaho, Montana, Washington, Oregon, and California. On the speaking circuit, she was once paired with a cardiologist who addressed the health benefits of red wine, while she addressed the health benefits of chocolate. Bosanko claims to have inherited the chocolate gene; she knows that chocolate does not only taste good, it is also very good for you. Bosanko’s talk will trace the history of chocolate from its beginnings in the New World to the Old World and back again. They’ll do some tasting along the way and end by raising a cup of chocolate and saying, “Thanks Q!” And you’ll know why.
Feb. 21, 12:30 –2 p.m., TCC Building 5
- Demonstration by Kyle Dillehay and students
TCC art professor Kyle Dillehay and his students will do a hands-on demonstration of casting with chocolate in the sculpture classroom.
Food in Art
Feb. 27, 12:15 –12:45 p.m., TCC Art Gallery
- A gallery talk by Marit Berg
TCC art professor and chair Marit Berg will add a new taste to your sense and understanding of art as she explores the role and influence of food in art.
Out of Eden
Feb. 28, 5:30-7 p.m., TCC Art Gallery
- Food performance by Ben Meeker
An examination of vegetarian philosophy in six courses. Out of Eden is a six-course vegetarian meal prepared for six “diners,” served within a sculpted environment. Each course begins with a spoken word performance or literary reading followed by a dish that represents or reflects that course. The courses are designed to follow a biological, anthropological, psychological and philosophical evolution both literarily and culinary. Meeker provides the conversational stimulus and culinary rumination. The “Art” is the dinner conversation between guests as they consume the stimuli and the meal.
March 9, 1-1:30 p.m., TCC Art Gallery
- A gallery talk by Michael Huffman
TCC’s professor of humanities and composition studies, Michael Huffman, invites you to explore and appreciate a whole other side of food.