Culture Corner


Art shows and events:

“Cruising Washington, British Columbia and Alaska in the Wake of Captain Geroge 

Vancouver: A Special Event with John M. Horton”

Oct. 28, 1-3 p.m.

Foss Waterway Seaport, 705 Dock St.

This presentation focuses on 20 of the 53 paintings that sailor and artist John M. Horton has produced of the Pacific Northwest coast, showing places that Captain Vancouver charted and named from Washington north to Alaska. Horton has traveled four times to Alaska, on his own converted 52-foot Admiral’s launch, to research intriguing facts about Vancouver’s voyage. Learn the inside stories about Vancouver’s exploration of the coast, including the discovery and protection of a shaman’s burial cave; his friendship with England’s enemy, the Spanish and many other stories. For more information on the artist visit

“Fashion with a Focus”

Nov. 4, 7-11 p.m.

Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St.

“Fashion with a Focus” is a fashion show that is raising funds for homeless, less fortunate students who attend Pierce College Ft. Steilacoom campus. Right Now Today, Plato’s Closet and the Museum of Glass are teaming up with Pierce College to help these students achieve their goals towards graduation.

Nearly 40,000 Washington students were homeless during the 2015-16 school year, according to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Advocates, however, believe there are more students who aren’t identified in their schools.

Veronica Reed, a Pierce College alum, approached Gregory Marks, founder of, with the idea of having a fashion show and was looking for a cause. Marks is also a graduate of Pierce College’s fashion program and serves as advisory board member for the business department, and has been advocating to help the homeless population since 2014. Tickets: $50 general, $100 VIP. (Free lobby FWF streaming.)

“13th Annual Día de los Muerto”

Nov. 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave.

TAM is hosting its annual, free community celebration of the Day of the Dead. The museum’s most popular festival includes a colorful tapete (sand painting), more than 30 community altars, traditional foods, Aztec dancing, mariachi, art-making and more. This program is free and open to the public. Presented in partnership with Proyecto MoLE, Centro Latino, and Consulado de México en Seattle.

Schedule of Events

11 a.m. – Welcome Remarks

11:15 a.m. – Aztec Dancing from CeAtl Tonalli

2 p.m. – Mariachi Performance by Mariachi Ayutla

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Artmaking in TAM Studio

10 a.m. to noon – Shrinky dinks with Teresa Martinez in TAM Studio

Noon to 2 p.m. – Calaveras Ornaments with Blanca Santander in TAM Studio

2-4 p.m. – Printmaking with Roberto Sanchez in TAM Studio

Ongoing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tapete by Rene Diaz on view in TAM Lobby

Community Altars on view in Russell Gallery and TAM Lobby

Free Face Painting in Third Floor Cheney Classroom

(Members-Only) Sugar Skull Making on Third Floor Atrium

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