Tacoma Art Gallery Roundup

Mary Arnold’s “Autumn Blaze” is made with fabric and quilting techniques. An exhibit of her work, called “With Rock and Stones and Trees” is on view at American Art Co. through Oct. 28. photo courtesy of American Art Company

Tacoma does not lack for spaces where artists can get their work out in front of the eyes of the public. Following is a listing of currently running shows, as well as some that are soon to open:

Current Shows:

American Art Company, 

1126 Broadway

  • Mary Arnold: “With Rock and Stones and Trees”

Images from nature inform and influence many of Arnold’s quilts and paintings. She finds the endless variation in the form and proportion of trees and rocks fascinating. Playing with their shape, color, and dimension produced the pieces in this exhibit. The roundness of the rocks and the straight lines of the trees complement and contrast harmoniously with each other. As in both nature and art, line, shape, color, and texture work together to create the quilts and paintings in this exhibit.

Date: Through Oct. 28.

Info: americanartco.com

Handforth Gallery, 

Main Branch of Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S.

  • “Enchantment: Michaela Eaves and Sunday Hamilton”

Michaela Eaves grew up in the wilds of Montana, surrounded by nature and animals, and spent most of her free time drawing and reading all the best fantasy books the small town and school libraries could provide.

Inspiration for Sunday Hamilton’s artwork is drawn from the natural and metaphysical worlds. Hamilton is a transcendental meditator who has studied shamanistic healing, crystals, chakras, herbalism and numerology.

Date: Through Nov. 1.

Info: tacoma.bibliocommons.com

Pacific Lutheran University Gallery, Ingram Hall

  • Joseph Rossano: “Vanity”

“Vanity,” by Pacific Northwest artist Joseph Rossano, is an installation that passionately addresses the great historical tradition of vanitas, but with a decidedly 21st-century version of translations of nature as a metaphor.

Date: Through Nov. 3.

Info: plu.edu/gallery/gallery-season/

Kittredge Gallery 

University of Puget Sound, 

1500 N. Warner St.

  • “Phenomenal” and “Liberal”

“Liberal” and “Phenomenal” ​are two exhibits affiliated with the inaugural NW5 Painting Colloquium. “Liberal” features work by the five painting professors who teach at the NW5 colleges: Michael Knutson (Reed College), Richard Martinez (Whitman), Cara Tomlinson (Lewis & Clark College), James Thompson (Willamette University), and Elise Richman (University of Puget Sound).

“Phenomenal” involves five painters, Eric Elliott, Anne Gale, Emily Gherard, Ron Graff, and Jan Reaves, whose work exemplifies painting’s phenomenal potential to represent and reveal subjective experience through its shared language. Exhibition reception: Friday, Nov. 3, 5-6:30 p.m.

Date: Through Nov. 4

Info: pugetsound.edu/about/campus-the-northwest/places-spaces/kittredge-gallery/

Woolworth Windows, 

S. 11th and Broadway

  • “Bismo’d” by Pete Goldlust; “Cityscape – Everyone Needs a Place to Call Home” by Shared Housing Services; “Lucky Unlucky: 2017 Tacoma Wayzgoose Steamroll Prints” by Tacoma Wayzgoose

Artist installations.

Date: Through November

Info: spaceworkstacoma.com/current-artscapes

253 Collective Lobby Gallery, 1901 S. Jefferson St., Ste. 100 

The 253 Collective is a cooperative gallery for local artists in the Tacoma area. Meet the artists that staff the shop.Buy original paintings, prints, greeting cards, jewelry, and come to gallery shows. Artists: James Allen, Amy Constantineau, Benjamin Davis, Linda Danforth, Tamara Fakhoury, Kelly Marie Falk, Carla Gramlich.

Viewing Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Purchases: Saturday and Thursday, noon to 5 p.m.; Featured Artist: Third Thursday, 5-8 p.m.

Info: 253collective.com

Proctor Art Gallery, 3811 N. 26th St.

The gallery represents a group of local artists from the Pacific Northwest. Their work consists of oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, scratchboard, digital art, photography, fused glass, pottery, raku pottery, wood art, soapstone sculpture, textiles and jewelry.

Date: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Info: proctorartgallery.com


MINKA is a design store and gallery owned and curated by two Tacoma-based artists, Nicholas Nyland and Lisa Kinoshita. They specialize in art, artisanal furniture, botanical exploration and mid-century modern design.

Date: Fridays, noon to 5 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Info: minkatacoma.com

Upcoming Shows:

The Gallery at Tacoma Community College, 

Building 4, NW corner of campus, near S. 12th and Mildred

  • “Anthony Gaudino and Jimmy McDonough”

Work by a dynamic couple of potters. Gaudino is a star of the South Sound ceramics community. McDonough has put in plenty of time and hard work in the local kilns and is also an accomplished painter. Reception: Nov. 16, 4-8 p.m.

Date: Nov. 6-Dec. 15

Info: tacomacc.edu/campuslife/thegallery

Spaceworks Gallery, 950 Pacific Ave., Suite 205

  • “Dialogue of Thick or Thin”

Paintings by Ray Mack and Malayka Gormally

Date: November and December

Info: spaceworkstacoma.com/gallery

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