TACOMA ARTS EXPLODE THIS FALL
Kicking off in October are Tacoma Arts Month and Metal-Urge, two major celebrations of the arts! At Moss + Mineral, artist Jeremy Gregory is stopping traffic as he takes over the front window with his startling urban puppets. This installation will morph over the fall, with the introduction of more un-Pinocchio-like characters as we near Halloween.
We’re showing rarely seen steel works by sculptor Quinn Honan, including an eco-table (at left) made with wood reclaimed from a 1963 Chevy flatbed truck (the table top is bordered by a shallow steel trough sprouting ferns and mosses! Others may prefer planting it with seasonal greenery, herbs or flowers).
Honan is also weighing in with a massive and enigmatic wall sculpture, at left. The artist is known for his architectural designs, including gates and railings; we are proud to show his personal artwork.
PLEASE NOTE: with the exception of the Tacoma Studio Tour on Saturday, Oct. 11, M+M will be open by appointment only from Oct. 3-14; normal hours (Thursday-Saturday, noon-5) resume Oct. 16.
Art aficionados are saying hallelujah at the return of Jeremiah Maddock - don’t miss his new figurative drawings and the intricately patterned compositions he is known for. These fantastic works bring together color, form and narrative with a delicacy that keeps viewers coming back for more.
We are watering (yes, watering) bronze sculptures by Kyle Dillehay; his biomorphic pod shapes are designed with a vein-like network of openings through which plants can grow. Dillehay also presents contemporary explorations in tintype, a cousin of the daguerreotype.
Metal-Urge runs through Oct.-Nov. with a full agenda of metal exhibitions and events citywide including the Seattle Metal Guild’s 19th Annual Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium, Oct. 18 at the Washington State History Museum (WSHM). Moss + Mineral is featuring the work of 3 jewelry artists: Jennifer Lawrence Bennett, Regina Chang and yours truly. Photos will be posted shortly.
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This is going to be one helluva season for the arts in Tacoma! In November, the Tacoma Art Museum is unwrapping a very special gift, a world-class collection of Western art from German billionaire philanthropists, Erivan and Helga Haub and family. This major contribution to the cultural life of the region will be housed in a new wing designed for it, a $15.5 million expansion by award-winning Seattle architects, Olson Kundig.
The Western art collection, said to rival the finest in the US, includes works by George Catlin, John Mix Stanley, Thomas Moran, Frederic Remington, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Contemporary Native American artists including William Acheff and Kevin Red Star will be represented, injecting an important historical dimension to this collection.
This is a huge development for Tacoma arts – stay tuned.
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Finally, a one-of-a-kind exhibition, “ETHNOBOTANY: An Artists’ Study of Plants”, continues through Oct. 12 at Seymour Conservatory in Wright Park. Don’t miss it!
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