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Yuki Nakamura’s ceramic maquettes (models) for transFORM, her public art installation in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood.

NOW on view – Moss + Mineral is pleased to present This Fragile World, ceramic works by Nicholas Nyland and Yuki Nakamura. A sense of fragility framed with joyous color resonates through this show featuring objects by two of the area’s most acclaimed clay artists. Please join us for an artists’ reception on Saturday, June 20, 3-6pm. Nakamura’s work is on exhibit through June 20; Nyland’s through July 18.

Nicholas Nyland's outdoor installation in Seattle for ALL RISE in the Cascadia neighborhood.

A detail of Nicholas Nyland’s public installation for ALL RISE in Seattle’s Cascadia neighborhood.

Nyland, an accomplished painter and a finalist for the 2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Award at Portland Art Museum is known for his manhandled clay forms – some functional, some not – that writhe and drip with luscious color. Abstract yet curiously animated, his pieces explore the intersection between sculpture and painting.

Educated in Tokyo, Nakamura is the recipient of awards including a Pollock-Krasner Grant; she creates life-size forms of common objects (notably, porcelain light bulbs and soccer balls) that elevate their simple subject matter to the iconic.

Cane-wrapped river rock by Marcia Mahaffey.

Cane-wrapped river rock by Marcia Mahaffey.

Both artists are past recipients of the prestigious Artist Trust Fellowship.

Also showing – ikebana artist and basket weaver Marcia Mahaffey, presenting cane-wrapped river rocks created with techniques she has adapted from Japanese basket weaving.

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New plants are arriving! M+M was recently invited to design botanical arrangements for the Georgia O’Keeffe opening at Tacoma Art Museum. For this project, I dug into my collection of animal bones, arid plants, geodes, fossils, and bullet-ridden tins (gathered from the New Mexico desert) that reference O’Keeffe’s paintings. A small, potted vibernum – much like a blooming, bonsai-size apple tree – added sprightly freshness to the mix.

TAM is celebrating its 80th anniversary! In November, the museum unwrapped a special gift, a world-class collection of Western art from German philanthropists, Erivan and Helga Haub. This major contribution to the cultural life of the region is housed in a new wing designed for it, a $15.5 million expansion of the original Antoine Predock building by award-winning Seattle architect, Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig.

The Western art collection, ranked among the finest in the country, 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.

Mid-century cool. Leather swivel chair and teak side table.

Mid-century cool. Leather swivel chair and teak side table.

Meanwhile at M+M, our current room vignette is about mid-century cool, exemplified by a powerful, thickly-encrusted portrait painting by Ohm-Cederberg. Check out our new mid-century walnut hutch perfect for displaying the odd collection, swank leather swivel chairs updated with low-profile styling, and juicy-colored ceramics by hot Seattle studio, KriKri.

“Captain Copyright”, belt buckle by Matthew Cote

“Captain Copyright” (back detail); belt buckle by Matthew Cote

On the jewelry front – congratulations to Matthew Coté, one of the most talented metalsmiths I know, for being accepted into the masters program at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. Matthew was awarded the sole slot the university offered this year. He is also the recipient of a 2015 Tacoma Artists Initiative Program grant to work on a show that will open at Moss + Mineral in July. This young, wildly talented artist is the creator of immaculately detailed jewelry pieces that articulate his ideas on pop culture to politics. Just a few years ago, we became acquainted when he was working at Old Navy and the post office to support his studies(!). Today, he creates engraved enamels that are causing a stir with their technical beauty and intelligent narrative. We can’t wait to see the work he has on deck!

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I’m breaking out my own jewelry at the Tacoma Art Museum and Seattle Art Museum stores, KOBO Seattle, and Hedgerow, Christy Erickson’s beautifully edited shop in Bow-Edison (Skagit Valley). See you soon! Lisa

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  1. Lisa Hudson

    Lisa, I wish I could be on that coast for your event! We need to touch base, my website is up and I would like to talk about a collaboration! Be in touch soon…..Good luck with the opening!


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