MINKA is open Thurs-Sun, 12-5 and by appointment.

JUNE 29, 2019 – MINKA is hosting two events – a memorial celebration for legendary Northwest printmaker, Bill Colby in MU Gallery (i.e., “MINKA upstairs”); and a going-away party for MINKA co-owner, Paula Shields, who is opening her own design showroom, An Edited Life, in Seattle’s SODO District. All are invited to these events, June 29 from 2-5!


Gold-leaf “Sun Disc Table” by Carlos Taylor-Swanson; “Cobalt Arch” ceramic by Melissa Balch

Save the date – June 17 “Meet the Maker Popup”, 4-8pm! We are hosting a relaunch of the store to welcome Nicholas Nyland, and introduce some great Northwest artisans and jewelers! Meet the makers, and enjoy refreshments with us at 821 Pacific Ave.

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“Perception”, a 50-building calligraffiti project by eL Seed, in Cairo.

OCTOBER! We have an amazing new show at Matter [MINKA’s previous name] – Art Without Borders, Part I – eL Seed. Featuring gorgeous photos of international street art by French-Tunisian artist and TED Fellow, eL Seed, who blends Arabic calligraphy with Western graffiti in a dynamic hybrid form he calls “calligraffiti”.  A portion of the proceeds from sales will benefit Doctors Without Borders.


“Awake” bronze sculpture by Peregrine O’Gormley

Also showing: long-awaited birds, animals and invertebrates in bronze and stone by Peregrine O’Gormley.

Coming soon: graffiti by Parisian artist, Jean Faucheur, who tagged with Keith Haring in New York and led the French wave of street artists in the 1980s! Through December 31, 2016 at 821 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma. Questions? Email verticalshout@gmail.com.

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“70-80 Days”, a kids’ project created by artist Kate Cendejas.

SEPTEMBER 3 – I was out in the field last month curating an environmental art show, Tacoma Food Forest: Art, Edibles + Sustainable Culture, on view through Oct. 31, 2016. Here’s where critical, stirring and beautiful ideas interconnect – in Tacoma’s permaculture food forest, a utopian experiment at food-growing on public land. Read more here.

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AUGUST 18 – Did I mention how fun it is hanging art in a space 4x bigger than the old space? Triple-header art opening at Matter featuring “Spectral”, a new installation by Elise Richman, “The Bold and the Black”, sumi ink paintings by Selinda Sheridan, and wow ceramics by Melissa Balch. Also, introducing functional objects in terra cotta, by Andrew Deem!


“Spectral” by Elise Richman

Check out artful furnishings and goods by all the artists sharing this damn cool showroom – Adrienne Wicks + Jeff Libby (birdloft); Steve Lawler (rePly Furniture), and yours truly.
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MAY 1 – Opening day for Matter: Tacoma made modern – this is Moss + Mineral’s new home, a spacious new design showroom co-owned with art furniture makers Adrienne Wicks and Jeff Libby of birdloft, and Steve Lawler of rePly! Address: 821 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma. Inaugural art show: Bill Colby: The Sixties!
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FEBRUARY HOURS: M+M will be open Saturdays-only and by appointment. But I’m often here watering plants, so please call: 253/961-5220.


Currently on view – sea forms, pale white breasts and body organs make an appearance in“Last Dance”, ceramics by Melissa Balch, through March 26, 2016. Opening Saturday, Feb. 20, 1-5.

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JANUARY 15, 2016, 6-8pm – Opening reception for EVOLUTION: Art, Science & Adaptation, a contemporary art show at Seymour Conservatory. Stellar lineup of artists and musical guest Moon Age with 2015 Grammy-nominated artist Hunter Lea; vocals by Melinda Campbell!

15tamonthforfbOctober 2015 marks the 14th anniversary of Tacoma Arts Month – a community celebration of the arts that includes hundreds of community-hosted arts and culture events, exhibits, and workshops for all ages taking place every day throughout the month.

Moss + Mineral will be open on Sat., Oct. 17 for the Tacoma Studio Tour, presenting paintings by Seattle-based artist Cathy Sarkowsky, dark narratives set in jewels by Tacoma artist Matthew Coté, and work by Lisa Kinoshita.


“Gloves” by Cathy Sarkowsky

The month-long festival includes music, theater and dance performances; visual art exhibits; film screenings; literary readings; lectures; cultural events; and workshops. All events are open to the public and many activities are free.

Tacoma Arts Month is online
Information about the 300+ Tacoma Arts Month events, workshops, and exhibits can be found online at TacomaArtsMonth.com.

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“Captain Copyright”, belt buckle by Matthew Cote

Opening July 25, 3-7pm at M+M: Hidden Agenda, the Artwork of Matthew Coté. Virtuoso metalsmithing – and the secret history of Tacoma – characterize the fine jewelry featured in this exhibition by Coté. His project was made possible with support from the Tacoma Arts Commission and a Tacoma Artists Initiative Program grant. Show runs through Oct. 17, 2015.

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Artist Chuck Iffland is featured in Wunderkammer.

Chuck Iffland’s work is featured in Wunderkammer.

Mark your calendar for a special exhibition at the Foss Waterway Seaport – WUNDERKAMMER: Artifacts, False Memories and Projections, opening July 16 during the Third Thursday Art Walk, 5:30-7:30. I’m guest curating this exhibition featuring 17 acclaimed artists from the Northwest and beyond. Please join us for the opening featuring live music by Alex Tapia, refreshments and fabu art inspired by the wunderkammer (cabinet of curiosity) of old. Info here.

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GolfballDon’t putter – get down to Moss + Mineral during the US Open! M+M welcomes the golf tournament with extended hours June 16-19! We will be open Tues.-Fri. noon-5. On Sat., June 20, 3-6, please join us for an opening for Nicholas Nyland, Yuki Nakamura and Marcia Mahaffey! Nakamura’s work is on view through June 20; Nyland’s through July 18. Summer hours: Saturday 12-5, and by appointment.

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Kanji tiles and sculpture by Yuki Nakamura.

Kanji tiles and sculpture by Yuki Nakamura.

Ceramic works by Nicholas Nyland vibrate with form and color.

Ceramic works by Nicholas Nyland vibrate with form and color.

Opening June 20, 2015: This Fragile World, an exhibit of ceramic works by Nicholas Nyland and Yuki Nakamura. Also, cane-wrapped river rocks by Marcia Mahaffey. Meet the artists at an artists’ reception, 3-6pm! Nibbles will be provided. Show closes July 9.

Cane-wrapped river rock by Marcia Mahaffey.

Cane-wrapped river rock by Marcia Mahaffey.

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Winter wonderland. Photo: Laurie Cinotto

Winter wonderland. Photo: Laurie Cinotto

Moss + Mineral is proud to host a holiday open house with Laurie Cinotto for the Third Thursday Art Mingle, Dec. 18, 5-8pm. Come see the gorgeous window display Laurie has created for us for the holidays, and select pieces of her miniature paper artwork! Laurie’s exquisite papercraft has been featured multiple times in Martha Stewart Weddings.

Steve Lawler is redefining modern furniture - with plywood.

Steve Lawler is redefining modern elegance – with plywood.

Coming this week: op-art furniture by local designer, Steve Lawler!

Jewelry lovers on your holiday list? We have the coolest lineup of art jewelry by modernist Jennifer Lawrence Bennett; Regina Chang, a past recipient of “Best Jeweler in Seattle Magazine” honors, leather/textile wizard Susan Connole, and yours truly. We’re showing a lot of jewelry, but it’s moving fast, so get down here!

Check out “The Good Stuff” tab on this blog for more information on the above artists…

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October 2014 marks the 13th anniversary of Tacoma Arts Month. Get ready for a full month of programming that includes music, theater and dance performances; visual art exhibits; film screenings; literary readings; lectures; cultural events; and workshops. All events are open to the public and many activities are free.

M+M has a stellar lineup: art by Jeremiah Maddock, Kyle Dillehay, Quinn Honan, Regina Chang, Jennifer Lawrence Bennett (and yours truly)!

Artwork by Jeremiah Maddock

Artwork by Jeremiah Maddock

This city-wide celebration includes hundreds of community-hosted events, exhibits, and workshops for all ages taking place every day throughout the month. Check out the 300+ cultural activities online at TacomaArtsMonth.com.

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Art that asks more questions than it answers. Enigmatic sculpture by Quinn Honan.

Asking more questions than it answers: enigmatic sculpture by Quinn Honan.

Thursday, September 18, 5-8pm: Opening reception for “METAL & PAINT: New work by Jeremiah Maddock, Kyle Dillehay and Quinn Honan”. Two different modes of environmental sculpture by artists Quinn Honan and Kyle Dillehay combine metal with living plants! Plus, the return of artist Jeremiah Maddock, who has been logging miles on the art scene from NYC to LA and Berlin. Show runs through October 30.

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Top: Seymour Conservatory; bottom: “Alligator” by Clarence Deming. Photo: River Meschi

“Alligator” by Clarence Deming. Photo: River Meschi

“ETHNOBOTANY: An Artists’ Study of Plants” opening reception Friday, September 5, 6-8pm at Seymour Conservatory in Wright Park. Contemporary artists explore the world of ethnobotany, the study of the complex relationships between world cultures and plants. Working in a variety of media, they investigate our evolving, fragile and complex relationship to nature inside the exquisite tropical environment of the Conservatory. Admission $3. Read more here.

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Live-edge table by birdloft. Photo courtesy of the artists

Saturday, June 7, 1-6pm: opening reception for “Natural Spectacle: Art & Eco- Furnishings”! This show is a TOTAL environment of our favorite things: modern woodworking by Carlos Taylor-Swanson… Ceramic behemoths by Claudia Riedener…Artful furnishings by the team of Jeff Libby and Adrienne Wicks… Nature sculptures by Holly Senn… Photographs of Paris by Harriet McNamara! Get ya-self downtown for this one! Read all about the artists here. Normal hours: Thurs.-Sat noon-5, and by appointment. Show runs through August 2.

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“Nude” by Michael Kaniecki

Opening Saturday, April 12, 1-5pm Michael Kaniecki, “Drawings”. Charcoal drawing has an arresting power that is on full display in this exhibit of nudes and abstract works by Michael Kaniecki. “I have found myself most attracted to the drawing galleries” of museums, he says. “Some of the best art by the masters, in my opinion, are their drawings and preliminary sketches for paintings. Drawings reveal the raw power of expression I seek as an artist.” Meet the artist at the opening reception April 12. Show runs through May 31, 2014.

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“Gingko” by Susan Connole

In store now – fabulous suede necklaces by Seattle artist, Susan Connole! Inspired by her work at the botanical gardens at the Ballard Locks, Connole creates these modern garlands with shapes of leaves including ginkgo, tree peony and eucalyptus. Forget lasers – she cuts each necklace by hand from a single piece of supple suede. The leather has a metallic shimmer on the smooth side, soft as rainshine. When worn, the leaves gently open into 3-dimensional forms.

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“Rolling Stone” by Sean Alexander

Modern romantic: a felt collar by Virginia Bunker. Photo courtesy of the artist

Warm, fuzzy…and sexy. Felt collar by Virginia Bunker. Courtesy photo

Opening February 20, 4-8pm Please join us at an opening shindig for “Western Art Collection”, new art and modernist furnishings by Sean Alexander. Plus, Virginia Bunker‘s debut collection of women’s accessories! Show runs through April 1, 2014.

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Now showing through February 16, 2014: photography by Kristin Giordano. While in Qatar, Giordano paid a visit to local djinn. Read more here.

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November 2-3, 11:00-5:00pm – Moss + Mineral Grand Opening during the Tacoma Open Studio Tour. Check out T-town’s newest design store and an inaugural art exhibition, “Northwest Dissonance”, featuring work by Kristin Giordano, Jennifer Adams, Regina Chang, Janette Ryan, Malcolm McLaren and Lisa Kinoshita. Show runs through January 15, 2014. The Open Studio Tour is your chance to check out the work spaces of some 60 local artists citywide!

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