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Theater District Art Walk September 2017 – Part 1

14 Sep

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Every Third Thursday the Tacoma community gets to enjoy a variety of artistic events. The Tacoma Art Museum offers free admission, various galleries host opening nights for new exhibits, and more.

For this September’s Art Walk, the area saturated with historic theaters and performance spaces will come alive not only with visual art, but also with music, dancing and other activity. As your Third Thursday plans are shaping up, consider joining several of these indoor and outdoor events to see how public spaces can be highly utilized and programmed with fun experiences. All activities are 5-9pm unless otherwise noted. Grab a Theater District Art Walk map at Spaceworks Gallery or many of these locations.

Theater Square


Theater Square provides space for festivals and outdoor community performances

5pm | Guided Tour

Downtown on the Go

Each visitor can craft a personal route to view art they are interested in, but those who crave community experience are invited to join Downtown: On The Go! for an organized walking tour that begins at 5:15pm in Theater Square and visits several locations along the way. The tour will conclude at 6:15pm at the opening reception for GTCF’s Foundation of Art Award, located at the Spaceworks Gallery. There is no pre-registration required.


5 – 8pm | Alchemy Skate Park

Activating events and locations by bringing skateparks to the people. Pop-Up Park is a program that Alchemy runs in partnership with several local community events including Ethnic Fest, Downtown to Defiance, and several more.

Alchemy brings ramps, boards, helmets, to create a programmed skate park experience at events or in locations and communities that do not have skate parks.


activity, Alchemy, skate lesson

Photo: Crews Photography & Video

6 – 8:30pm | Symphony Tacoma Brass Quintet

Enjoy the energy and verve of the Symphony Tacoma Brass Quintet at the north end of Theater Square from 6-8:30pm. Becky Miller on horn, Judson Scott and Jeff Snyder on trumpet, Keith Winkle on trombone, and Paul Evans on tuba will present a lively and varied program, including the familiar and the unusual, from pop to classics.


Symphony Tacoma

Symphony Tacoma

Pocket Park at 11th & Pacific Ave.


This tiny park is easy to overlook but has great amenities with a stage, plenty of seating, and room to dance.

Just Digg’N

Just Diggn

Sounds by Justin Tamminga and DJ DigOne who will accompany dance battles. Bring your best b-boy and b-girl game to this open session located in the pocket park between Commerce Street and Pacific Avenue, tucked between buildings next to 11th.

Frost Park (corner of 9th & Pacific)

6 – 9pm | Fire performances with circus artists Perry Petaccia, Zak Grenier and friends

perry petaccia


Josiah French and The Americans

Tacoma Chalk artists and members of CLAW will be chalking and you can join in!

frost park chalking

Broadway Center (corner of 9th & Commerce)

CultureShock Collective presents art by Laura Castellanos

For the Broadway Center windows at 9th and Commerce, CultureShock Collective is curating an exhibit of work by Laura Castellanos. Learn more about Laura in this City Arts article.


laura castellanos

The Productivity Parlour for Artful Living
(inside Revisioned Boutique at 741 St Helens Ave)

This hand-crafts business will showcase the history of sewing machines, as well as clothing, accessories, and costumes crafted by the Productivity Parlour artists.


Minka (821 Pacific)

5:30 – 7pm | Minka presents art of Chandler Woodfin & Sheila Klein

Minka is proud to present an exhibit of new work by Tacoma-based artist, Chandler Woodfin. Woodfin’s watercolors pulsate with voluminous, abstract forms and radiant implosions of color. This show features an epic 4′ x 12′ mural, “Hissing Uphill”.

“People often want to know what my paintings ‘depict’ or what I paint ‘about’. Truth is, I paint from the void and to the void. I paint because I cannot explain, not because I can. I paint because I know there are others who are painting what is inside of them. I paint because I know there is more to life than what my tongue can describe.” -Chandler Woodfin

You can also shop one of the newest collections by local fashion designer Sheila Klein.


Chandler Woodfin, “Black Mountain”, 24×36″ watercolor on paper (2015)

Chandler Woodfin, “Black Mountain”, 24×36″ watercolor on paper (2015)

Love Letters Intimates (744 Commerce)

Photography by Hollis Hall & Catrina Hall



catrina hall


Murals at 11th & Market


Saiyare Refaei & Tiffanny Hammonds

Game Not Fame

Anthony Duenas

Woolworth Windows

Tacoma Wayzgoose 2014 event at King’s Bookstore.

Tacoma Wayzgoose 2014 event at King’s Bookstore. Photo provided by Wayzgoose.

Pete Goldlust


Shared Housing Services

Angela Larsen and Seabury Middle School Students

Wayzgoose 2017 steamroller prints

Spaceworks Gallery

GTCF Foundation of Art Award Reception →



May 18th Tacoma Art Walk – Spaceworks Highlights

17 May


Spaceworks Gallery is hosting an exhibition by clay animator Bruce Bickford

Art of Bruce Bickford


May 18th, 6-9pm

Spaceworks Gallery
950 Pacific Ave Suite 205, Tacoma, WA
(Entrance on 11th street)


Artist will be present
Light food and beverage
Event on Facebook

SWgallery“In 1964, Bruce got his first 8-m m movie camera and started combining his passion for clay with a stop motion animation technique called clay animation. What started out as simple, almost crude films would soon develop into projects characterized by an almost obsessive attention to detail paired with surreal stream of consciousness stories. It is this combination that makes his work both so unique and so incompatible with mainstream culture…” continue reading on the Spaceworks Blog

art of alchemy

A showcase of works by students, skaters, & supporters of Alchemy


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Photos from High Five!

15 Sep

Photo: Spaceworks Tacoma

Thanks to everyone who came out last Saturday for High Five!, Spaceworks’ fifth anniversary community celebration!

Artists, creative entrepreneurs and community members like you have made Spaceworks possible over the last five years—and we are truly grateful! Thank you, too, to everyone who pitched in to make High Five! possible: Spaceworks’ alums, volunteers, steering committee members and attendees! High five to you!

The following is a series of photographs of the event from Kris Crews of Crews Creative.

If you attended and took photos, we’d love to see them! Tag Spaceworks on Facebook and Instagram or send them via email to gabrielb@tacomachamber.org or heatherj@tacomachamber.org.

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Performances + Activities at High Five! on Sept. 12

2 Sep

Our Sept. 12 community celebration on Hilltop is coming up fast, and we’ve got more details to share about the fabulous lineup of performances and activities.

If you haven’t already had a chance to RSVP for the event or sign up to volunteer, now’s the time!

Image: Video still from Crews Photography & Video,

High Five! Spaceworks’ Community Celebration will take place in People’s Park and the 900-block of MLK Jr. Way. Image: Video still from “Spaceworks Tacoma, new building on MLK” by Crews Photography & Video, Sculpture: “Mystery Exists Within the Void” by Douglas Granum

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High Five! Spaceworks’ Community Celebration on Sept. 12

13 Aug

Spaceworks is turning five years old, and we’re throwing a community celebration on Hilltop!


September 12, 2015, 4-11pm
People’s Park & 900 Block MLK

Also… unlimited high fives!


Since its founding in 2010, Spaceworks has been busy transforming empty storefronts and vacant space in Tacoma—activating 43 underused properties, assisting 73 creative businesses, and exhibiting 106 large-scale art installations.

“The artists and creative businesses that participate in Spaceworks often tell us that what they’ve done wouldn’t be possible without us,” says Heather Joy, Spaceworks Manager. “But we know that without their incredible talent and commitment, plus the support of our community, Spaceworks itself wouldn’t be possible. This party is a chance for us all to celebrate the creativity that makes Tacoma great.”

Here’s how the party will play out:

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