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Closing Night – 10th Foundation of Art Award by GTCF

16 Oct
Foundation of Art Award Opening Reception

Gallery visitors mingle at the 10th Foundation of Art Award Opening Reception, On September 19th, 2017. photo by Scott Haydon.

Spaceworks and Greater Tacoma Community Foundation invite you to visit the exhibition one last time. The show includes bold artworks from 19 of Pierce County’s most talented and community-minded visual artists. Their work is honored annually by  Greater Tacoma Community Foundation through the GTCF Foundation of Art Award, along with a public exhibit.

Thursday, October 19, 5-9pm



“White Ashes 2” by Kenji Stoll, mixed media. Photo by Kris Crews.

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Tacoma Studio Tour 2017- Spaceworks Participants

12 Oct

On October 14 & 15, 2017, you are invited inside the working studios of 70 local artists to learn about the artistic process, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. Plus, you can even win some fabulous items hand-crafted by a selection of artists on the tour just for getting your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. It’s family friendly and free!

Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full list of artists, schedule, your Tacoma Studio Tour Passport, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

Pick up your passport at Spaceworks Gallery, or any Studio Tour locations. You’ll find artist details, and contact information, as well as Studio Tour Passport. Get 8 or more stamps to enter drawing for prizes made by local artists.

Studios are open 11am – 5pm. We encourage you to bring cash or check for any purchases you would like to make.

Here’s a short list of some of the artists and entrepreneurs that have worked with Spaceworks over the years, although there’s much more to see:

Alice Di Certo

My America by Alice Di Certo

Di Certo’s photography Artscape in the Woolworth Windows

Sunday – As an artist, Alice Di Certo is interested in photography, jewelry, and sculpture. Through art she explores social and environmental issues as well as her personal view of beauty. In jewelry she experiments with different techniques and materials including natural objects and spices instead of traditional gems. During the studio tour she will show her jewelry and photographs.

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Enter through alley, second garage on right.

Kyle Dillehay

Kyle Dillehay

Dillehay’s photography Artscape in the Woolworth Windows

Sunday – Kyle Dillehay finds alternative historical processes and the objects they produce totally seductive. They have aura, they make him think of alchemy and how it influences the often unpredictable results in image making. He has a renewed interest in tactile, permanent stuff in the face of ephemeral digital culture. Alternative processes reignite some of the magic of photographic objects that the massive volume of digital imagery can cause us to forget.

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Enter through alley, second garage on right.

Chandler O’Leary – Anagram Press

Chandler O’Leary, “Berry Basket”, Ten life-sized paper strawberries in a found berry basket; from the “Farm to Table” series (2016)

Chandler O’Leary, “Berry Basket”, Ten life-sized paper strawberries in a found berry basket; from the “Farm to Table” series (2016)

Saturday & Sunday – Chandler O’Leary is a RISD graduate and the proprietor of Anagram Press, specializing in lettering and illustration. Chandler is the author and artist of the illustrated travel blog, Drawn the Road Again, and one half of the collaborative team behind the Dead Feminists book and broadside series. She is currently working on her next book, an illustrated atlas of the West Coast, to be published by Sasquatch Books in 2019.

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Use front door. Reserve driveway for visitors with mobility issues.

Susan Thompson – Susan’s Kiln

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Art for everyday by Susan Thompson

Saturday & Sunday – Susan Thompson’s fully functioning pottery studio is set up in the basement of a private residence in the North End. Susan is a retired school teacher who makes functional pieces for others to enjoy in their home.

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Jessica Spring – Springtide Press

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“Do You Feel Lucky Tacoma?” Letterpress print by Jessica Spring

Saturday & Sunday – Springtide Press was founded in 1999 by proprietor Jessica Spring, who designs, prints, and binds artist books, broadsides, and ephemera incorporating letterpress printing and handmade paper. Small, finely-crafted editions and one-of-a-kind books explore historical topics, popular culture, and typography from a unique perspective. The shop motto, “where we always print damp” recognizes the Pacific Northwest as a fine place to print, where the damp climate helps make a good impression.

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Katie Dean – Little Green

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Steamroller, woodcut print by Katie Dean

Saturday & Sunday – Katie Dean is a letterpress artist who focuses on multi-layered linoleum block printing. Mainly using floral and nature themes, she enjoys studying, experimenting and exploring unique color combinations. A sketch of her idea starts the process and she hand carves the design into a linoleum block. Each color requires a separate block and most of her work is printed with a Chandler & Price 10×15 letterpress.

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Steve Lawler – rePly Furniture Co.


Lawler’s furniture in process, inside his woodshop.

Saturday & Sunday – Steve Lawler’s furniture incorporates two passions: the first being the creative process itself, the second is the respectful use of our planet’s resources. Steve strives to apply equal weight to form and function. Using recycled materials is both a push and a pull, it forces him to find a unique expression for these sometimes odd and limiting pieces of raw material. It is at the same time challenging and incredibly stimulating.

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Jeff Libby & Adrienne Wicks – birdloft

Adriene Wicks, co-owner of Birdloft, varnishes a Nimbus Cloud Coffee Table at her workshop

Adriene Wicks, co-owner of birdloft, puts another coat of varnish oil on a Nimbus Cloud Coffee Table at her Tacoma home studio, Tuesday, March 29, 2016. The Western Red Cedar piece was for a customer in Seattle. (Photo by Patrick Hagerty)

Saturday & Sunday – Jeff Libby and Adrienne Wicks design and make custom furniture with reclaimed wood, steel, and air. They produce a handful of pieces each year, nearly all of them made-to-order, for people who have sought them out with a piece in mind. It’s a pragmatic way to create a small amount of sustainable, functional art in the world.

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Jennifer English – SPUN Clay Arts Studio & Gallery

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Ceramic coral vase by Jennifer English, co-owner of SPUN Clay Arts Studio & Gallery

Saturday – Jennifer English explores the connections between heart, hands, and clay bodies. Since starting with sculpture at the age of 15, she likes to mix wheel-thrown and hand-built techniques in order to create fun and exciting pieces. SPUN celebrated its three year anniversary this August and is proud to be on the studio tour again this year.

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April Sanders – SPUN Clay Arts Studio & Gallery

April Sanders pottery

Ceramic pots by April Sanders, co-owner of SPUN Clay Arts Studio & Gallery

Saturday – April Sanders is a ceramic artist from Tacoma. She spent her earlier years on charcoal portraiture, acrylic paintings, and sculptures. In 1998, she studied ceramics at the Seward Park Clay Studio in Seattle and has spent the years since concentrating on mastering techniques for wheel throwing and teaching.

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Naarah McDonald – Revisioned, an Urban Boutique & Productivity Parlour for Artful Living

Entrepreneur Naarah McDonald in Period Style Dress she designed and made

Naarah McDonald as queen. Photo courtesy of The Unicorn Files

Saturday & Sunday – Naarah McDonald has produced costumes and clothing for 30 years. Her studio is an active learning textile maker space, in addition to a personal work space. From contemporary clothing and historical costumes to cloth accessories, she offers a wealth of experience and resources for developing skills or commissioning custom work. Offering classes and alterations, the studio complements the retail space.

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Kris Crews – Crews Creative

Saturday & Sunday – Crews Creative assists local businesses and independent artists in the creation and delivery of digital media including photography, video production, and web design. Kris Crews is an independent filmmaker, photographer, and multimedia artist. His work has been featured at a variety of local venues including The Grand Cinema, Fulcrum Gallery, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Tacoma Film Festival, Tacoma Art Museum, and Seattle Art Museum.

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Located inside 1120 Creative House, Studio #208. Take elevator or stairs to 2nd floor.

Becky Frehse

Becky Frehse

Becky Frehse talks to visitors about her work during the Tacoma Studio Tour.

Saturday & Sunday – Becky Frehse’s mixed media paintings explore musical themes as they suggest visual patterns and color relationships. Many layers of textured modeling compounds and paint create luscious, colorful surfaces – sometimes on repurposed musical instruments.

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Inside F.S. Harmon Building, 2nd Floor. Steele St. accessed only from Center St. Enter through yellow door on east side of building

Yoshiko Yamamoto – The Arts & Crafts Press

Yoshiko Yamamoto, The Arts & Crafts Press

Yoshiko Yamamoto of The Arts & Crafts Press, Spaceworks Participant since 2014. Photo by Patrick Hagerty

Saturday – Yoshiko Yamamoto has been making woodblock prints and letterpress greeting cards for 20 years. Yoshiko was inspired by both the historic Arts & Crafts movement that advocated the importance of handwork in everyday life, and the beauty and craftsmanship in traditional Japanese woodblock prints. Lover of outdoors and gardening, her inspiration comes from her daily walks, occasional hikes with her family, and the time spent in her garden.

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Enter through red door on right side of building

Jason Sobottka

Jason Sobottka studio at 1120 Downtown

Jason Sobottka in his painting studio at 1120 Creative House. Photo by Kris Crews

Saturday – Jason Sobottka’s current work, Adventures Through the Anthropocene, depicts multiple organisms in a mutually beneficial relationship. Symbiotic mutualism rather than parasitism. Flora and fauna work so closely in tandem that they nourish or protect each other. His illustrative and ornamental work focuses on detailed figural renderings, often shifting in between different dimensions. Often the drawings gradate from detailed naturalism towards abstraction. While there is great whimsy there is also dark humor.

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Located inside 1120 Creative House, Studio #207. Take elevator or stairs to 2nd floor.


NEW THIS YEAR! Tacoma Satellite Studio Tour

Add the Satellite Studio Tour to your Tacoma Arts Studio Tour! Several artists grouped at four core Tacoma locations will show work on the same dates/times as the main tour.

Christopher Paul Jordan and Kenji Stoll (1212 S. 11th Street)

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Kenji Stoll’s Artscape in progress in the Woolworth Windows, Fall 2012

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Lisa Kinoshita and Nicholas Nyland (MINKA, 821 Pacific Avenue)

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Minka Tacoma during Theater District Art Walk, September 2017. Photo by Kris Crews

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Dion Thomas, Umi Wagoner, and Perris Wright (eTc, 907 Pacific Avenue)

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Umi Wagoner and Perris Wright in their boutique eTc. Photo by Patrick Hagerty

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Ed Kroupa, Carolyn Osborne, Sharika Roland, and more (Creative Forces at Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway Plaza)


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2017 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 9 — Tacoma Arts

10 Oct

This is part 9 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October. What: Tacoma Studio Tour Where: 42 studio locations around Tacoma When: October 14 & 15, 11 am – 5 pm Cost: FREE! You are invited inside the working studios of 70 local artists to learn about the artistic […]

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2017 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 9 — Tacoma Arts

9 Oct

This is part 9 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October. What: Tacoma Studio Tour Where: 42 studio locations around Tacoma When: October 14 & 15, 11 am – 5 pm Cost: FREE! You are invited inside the working studios of 70 local artists to learn about the artistic […]

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Kaleidoscope 2017: Celebrate Tacoma Arts Month with Community Kick Off Party

3 Oct


October is Tacoma Arts Month and you’re invited to the opening party, KALEIDOSCOPE 2017. The event will be held in a beautiful, vintage church that will transform for the night into a kaleidoscopic burst of activity and fun. Get together for art, music, performances and community!

Kaleidoscope 2017, Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party

6 – 9pm, Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Spire, 710 S. Anderson St.

FREE, open to the public, and family friendly

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Award and Exhibit Honoring Pierce County Artists, Join us for Opening Reception

13 Sep

Left: “Strata Discs” by Mindy Barker. Right: “White Ashes 2” by Kenji Stoll. Photo by Kris Crews.


Join us for the opening reception of the 2017 GTCF Foundation of Art Award Exhibit. The award winners will be present, along with live music, appetizers, and the premiere of a video highlighting past award recipients sharing stories and lessons from working as artists in Pierce County.

Third Thursday, September 21, 2017
5 PM – 9 PM – Free and Open to Public
Spaceworks Gallery
950 Pacific Ave. Suite 205, 
Tacoma WA
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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this award, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation has honored ten Pierce County visual artists with a prize, and opportunity to participate in the 2017 exhibit. On display at the Spaceworks Gallery, the exhibit includes artworks from this year’s winners, along with all the past winners. The exhibit runs September 4th through October 19th, 2017.

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35 Pop-up Parks Will Bloom at Park(ing) Day 2017

12 Sep
Park(ing) Day graphic ‘Shifting the Paradigm’ by Maki Kawaguchi

‘Shifting the Paradigm’ graphic design by Maki Kawaguchi

Providing temporary public open space… one parking spot at a time!

An international day of turning passive urban parking stalls into active mini-parks filled with people, plants, music, art, and games comes to downtown Tacoma on Friday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Local businesses, organizations, and residents will showcase their creativity by transforming more than 35 park(ing) spaces into interactive parks along Pacific Ave. between S. 7th St. & S. 17th St.

This international event, in it’s seventh year in Tacoma, calls attention to the need for more urban open space and challenges people to rethink the way they use their streets. Tacoma’s PARK(ing) Day organized by Downtown On the Go, is sponsored by BLRB Architects, Metro Parks Tacoma, and AHBL.

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Occupy Parking Spots at PARK(ing) Day 2017

18 Aug

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Create your own pop-up park in downtown Tacoma!

Friday, Sept. 15, 2017

Downtown: On the Go!  is calling all businesses, organizations, and persons interested in lively public space! Friday, September 15 is Park(ing) Day, a global day in which parking spots temporarily become public parks.

Want a piece of the action?  Create your own park(ing) space downtown on Pacific Avenue between 7th and 17th street to be a part of the larger event!  Participants are asked to “park” between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. There will be food trucks, a walk event, a passport to encourage people to visit the parks, a traffic garden in Tollefson Plaza and a “People’s Choice Award” for their favorite park.

SOTA chalk PARK(ing) Day 2016

If you would like to host your own park(ing) space, please let us know by August 24 so we can get a permit for your space and include it in event promotion and activities. Register online at www.downtownonthego.com/parking-day/2017-registration.

Have questions? Contact Meagan at meagank@downtownonthego.org | 253-682-1734

 For more info about Tacoma Park(ing) Day visit www.downtownonthego.com/engage/parking-day



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Ethnic Fest 2017: How Do You Connect with Creative Community in Tacoma?

4 Aug

On the last weekend of July 2017, Spaceworks participated at Ethnic Fest, a festival of performances, food and culture that has been around for more than 30 years. Hundreds of Tacoma community members and out-of-towners gathered at Wright Park July 29 & 30 to watch dancing and music performances and engage with one another.


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“Artists are the engineers of the 21st century,” said Syed Jamal, festival attendant and founder of Branta.

Spaceworks set up a booth to engage our community and find out how do people engage with creativity in Tacoma. After talking to over 230 people the responses we got were as varied as the species of plants in the park’s conservatory. Continue reading

Come to NEON to Build a Brighter Tacoma

2 Jun

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On June 10th, 2017, Spaceworks will be hosting its annual fundraiser NEON, offering an opportunity to dress up, and enjoy a party of colors and creativity. Live art and entertainment will fill the evening at Tin Can Alley while attendees win local art and small business experiences in auctions, raffles, and games.

Spaceworks Tacoma invites you to

NEON: Spaceworks Annual Fundraiser
June 10th, 2017, 6PM (5PM – VIP Happy Hour)

Tickets: $40 general admission or $125 VIP (couples’ discount available)
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Tin Can Alley
2620 E G St, Tacoma, WA 98421
Event Contact: Kate Monthy 253.682.1741 x102

“Spaceworks is an innovative program that is helping to build up the creative and entrepreneurial landscape in our city,” says program manager Heather Joy. The program began in 2010 as a joint initiative of the City of Tacoma and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber. She says that people still rave about last year’s event and that this year’s NEON will be even better.

Related Post: Why Neon? by Lisa Fruichantie

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Naomi and JP Strom-Avila enjoy the live auction under the neon lights made by Galen Turner at NEON 2016. Photo by Scott Haydon.

“This year NEON will be stepped up a notch in terms of performance,” says Joy. “For example, we booked a local band The Happy Sinners for VIP Happy Hour entertainment. But we also have a fun surprise in store. Our mystery musical guests will be a crowd favorite for sure as well as the drag queens selling raffle tickets!” Continue reading

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