The Woolworth windows currently look very blank after our last round of vibrant installations have come down. Do not fret however! Beginning next week a new round of ambitious artworks will fill these storefront windows, along with the halls of the Old Post Office. Here’s a sneak peak at what’s to come:
After 10 years of providing Tacoma with albums, videos, and premiere events, Kerry Williams aka “Dub City”, is taking his company Monopoly Entertainment to the next level. Williams joined Spaceworks, landed a space at 923 MLK Way, and has begun building out the future headquarters for Monopoly Entertainment. Between now and the end of August, the space will be utilized for rehearsing, hosting events, producing an album, and launching a west coast tour. The new album, featuring Dub City along with local and national artists, is set for release on the 4th of July 2014.
The first event is Friday night! And you are invited!
Friday April 18, 2014
923 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma
Networking Social Hour and Live Performances from DUB CITY – NA NA MARTINI & MAC DRIS and more . . .
If you have talent come perform a song, give ‘em some spoken word, or even sing some Karaoke !!! w/ DJ Schematik.
Construction is almost done and they want feedback before they finish this project and open up to the public.
21+ “Beer & Wine Garden”
RSVP required. Email Kerry to let him know you will be there: MonopolyEnt.firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the Dates!
If you can’t make it this Friday, consider coming another Friday over the next few weeks. The other dates are: April 25th, May 2nd, May 9th
923 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma
Artists Diana Leigh Surma and Chelsea O’Sullivan have given us two bright, and ambitious murals in downtown Tacoma! This Third Thursday marks the official debut of these new murals on the corner of 11th and Market.
Chelsea and Diana completed their murals during one of the rainiest months of the year. After numerous cancelled painting parties with volunteers, the sun eventually showed up, and the brushes (and spray cans) hit the walls. Within a few weeks these two beautiful murals came to life.
Tinkertopia has the most brilliant window displays, IMO. Every time I go by and see their latest installation I get a smile on my face. Their most recent one takes the cake! Click here to see for yourself.
I visited RR and Ms. Darcy at their shop a few weeks ago and Darcy showed me her progress on an upcycled daffodil dress she was making for the daffodil parade to put in their storefront window. She mentioned she was hoping to actually wear it rather than have it on a mannequin. I was so happy to see her pull it off (there was never a doubt.) Darcy’s fitting wave was perfect and her son’s was super cute!
- Heather Joy, Spaceworks Manager
Curated by Ashly McBride & Brandon Hendricks
1102 A Street – Old Post Office Lobby Display Cases
Jan 16 -April 23, 2014
The Northernmost wing of the main hallway in the Historic Post Office contains a series of large, wood framed display cases. Over the last 100 years these cases must have been filled with countless displays of valuable content. With the new push to transform the building into a hub for the arts, Spaceworks was charged with keeping these cases alive. This means you can expect to see a new, dynamic exhibition every 4 months. The current exhibition features the work of students from Tacoma’s illustrious School of the Arts (SOTA). Fellow students Ashly McBride and Brandon Hendricks are curating this exhibition which includes elaborate mandalas, plus featured work from select individual artists. Continue reading
“Drawings” by Michael Kaniecki
Opens Saturday, April 12, 1-5pm at Moss + Mineral
305 South 9th Street in downtown Tacoma
In 2010, Michael Kaniecki put himself on display in a vacant storefront window on Pacific Avenue. Over the course of a three month Spaceworks residency Kiniecki created “Semi-automatic: a drawing project“on a 40 foot long scroll. Pedestrians peered in the windows as this monumental project slowly came to life. Kaniecki would eventually stand the scroll upright in a serpentine form, and bring in other drawings on three dimensional surfaces to create one large installation. Continue reading
It finally happened… Spring! This year, an inspiring new community garden, with a dynamic mission, has begun popping up on the corner of South 12th and Union. Volunteers have been hard at work: building raised beds, loading in soil, laying down bark, and planning The Salvation Army Neighborhood Garden!
The model for this garden is unique. Some plots will be for rent by community members, while the other plots will be ran by Salvation Army volunteers and folks whom currently reside in the Salvation Army shelter. All excess food will go to the Salvation Army food bank, providing fresh/organic fruits and vegetables to the bank and shelter residents. This gardening effort also coincides with a new program the Salvation Army will offer to its shelter residents including classes on cooking and nutrition.
If you are interested in renting your own plot, volunteering to help with the garden, working in the food bank, or numerous other ways to get involved with this philanthropic program contact Dawn Doyle at 253-278-8178 or Martha Sheppard at 530-277-8696 or Garden Coordinator Heather Wiley at 530-572-8452 x129, email@example.com
Saturday, April 5th, noon-6pm
917 Martin Luther King Way
Duncan Susag, owner of Sound Concrete Countertops, joined Spaceworks in order to further his business by securing a location to have a showroom, gallery and retail space. He has done just that at 917 MLK, where he recently opened “Concrete Market” which offers artisan concrete designs for residential and commercial spaces. Susag and his right hand man Mac transformed the 800 square foot office space into a sleek showroom allowing visitors to see how beautiful, warm and functional concrete can be. They offer custom designed/installed work, along with original furniture, counter tops, sinks, wine holders, and a variety of other concrete items.
The Concrete Market is the first official opening in a series of new creative enterprises to launch soon in the building on the corner of MLK and 10th. Spaceworks is proud to be partnering with owner Paul Okner on transforming this building located in the heart of Hilltop!
Stadium Walk, Kick Off Event - Wed. April 2 (Noon-1pm)
Museum Walk – Wed. April 16 (5:15-6:30pm)
Architecture Walk – Wed. May 7 (Noon-1pm)
UWT/Brewery Walk – Wed. May 21 (5:15-6:30pm)
Tacoma’s First Neighborhood Walk – Wed. June 4 (Noon-1pm)
Public Art Walk – Wed. June 18 (5:15-6:30pm)
Family Walk – Wed. July 16 (Noon-1pm)
Walking Scavenger Hunt Wed. Aug. 6 (check in 4:30-5:30pm)