Reminder: Apply to Metal-Urge 2014

18 Apr

The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking professional artists from Washington and Oregon who work in metal or whose work incorporates metal as an important component, for exhibition opportunities in conjunction with Metal-Urge. Metal-Urge is Tacoma’s city-wide celebration of the metal arts during which venues around Tacoma will program a wide variety of metal-based activities including exhibits, workshops, lectures, festivals, and more. The event will run October 1 to November 30, 2014.

April 25, 2014, midnight

Click here for application

October 1st through November 30th, 2014

October 1st through November 30th, 2014

The City of Tacoma recognizes the tremendous contribution of the metal arts to the Pacific Northwest.

Metal-Urge, organized by the Tacoma Arts Commission, is intended to reveal the vast range of talent and
creativity present in metalworking to date. The event debuted in 2000 and was last produced in 2009.

Anchoring Metal-Urge this year are two events. The first is a major metal arts exhibit, Protective Ornament:
Contemporary Amulets to Armor, running October 18, 2014 – early February 2015, at Tacoma Art Museum. The
Tacoma Art Museum has the only permanent collection of work by Northwest jewelers in the region. The
second is the Seattle Metals Guild’s 19th Annual Symposium to be held at the Washington State History
Museum on October 18, 2014.

The City of Tacoma’s Arts Program will pull together the metal-arts activities and exhibits happening around
Tacoma and provide a print brochure as well as extensive electronic publicity materials including email
newsletters, blog posts, and an interactive website and map.

Contact Naomi Strom-Avila at 253.591.5191 or e-mail


Monopoly Entertainment Open House Series

16 Apr

Monopoly Ent.

Monopoly Ent.

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:

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




Chelsea O’ Sullivan & Diana Leigh Surma: New Murals Unveiled

15 Apr


Left: detail of "Turn on Spring" by Chelsea O'Sullivan. Right: detail of "Show Your Stripes" by Diana Leigh Surma.

Left: detail of “Turn on Spring” by Chelsea O’Sullivan. Right: detail of “Show Your Stripes” by Diana Leigh Surma.

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.

That should brighten things up a bit!

That should brighten things up a bit!

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Tinkertopia does it again!

14 Apr

Ms. Darcy the day of the Daffodil Parade in Tinkertopia's storefront window.

Ms. Darcy the day of the Daffodil Parade in Tinkertopia’s storefront window.

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

Student Curated SOTA Art Exhibition

11 Apr

SOTA Presents
Curated by Ashly McBride & Brandon Hendricks
1102 A Street – Old Post Office Lobby Display Cases
Jan 16 -April 23, 2014

Botanical mandala by Stephanie King, Mixed-Media on Paper

Botanical mandala by Stephanie King, Mixed-Media on Paper

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: Michael Kaniecki at Moss + Mineral

9 Apr

“Drawings” by Michael Kaniecki 
Opens Saturday, April 12, 1-5pm at Moss + Mineral
305 South 9th Street in downtown Tacoma

Moss + Mineral is thrilled to present original drawings and limited-edition prints by Tacoma artist, Michael Kaniecki, opening Saturday, April 12, 1-5pm.

Moss + Mineral presents original drawings and limited-edition prints by Tacoma artist, Michael Kaniecki.

"Semi-Automatic" created during Kaniecki's 3 month Spaceworks Special Project Residency.

“Semi-Automatic” created during Kaniecki’s 3 month Spaceworks Special Project Residency.

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

Breaking Ground on the Salvation Army Neighborhood Garden

7 Apr

Opening this spring!  Volunteer, grow, donate, eat!

Opening this spring! Volunteer, grow, donate, eat!

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!



Volunteer, or rent your own plot in the new Salvation Army Neighborhood Garden on the corner of South 12th & Union.

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,


Concrete Market GRAND OPENING!

4 Apr

Concrete Market,

Master of concrete casting Duncan Susag, and woodworking visionary Mac have teamed up to create brilliant, original, artisan pieces like this.

Concrete Market
Saturday, April 5th, noon-6pm
917 Martin Luther King Way


Concrete Market GRAND OPENING!  

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!



Walk Tacoma 2014 New Series

31 Mar

Walk Tacoma 2014

Each year the Walk Tacoma series is the perfect opportunity to get some exercise and learn about the many facets of our city from local leaders, historians, and experts.  Join any of these walks, for free!

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)

Detailed information for each walk at Continue reading

The Butlers

28 Mar

"The Butlers" family portrait by Nick Butler

“The Butlers” family portrait by Nick Butler

Spaceworks’ latest participants, the Butler family, are a bundle of talent and entrepreneurship.  They are hosting a variety of events and opportunities in their new space located at 717 Tacoma Ave., provided by our partner Seven Seventeen Investors.

Nick Butler (artist/animator/digital media guru) is utilizing the space as a hub for his animation studio Turtledust Media.  During the six months of support from Spaceworks, Turtledust media will host a variety of animation related events, and educational opportunities, while continuing to work on the studio’s first fully computer generated animated short titled Peanut Butter Jelly Jam.

Beth Butler (massage therapist/instructor/general health guru) will be hosting a series of classes in the space.  Beth graduated from Nevada School of Massage Therapy, and went on to study Eastern Religions and Literature at Pacific Lutheran University.  Besides running her business as a practitioner, she has taught classes on Acupressure, Shiatsu, Reflexology, and Cranial Sacral Therapy.  Her current classes are tailored to massage therapist but open to anyone in Self Help, Shiatsu, and Acupressure.  For more information visit her website.  Here is a list of upcoming class offerings: Continue reading


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