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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: Continue reading

2014 Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party & AMOCAT Arts Awards

26 Sep

Presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma


Thursday, October 2, 6-9pm
Tacoma Post Office Building
Awards start 7:45, Post Hall (4th floor)

Get out and have some fun while helping us kick off Tacoma Arts Month in style. Enjoy a stellar line-up of entertainment, art exhibitions, appetizers, dessert, and no-host bar. Help us honor the 2014 AMOCAT Arts Award winners and funding recipients. It’s all free and open to the public – pack up the family, invite your friends and come help us celebrate!  RSVP here, find it on Facebook, or just show on up.


Experience this giant line-up of happening in the newly-renovated Tacoma Post Office Building and help us honor the 2014 AMOCAT Arts Award winners and funding recipients.

The night’s arts and entertainment includes:
• Music by Speed Queen
• Exhibits of work by Jessica Spring and The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s Foundation of Art Award honorees
• Pop-up exhibits of work by Beautiful Angle, Isaac Olsen, Alice Di Certo, Kristin Giordano, The C.L.A.W., and Poly Rev
• Okinawa Taiko Drums
• Tintype photo booth by Kyle Dillehay
• Mini-theater performances by Working Class Theater
• Open studios of Abby Kok, Alana Tamminga, and Katlyn Hubner
• Trash Fashion Runway by Tinkertopia and Friends
• Poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo
• Screenings of short films by Kat Ogden, Nick Butler, Kris Crews, Kate Walker, and The Grand Cinema

2014 AMOCAT Arts Awards, starts at 7:45 in Post Hall (4th floor):

Arts Patron – ArtsFund
Community Outreach by an Organization – Asia Pacific Cultural Center
Community Outreach by an Individual – Jessica Spring

2014 Tacoma Arts Commission funding recipients:
Arts Anchor Fund
The Grand Cinema, Hilltop Artists, Museum of Glass, Northwest Sinfonietta, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma Opera, Tacoma Symphony, Tacoma Youth Symphony Association

Arts Projects
Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, DASH Center for the Arts, Fab-5, Fort Nisqually Foundation, King’s Bookstore, Local Life, Monkeyshines, MLKBallet, Northwest Repertory Singers, Classical Tuesdays in Old Town, Puget Sound Poetry Connection, Second City Chamber Series, Sister City Council of Tacoma, Tacoma Concert Band, Tacoma Maritime Fest, the BareFoot Collective, University of Puget Sound, Washington State Historical Society

Tacoma Artist Initiative Program
Sean Alexander, Carla Barragan, Bill Colby, Alice Di Certo, Kyle Dillehay, David Domkoski, Oliver Doriss, Josie Emmons Turner, Sarah Gilbert, Erin Guinup, Meghan Mitchell, Mark Monlux, Kat Ogden, Scott Scoggin, Erik Steighner, Noah Struthers

Event Sponsors
Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Tacoma Weekly, Northwest Public Radio, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Premier Media Group, Exit133

Questions? Inquiries? 
Call Naomi Strom-Avila 253.591.5191

Certo and Dillehay Exhibition at TCC Gallery

30 Oct

Spaceworks Alumni and Tacoma Community College Art Instructors Alice Di Certo and Kyle Dillehay have a new exhibit of photography opening today at The Gallery at Tacoma Community College. The exhibition is on display through December 18 and everyone is invited to the artist reception on Monday, November 4th from 4 – 7pm. For a schedule of gallery talks presented by the artists, click here.

Kyle Dillehay and Alice Di Certo

Two Photographic Portrait Series by Kyle Dillehay and Alice Di Certo

A Deeper Look: Stories and Faces
The Gallery at Tacoma Community College
6501 South 19th Street, Tacoma, WA 98466
Exhibit Dates: Oct. 30 – Dec. 18, 2013
Gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 12-5pm, Free
Reception: Monday, November 4, 4-7 pm

Di Certo’s art tells the stories of children and young adults who have experienced bullying. “When they see their own portraits, I hope each of these individuals see themselves the way I see them: brave, strong, smart, beautiful, and worthy of respect,” said Di Certo. The photos are posted with the children’s stories. Di Certo notes that she did not interview everyone involved in the bullying incidents. “What I have learned is, bullying can be about perception as well as ‘facts’ reported,” said Di Certo.

Dillehay photographed couples in which partners feel “opposite” to each other in some way. He posted the photos with each couple’s handwritten notes. “The adage that opposites attract will be the emotional cornerstone for this project,” said Dillehay.

Read on for longer statements by the artists.

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An American Album

14 Sep

Log Sawing Competition, Sequim, WA. By Alice Di Certo

My America, a documentary exhibit of  photographs by Alice Di Certo, opens Oct. 10 at the Woolworth Building, 11th & Broadway. In this collection of gelatin silver prints, the Italian-born photographer records quintessential scenes of American life on travels from the Deep South to the Pacific Northwest. Di Certo employs her camera in some instances with the objectivity of a magnifying glass; at other times, the exuberance of a kaleidoscope that refracts a multiplicity of different but related images of her adopted country. “In some cases the images reflect the stereotypical America I imagined before coming here,” she says, picking out a photo of a band setting up on a flatbed truck draped with an American flag. “In other instances, they represent something more universal,” such as in children playing.

Di Certo shot most of her photographs with a 35mm, Canon F1: “A very old, heavy and reliable camera.” She found her subjects in locations including Atlanta, New Orleans, Birmingham and Sequim, where she would spend days walking around “to really explore and experience the places I was visiting….I was not looking for something specific; it was a pretty spontaneous process, a sort of automatic writing á la Surrealist.” A more selective and deliberate editing process took place in the darkroom, finally resulting in the My America exhibit commissioned by Spaceworks Tacoma.

The Band, Waverly, AL. By Alice Di Certo

Di Certo also experiments with non-traditional portraiture. In another project, Skin & Flesh, the Tacoma-based photographer transcends cultural preconceptions by analyzing the relationship between human beings on the physiological level. For this series, Di Certo shot bodily forms, abstracting the fleshly landscape and highlighting “the irrelevance of physical differences in color and shape between people.” These photos communicate the linkage of individuals to each other by nature, on a level where racist attitudes cannot intervene. When confronted with a generic map of human flesh, we “are unable to distinguish what before we could see as diversities.”

Currently, Di Certo is working on Heritage, a series in which she projects images of historical architecture of her native Italy, and natural treasures of the US (the homeland of her husband), on her pregnant body, to explore the possible benefits and perils of their two children’s mixed-heritage legacy. “Though I intend to investigate additional issues pertaining to myself – still using my body – I ultimately anticipate expanding my visual research to other people, starting with other immigrants like myself.”

Photo: Alice Di Certo

My America, the Woolworth Building, 11th & Broadway, Oct. 10, 2010 – Jan. 5, 2011.

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