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Being a Working Artist in Tacoma, Artist Trust Workshop

4 Dec
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Diana Leigh-Surma working on her Artscape mural at the Valhalla Hall demolition-site in the Hilltop Business District. Photo by Kris Crews.

In this round table discussion, artists Lisa KinoshitaMasahiro Sugano, and Asia Tail discuss how to make it as an artist in Tacoma. Moderated by Artist Trust Program Manager Katy Hannigan, the panel will talk about the opportunities, challenges, and resources for Tacoma artists and share their own experiences as working artists.

Audience members are invited to ask questions and share their own perspectives. A happy hour precedes the discussion honoring 2017 Artist Trust grant recipients from Tacoma.

Open for artists of all disciplines at all career stages

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NEON 2017 Recap

16 Jun

Check out the highlights of NEON 2017 in this video by Kris Crews

The evening of June 10, 2017, was alight with hundreds of glowing smiles and sparkling personalities that came out to fund the programs for creative entrepreneurs, artists, and makers in Tacoma. NEON 2017 was the second year that Spaceworks held it’s major public fundraiser to offer Tacoma community an invitation to come together under one banner, building a brighter Tacoma.

Spaceworks is grateful to the immense support it received this year. Over 120 volunteers have contributed 685 hours of work. About 350 guests attended the event to raise $50,000 that will directly go to fund programs like Creative Enterprise which supports the growth of small business, as well as Artscapes, which pays artists to install publicly viewable art around Tacoma.

Spaceworks Tacoma NEON Annual Fundraiser 2017

Spaceworks offers artist studio spaces at 1120 Creative House. Less than a year ago they launched the Spaceworks Gallery, which presents 6 contemporary art feature exhibitions a year with artists like Asia Tail who curated “Protect the Sacred” exhibition in January 2017 and donated one of her paintings to the auction.

Spaceworks Tacoma NEON Annual Fundraiser 2017

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Native Art Mart & Closing Reception

14 Feb

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February 16, 2017, 5-9pm
Third Thursday art walk at the Spaceworks Gallery
950 Pacific Ave (entrance on 11th Street), Tacoma, WA
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Event on Facebook

Native Art Mart Vendors & Closing Reception curated by Lisa Fruichantie (Seminole Nation of Oklahoma). Exhibition curated by Asia Tail (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)

PROCEEDS GO TO RESIST THE DAPL AT STANDING ROCK

Participating Vendors:
Meka Clothing
Plain to Sea
Transcendence Design
Qu’Wutsun Made
Araquin Designs
John Romero Fine Arts
Alano Edzerza

Performance by:
Arianna Johnny-Wadsworth

Protect the Sacred gives voice to the diverse Urban Indian community of this region. As Native artists, we reject externally constructed expectations for people of color, who are often confined by the recognition of their ethnicity in the mainstream art world. This exhibition empowers Indigenous artists to represent themselves, whether in traditional or contemporary contexts. Through our work, we hope to showcase the complexity of our cultures and identities, and broaden perceptions of Native American art.

Artists Exhibited in the Gallery Showcase:
Natasha Alphonse
Christine M Babic
Natalie M Ball
Peter Boome
Bradley Castillo
Anthony Duenas
Alano Edzerza
Ka’ila Farrell-Smith
Ryan Feddersen
Yatika Fields
Lisa Fruichantie
Erin Genia
Samuel Genia
Raven Julia Juarez
Linley B. Logan
Geri Montano
Nahaan FastsFrom English
Marvin Oliver
Shaun Peterson
Cheyenne Randall Art
Sara Siestreem
Fox Anthony Spears
Lisa Telford
Haley Waddington
Matika Wilbur
Melissa Woodrow
and more!

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Spaceworks Gallery
950 Pacific Ave. (entrance on 11th Street)
Tacoma, WA
FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC

www.spaceworkstacoma.com/gallery

 

Protect the Sacred: Native Artists for Standing Rock

11 Jan

Dec 31 – Feb 16, 2017

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Protect the Sacred: Native Artists for Standing Rock
An Exhibition of Contemporary Indigenous Art in Tacoma

Proceeds go to resist the DAPL at Standing Rock

Exhibition curated by Asia Tail (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)

Protect the Sacred gives voice to the diverse Urban Indian community of this region. As Native artists, we reject externally constructed expectations for people of color, who are often confined by the recognition of their ethnicity in the mainstream art world. This exhibition empowers Indigenous artists to represent themselves, whether in traditional or contemporary contexts. Through our work, we hope to showcase the complexity of our cultures and identities, and broaden perceptions of Native American art.

Although the water protectors achieved an incredible victory with the permit denial, the fight is not over. So close to the inauguration, it is more urgent than ever to protect Native lands, rights, and sovereignty for future generations.

Artists:
Natasha Alphonse (Dené)
Christine Babic (Chugach Alutiiq)
Natalie M. Ball (Klamath/Modoc)
Peter Boome (Upper Skagit)
Bradley Castillo (Osage)
Anthony Duenas (Puyallup)
Alano Edzerza (Tahltan)
Ka’ila Farrell-Smith (Klamath/Modoc)
Ryan Feddersen (Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation)
Lisa Fruichantie (Seminole)
Yatika Starr Fields (Cherokee/Creek/Osage)
Erin Genia (Sisseton-Wahpeton)
Samuel Genia (Sisseton-Wahpeton)
Raven Juarez (Blackfeet)
Linley Logan (Seneca)
Geri Montano (Dineh/Comanche)
Nahaan (Tlingit)
Marvin Oliver (Quinault/Isleta-Pueblo)
Shaun Peterson (Puyallup)
Cheyenne Randall (Cheyenne River Sioux)
Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos)
Fox Anthony Spears (Karuk)
Lisa Telford (Haida)
Jeffrey Veregge (Port Gamble S’Klallam/Suquamish/Duwamish)
Haley Waddington (Haida)
Melissa Woodrow (Wuksachi Band of Western Mono and Chicana)
Matika Wilbur (Swinomish/Tulalip)
and more!

BIG thank yous to hello, cupcakeCourtyard Marriott Tacoma Downtown, Spaceworks Tacoma, Mad Hat Tea Company, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, and the Nisqually Indian Tribe for their support!


 

Events During the Exhibit


Opening Reception:

Third Thursday, January 19th, 6 – 9pm
Free and open to public 

7PM: Blessing by Connie McCloud (Puyallup), and poetry by Sara Marie Ortiz (Pueblo of Acoma), Nahaan (Tlingit), and Erin Tail (Lakota/Northern Cheyenne/Cherokee).
7:15-9PM: Performance art by Christine Babic.
6PM-9PM: Nahaan will also be offering tattoos in the gallery, pre-schedule an appointment with him directly.
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Native Art Mart & Closing Reception
Third Thursday, February 16th, 5 – 9pm
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Event on Facebook

Participating Vendors: Meka Clothing, Plain to Sea, Transcendence Design, Qu’Wutsun Made, Araquin Designs, and more…

Closing Reception Performance by Arianna Johnny-Wadsworth

 


 

High Blood Exhibit Boils Down Issues of Race, Gender, Sexuality & Politics.

9 Nov

high-blood-promoUnder installation in the Spaceworks Gallery is a provocative and thought-provoking new exhibit titled HIGH BLOOD, curated by The Cultureshock Collective. The artists use various formats including painting, photography, video and mixed media installation to examine how race, sex/gender, politics and heritage weave through their daily lives and mold their identities.

Anida Yoeu Ali, The Red Chador, 3-panel window mural, 89 x 51.5 in, 89 x 85.75 in, 89 x 51.5 in.

Anida Yoeu Ali, “The Red Chador”, 3-panel window mural, 89 x 51.5 in, 89 x 85.75 in, 89 x 51.5 in.

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Art + Films at High Five! on Sept. 12

9 Sep

We’re less than a week away from High Five, our Sept. 12 community celebration on Hilltop! Just in case you need more reasons to attend, here are details about the GREAT art and film highlights!

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

During High Five!, you'll find special art displays and performances in the businesses across from People's Park and an outdoor movie theater in the backyard behind SPUN. (Shown here is the backyard party space during last year's Quadruple Grand Opening.)

During High Five!, you’ll find special art displays and performances in the businesses across from People’s Park and an outdoor movie theater in the backyard behind SPUN. (Shown here is the backyard party during last year’s Quadruple Grand Opening.)

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1120 Creative House GRAND OPENING

10 Mar

Third Thursday
March 19, 2015, 5-9pm
1120 Pacific Ave. (2nd Floor)
Event on Facebook

The space is fully staged, and ready for art work to go up everywhere!

The space is fully staged, and ready for art work to go up everywhere!

Buzz has steadily grown about the recent creative activity in the 1120 Pacific Avenue building. Artists, designers, and entrepreneurs have filled up 12 studios (listed below), activating the entire second floor. The open architecture of this 1970’s-modernist office space provides an unusually complimentary setting for the arts in downtown Tacoma. This grand opening is the first opportunity for the public to explore phase one of Spaceworks’ largest project to date.

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