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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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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

Watch “artTown” Documenting Tacoma Artists

11 Oct
Impressive new TV series of documentary-style spotlights on Tacoma artists and entrepreneurs.

Impressive new TV series of documentary-style spotlights on Tacoma artists and entrepreneurs. Watch it on cable, or online!

The City of Tacoma’s Media and Communications Office – in partnership with its Community and Economic Development Department’s Arts Program – announces the launch of “artTown,” a cultural documentary-style TV initiative exploring Tacoma’s emergence as a major creative hub in the Pacific Northwest. The quarterly series offers segments featuring diverse perspectives on a variety of creative disciplines. The show launches today – you can view anytime online or watch tonight at 8 p.m. on TV Tacoma.

“In developing the concept for ‘artTown,’ we wanted to offer a more holistic look at creativity in Tacoma,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride. “In addition to what people traditionally think of as ‘creative,’ such as fine art, music or dance, we also plan to spotlight other creative areas of interest that have really flourished in our city like food, fashion, innovative education practices, architecture and more. You’ll see some of that in this first episode.”

The inaugural episode features:

music composed by local artist Isaac Solverson

J.D. Elquist and Travis Pranger from Feather and Oar

Pacific Avenue Streetscape artists Elizabeth Conner and Daniel Martin

graphic designer Art Chantry and letterpress artist Lance Kagey of Beautiful Angle

Metro Parks historian Melissa McGinnis

Tacoma School of the Arts instructors Robin Jaecklein and Kareem Kandi

Arts EnviroChallenger teaching artist Meredith Essex

illustrator and designer Sean Alexander

glass artist Sarah Gilbert

dance choreographer Carla Barragan

jazz musician Kareem Kandi

Old Town Dock public artist Chandler O’Leary

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Steamroller Prints @ Ted Sanford Gallery

30 Aug

After premiering in a Woolworth Window exhibition with Spaceworks, the 2013 Wayzgoose steamroller prints have now landed on the walls of the Ted Sanford Art Gallery at the Charles Wright Academy!  This show will be on display through the first week of October.  Curated by Jessica Spring, these prints were created by Pierce County artists, organizations, and collabos.

Ted Sanford Art Gallery at the Charles Wright Academy

Ted Sanford Art Gallery at the Charles Wright Academy

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Wayzgoose in Woolworth Windows

17 Jul
Lino-cut prints from Wayzgoose 2013, curated by Jessica Spring, on display in the Woolworth windows

Lino-cut prints from Wayzgoose 2013, curated by Jessica Spring, on display in the Woolworth windows

Tacoma Wayzgoose 2013 / Curated by Jessica Spring
11th & Broadway  (Woolworth Windows)
May 16 – August 15, 2013
Prints by: Audra Laymon, the Cartoonist League of Absurd Washingtonians, Ric Matthies, Stadium High School Printmaking, Maggie Roberts, Charles Wright Academy Printmaking, Beautiful Angle, Pacific Lutheran University Printmaking, Chris Sharp, Chandler O’Leary & Jessica Spring.


Linocut by Chandler O’ Leary & Jessica Spring, freshly smooshed by Amy Mcbride.

Tacoma loves prints.  This is evident through the consistent stream of handmade posters designed for beloved local events, numerous local school printmaking programs, and by the smattering of “253” and Tacoma pride onto every media/object imaginable.  The height of all this energy coalesces at the annual festival Wayzgoose at King’s Books, which just became 9 years old!  This festival celebrates and showcases the work of many of Tacoma’s talented print artists.

A highlight of the event is the live printing of large linocuts pressed by a steamroller brought in by the city arts commission.  This year ten artists/artist teams each created a 3 foot by 3 foot linocut print to be pressed at the event.  “Linocut,” short for “linoleum cut,” is a method of printmaking in which the artist carves a design into a sheet of linoleum, creating something similar to a large rubber stamp.  Artists tend to prefer using authentic linoleum made from linseed oil and cork dust, although newfangled versions made from vinyl or PVC can be used as well.  Due to the availability of these materials, and the simplicity of the process, linocut has a 150 year history as a popular medium of the masses for producing posters and artwork.  Linocuts are often large and bold in content and imagery, the ten prints created at this year’s Wayzgoose are no exception.

Each participating art team donated a print to King’s Books for fundraising, and another edition of each print can currently be seen on display in the Woolworth windows on Broadway.  These prints, many created in homage to Tacoma, are a visual spectacle containing fantastic and clever imagery.  They look superb in the bright summertime light and should be seen in person to be fully appreciated.


Hot Off the Press: Lance Kagey

28 Mar

"Variation on the figure 5" by Lance Kagey. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Lance Kagey makes righteous art. To be specific, letterpress art that makes people stop, do a double-take, and frequently ask for more. For nearly 10 years, as half of the design team (with Tom Llewellyn) of Beautiful Angle, he has been creating a series of thought-provoking, Tacoma-centric guerilla art at the rate of one new wheatpaste poster design a month. Their ongoing project is a paean to Tacoma, its icons, and the dark, inchoate poetry that makes our city what it is. But Kagey also flies solo with his art, and we checked in to talk about his new installation at the Woolworth Building.

SPACEWORKS TACOMA: Hi Lance. Your concept for your Spaceworks project was to recreate the aesthetics of your letterpress studio inside the Woolworth windows. I hope that means there is intention behind this almost symphonic arrangement of art and vintage printing press equipment…Surely your “clutter” doesn’t look this gorgeous all the time (if it does, I think I’ll just go shoot myself right now)?
LANCE KAGEY: Surprisingly, this is a pretty faithful recreation of the aesthetic of my studio space. My kids say I’m one tragedy away from being featured on the Hoarders show. My space is very full of visual stimulus. It’s organized chaos. It inspires me as I create. I appreciate the total experience that people have as they visit my studio space.

On the road to "Hoarders"? Detail of Lance Kagey's installation at the Woolworth Building.

ST: Please identify your 3 favorite objects in the window and explain what they are and what they mean to you.
LK: 1. Right near the corner is a big cast iron apparatus that is both beautiful and functional, graceful and industrial. It is a perfect example, in my opinion, of the Tacoma aesthetic. The machine is used to round the corners off a stack of paper.
2. I love folk art. In the far end of the window, perched on top of an old street lamp base is a piece I call the “Virgin of Guadalupe”. I created this piece back in 2002 while visiting Guadalupe Ranch in West Texas. Made from drapery hooks, a cheese grater, a little electric motor, bottle caps and a lid from an Uncle Ben‘s rice container, among other things – this piece illustrates the metaphor of the mundane becoming the sacred.
3. There is a collection of hand-bound books and other handcrafted ephemera. I relish the evidence of the artisan’s touch in our lives. The smallest thing done well becomes artistic. Continue reading

Wayzgoose and Tacoma’s Printmaking Delirium

15 Jun

Freshly pressed: a Ric Matthies print. Photo: Aaron Locke

The Puget Sound region is frequently cited as one of the most reading-obsessed corners of the country (with moss-friendly weather and a high incidence of depression reputed to be factors). Luckily for local literati, there is King’s Books in the Stadium District, an indie gem of a bookstore and a clearinghouse for approximately 100,000 rare, out-of-print, secondhand and newly released books, according to proprietor sweet pea Flaherty.

King’s has everything we love in a neighborhood bookshop – a pithy and knowledgeable staff, the “old book smell” (take that, Kindle!), resident cats roaming the stacks – and enough volumes to keep one busy through a lifetime of soggy weather. On top of that, the 11-year old store supports artists through events such as the renegade craft fair, Tacoma is for Lovers, and highbrow hijinx such as the Banned Book Club. One of the city’s most popular art festivals, a printmaking and book arts showcase called Wayzgoose (after a medieval guild celebration) is an annual event (co-founded by award-winning local artist, Jessica Spring) held at King’s.

Flaherty takes the wheel at Wayzgoose. Photo: Aaron Locke

Spaceworks is celebrating seven years of Wayzgoose with an exhibition opening at the Woolworth Building, July 15. On view will be a gonzo selection of eye-popping, black-and-white prints produced by steamroller printing (you read that right) – a feat that is the coup de grâce of each year’s festival. The artworks, originally cut on 4′-long slabs of linoleum, are by some of Tacoma’s finest. And an artist riding a steamroller like a bucking bronco – we can’t think of an image that better encapsulates the gritty T-town spirit. We caught up with sweet pea Flaherty to talk about Wayzgooses (Wayzgeese?) past, present and future.

Spaceworks: Hi sweet pea, Wayzgoose turned seven this year! What has been your most memorable experience of the event thus far?
sweet pea Flaherty: The most amazing thing has been the [raised] public awareness of what letterpress printers and book artists do. When we started the Wayzgoose, only a select few knew what their craft entailed. We’ve played a role in giving these arts a wider exposure in Tacoma. The support of the public, the City, universities and art organizations….has been astounding.

Native son: a portrait of the late, local crooner, Bing Crosby, by Beautiful Angle.

SW:What is the most marked difference between Tacoma’s Wayzgoose and that of the medieval hamlets from whence it originated?

spF: Less mead, certainly. Which is a good thing, as we play with steamrollers! Also, the older festival was more insular, [intended] for printers and their families. While information and equipment swapping is definitely a part of our event, it’s more for the general public. We try to provide hands-on activities so people can get their hands dirty and make pretty.

SW: Approximately how many people showed up for this year’s event?
spF: According to our highly scientific methods, about 900 people came through this year….We had beautiful weather thanks to a pre-event sacrifice. The festival couldn’t have gone better.

Lance Kagey of Beautiful Angle inks up his plate. Photo: Aaron Locke

SW: Why is Wayzgoose important to T-town and the art community?
spF: It’s the annual visual showcase for what printers and book artists do. While a lot of the individual artists participate in other public events, you get to see [a comprehensive representation] of work being done in Tacoma and the region. With Tacoma being a working class town, there is something about the tactility of printing, binding, etc., that seems to appeal to people. So many of the artists at Wayzgoose are doing innovative work and expanding the definition of what a book is, that it’s hard to not be inspired to new creative heights, whatever your chosen medium. Continue reading

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