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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

South Sound Together Awards $10,000 Grant to Spaceworks to Fund Small Business Microgrants

1 Aug
Mihael Blikshteyn - fish tank spaceworks business pitch

Photographer Mihael Blikshteyn presents his business plan for review at Spaceworks’ small business pitch event in November 2016 upon completing Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise training program. In 2017, Mihael Blikshteyn Photography was one of 13 businesses accepted to Spaceworks’ accelerator program. (photo Kris Crews)

Spaceworks expands its support for creative entrepreneurs in Tacoma by offering expert coaching and small business microgrants through its Creative Enterprise business accelerator program thanks to a $10,000 grant from South Sound Together*.

Spaceworks’ pilot accelerator program was developed in 2016 for its Creative Enterprise alumni businesses who are poised for growth. In 2017 the program continues with the second cohort selected from past participants. Thirteen applications were accepted to the accelerator program which provides strategic planning, one-on-one coaching, financial coaching, content-specific workshops, peer mentorship, and a $500 microgrant per Creative Enterprise. Continue reading

Spaceworks Spotlight – birdloft

2 Aug


Adrienne Wicks and Jeff Libby of birdloft

Jeff Libby and Adrienne Wicks are dedicated to creating a sense of sanctuary and authentic connectedness in our homes through their furniture made of salvaged wood. “We want to give new life to these materials,” says Jeff. In their home studio they craft the furniture together, shaping every curve and refining every angle with artistic flair and precision. The elegantly modern furniture designed by birdloft is born in a space permeated with the earthy spiciness of sawdust and stain. With the inventive touch of an alchemist, Adrienne mixes ebonizing solutions and epoxies. Jeff sources materials, searching for lumber with stories, often lugging 20-foot beams until they are cut into manageable pieces. He glues the wood and then connects people with its history through photography and narrative writing. Continue reading

Third Thursday @ REVIVE

13 Feb


REVIVE Furniture Collective joins February Third Thursday! Check out new works by Tacoma artists Nathan Dipietro and Greg Owen, along with REVIVE furniture in their (almost) brand-new showroom at 323 Puyallup Ave.

REVIVE is a collective of artisans; makers of locally crafted, sustainably sourced, custom made furniture and furnishings. Five local businesses come together to form the showroom known as REVIVE: Alchemy Concrete Works, Birdloft, RePly Furniture, Spring Fever Upholstry, and Wane & Flitch.

REVIVE Showroom
323 Puyallup Ave, Tacoma, WA
February 19, 5-9 pm

Grand Opening: REVIVE “locally crafted custom furniture”

9 Dec
Grand Opening Third Thursday, December 18, 2014 ~ 5-9 pm, 323A Puyallup Avenue, Tacoma, WA. FREE. Please RSVP to heatherj@tacomachamber.org Find the event on Facebook

Grand Opening Third Thursday, December 18, 2014 ~ 5-9 pm, 323A Puyallup Avenue, Tacoma, WA. FREE. Please RSVP to heatherj@tacomachamber.org Find the event on Facebook

Spaceworks is excited to announce the grand opening of REVIVE, a new collective of artisans; makers of locally crafted, sustainably sourced, custom made furniture and furnishings. REVIVE is located at 323A Puyallup Avenue in the ground floor showroom of a beautiful old building recently restored by property owners Jori Adkins and Rick Semple. Rick & Jori, now in collaboration with Spaceworks, are helping launch REVIVE.


The beautiful 2,500 square foot showroom, right on the corner of Puyallup and D Streets, is a perfect fit along “Furniture Row” in the Dome district. Coincidentally, the building originally housed a lumber company and then an upholstery business. Image from Google Earth

Here is the impressive list of five local businesses coming together to create the showroom known as REVIVE:


Chris Barone & Mike Carpenter, owners of Alchemy Concrete, use concrete, steel, wood, and reclaimed materials to create one-of-a-kind, artful and functional fixtures and furnishings sinks, counter tops, furniture, outdoor pieces, and more.  www.alchemyconcreteworks.com


Jeff Libby & Adrienne Wicks, owners of birdloft, craft their pieces meticulously – “with the cold ruthlessness normally reserved for hipster designers, and with the ingenuity of architect-craftspeople who understand materials as dynamic forces. And truth be told, we are endlessly transported by the material we work with.” www.birdloft.com


Steve Lawler, owner of rePly Furniture, creates exceptional, hand-crafted, eco-friendly furniture from reclaimed and salvaged materials for people who are tired of mass produced, run of the mill choices. www.replyfurniture.com


Spring Fever is all about taking well-worn vintage pieces and not only restoring them, but bringing them up to today’s design and comfort standards. www.springfeverupholstery.com


Owners Brett Johnson, Jon Sayre and Jeff Wolff, explain Wane & Flitch this way: “Your source for live edge wood slabs and finished furniture. We carefully control the entire process in-house. From salvaging of the tree, to the milling and drying, to the final fabrication. Each piece is incredibly unique and we take great pride in knowing exactly where it came from.” www.waneandflitch.com

rePly Furniture, Alchemy Concrete and birdloft were all accepted into Spaceworks Tacoma over the past two years. They have received training, technical assistance, marketing support, and thanks to Spaceworks’ partnership with the property owner, they have also been provided with four months free rent. Spaceworks is proud to support creative entrepreneurs like these as they launch exciting new businesses in Tacoma.

Opening Tomorrow at Moss + Mineral

6 Jun
Live-edge table by birdloft

Live-edge table by birdloft


You are invited to the opening shindig of “Natural Spectacle: Art + Eco-Furnishings” exhibition at Moss + Mineral tomorrow Saturday, June 7, 1-6pm!



Wasp nest sculpture by Holly Senn

Wasp nest sculpture by Holly Senn

This group show features the fine woodworking of Carlos Taylor-Swanson; the photography of Harriet McNamara; the fine woodworking of birdloft, the design team of Adrienne Wicks and Jeff Libby (a current Creative Enterprise of Spaceworks); the ceramics of Claudia Riedener; and sculpture by Holly Senn (Spaceworks Alumni).

Moss + Mineral is located at 305 S. 9th Street in downtown Tacoma. Store hours are Thursday-Saturday, noon-5 and by appointment.


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