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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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Altered States: Genetically Modified Plants as Medium

23 Mar

Living sculpture by Kyle Dillehay. Photo courtesy of the artist

To what lengths should science go to produce food to satisfy the consumer demand for convenience at one extreme, and widespread hunger on the other? For a dozen years, artist Kyle Dillehay has been concerned with the health and ethical issues surrounding genetically modified food – so much so that he now grows heirloom varietals for his own family’s table. The subject continues to shape his work: “Since my Atlanta, GA, rapid-rail art project, in 2000, I have been creating sculptural installations using a variety of pod-like forms to make statements regarding man’s involvement in changing the genetic structure of plants for his own uses,” he says. These installations have ranged in scale from a major, government-funded train station project to more private art “interventions” involving the spontaneous placement of individual pods in both natural and urban settings that offer surprising distractions to the alert observer.

Art with a creeping feeling: a previous Dillehay installation using plant sculptures. Photo courtesy of the artist

For Sacred Balance, his new installation at the Woolworth Building, Dillehay has positioned dirt-filled, cast iron web-pods in an arrangement so they appear to be emerging from the walls and ceiling. These pods are planted with genetically-modified grass seed that has been engineered to germinate and grow with limited sunlight. The pods at first appear lifeless as they germinate for the first seven to ten days, then release an explosion of vibrant green to dominate the space.

Dillehay will lightly water the grass as needed throughout the exhibit’s three-month duration to maintain the lushness of the grass for viewers passing by. “My main intent is to bring a little awareness to the great amount of genetic engineering that is being performed on even the most basic of plants for human convenience,” he says. Sacred Balance, the Woolworth Building, 11th & Broadway, through June 30, 2012.

Spaceworks Tacoma Announces Round 6 Rollout!

21 Mar

Bird sculpture by Elise Richman at the Woolworth Building.

We’re proud to announce the next round of artists to rock the Woolworth Building and satellite spaces in downtown Tacoma! Artists Kyle Dillehay, Lance Kagey, Phoebe Moore, Chandler O’Leary and Elise Richman; and environmental and geotechnical consultants, Landau Associates, have begun installing works that will be on exhibit through June 30, 2012. Michiko Tanaka will present a new video installation at the Tollbooth Gallery on Broadway, April 10 through August 31, 2012. Spring is in the wings – see new art at the Woolworth Building and at the corner of 950 Pacific!

A Garden of Enigmas

20 Sep


Second Nature with tree, by Kyle Dillehay


A sterile white cubicle is transformed into a mysterious earthwork in Lines of the Earth, an installation by artist Kyle Dillehay. This site-specific work, opening Oct. 10 at the Woolworth Building, illuminates the way natural systems – of the human body, of nature’s flora – share an interconnectedness in the grand scheme of life. Upon a white backdrop, Dillehay employs the root systems of plants to show how seemingly disparate systems – of the body (lymphatic, circulatory, reproductive) and the earth (plant vascular, seed and root systems) – are, in fact, similar in purpose and design.

“Since having my two babies, I have become much more concerned with the quality of the food that we eat,” says Dillehay, a recognized sculptor, and an instructor of sculpture and photography at Tacoma Community College. “So, I have been growing much of my own food using heirloom varietals in hopes of avoiding any genetically modified plants and obtaining the highest quality of food possible. As these food-bearing plants mature and die, I remove them from the soil and dry them in order to preserve their root structures as much as possible.” The plants find a second life as elements in Dillehay’s art work. In Lines of the Earth, they spring from lifeless white walls and reach toward a suspended cube of fertile earth, thus mirroring the human instinct to find a quality environment to thrive in. The image is a compelling one: As societal pressures, consumerism, industrialization and environmental degradation increase worldwide, so does the need to produce food – whether from pure organic or genetically modified sources.


Sacred Balance, by Kyle Dillehay


In an earlier installation, Dispersal, Dillehay explored a fascination with seeds and their dispersal mechanisms, which he sees as a metaphor for the circulation and longevity of knowledge, as well as representing the evolution of life itself. Dillehay says the plant metaphor can be stretched to include non-living, physical entities such as high-technology and the Web, which form a near-universal network for human consciousness and community. Both cultural and biological diversity are necessary to the health of the species.


Installation by Kyle Dillehay


An accomplished sculptor who has executed large-scale public works, Dillehay is currently working with TCC students to build an iron-melting furnace for the sculpture department, as well as designing and constructing a peace monument for the campus. Lines of the Earth, Woolworth Building, 
11th & Broadway
, Oct. 9, 2010 – Jan. 5, 2011. http://www.sculpture.org/portfolio/sculptorPage.php?sculptor_id=1001643

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