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Side x Side Creative OPEN HOUSE

19 Aug


Mary Holste and Erik Hanberg are excited to announce the relocation of their boutique marketing firm Side x Side Creative from home to office, and they invite you to check out their new digs at an open house this Thursday during Art Walk.

Side x Side Creative Open House

August 20, 4:30 – 7pm 
1102 S A Street, Suite 202D (Tacoma Post Office Building)

Side x Side specializes in branding and publications for medium-size businesses and nonprofits.

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October Third Thursday, Spaceworks Highlights

15 Oct

Happening Thursday, October 16, 2014…

Dual Exhibition Receptions:
Drawn the Road Again” Exhibition by Chandler O’Leary, 4 to 5:30 pm, Tacoma Public Library Handforth Gallery, 1102 Tacoma Avenue South
& “reCollection: An Ephemeral Exhibition of Exquisite & Eclectic Ephemera” A Spaceworks installation by Jessica Spring, 5 to 9 pm, Tacoma Post Office Building, north end of lobby, 1102 A Street

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The Foundation of Art Award Exhibition
12-9pm Tacoma Post Office Building, 1102 A Street, Suite 103

This exhibition features 14 talented local artists who have been nominated for this prestigious award, given annually by the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. The 2014 award recipient is Elise Richman. This marks the seventh year of this annual award. This exhibition includes the following Spaceworks alumni: Elise Richman, Darcy Anderson, Diane Hansen, Holly Senn, and Becky Frehse!

On display October 1 – 26. Hours: Wed-Fri, 12-5PM, Sat 10AM-2PM

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Tacoma Art Bus

Hop on the ART BUS and tour some of Tacoma’s art exhibits during Third Thursday Art Walk festivities. Tickets to this include guided bus tour, pizza, games and prizes. This month’s theme will be METAL in conjunction with the start of Tacoma’s Metal-Urge Month, a city wide celebration of the metal arts (TacomaMetalUrge.com). Dress Up and be ready for some trivia!  The theme is “metal”… metal bands, robots………whatever direction your imagination takes you in!

Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/901444, OR arrive for the bus between 5:40-6 with cash in hand to purchase your ticket then. Tickets are $11 Regular or $22 VIP (Includes swag bag and additional raffle opportunities). Please bring exact change when possible.

Art Bus stops include:
Jessica Spring’s Spaceworks Installation (see above)
Foundation of Art Award Exhibition (see above)
FabLab Tacoma
The 253 Collective
Throwing Mud Gallery
Cafe Brosseau
Cafe Vincero
and more TBA!

We hope to see you out and about 🙂

Featured Short Film: Manual of Arms

1 Oct

“Manual of Arms” a short film by Kate Walker will be on display Thursday, October 2nd, at the 2014 Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party & AMOCAT Arts Awards, click here for event details.  This display was made possible through Kate Walker’s participation in Spaceworks Tacoma.

“Manual of Arms” is a video project of a choreographed performance where sixteen women perform a series of moves that recall the visual language of a band auxiliary or military drill routine. Instead of an expected ‘prop’, group members hold assault weapon style guns. Ambiguous and fictional, this piece pushes on imagery and themes that are familiar yet uneasy.


“Manual of Arms” a 3 Channel video by Kate Walker

The resulting clash of references creates discomfort for the viewer, who is not sure how to interpret the actions of the group. Questions are raised in the work about the nature of the rituals that surround North American sports culture (band auxiliary, honor guard etc), and the highly gendered roles that has developed in these; as well as the ubiquitous presence of guns in this culture.



Experience “Manual of Arms” plus the giant line-up of happenings in the newly-renovated Tacoma Post Office Building on October 2, 2014.  Also help us honor the 2014 AMOCAT Arts Award winners and funding recipients. click here for details


Kate Walker received her MFA from the University of Arizona in 2005 and is currently Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studio at Boise State University. Walker’s work encompasses painting, drawing and digital video projects, which use narrative devices to explore contemporary social issues. Recent bodies of work focus on colonial histories, issues of gender and sexual identity. Using discontinuities of time and place created by travelling between the United States and New Zealand, her practice is based on looking through the lens of one culture at another in a constant switching of a cross-cultural gaze.

Recent collaborative projects includes All Flocked Up a residency project at The Australian National University School of Art, Canberra Australia (2013) with ceramicist Caroline Earley. Hoop was a community based video project made in collaboration with the LGBT community in Nelson, New Zealand that documented a mass hula hoop event. Walker’s work has also been shown in Rome, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Vancouver, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand, Australia as well as throughout the United States.


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

Another Tacoma Post Office Building ART WALK!

15 Aug


Join us August 21st from 5-9pm for another night of surprise happenings scattered throughout the vast hallways, and beautiful rooms of a historic Tacoma landmark. The Tacoma Post Office Building partners with Spaceworks to host an evening of art exhibits, open studios, short film screenings, plus a Spaceworks happy hour in the new event space Post Hall with DJ Schematik. Buzz has been steadily growing about the creative activation of this building and this event is your chance to explore it first-hand. Continue reading

“Through our eyes” StoryLab Student Showcase

1 Aug

Through our eyes” StoryLab Student Showcase
Saturday & Sunday, August 2-3, 2014 – 1-5pmstory lab
Spaceworks Tacoma is excited to announce “Through our eyes,” a StoryLab Student Showcase in the Pop-up Gallery off the main lobby at the Tacoma Post Office Building located at 1102 A Street, Tacoma. This is a two day only event on August 2-3, 2014 from 1-5pm. The pop-up gallery is being organized in conjunction with Tacoma Public Library and Picture Tacoma (tacoma253.com).

The exhibition “Through our eyes” is a selection of photographs from two intensive week-long teen photography workshops at Tacoma Public Library’s StoryLab, curated by workshop instructor Jesse Michener. The student photographers will receive feedback from peers, family and friends, and have the opportunity to discuss their work. The featured students, under Ms. Michener’s direction, will be responsible for all aspects of the exhibition – hanging, staffing, refreshments, and social media outreach.

Tacoma Public Library’s StoryLab provides space and free classes for teen interested in filmmaking, digital photography and image processing, web design, voice over, music and audio production, animation. The Library’s Community Relations Manager David Domkoski was instrumental in launching the StoryLab project as well as coordinating this Spaceworks pop-up exhibition.

Workshop instructor Jesse Michener is a freelance photographer, writer and educator in Tacoma. She has taught high school drama (Spanaway Lake High School and Franklin High in Seattle) and digital photography at both SOTA and SAMI as an adjunct teaching artist. She regularly teaches day-long digital photography classes for the library as well. She is the co-producer of the Write workshops at Doe Bay on Orcas Island, a semi-annual writing retreat for 25 writers and a few NYT best-selling authors. And she currently has an exhibition running at Fulcrum Gallery, called Tacoma(253).

The Tacoma Post Office Building is a historic building located in Downtown Tacoma. In recent years the building has been renovated and now houses the Tacoma School of the Arts, USPS, Post Hall event space, and numerous artist & creative studios. Spaceworks Tacoma would like to thank property owner A Street Associates and property manager Power Property Consultants for their generosity and partnership, which makes the pop-up gallery off the lobby possible.

The Portal Pop-up Gallery

10 Jul
Maureen Andrade

Growing Love, by Maureen Andrade

Third Thursday July 17, 2014, 5-9pm. Tacoma Post Office Building, 1102 A street, Tacoma

This is a one night only event! The pop-up gallery is being organized in conjunction with the two exhibits currently on display at the Tacoma Post Office Building: The hole in your heart is a portal to another dimension by Erin Dengerink and Jennifer Chushcoff’s Invoke the Muse.


Free Jazz, by Edward Trover

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Celebrate “Walk Tacoma Day” with the Public Art Walk

13 Jun
The Pacific Avenue Streetscape Project comes into bloom, perfectly complementing the colorful sculptures by Elizabeth Conner.

The Pacific Avenue Streetscape Project comes into bloom, perfectly complementing the colorful sculptures by Elizabeth Conner.

Celebrate “Walk Tacoma Day” by joining Elizabeth Conner, Pacific Avenue Streetscape Artist and Downtown On the Go on the Walk Tacoma Public Art Walk, Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from 5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. The 1.2 mile walk, sponsored by Spaceworks Tacoma.  The walk starts at Fireman’s Park at 7th and Pacific Avenue. Learn the stories behind Tacoma’s many art installations, including Spaceworks and the interactive rain garden art along Pacific Avenue. After a short trip back on the Link, participants are invited to stay for a social at The Forum at 6:30 p.m., sponsored by TrueBlue Inc. which includes light appetizers, drinks, and giveaways!  There is no need to pre-register for the event, simply join Downtown On the Go at the meeting spot. Continue reading

Miniatures and Muses at Tacoma Post Office Building

11 Jun
Sculpture by Erin Dengerink. Photo courtesy of the artist

Artwork by Erin Dengerink. Photo courtesy of the artist

In a public radio interview, singer Roseanne Cash talked about inspiration: “You have to show the muse you’re serious. You know, you can’t just expect to be hit by these beautiful bolts of inspiration and lightning. You have to keep showing up even if you don’t get hit for a year, or two years. Just show the muse you’re serious.” It’s non-negotiable for artists – roadblocked or no, one has to show up for work.

Inspiration is the subject of two new exhibits at the historic Tacoma Post Office Building (TPOB): “Invoke the Muse” by Jennifer Chushcoff, and “The Hole in Your Heart is a Portal to Another Dimension” by Erin Dengerink. The first is a photographic tribute to Chushcoff’s real-life muses; the second is a series of sculptures by Dengerink investigating how painful journeys can lead to unexpected joy. These artists will be showcased as Spaceworks Tacoma celebrates the creative activation of the TPOB on Thursday, June 19th from 5-9pm, co-hosted by Artist Trust. With a full menu of performances, open studios and exhibits in the grand building, it will be an evening dedicated to inspiration. Continue reading

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