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October Art Walk at 1120 Creative House

13 Oct


C.L.A.W. Monsters in Thrift Art Show

This October The Cartoonist’s League of Absurd Washingtonians presents you with another installation of art made using found objects. During Third Thursday Art Walk make a stop at 1120 Creative House to look at the bizzarely attractive, and scary good artworks that engage your imagination.

C.L.A.W. ARTISTS: Mark Brill, Jennevieve Schiemmer, James Stowe, Mark Monlux, Anique Zimmer, RR Anderson, Steve Barnard, Travis Bundy, Thorax O’Tool, Brandon Pierce, Steve Garvin!

GUEST C.L.A.W. ARTISTS: Amanda Pool, Chandler Woodfin, Ms. Darcy, Brian Hutcheson (and many more maybe!)

Space: 1120 Creative House (1120 Pacific Ave, Tacoma WA – Map it)

Time: 7-10pm, October 20, 2016,

LIVE MUSIC by Tacoma Noise Rodeo

Although the art will be on display at the Creative House for the duration of October, your main opportunity for open house access and live entertainment is on Third Thursday so make it a stop on your Art Walk.

A little background:

C.L.A.W. started up this curated, traveling Thrift Art Show two years ago using forlorn vintage paintings purchased at Salvation Army or Goodwill. The absurdist artists then add monsters or sci-fi characters to change the context and offer a cheeky conversation between old and new ideas. Breathing with new life, the paintings are offered for sale to support art supplies for the cartoonists as well as fund their scholarship offered to students pursuing careers in illustration or cartooning. Since their first show at the Old Post Office (now called Courthouse Square) this show has morphed & traveled across many interesting venues in Tacoma including galleries and dive bars. Interested parties have the option to support the artists and scholarship fund by purchasing the paintings. The league also welcomes partnership opportunities with people who want to put up this eclectic exhibit into their spaces.


Halloween ComicFest at Tacoma’s Newest Comic Shop

23 Oct

Halloween ComicFest is a nationally celebrated, annual phenomenon where comic book shops offer a free comic to folks on the Saturday before Halloween.


Spaceworks participant Destiny City Comics will have free comics like the new and popular horror comic Afterlife with Archie, Scooby Doo Meets Batman, My Little Pony, Marvel Comics #1, Resident Evil, and more! Other local artists, crafters, and enthusiasts will be there as well including the one-and-only Nearsighted Narwhal, the Shroom Bros, and C.L.A.W! (the Cartoonists League of Absurd Washingtonians).

Also part of the event, Heather Joy (Spaceworks Manager) will be available from noon-8pm for a one-on-one Q&A for those you are interested in applying to Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise Program. If you have questions about the application, training program or space, this is the perfect opportunity to speak to someone in person. Spaceworks is currently accepting Creative Enterprise applications for projects that will launch in 2015. Deadline: November 24, 2014 at 5pm PST.

Come to Halloween ComicFest dressed in costume of course!

DATE: Saturday, October 25
TIME: Noon to 8pm
WHERE: Destiny City Comics, 218 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma, WA

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

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