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Closing Night – 10th Foundation of Art Award by GTCF

16 Oct
Foundation of Art Award Opening Reception

Gallery visitors mingle at the 10th Foundation of Art Award Opening Reception, On September 19th, 2017. photo by Scott Haydon.

Spaceworks and Greater Tacoma Community Foundation invite you to visit the exhibition one last time. The show includes bold artworks from 19 of Pierce County’s most talented and community-minded visual artists. Their work is honored annually by  Greater Tacoma Community Foundation through the GTCF Foundation of Art Award, along with a public exhibit.

Thursday, October 19, 5-9pm



“White Ashes 2” by Kenji Stoll, mixed media. Photo by Kris Crews.

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Theater District Art Walk September 2017 – Part 1

14 Sep

Theater District Art Walk Blog Image-02

Every Third Thursday the Tacoma community gets to enjoy a variety of artistic events. The Tacoma Art Museum offers free admission, various galleries host opening nights for new exhibits, and more.

For this September’s Art Walk, the area saturated with historic theaters and performance spaces will come alive not only with visual art, but also with music, dancing and other activity. As your Third Thursday plans are shaping up, consider joining several of these indoor and outdoor events to see how public spaces can be highly utilized and programmed with fun experiences. All activities are 5-9pm unless otherwise noted. Grab a Theater District Art Walk map at Spaceworks Gallery or many of these locations.

Theater Square


Theater Square provides space for festivals and outdoor community performances

5pm | Guided Tour

Downtown on the Go

Each visitor can craft a personal route to view art they are interested in, but those who crave community experience are invited to join Downtown: On The Go! for an organized walking tour that begins at 5:15pm in Theater Square and visits several locations along the way. The tour will conclude at 6:15pm at the opening reception for GTCF’s Foundation of Art Award, located at the Spaceworks Gallery. There is no pre-registration required.


5 – 8pm | Alchemy Skate Park

Activating events and locations by bringing skateparks to the people. Pop-Up Park is a program that Alchemy runs in partnership with several local community events including Ethnic Fest, Downtown to Defiance, and several more.

Alchemy brings ramps, boards, helmets, to create a programmed skate park experience at events or in locations and communities that do not have skate parks.


activity, Alchemy, skate lesson

Photo: Crews Photography & Video

6 – 8:30pm | Symphony Tacoma Brass Quintet

Enjoy the energy and verve of the Symphony Tacoma Brass Quintet at the north end of Theater Square from 6-8:30pm. Becky Miller on horn, Judson Scott and Jeff Snyder on trumpet, Keith Winkle on trombone, and Paul Evans on tuba will present a lively and varied program, including the familiar and the unusual, from pop to classics.


Symphony Tacoma

Symphony Tacoma

Pocket Park at 11th & Pacific Ave.


This tiny park is easy to overlook but has great amenities with a stage, plenty of seating, and room to dance.

Just Digg’N

Just Diggn

Sounds by Justin Tamminga and DJ DigOne who will accompany dance battles. Bring your best b-boy and b-girl game to this open session located in the pocket park between Commerce Street and Pacific Avenue, tucked between buildings next to 11th.

Frost Park (corner of 9th & Pacific)

6 – 9pm | Fire performances with circus artists Perry Petaccia, Zak Grenier and friends

perry petaccia


Josiah French and The Americans

Tacoma Chalk artists and members of CLAW will be chalking and you can join in!

frost park chalking

Broadway Center (corner of 9th & Commerce)

CultureShock Collective presents art by Laura Castellanos

For the Broadway Center windows at 9th and Commerce, CultureShock Collective is curating an exhibit of work by Laura Castellanos. Learn more about Laura in this City Arts article.


laura castellanos

The Productivity Parlour for Artful Living
(inside Revisioned Boutique at 741 St Helens Ave)

This hand-crafts business will showcase the history of sewing machines, as well as clothing, accessories, and costumes crafted by the Productivity Parlour artists.


Minka (821 Pacific)

5:30 – 7pm | Minka presents art of Chandler Woodfin & Sheila Klein

Minka is proud to present an exhibit of new work by Tacoma-based artist, Chandler Woodfin. Woodfin’s watercolors pulsate with voluminous, abstract forms and radiant implosions of color. This show features an epic 4′ x 12′ mural, “Hissing Uphill”.

“People often want to know what my paintings ‘depict’ or what I paint ‘about’. Truth is, I paint from the void and to the void. I paint because I cannot explain, not because I can. I paint because I know there are others who are painting what is inside of them. I paint because I know there is more to life than what my tongue can describe.” -Chandler Woodfin

You can also shop one of the newest collections by local fashion designer Sheila Klein.


Chandler Woodfin, “Black Mountain”, 24×36″ watercolor on paper (2015)

Chandler Woodfin, “Black Mountain”, 24×36″ watercolor on paper (2015)

Love Letters Intimates (744 Commerce)

Photography by Hollis Hall & Catrina Hall



catrina hall


Murals at 11th & Market


Saiyare Refaei & Tiffanny Hammonds

Game Not Fame

Anthony Duenas

Woolworth Windows

Tacoma Wayzgoose 2014 event at King’s Bookstore.

Tacoma Wayzgoose 2014 event at King’s Bookstore. Photo provided by Wayzgoose.

Pete Goldlust


Shared Housing Services

Angela Larsen and Seabury Middle School Students

Wayzgoose 2017 steamroller prints

Spaceworks Gallery

GTCF Foundation of Art Award Reception →



Award and Exhibit Honoring Pierce County Artists, Join us for Opening Reception

13 Sep

Left: “Strata Discs” by Mindy Barker. Right: “White Ashes 2” by Kenji Stoll. Photo by Kris Crews.


Join us for the opening reception of the 2017 GTCF Foundation of Art Award Exhibit. The award winners will be present, along with live music, appetizers, and the premiere of a video highlighting past award recipients sharing stories and lessons from working as artists in Pierce County.

Third Thursday, September 21, 2017
5 PM – 9 PM – Free and Open to Public
Spaceworks Gallery
950 Pacific Ave. Suite 205, 
Tacoma WA
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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this award, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation has honored ten Pierce County visual artists with a prize, and opportunity to participate in the 2017 exhibit. On display at the Spaceworks Gallery, the exhibit includes artworks from this year’s winners, along with all the past winners. The exhibit runs September 4th through October 19th, 2017.

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GTCF Honors 10 Pierce County Artists with 10th Foundation Of Art Award

14 Jul

Tacoma, WA – Greater Tacoma Community Foundation will honor ten Pierce County visual artists for the 10th Foundation of Art Award in recognition of the growth of the local arts community since the Award’s inception. This year’s awardees span a wide range of artistic mediums, from painting and sculpture, to fabric and letterpress.

The following artists will showcase their work at a dedicated Spaceworks Gallery show and receive $1,000 each: Mindy BarkerHeather CorneliusTodd JannauschJanet Marcavage, Gillian Nordlund, Nicholas NylandChandler O’Leary, Saiyare Refaei, Kenji Stoll, and Chandler Woodfin. The awardees’ art will be on display at Spaceworks Gallery from September 4 to October 19, 2017. Continue reading

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 🙂

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

Landmarks Preservation Commission Awards Spaceworks

9 May
From left: David Schroedel, Metropolitan Development Director at the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber.  Amy McBride, Arts Administrator at the City of Tacoma. Heather Joy, Spaceworks Manager.  Gabriel Brown, Spaceworks Assistant.

Spaceworks accepts award for “Downtown Revitalization”!!! From left: David Schroedel, Metropolitan Development Director at the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber. Amy McBride, Arts Administrator at the City of Tacoma. Heather Joy, Spaceworks Manager. Gabriel Brown, Spaceworks Assistant.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission has a lot to celebrate. This past year they helped pass a “Demolition by Neglect” Ordinance allowing for a more proactive Continue reading

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