Tag Archives: Turtledust Media

Art + Films at High Five! on Sept. 12

9 Sep

We’re less than a week away from High Five, our Sept. 12 community celebration on Hilltop! Just in case you need more reasons to attend, here are details about the GREAT art and film highlights!

If you haven’t already had a chance to RSVP for the event or sign up to volunteer, now’s the time!

During High Five!, you'll find special art displays and performances in the businesses across from People's Park and an outdoor movie theater in the backyard behind SPUN. (Shown here is the backyard party space during last year's Quadruple Grand Opening.)

During High Five!, you’ll find special art displays and performances in the businesses across from People’s Park and an outdoor movie theater in the backyard behind SPUN. (Shown here is the backyard party during last year’s Quadruple Grand Opening.)

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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

The Butlers

28 Mar
"The Butlers" family portrait by Nick Butler

“The Butlers” family portrait by Nick Butler

Spaceworks’ latest participants, the Butler family, are a bundle of talent and entrepreneurship.  They are hosting a variety of events and opportunities in their new space located at 717 Tacoma Ave., provided by our partner Seven Seventeen Investors.

Nick Butler (artist/animator/digital media guru) is utilizing the space as a hub for his animation studio Turtledust Media.  During the six months of support from Spaceworks, Turtledust media will host a variety of animation related events, and educational opportunities, while continuing to work on the studio’s first fully computer generated animated short titled Peanut Butter Jelly Jam.

Beth Butler (massage therapist/instructor/general health guru) will be hosting a series of classes in the space.  Beth graduated from Nevada School of Massage Therapy, and went on to study Eastern Religions and Literature at Pacific Lutheran University.  Besides running her business as a practitioner, she has taught classes on Acupressure, Shiatsu, Reflexology, and Cranial Sacral Therapy.  Her current classes are tailored to massage therapist but open to anyone in Self Help, Shiatsu, and Acupressure.  For more information visit her website.  Here is a list of upcoming class offerings: Continue reading

Introducing Turtledust Media

19 Mar
A new animation studio in Tacoma.

A new animation studio in Tacoma.

Written by Fletch Joyner

Turtledust Media, led by artist Nick Butler, is looking to draw Tacoma into the animation scene.  As part of Tacoma’s Spaceworks program, Nick and his team (www.turtledustmedia.com) have been given six months and an office space to set up a functioning animation studio.  They are in the midst of phase one of a fundraising campaign to raise money for their first fully computer animated short, “The Peanut Butter Jelly Jam”.


Color script for ‘Peanut Butter Jelly Jam”

“Tacoma is poised to take its place on the animation stage,” says Nick Butler, lead artist for Turtledust Media. Tacoma sits between Portland and Seattle, cities with already established animation industries. Seattle’s gaming industry was the 2nd highest US employer of animators outside L.A in 2012. Nick studied figure drawing and animation at the Animator’s Guild in Los Angeles, but decided to bring his talents and dreams of starting his own animation studio to Tacoma. “It used to be that you had to live in L.A. or New York and know someone in the business. But with recent advancements in technology, Continue reading

Art Bus 4 Year Anniversary Tour

19 Mar

The Art Bus turns four years old tomorrow night!  The featured Spaceworks stop will be Turtledust Media.  Don’t miss this most special tour, click here to get tickets.


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