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Bright scenes of sea and land

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Bright scenes of sea and land

I wasn't sure I wanted to review Barbara Noonan's work at Childhood's End Gallery because the image I saw on the announcement looked too much like too many other landscapes I have seen -- pretty, predictable and unimaginative. But when I saw the work in the gallery, I recognized a

Olympia’s fall theater scene

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Olympia’s fall theater scene

I know it's the oldest cliché in the book, but Olympia's fall theater scene has something for everyone, from mystery to comedy to children's fare to musicals, and various mixtures of all that. Harlequin Productions' season runs later than other theaters, meaning as the fall season opens everywhere else, they are

‘To Sing of Beauty’

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‘To Sing of Beauty’

In case you haven't noticed, Tacoma's art scene is no longer provincial. The City of Destiny is now a center of grown-up art, art that is socially and politically hip, that comments on current issues that can dare to be innovative and risky. Part of it might be an influx

OFT receives Award of Excellence

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OFT receives Award of Excellence

At the Washington Center for the Performing Arts' third annual Center Stage Awards & Gala in July, 232 guests cheered as Olympia Family Theater was presented with an Award of Excellence for "achievement in the arts." "This was an extraordinary evening of generosity and love for the arts," said Washington Center

“Make/Do” at History Museum

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“Make/Do” at History Museum

"Make/Do" at the Washington State History Museum is an exhibition of fine and utilitarian art made with found and previously used items from the 1700s to contemporary works by local and regional artists including Marita Dingus, Pat Tassoni and Jean Mandeberg. There are 180 items on display from children's toys made

‘Women in Wood’ at American Art Company

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‘Women in Wood’ at American Art Company

"Women in Wood" continues through Sept. 15 at American Art Company, showcasing turned wood pieces by 13 women woodworkers from around the country, including Helga Winter, Betty Scarpino, Cindy Drozda, Dixie Biggs, Donna Zils Banfield and Barbara Dill. As a bonus, Winter is showing eight pieces from a new series

Ruthless!

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Ruthless!

The subtitle "the stage mother of all musicals" only begins to hint at what this campy musical is all about. It is a parody on just about everything, from Gypsy and Mame to The Bad Seed and All About Eve, and most of the female actors belt out their songs

A hodgepodge of art at Art House Designs

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A hodgepodge of art at Art House Designs

Olympia's Art House Designs is not your typical art gallery. They seldom have regularly scheduled shows. Rather, it is more like an art fair or a funhouse of contemporary art with prints, paintings, ceramics and sculptures by more than 30 artists, including such popular local artists as Barlow Palminteri, Simon

Architecture, memory and nature

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Architecture, memory and nature

"Study of Site and Space" at 950 Gallery is the best theme show around. It is a group exhibition featuring 16 Northwest artists that, according to curator and show participant Allison Hyde, "seeks to address the innate human connection to site and space through 2D, 3D and mixed-media art (representing)

Essences of the seashore

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Essences of the seashore

Christopher Mathie is a frequent exhibiting artist at Childhood's End. It's been long enough since I've seen his work that it's a pleasure to see it again, even if the paintings in his current show are a tad too much like ones I've seen before. Is he recycling previously shown

Meet Chris Serface

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Meet Chris Serface

South Sound theater lovers love Chris Serface, actor, director and Managing Artistic Director at Tacoma Little Theatre. From Olympia but now living in Tacoma, Serface has been active in theater from childhood. During his educational and professional career, he has traveled throughout the West, working closely with many theaters as

Best Working Art Gallery: Feast Arts Center

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Best Working Art Gallery: Feast Arts Center

Feast Arts Center has quickly become Tacoma's most avant garde gallery featuring the most challenging of contemporary visual arts including painting, sculpture, installations, conceptual and performance art -- respecting history and tradition while pushing the envelope. Plus, Feast has classes ranging from live figure drawing sessions to classes in performance

Nicholas Nyland’s ‘Reliquary’

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Nicholas Nyland’s ‘Reliquary’

Nicholas Nyland has been showing art around Tacoma for quite some time, and I thought I was familiar with his work, but the raw stoneware and terracotta earthenware in his show "Reliquary" at Feast Arts Center offers some things I've not seen from him before. His explosions of primary colors

Broadway Olympia Productions

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Broadway Olympia Productions

A new theater company premieres its opening season the weekend of Aug. 16-19 with the popular musical Legally Blonde, to be followed by other hit musicals: The Rocky Horror Show in October, The Wedding Singer in February, Young Frankenstein in March, and Cabaret in May. For the first season, at

Old friends and familiar names

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Old friends and familiar names

Works by many of the best area artists can be seen at the "Southwest Washington Juried Exhibition" at South Puget Sound Community College. Old friends and familiar names are represented, such as Susan Aurand, Melissa Barnes, Lynette Charters, Doyle Fanning, Lisa Kinoshita, Mary McCann and Jason Sobottka, all-in-all more than

Shakespeare in the Park

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Shakespeare in the Park

Animal Fire Theatre's The Winter's Tale is the way Shakespeare in the Park should be done. The outdoor setting is a clearing surrounded by sky-high evergreens, and on the perfect summer's evening when I attended, even the mosquitoes cooperated by going somewhere else. Despite a peculiarity, which I shall mention momentarily, The

Stories of freedom

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Stories of freedom

Jacci Lynn Butler's "Holy Trinity and Other Tales in Abstract" at Browsers Book Shop is this artist's first exhibition. When I visited, there were half a dozen small works on a couch waiting to be hung. In the staircase ascending to the upstairs gallery space were five small abstract paintings

Book Art on Display

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Book Art on Display

Book artists, meaning artists who create books conceived as works of art, combine many of the most fascinating elements of books - stories told with words and sometimes illustrated with pictures - and elements of visual arts such as drawn, painted and sculpted images. When these elements are skillfully woven

Art popping up all over Tacoma

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Art popping up all over Tacoma

Pop-up galleries are the latest thing all over the country. Pop-ups feature art exhibitions that are usually of short duration and often in non-commercial venues such as private homes or vacant storefronts. In Olympia, the premiere pop-up gallery is Allsorts in the home of artist Lynette Charters and actor John

Lysistrata

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Lysistrata

Well over 2,000 years ago, the city of Athens, Greece, was treated to a sexy and hilarious anti-war farce called Lysistrata by the writer Aristophanes. Now it is making its way to Tacoma's Dukesbay Theater in an anonymous adaptation believed to have been by Oscar Wilde, directed by Niclas Olson

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