Spaceworks Spring Opening, April 21, 5-7p.m.

Clear your calendar for the Third Thursday Art Walk, when artists Jeremy Gregory and Chris Sharp host the Spaceworks Tacoma spring kick-off party at their studio at 904 Broadway (across from the Pantages).

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Meet these and other Spaceworks artists and take a tour of Chris and Jeremy’s awesome painting studio, which features works-in-progress, and a skateboard quarter-pipe for stress relief. Then, start your art walk to see all the amazing new Artscapes projects energizing the neighborhood…

The War Experience Project

At 906 Broadway, don’t miss the closing reception for the outstanding War Experience Project, featuring uniforms painted by military veterans. This powerful exhibition carries viewers into the harrowing personal experiences of men and women vets in a way that words simply can’t. Also on display are conflict-related paintings and sculpture by ex-military.

At 915 Pacific Avenue, two performance groups, the BareFoot Collective  dance troupe and 4th Wall Theater Company, will be on site rehearsing, and chatting with visitors about upcoming shows they have planned for their three-month Spaceworks Tacoma residencies. At 1114 Pacific, check out new work, including lighter-than-air (or so it looks) wooden furniture by conceptual artist James Sinding; The Coma Collective, made up of the bands Slushy and Red Hex, may also make an appearance.

Installation by Jessica Spring

The Woolworth Building (11th & Broadway) is ablaze with thought provoking, new installations: Amy Oates, Jessica Spring and Holly Senn are very different artists who all work in the paper medium (cut, printed and sculpted, respectively), while Gabriel Brown and Julie Jansen employ other people’s refuse as material for art.

At 908-912 Broadway, installations by Rachel Hibbard and Nicole Linde plumb the nature of time and the cosmos, while Celeste Cooning‘s The Golden Hour showers pink-and-gold light into the evening through screens of very delicately and intricately perforated paper.

"Pacific Park" by Cheryl Rux and Nichole Vandever

There’s a new “park” at the corner of 950 Pacific Avenue – thanks to artists Nichole Vandever and Cheryl Rux, and the efforts of scores of Tacoma grade school kids, who collected the mountains of recycled material required to create their wonderland-in-a-window, Pacific Park.

Finally, be sure and check out Tea for Short Expectations, artist Cat Grey‘s sweetly morbid, peephole window exhibit in Opera Alley (across from Over the Moon café) – it’s worth the extra steps.

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