Art + Films at High Five! on Sept. 12

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.)

Art on View

In addition to artwork in the booths of Spaceworks’ alumni in People’s Park, you’ll find special shows and performances in the open businesses across the street:

Asia Tail

Local artist Asia Tail has been a tenant at 1120 Creative House since its grand opening earlier this year and has now transitioned to a lease-paying tenant in Studio 209. Asia describes her artistic process as a search for “alternative means of communication” “through images of found and sometimes failed messages.”  She also shares:

“My work questions language and art discourse, which so often overwhelm the experience between artwork and viewer. My paintings point to the viewer’s responsibility to consider the role of language in images by referencing speech or reading without ever fully reverting to it. A worm nearly struggles into a letterform. Objects sprawled in a pattern on the ground call to be read like stars or tea leaves, but remain obtuse. These messages continue to transform only with the willing participation of the viewer. The paintings call for interpretation through intuition rather than rhetoric.”

You can see more of Asia’s work on her website and at Concrete Market, 917 S MLK Jr. Way, from 4 to 11 pm on Sept. 12. You can also read about her work related to the Contemporary Native Voices project on the Tacoma Art Museum website.

Haden Luther

A regular at SPUN Clay Arts Studio & Gallery, Haden Luther is 16 years old and has Autism. He has been creative for a while now using playdoh, drawing and using jumbo pipe cleaners, and has just started using clay in the last year—discovering a new passion. Inspired by his love of dragons, dinosaurs and Godzilla, Haden’s sculptures bring him joy and he is very proud to share them with the community.

Stop by and see Haden’s work at SPUN, 923-A S MLK Jr. Way, on Sept. 12 from 4 to 11 pm.

Local Short Films

Saturday promises to be warm, but bring your blankets for when the sun goes down and the movies come on.

Beginning at 8 pm behind SPUN, we’ll be screening short films from local talent:

Crews Creative presents the music video for “King of the Jungle” by Humble Club

You may have caught this video at the Tollbooth Gallery as part of the Personal Power Company’s recent Artscapes installation. The video features band members: Allan Boothe, Geoff Weeg, Adam Hall, and Rick King, as well as Jeremy Gregory juggling and skateboarding and Patrick Doherty on BMX. Kris Crews’ involvement with Spaceworks has been extensive over the past five years, including as one of the first Creative Enterprise spaces, through multiple Artscapes installations, as a current tenant at 1120 Creative House, and as the designated Spaceworks photographer and videographer. (Smile for the camera when you see him snapping pics at our event!)

Check out Kris’s Spaceworks playlist and more of his videos on YouTube, or find Crews Creative on Facebook.

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Still from music video for “King of the Jungle” by Crews Creative
Blue Melon Productions presents “Pistachios” and “An Unstill Life” 

Terese Cuff’s lively animated shorts use a hand-crafted aesthetic and dry humor to pull the viewer into her films. Terese is a 2015 alum of Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise training program and will have an Artscapes installation at the Tollbooth Gallery and in the Woolworth Windows in 2016.

Find out more about Blue Melon Productions on their website.

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Still from “An Unstill Life” by Blue Melon Productions
Turtledust Media presents “Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda” and “Flashlight Princess”

Nick Butler’s animated shorts are fairy-tale-esque, complete with bedtime rhymes, and a suitable delight for adults and children. Nick went through the Creative Enterprise training program in 2013 and launched his business in 2014 in a space that Spaceworks helped him acquire.

You can learn more about why Nick chose to partner with Spaceworks on our blog and about Turtledust Media by visiting their website.

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Still from “The Legend of the Flashlight Princess” by Turtledust Media
Schnelluloid Film presents “Night Music”

“Night Music” is an avante-garde short that examines poverty in a choppy, hurried style. Isaac Olsen originally created the film for the Grand Cinema’s 2015 72-hour film festival. In 2010, Isaac’s artist residency at Rialto Theatre was one of Spaceworks’ first Special Projects. Later in 2013, Isaac went through the Creative Enterprise training program, and he is now a tenant at 1120 Creative House.

You can see more of Isaac’s work on the Schnelluloid Film website.

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Still from “Night Music” by Schnelluloid Film


Around 8:30, following the local short films, stock up on popcorn and settle in to watch Ghostbusters (the 1984 version, of course). Thanks to Hilltop Kitchen for sponsoring this top-notch finale to our celebration!

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See you in Hilltop on Saturday!

High Five! is generously supported with help from the following sponsors:


Central Neighborhood Council


KUOW News and Information (media sponsor)

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City of Tacoma Environmental Services

Umpqua Bank


Hilltop Kitchen

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