Join me this weekend, The Lodge at St. Edward Park in Kenmore WA will be hosting a tree lighting ceremony and Holiday Market event. I will have many of my classic gift designs available along with some new pieces created this year. Ornaments, tumblers, and unique sculptures will be among just a few of the amazing things on display, along with offerings from other local artists and vendors. The Tonsorium Bar will have tasty snacks, house-made festive donuts, hot cider, and holiday cocktails to brighten spirits
This event runs from 5pm til 7pm, there will be plenty of free parking, also a festive lighting of the Saint Edward Park tree on the North Lawn at dusk. A live choir will be caroling through the evening and, it is rumored to be a special appearance from Santa himself, rolling up for pictures before flying back to the North Pole. Bring the family and your loved ones.
December 10th & 11th, 11am – 5pm At The Tacoma Armory, 1001 S Yakima Ave Masks required – Free entry
Join myself and other amazing Tacoma artists the weekend of December 10th for Arts at the Armory. Artists will be presenting work and will be available in person learn about their personal artistic process, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. I will be displaying new works, such as my Trophies a current run of Venetian style goblets, In addition to these I will have some old favorites as well. See you there. -Oliver
Over 100 Tacoma artists working in all artistic disciplines and mediums, welcome you to the spacious Tacoma Armory for a unique interactive arts experience.
Artists will be sharing their work and you will have an opportunity to learn about the artistic process, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. Enjoy live music by Kareem Kandi sponsored by KNKX on Saturday, December 10 at 12 pm – 2 pm. There will be a live dance performance sponsored and performed by Syncopation Foundation on Saturday, December 10 at 3-3:45 PM.
Enjoy live music on Sunday, December 11 at noon-1:30pm sponsored and played by Steve and Kristi Nebel. Thanks to our event sponsor, Tacoma Arts Live.December 10 at 12 pm – 2 pm. Thanks to our event sponsor, Tacoma Arts Live.
Check out the Arts at the Armory website for all the details and to learn more about these participating artists:
Adam Duell, Alyssa Ryann, Amy Lewis, Anita Latch, Anna Holcomb, Bethany Cramer, Cameron Decker, Carla Gramlich, Chandler O’Leary, Chelsea Pratt, Cheryl DeGroot, Christina Vega, Claire Edwards, Claudia Riedener, Collin Veenstra, Cora Wells, Cyan Leder, Dallas Blenz, Daniel Hunter, Darcy Jones, Daria Hembree, David Bader, Deborah Renee, Denise Williams, Devonna Celeste Currah, Diane Katz, Dierdre Patterson, Dion Thomas, Ebony Warren, Elizabeth Cadwallader, Elizabeth Gallagher, Emma Kelly, Ethan Budd, Freyja Knott, Gillian Nordlund, Hadiya Finley, Hans Iverson, Haven Livingston, Holly Knoll, Hugo Cruz-Moro, Jaeda Reed, Joe Gallagher, Johnny Crespo, Jonathan Bolivar, Josh Harriman, Joshua Lee, Juan La Torre, Jules Nemish, Julia White, Katherine Hogan, Kathryn Anderson, Katie Dean, Kcie Monk, Kelley Roberts, Kelsey Alger, Kelsey Parkhurst, Kendyl Chasco, Kenya Shakoor, Laurie Davenport, LeShawn Gamble, Linda Finley, Lucy Nilan, Luna Malia Azzouni, Lynn Di Nino, Lydia K. Valentine, Lyz Kurnitz-Thurlow, Mark Monlux, Mary Mann, Mary Patton, Mauricio Robalino, Mayumi Harris, Michelle Osborne, Mike Murphy, Miranda Hemlee, Miriam Barnett, Nick Stokes, Nicole Turner, Nora Prindle, Nori Kimura, Oliver Doriss, Olivia Sherman, Penny FireHorse, Rachel Heimbigner, Rebecca Connolly, Reggie Mosby, Reid Ozaki, Roxann Murray, Ryan McDonald, Shanna Evanger, Sheila Fore-Williams, Shelly Manteufel, Steve and Kristi Nebel, Steven Grice, Suzanne Skaar, Sydney Hunt, Tacoma Light Trail, Taylor Cox, Teonna Manson-St.Ours, Teresa Owens, Teri Mori, Terry Bader, Tom Comstock, Tonya Kelly, Tracy Painter, Tre James, Trenton Quiocho, and Yoshi Nakagawa
This weekend I’m setting up my goods at the Foss Waterway Seaport for the ever popular Tacoma Night Market. I have been a part of this market for many years, possibly since it’s inception. It has been amazing watching this market grow, finding it’s voice and ultimately it’s perfect location. The Foss Waterway Seaport is such a location, with it’s spacious lofty construction and the incredible collection of wooden boats this venue has a historical element that is humbling and unique.
Join me and the other makers this weekend Saturday from 5-10pm and the the lively “Drag Brunch” on Sunday from 11-4. I will have unique items not found on my normal selling platforms along with some new items like the “Tacoma Dicer” my new silver decal drinking tumblers. see you there.
As my regular furnace work has declined I have shifted to online sales and local markets for additional revenue. Piecing together ones income through street fairs and makers markets is a bit of a grind. Pack your car, drive in set up, charm the civilians, pray for sales, pack it up, go home. It’s sort of a carnival lifestyle. You get to know the regular vendors, swap stories make friends. It’s not bad hustle, but ultimately it is a bit of a grind.
Now after a full day of vending I am often depleted, so I often treat myself to a warm meal and delicious beverage for self care. On this particular Sunday I found myself at Top of Tacoma a local eatery on the crest of McKinley hill. As my eyes adjusted to the dim interior I realized it was full of many of my favorite people from Tacoma. After a stiff drink and some catching up we got around to current glass pieces I am working on. Introducing Dicer 253 the newest edition to my Tacoma Tumbler series. I enchanted my friends with product pictures on my phone, and it wasn’t long before we were out side making deals in front of the VFW. There I was in the street slangin’ glass out my trunk on a Sunday afternoon. I made half as much money on the corner as I did at the market! What a life! That’s Tacoma! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Last weekend Tacoma really stepped up the love. The amount of quality interactions and experiences confirmed to me that I was living in the right city in the right time line. It was one of those particular nights where everything lined up just right. A beautiful spring evening, vibrant bar scene and an art opening at Tacoma Art Museum were just a few of the elements I had to look forward to.
Now I’m local, living in the Hilltop neighborhood not far from downtown. So I marched my butt on down to Pacific Avenue to check out the art show. As Tacoma is a big small city it was inevitable that I would run into a number of it’s amazing citizens along the way. First to roll up on me was Kharen Nakauye AKA DJ Special K racing up the hill to Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center. I then happened upon artist Holly Senn shopping at a local design store. We stopped for a brief chat before I continued on my way down town. At the corner of 11th I turned at the site of the late Luzon Building built in 1890, demolished in 2009. As I rounded the now empty lot I was struck by how lovely and inviting this seemingly manicured empty lot appeared. A series of bonsai like shrubs graced the landscape and were accompanied by unique sculpted openings at the base of each. It reminded me hobbit shire from J.R.R. Tolkins Lord of the Rings. The whole place had an intimate calm about it similar to that of a zen garden. To complete the magic of this forgotten space I was pleased to meet the guardians of this forgotten realm. Cute furry mammals playing and chasing one an other, going on about their daily routine.
After tearing myself away from the Zen Rodent Shire I navigated onward to Tacoma Art Museum. The main entrance was closed so I gained access through the rear of the building. Upon exiting the elevator I found myself in a crowded hallway behind the glass cases on the main floor. That’s when it hit me. Although I was invited by a donor this was a members only RSVP event… Time to blend in and act natural.
GATHER: 27 years of Hiltop Artists at Tacoma Art Museum is a showing of both current and alumni artists from the unique Hilltop Artists Glass program. Dale Chihuly, a Tacoma native started this program 27 years ago as a way to bring the glass craft the the under served population of Tacoma. As I have worked intimately in the Tacoma art scene for over 20 years, I am quite familiar with many of these artists and their works. This event truly captured the energy and importance of the Hilltop Artists program. What I didn’t expect from this exhibition was the generational factor. Glass artist Trenton Quiocho who is also the current shop manager at the Hilltop Artists Program curated GATHER. This was his first experience putting together a show of this size. His choices and selections addressed the community and reflected the art current art scene in Tacoma. However it really hit home for me during the address by our mayor Victoria Woodards thanking those who worked to bring this event together. She addressed the tired trope, “the youth are the future” as incorrect. The youth are our present and we need them as leaders and to follow the insight they provide .
I left this event riding high and happy with my choices. Many of the young artists that were on display that evening will be part of a show at Fulcrum Gallery in May. This exhibition is titled Riff Raff and is part of the Glass Art Society international conference in Tacoma Washington. It is a show that I have personally curated to feature many of my favorite artists in the area. Artists outside of the usual cannon of glass. The true backbone of the glass community. -Oliver Doriss
Night Market is back in swing with a new outdoor location. Join us down at Point Ruston for a lovely fall exhibition featuring your favorite local artists and makers. The afternoon of October 2nd from 3pm to 9pm, music, food and art. What could be more fun on a sunny autumnal afternoon.
September 25th At the Schack Art Center in Everett Washington
On September 25th from 9:00 am-3:00 pm at the Schack Art Center in Everett Washington join me and hundreds of other artists from around the region as we empty our studios revealing goodies, gifts and one offs. The annual street sale in front of the Schack Art Center known as the Artist Garage Sale has become know as the go to for artist deals and hook ups! Be prepared for some serious art bargains!
Free Admission – Opens at 9am
Become an art collector without breaking the bank. You’ll find incredible bargains on old and new stock including glass, ceramics, watercolors, oils, acrylics, recycled art, photography, garden art and much more – all at fabulous prices.
Location: Schack Art Center at 2921 Hoyt Ave., on the street in front of the building.
Directions: If you are coming from the South: Take exit 192 off of I-5 to 41st street, then head North on Colby Ave. to downtown Everett.
If you are coming from the North: Consider taking exit 198 off of I-5 to Hwy 529, then following W. Marine View Drive along the Everett waterfront until you eventually turn left on Hewitt Ave. and arrive in downtown Everett.
Parking: Street parking is free on weekends in downtown Everett. We also recommend Everpark Garage one-block North of the Schack, which is also free on weekends.
Celebrate this Labor Day weekend Tacoma style! Saturday September 4th The Summer Blast hosted by Metro Parks is the PNW outdoor celebration you deserve! It all goes down at the new Dune Peninsula Park at the terminus of Ruston Way. There will be live music from 2:30-8:45 pm on the Cambia Legacy Lawn opening up with DJ ZETA followed by awesome cover bands through the afternoon. At dusk fireworks will be launched from a barge anchored in the sound. The show will be visible all along Ruston way. I will be participating in the vendor village along with tons of great artists from 12-8 pm hosted by Night Market with my unique brand of glass ware. gifts, oddities and collectables for your consumption. I plan on having a fresh run of my popular Skull Tumblers and a selection of these delicate Hexagonal aperitif cups I’ve just started making. And the really wild thing about this is the event is totally Free!
I have been invited to be part of the pride celebration this year put on by The Mix . This Saturday July 10th. Located at the corner of 7th and Saint Helens Ave there will be a Makers Market from 12 – 7 in addition to the wild festivities throughout the day. The Market features local crafts-persons and artists in addition to performers and DJ’s durring the Block Party.
Happy Pride! I took this opportunity to create some new Items for your enjoyment! I put my personal spin on a favorite local product known as the “Float” or Sea Ball. I have modified my signature silver cutting process used in my Decal Cups to create custom crests for these decorative floats. And because of pride I produced some in a rainbow hue, kind of a Pride ball if you will, complete with the prerequisite unicorn. Available this weekend or at my studio on Hilltop located in the back of Fulcrum Gallery.
This Sunday we’re doing it again, Never Heard’s 2nd multi location shopping shuffle! Come out and quarantine with the rest of your long forgotten friends! The weather will be just fine! After your delicious brunch stroll the ave shopping for gifts and fashions like only Tacoma can serve up!
Now I love the energy on 6th ave I always have a good time. I will be at Jazzbones from 12 – 7 pm with my eclectic brand of unique glassware. Baby Head Cups, Diamond Facet Wine Bulbs, the exquisite GlassEarth I’ll be presenting a new batch of Tacoma Tumblers along with some Venetian inspired aperitif cups. Always something new, come by and see!