Tacoma Night Market This Weekend 4.30.22

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.

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A Tacoma Moment

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

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Market of the Beast @ Vermillion

Market of th Beast flyer Seattle
I am excited to be a part of this eclectic collection of workers, weirdos, and witches. Market of the Beast features a contemporary collection of jewelers, fabricators, artists and more. All curated with a delightfully dark aesthetic.
 
Saturday December 11th from 1-6 pm at multiple locations on Capitol Hill in Seattle WA
Unicorn (21+) Vermillion (All Ages) Cafe Racer (All Ages)
Mask & Vax Required $1 Door Donation
 
 
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Market of the Beast

Flier for Market of the Beast
This Sunday October 24th I will be haunting South Tacoma at KVLT Mead. I have been invited to participate in Market of The Beast a traveling dark art market for the weird, wild, odd and occult! This market will have something for everyone; jewelry, divinations supplies, taxidermy, tarot, crystals, and more!
 
This is an all ages event Sunday, Oct 24th, from 1pm-6pm
Masks will be required throughout the event. $1 suggested donation (will be donated to Rainbow Center Tacoma)
 
KVLT Mead 5011 S Washington St Tacoma, WA 98409, 253-666-8739
 
Flyer designed by @emilykocsis

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Arts at the Armory

Visit Arts at the Armory this weekend for the Tacoma Arts Month Celebration.

October 16 & 17 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Tacoma Armory1001 S Yakima Ave Free and for all ages

Over 90 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 World Orchestra on Saturday from 1 – 4 and Stephanie Anne Johnson on Sunday. Music sponsored by KNKX.

Parking: Street parking is available around the Tacoma Armory near the Pierce County-District Court Building, but is limited to either 30 minutes or one hour. Paid public parking is available adjacent to the campus, operated by LAZ Parking (downloadable app available).

Public Transit: The Tacoma Armory is serviced by Pierce Transit bus routes 45 and 28.

Health and Safety: This event will follow all current Covid-19 health and safety protocols. Masks are required, regardless of vaccination status.

Consider bringing a non-perishable food item to donate to Emergency Food Network.

Check out the Arts at the Armory website for all the details and to learn more about these participating artists:

A & G Mealing, Abigail Kok, Adrian Milanio, Ahlix Hale, Alex Cunningham, Alexzandria Garrett, Amy Lewis, Ann Darling, B. Eugene B., Bethany Cramer, Blue Cactus Press, Brenda Cummings, Cassandra Kuring, Chandler O’Leary, Charde’ Baker, Chelsia Berry, Chip Van Gilder, Claire Parrish, Cora Wells, Crystal Cox, Cyan Leder, Danielle Jordan, Darcy Jones, Deborah Renee, Dierdre Patterson, Dino Macioci, Elayne Vogel, Erika Norris, Gillian Nordlund, Hannah Sezer, Heather W. Ernst, Holly Knoll, Hoyt Crace, Ixia Tile Tacoma, Jaeda Reed, Jess Guatney, Jessica Spring, Joe Gallagher, Josh Harriman, Joshua Lee, Judith Perry, Jules Nemish, Julia White, Kathryn Anderson, Katie Dean, Kcie Monk, Kellz Moylan, Kelsey Parkhurst, Kristina Batiste, L. J. Kuring, Luna Malia Azzouni, Lydia K. Valentine, Lynn Di Nino, Lyz Kurnitz-Thurlow, Mackenzie Hough, Maria Jost, Marit Berg, Mark Anthony Smith, Mark Tabaczynski, Mary Mann, Mary Patton, Mauricio Robalino, Mayumi Harris, Melissa Metzler, Nick Stokes, Nicole Turner, Nicole Lockard, Noah Struthers, Nora Prindle, Oliver Doriss, Olivia Sherman, Penny Russell AKA FireHorse, Rachel Heimbigner, Reid Ozaki, Roberto Sanchez, Steven Grice, Suzanne Skaar, Tacoma Life Drawing Group, Tacoma Light Trail, Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center (T.U.P.A.C.), Taylor Cox, Teonna Manson-St. Ours, Teresa Owens, Teri Mori, Tim Peirson, Tracy Painter, Trenard Waite, Trevor Warren, Yuka Petz

Thanks to our event sponsor, Tacoma Arts Live.

Tacoma Arts Month is made possible with the support of these media sponsors: Grit City Magazine, Northwest Public Broadcasting, ParentMap,South Sound Magazine, Macaroni Kid, KNKX, Preview, Showcase, Travel Tacoma.

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Night Market @ Point Ruston

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.

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You’ve been heard!

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!

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The Flea 1 Year Anniversary Art Market

The Flea is celebrating one year as your local plug for Tacoma art and style. To celebrate this milestone they are taking over the block with a multi location art fair of local artists and vendors. In addition to the humble store front on 6th Ave artists will be featured in Jazz Bones and Alley Cat and Scorpio Rising paired with your favorite local DJ’s to keep the vibe going into the night. I’ll be at Jazz Bones with my usual selection of oddities and arts along with some new products Ill be testing out on an unsuspecting audience. I’ve got a Baby Head tribute cup to the late MF DOOM for those that know also a new line of Decal Cups with familiar slogans of Tacoma. Mask up and come on out!

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I love Pagans!

Of all the religious belief structures it turns out I have a soft spot for pagans. Is it their sense of style? Is their inclusiveness, lack of judging others? Nope! It’s their light hearted sense of humor!

This photo was sent to me by A regular collector of Fulcrum Gallery who purchased this and another of the pieces from my Trophy Series. Personally I loved making this series, the creativity, and the technical challenge of producing these small works. Read more about this body of work here and the available pieces in this collection. -Oliver Doriss

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