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Friday, May 16, 2008

Portraits And Poetry At Tacoma's Impromptu Gallery

Above: Tacoma artist Becky Frehse (left) poses with friend and collaborator Judith van Praag of Seattle (right) and her canine companion, in front of their joint installation at Tacoma's Impromptu Gallery last night during the Tacoma Third Thursday Art Walk. Photo copyright 2008 by Mizu Sugimura.

By the end of the afternoon yesterday the good weather the television forecaster's promised for May's Third Thursday Art Walk in Tacoma had most definitely arrived and light filled the space occupied by the Impromptu Gallery at 608 Fawcett, which bills itself as a contemporary cooperative.

My art minded girlfriend from Federal Way and I once again headed toward the same little oasis of culture that I described in my TNT posting of last month. The reward we get for saving the date is easily becoming a regular habit, and this won't be the last third Thursday that we'll be spending in the South Sound destination that aptly declares itself to be the place where art and nature meet!

Among the featured artists whose work was displayed at the gallery last night included Tacoma's Becky Frehse whose portraits occupied a section of the gallery walls with descriptive poetry written by her friend and collaborator Judith van Praag of Seattle.

Other cooperative members listed at the gallery's online website include: Bill Colby, Bea Geller, Trinda Love, Dorothy McCuistion, Dane Gregory Meyer, Susan Paredes, LeeAnn Perry, Betty Sapp Ragan and Chip Van Gilder.

General viewing hours are from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Thursday - Saturday. More information on the current show can be obtained by calling (253) 572-9232 or at this link.


Judith van Praag said...

Dear Mizu, Thank you again for visiting the Grand Impromptu Gallery during the Tacoma Art Walk. Tacoma is such an artist friendly city, and there seems to be no stop to what's happening, or possible. You've got to love the amount of creativity harbored in the solid architecture of the downtown area. The hearts of so many American cities have become ghost towns, but the people of Tacoma have found the antidote to dreadful malls: Art and artists keep the center of town alive. Hoka Hey! Judith
PS My pooch is thrilled to be in the picture!

JosephMcG said...

The pooch is cool... the art is wonderful... and the artists are all blessings... next Thursday, I'm headed for the gallery...