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  • Writer's pictureAmy

The Tacoma Event, you didn't know about

Updated: Feb 2, 2022


September 11th, 2021. It was a sunny Saturday in September. The event took place from 4:00 to 7:00 pm covering a convenient time of evening light and the happy hour.


It was an art show: a solo exhibit, a happy hour, a studio tour, a shop and a bit of a party. There was wine, Bellini and lots of snacks. On a large white wall hung 10 small watercolors of different beloved foods. In the hallway hung 4 paintings. In the bedroom hung 2 large oil paintings. In the living space hung 6 fine art paintings (3 watercolor, 3 oils). The whole show revolved around my current theme of gratitude. In the paintings the foods/objects/people were ordinary, placed in juxtaposition with fancy surroundings. In middle-class/upper-class America we take so many ordinary things for granted. I want to express the need to have gratitude and to use what we have for the good and empowerment of others.


My studio/apartment. One of the historic buildings in downtown Tacoma has recently become my home/studio. It was the perfect place to have an art show because of the tall ceilings and the natural light provided by large old windows. Studio shows are an intimate way for people to view art. It gives viewers a peek into the artist's life and practice. I also didn't have to transport my work to a far away gallery (or share my cut with anyone).