Monday, July 20, 2009

Tacoma's Third Thursday Artwalk: Nancy Worden Discussion.

Last Thursday was a truly beautiful summer day in the Pacific Northwest and what better way to enjoy it, then to head over to Tacoma's Third Thursday Artwalk. Perfect weather and art!

The Artwalk was first launched in 1989 by a small "dedicated group of artists and gallery owners to help draw more patronage to the downtown arts scene." Each third Thursday of every month from 5-8 pm member galleries have receptions, demonstrations and artists on site. Also, the Museum of Glass and Washington State History Museum have free admission during the artwalk, while the Tacoma Art Museum is free all day.

Last week, the Tacoma Art Museum had a discussion of Nancy Worden's work in connection to her exhibition (Loud Bones: The Jewelry of Nancy Worden) at the museum as well as Metal-URGE. In her discussion (The Mythological Maps of Nancy Worden), Nancy Worden talked about her work and how she was trying to describe moments in her life, which evolved to "her search for the universal threads in the stories of our lives".

After the discussion, we made our way to the gallery to see her work.(However, unfortunately your not able to take pictures in the gallery areas of the museum.)

The Tacoma Art Museum also currently has another jewelry exhibition up, titled "Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection."

Here is a brief description of the exhibition:

"Ornament as Art is the first major exhibition of contemporary jewelry to fully explore its impact as a global art form. Drawing from the highly regarded collection of jewelry expert, gallerist, and educator Helen Williams Drutt English, the exhibition examines the art and design of contemporary jewelry, placing it firmly within the artistic movements of the 20th century."

It was so neat to see such an array of work. I am planning on going back some time soon to take a bit more time to look at this stunning exhibition. If you live in the area or are planning a visit to Tacoma, I definitely recommend seeing the "Ornament as Art" exhibition.

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