The 19th Annual IN THE SPIRIT Arts Market and Northwest Native Festival

The IN THE SPIRIT Arts Market and Northwest Native Festival is an annual summer celebration of Native arts and culture. The festival offers a variety of activities for all ages, including art exhibitions, a fashion show at the Tacoma Art Museum, live performances, artisan vendors, interactive activities, and food. This free community event is hosted …

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Fall Arts Walk Registration – Artists and Hosting Locations

Arts Walk invites artists and performers of all art forms and their host locations to register as participants for fall Arts Walk 2024, October 4 & 5. Arts Walk is a community-wide celebration of the arts that happens in partnership with local businesses and organizations. Participation is simple: between now and July 15 (although earlier …

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Ten Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith

Ten Acrobats in an Amazing Leap of Faith by Yussef El Guindi Directed by Agastya Kohli May 24 – June 16, 2024 Multi-award-winning playwright Yussef El Guindi’s humorous and surprising family comedy brings just the right amount of chaos and poignancy as it depicts universal themes of belonging, desire, culture, and faith. This show will …

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Pastiche: Senior Capstone Exhibition

Please join the Department of Communication, Media & Design Arts to celebrate the accomplishments of graduating artists in the culmination of their degree program in an exhibition entitled Pastiche. Opening Reception: April 17, 5-7pm April 17, 2024 – May 24, 2024 The University Gallery is open Monday-Friday, 8 am-4 pm or by appointment

The Claytons’ End of 2023 Art and Book Sale

We’re having a studio art and book sale at our home/office/studio in Olympia, Washington on the weekend of December 16 and 17.  We hope you will join us! We’ve recently been hit hard with home repairs—everything hitting all at once— a new roof, new gutters, replacing a furnace and electrical panel, cleaning ductwork, adding insulation, …

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REVIEW: Childhood’s End 50th-Anniversary Exhibition, Part 2

By Alec Clayton For half a century, Childhood’s End Gallery has been Olympia’s paramount art gallery. Bill and Richenda Richardson opened the gallery and gift shop in 1971. Since then, they’ve introduced many of the region’s best painters, sculptors and craftspersons to our town. Today, they continue to display works, not only by outstanding local …

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Olympia Comics Festival 2019

Annual festival showcases world-class cartoonists, and now includes a wedding! By NED HAYES Olympia’s Comics Festival returns on Saturday, June 15. This free exposition was created in 2001 by Danger Room proprietor Frank Hussey and has grown tremendously over the past 19 years. This year’s day-long festival expo will feature more than 50 tables with …

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VISUAL ART REVIEW: Jean Mandeberg at Bar Francis

VISUAL ART REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Bar Francis is a tiny coffee shop on Franklin Street nestled between Dumpster Values and Old School Pizza. It’s a place that you could easily walk right past without knowing it is there. But if you walk right past this month you’ll miss some fascinating art. Currently …

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Visual Art Review: The Personal is Political

Visual Art Review: the annual postcard show at South Puget Sound Community College ART REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS You’ll find the good, the bad and the you-gotta-be-kidding-me at the annual postcard exhibition at South Puget Sound Community College. There are professional artists in the show, including many of Olympia’s best, and there …

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Olympia Beer advertisement: "Always Welcome"

“It’s the Art” of Olympia Beer Advertising

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS “It’s the water” is the slogan that put Olympia on the map — even though Olympia Beer was brewed in Tumwater. Now the Olympia Tumwater Foundation is hosting an art show called It’s the Art! It’s sponsored by O Bee Credit Union and features 58 advertising artworks created for …

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