Tacoma Art Museum: making history

Tacoma Art Museum's Making HistoryOn November 15, 2014, Tacoma, Washington, will be abuzz as Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) reaches the culmination of a four-year journey including an expansion and gift of one of the top Western American art collections in the country. The museum’s “Go West” adventure began with a conversation between Director Stephanie Stebich and John Barline, a representative for Erivan and Helga Haub, who donated 295 works from their family’s Western American art collection to TAM. Today, the museum stands transformed with 16,000 dazzling new square feet and four spacious galleries showcasing this internationally recognized collection, most of which has never before been on public view. Join TAM on November 15 for the Go West Grand Opening, and be one of the first to experience all that is new at the museum; doors open at 9:30 am.

An official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:00 am on November 15 marks the opening of the doors to the new galleries and the inaugural exhibition, featuring more than 130 works of Western American art. Along with traditional horses and cowboys there are many surprises: dynamic bronze sculptures, alluring landscapes, superb portraits and delightful pop-art takes on the American West. The art and architecture connect the history of the West with today’s Tacoma. Designed by Olson Kundig Architects in Seattle, this is Tom Kundig’s first completed museum design, and was completed on time and on budget by Sellen Construction.

Mayor Marilyn Strickland commented on this significant addition to the city’s robust Museum District and its relationship to economic growth. “The Haub collection and the new expansion of the Tacoma Art Museum exemplify the ongoing revitalization of our downtown core as a destination. TAM has raised our city’s national profile as a leader in the arts.” TAM’s visitation is expected to rise 20% with the expansion, bringing local, regional, and out-of-area visitors to Tacoma’s downtown.

If you were among the hundreds of community members who donated a blanket to Marie Watt’s sculpture, Blanket Stories: Transportation Object, Generous Ones, Trek, opening day will be your chance to see the final work. Two tall, curving towers of stacked blankets, cast in bronze and finished in a color Watt calls “Safety Blue,” will be installed at the southern end of the Haub Family Galleries along Pacific Avenue. As you approach the museum on opening day you will also notice the 35-foot-tall entry canopy and red-lined entry doors. On the parking level, Julie Speidel’s red, blue, and silver sculptural installation Kinetic Repose marks a well-lit glass-enclosed entry vestibule. The outdoor sculptures and the architectural design result in a stronger connection between the museum and surrounding environment, supporting TAM’s mission of connecting people through art.


What can you do at the opening day celebrations? First, witness the 10:00 am dedication ceremony with a blessing by the Puyallup Canoe Family; remarks from Stebich, the Haub family, and Congressman Derek Kilmer; and the much-anticipated ribbon-cutting. Foss High School Band will add to the fanfare. Then be among the first to stroll through the brand new Haub Family Galleries. Live music continues throughout the day. Check TAM’s new website for a full schedule of events, www.TacomaArtMusem.org.

America’s Car Museum’s Annual Pacific Northwest Concours d’Elegance, Best-of-Show

Best of ShowBEST IN SHOW

More than One hundred and fifty of the finest vintage automobiles in the U.S. converged upon LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) for the annual Pacific Northwest Concours d ’Elegance.

Featured classes for the concours included early and significant BMWs and Ford Mustangs as well as flathead hot rods, “American tail fins,” pre-WWII classics, pre-1920 Brass Era cars and others. After judges scrutinized rows of cars on ACM’s Haub Family Show Field, a 1928 Isotta Fraschini Tipo SASS owned by Peter Boyle of Covington, Ohio, emerged as “Best of Show.”

“This Isotta is among the best of its breed,” said Madeira. “Given the stiff competition, we recognize how well-earned this award is.”

During the weekend, ACM presented its annual “Master Collector Award” on Peter Hageman, Al McEwan and Glenn Mounger – all renowned members of the international vintage vehicle collector community. “Each of these Master Collectors has made major contributions to the collector community through their involvements with the Pebble Beach Concours d‘Elegance, the Classic Car Club of America and countless other automotive events and organizations. They have also provided great service to the Museum helping us create the largest private auto museum in the country and major  tourist destination in the Pacific Northwest,” said Madeira. “It is with their counsel, advocacy and support that ACM has become more than just a car museum; it’s a cultural hotspot.”


The concours also featured a 100-mile “Tour du Jour” around Puget Sound’s scenic back country. During Saturday evening’s sold-out Dinner d‘Elegance, ACM hosted a charity auction with a 2015 BMW i3, a new electric car donated by Supporting Sponsor BMW Northwest, as its centerpiece.

“America’s Car Museum works very hard to preserve the history of the automobile industry and embrace its future and we are proud to participate by providing the all-electric BMW i3 for auction at this event,” said Manfred Scharmach, CEO and president, BMW Northwest.

The auction raised funds for the Museum’s Hagerty Education Program which provides scholarships and grants to young people pursuing an education in collector car restoration. The Concours weekend raised $227,446, and its net proceeds will support the Hagerty Education Program at the Museum.


Community Hospital Updates Maternity Unit

maternityOlympia area mothers-to-be who plan to deliver their babies at Capital Medical Center this fall can look forward to a comfortable new spa-like environment. Renovations of the Women’s Services unit—which include adding two labor and delivery suites, a more modern look, and improved functionality—are scheduled to be completed in October. The hospital staff pushed for this remodel so they could make deliveries even more special than they already are.

“We want to cradle new moms and their spouses in a positive environment,” says Gail Yandell, director of Women’s Services.

Designed with comfort in mind for the new mothers, fathers and babies, the remodel is expected to cost $1.2 million. That includes pastel colors in the rooms and the hallway, new wood floors, new light fixtures, easier-to-use showers in the rooms, a soaking tub to ease pain during labor, more comfortable furniture in the waiting room, beds in the rooms for spouses, and even new cribs for the infants.

Chief Nursing Officer Becky Means says, “We treat these people like our neighbors because many of them actually are. Our nurses who live in the community give high-quality personal attention, and we want that same quality to show in the aesthetics and décor of our birthing suites.”

Yandell says 660 babies are born at the center each year. She anticipates that number will be increasing because the updates will make the facility more desirable to pregnant mothers. Capital Medical also has a lactation consultant on staff who helps moms get started with breast feeding. The consultant is also available by phone or in person free of charge after new moms go home.

The center will continue to receive patients during construction because only two rooms will be under construction at a time, says Julie Leydelmeyer, director of marketing and public affairs.

A tour of the Women’s Services unit can be scheduled by calling 360.956.3587.


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Award Winning Redesigned Interiors

interior-afterShowCase Magazine salutes the winners of the Master Builders Association’s 2014 Remodeling Excellence (REX) Awards. The awards salute the best craftsmanship, innovation and attention to detail for remodeling projects throughout the county. Projects were judged by leaders from other Washington state home building associations on the quality, use of appropriate materials and designs, creativity and workmanship.

Remodelers’ work can also be seen on the Tour of Remodeled Homes, being held September 27 & 28 throughout Pierce County.

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Fashion And Art Collide This Fall

fashion-art1Fall is here and with it, new looks. And nowhere can fashion lovers spot new trends more than at Fashion Week hosted by The Bellevue Collection. Traditionally, the words Fashion Week evoke images of runways in New York City and front rows teeming with A-list celebrities and a who’s who of the fashion world. But local lovers of style need not jet across the country to experience the energy and excitement of watching the latest trends strut down the runway.

Each fall, The Bellevue Collection hosts the Northwest’s premier fashion event. For five days, the best fall trends in both beauty and style are showcased at runway shows, trend shows and chic after-parties. Each event is exciting, and one show in particular features designers with roots right here in the Pacific Northwest.

The Independent Designer Runway Show, now in its third year, showcases the fall lines of 10 local designers. Planning for the IDRS begins in the spring as dozens of applicants are narrowed down to 10. Designers feature pieces that are distinctively their own. It is here where fashion and art collide, fusing styles that are unique and inspired. Designers then show their work on the runway, with one winner receiving the honor of having his or her collection displayed in Bellevue Square throughout October.

What might you expect to see this season? Watch for looks that incorporate lace in everything. You can play down its delicacy and give lace an edge by pairing it with leather outerwear or chic, slim pants. Shorter hemlines mean knee-high boots, which help strike a balance and make it easy to pull off an office-ready look. Fans of oversized garments will be thrilled to see this look sticking around. Belted coats and chunky sweaters will help keep us cozy and stylish.

As always, no matter how you wear this season’s trends, make sure they reflect you. Individuality is the key to any look and is always in style.


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Italian Chef Stars At Gala

italian-chefCelebrity chef Lidia Bastianich plans to dish up not only a delicious dinner but also her philosophy on food at this year’s fundraising gala for St. Martin’s University. An Emmy award-winning public-television host, best-selling cookbook author and restaurateur, Bastianich will be the first female celebrity chef featured at this event.

“What took so long to choose a female chef?” asked Bastianich, who can be seen on PBS hosting Lidia’s Italy and Lidia’s Kitchen. “We’ll do a much better event than any of those male chefs.” Her predecessors at the gala include Michael Symon, Guy Fieri and Mario Batali.

Gala guests will be treated to outstanding Italian cuisine, locally sourced ingredients, and some of Bastianich’s own wines along with local wines. The chef will also field questions from the audience. During the auction portion of the black-tie affair, attendees will be able to bid on a chance to serve as Bastianich’s sous chef for one of the meal’s courses, or the opportunity to sit at the bar stools on the chef’s stage for a total culinary emersion.

Says event planner Valerie Fluetsch, who has coordinated the gala for the past nine years: “Bastianich has a warm, welcoming spirit that reflects her focus on family, community and hospitality, which makes her a perfect fit for the [St. Martin’s] gala.”

The chef also embraces giving back in a big way. “I support both higher education and Catholic colleges,” Bastianich says. “As immigrants to the U.S., my family was brought here by a Catholic charity, so the gala is for a cause I support.”

This year’s fundraising gala takes place on Nov. 1 at St. Martin’s University.

Fluetsch says the goal is to have 700 in attendance and raise $1 million. Funds raised go to student scholarships. Elisa Jaffe of KOMO 4 will serve as master of ceremonies.


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Three Magnets Brewing Co.

three-magnets600 Franklin St, Olympia

Three Magnets Brewing Co. owners Nathan and Sara Reilly found inspiration for their new brew pub in their love of community and partnership. Deriving the name from the book Garden Cities of To-Morrow—in which author Ebenezer Howard illustrated his ideas with a “Three Magnets” diagram—the Reillys are highlighting their interests in the preservation of nature and the urban density movement.

Located in downtown Olympia, Three Magnets is at the epicenter of life in the area and very near Darby’s Café, the Reillys’ popular local diner. By creating a unique experience at Three Magnets, the Reillys are striving to bring local craft beer back to the Olympia scene.

Partnerships with other local companies such as Olympia Coffee Roasting Company and Helsing Junction Farm allow the Reillys to offer exclusive beers and craft
unique flavors with distinctive styles. Variety is important, they say. “We have certain beers that we like and repeat from time to time but for the most part we want to have fun and get creative.”

Three Magnets is not your typical brew pub. Though it’s not a sports bar, patrons can watch Sounders games on the 90” flat screen TV; soccer is another passion
the Reillys share with the community. The menu offers traditional burgers, and patrons with a more daring palate can indulge in house-cured seafood, including the popular Nordic dish, gravlax, or savory smoked trout. All meat is ground in-house and buns are baked using spent grain from brewed beer. Outside of the bar, the dining area is for all ages, allowing for a family-friendly environment.

“We just want to serve our community great beer and great food. We want to expand on what we already do at Darby’s and create a great gathering place,” says Nathan Reilly.


Washington’s 125th Anniversary Celebration

anniversary2014 is a big year for Washington state and not just because of the Seahawks’ spectacular Super Bowl win. On Nov. 11, Washington celebrates its 125th anniversary of statehood with a number of events honoring the quasquicentennial.

Organizations around the state have been invited by First Lady Trudi Inslee to observe Washington 125 with events, programs or other celebrations. Whether with the Centennial Farms project of the Department of Agriculture, or the months of presentations by the Washington State Historical Society, everyone is encouraged to join in.

“We want to showcase the most contemporary and culturally inclusive look at Washington,” says Susan Rohrer, public programs manager at the Washington State Historical Society. “Part of telling our story is to show not only where we began but also how far we’ve come.”

Washington 125 programs include presentations on the last 25 years (since the state centennial) in music, sports, the arts, maritime history, politics and environmental policy in Washington. Tribal history, women’s history and the changes to Washington’s communities are also topics for discussion as the actual
anniversary celebration approaches.

To celebrate the big day itself, on Nov. 11, people are invited to the Legislative Building on the Capitol Campus in Olympia. Festivities for the whole family will begin at 1 p.m. and will include a tribal blessing and opening comments by Secretary of State Kim Wyman and the director of the Washington State Historical Society, Jennifer Kilmer. Performances will include the Wenatchee High School mariachi band, the Massive Monkeys break-dance group, and the Shirts-N-Skirts teen square-dance group, among others. The Capsule Keepers, who were 10-year-olds when they worked with the time capsule at the Washington centennial in 1989, will be back for the 125th anniversary with a new group of kids who will carry on the Capsule Keeper tradition.


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Fall Theater Preview

fall-theater1From the impressive stages of Tacoma to the stately theater in Olympia and all the suburban playhouses nearby, the South Sound gives theater enthusiasts a great deal to look forward to this season: comedies, mysteries, remakes and musicals, adult performances, family entertainment, and more. Take a look at what’s coming up.

fall-theater2In a twist on Shakespeare’s original canon, Tacoma Little Theatre presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream set in the present. That’s followed by the crime thriller Dial “M” for Murder.

If you like being close to the actors, Lakewood Playhouse is configured in the round so performers are never far from the audience. This fall you can see how strangers trapped on an island resort are eliminated one by one in Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. Or take the kiddos to A Year with Frog and Toad and see whimsical characters hop from the page to the stage.

Tacoma Musical Playhouse caters to the little folks this season. See everyone’s favorite ogre in Shrek the Musical, and Little Princess, about a girl with a very robust imagination.

The grande dame of theater in Tacoma, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, offers three venues to choose from: the Rialto, Pantages and Theatre on the Square. In September Jars of Clay comes to the Rialto on its 20th anniversary tour. Caspar Babypants & Recess Monkey presents a kids’ concert that parents will love. And local celebrity Vicci Martinez from TV’s The Voice takes the stage with Passenger String Quartet and The Fame Riot.

Later in the season Broadway Center presents An Evening with Danny Glover, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Fiesta, Familia, Folklore featuring some of the best dance and music from Mexico.

fall-theater3In Federal Way, Centerstage Theatre shines with its dramatic and musical shows. Expect to tap your feet and sway to the sounds of the Total Experience Gospel Choir. When the kids have time off in December, take them to Jack and the Beanstalk, a musical with terrible jokes, fabulous songs and a brilliant cast.

fall-theater4The Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia will see the return of The von Trapps after they were a big hit last April with Pink Martini. This time they’re on tap for a solo show. If you’re in the mood for mocking politics, then you’ll want to see The Capitol Steps. In late fall, performing pets and a talented juggler grace the stage when The World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater comes to town.


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Artist Spotlight: Michael Kaeshammer

michael-kaeshammerHailing from East Toronto, boogie-woogie pianist and electrifying singer-songwriter Michael Kaeshammer dazzles audiences worldwide with a sound that can be described as fiery and energetic. His style incorporates elements of R&B, blues and pop and is also influenced by the New Orleans sounds of artists like Fats Waller and James Booker. Known for elaborate arrangements, Kaeshammer is also notorious for changing musical style within the same piece, revealing his versatility and brilliance at the piano.

Ever the ideal host, he greets the audience with a warm welcome and introduces his band, while making concertgoers feel like esteemed guests. Kaeshammer derives his energy from the audience and plays to convey a mood that he feels will inspire participation. As much as he is a very talented musician, Kaeshammer is an incredible performer who exudes charisma that is evident in his showmanship. Whether he’s playing songs from his latest self-titled album Kaeshammer or the pop ballad “Isabelle” from the album Lovelight, the energy from the music is contagious and the rhythms unforgettable.

Music like this is easy to love, hard to get out of your head and impossible to stop talking about. Just ask Jill Barnes, executive director of the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, where Kaeshammer will be performing later this fall. “He is a consummate performer,” says Barnes. Having experienced one of his concerts firsthand she goes on to say, “He is an amazing musician, singer, songwriter and entertainer. I have never seen fingers fly across the keyboard as quickly as his! You can’t help smiling and at least dancing a bit when listening to his music.”

Experience this amazing musician yourself at an evening performance by Michael Kaeshammer on Nov. 7 at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts.


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