Winter 2011


Community Events: Centerfest
Community Events: Zoobilee
Artist Spotlight: Jake Shimabukuro


The Bite
Boccata Deli & Market

Design & Style

Artist Trust Fellowship Recipient Spotlight: Dan Corson
Live Your Style
Local Designer Customizes Lamp Shades: RD Shady


The Art of Living

Local Designer Customizes Lamp Shades: RD Shady

Over the past 10 years that Lara Anderson and Kathy Lathrop have worked in home décor and design, one thing has stood out: great lamps with awful shades can ruin a room. In keeping with their mutual desire to create beauty in people’s lives, Anderson and Lathrop started dreaming up ways to solve this common style problem, since purchasing brand new lamps and shades is costly.

The result is RD Shady, a shade cover that is similar to a slip cover for a sofa. The name is a nod to the two women’s home décor shop in Olympia, Red Door Interiors, and a tongue-in-cheek reference to the product itself. It will create a “clean fresh look in a room without buying all new furnishings,” says Anderson, who designed the cover.

After having worked with award-winning Seattle designer Rocky Rochon, Anderson knows that quality of craftsmanship and ease of use are of the utmost importance. The shade covers are made to last while also being easily interchangeable as a family grows or current styles and fashion trends change.

Depending on the customer’s budget, shades can be made from higher-end fabrics from Robert Allen and Waverly or simple, more affordable varieties. “Lamp shades are mostly plain neutrals and tend to disappear in a room,” says the Olympia business owner. “An RD Shady shade will draw the eye if a bold pattern or imagery is used.”

The options are almost limitless, including eye-catching neutrals and raised patterns, seasonal and holiday imagery, and sports-themed patterns. Shades can be masculine or feminine, for kids’ rooms, the study or a dining room. Whether the shades are to be a focal point or unobtrusive, they’re 100 percent customizable.

Aiming to keep business as local as possible, Anderson says the product will be manufactured in the Northwest. Pacific Market Center in Seattle will be the first large retailer to carry RD Shady beginning in January 2012. RD Shady will also be available through Red Door Interiors this winter.


Live Your Style

Turn your home into a winter retreat

When temperatures dip outside, it’s time to cozy up inside. Interior design expert Stefanie Brooks offers ideas to warm up and add your style to every room of your house.

1) Reface – it’s that time of year to cozy up to the fireplace. Old brick, dated tile or a wimpy mantel can ruin the look of a fireplace which is often a focal point of a room. For a new look, consider updating the existing tile, painting the mantel and the fireplace louvers or adding some decorative trim pieces to the mantel.

2) Recover – We all have that one favorite furniture piece that lasts throughout the years. However, the upholstery tends to get worn, faded or simply dated. Put a new spin on the piece with selecting a great fabric, adding a trim or changing the stain color.

3) Reflect – Add a little sparkle to your home by using metallics such as bronze, silver or gold. A gold threaded silk taffeta drapery, a large silver serving dish or a bronze lamp with a great shade.

4) Refresh – Change up your palette by painting a wall or adding a wall covering to your space. It is one of the least expensive ways to freshen up a space. Choose warmer earthy tones in the winter.

5) Replace – Dated light fixtures? Start with replacing one in the entry or dining room, with a current style and updated finish. Another way to enhance the lighting throughout your home is to add a dimmer switch to areas such as the living and dining rooms.

6) Restore – garage sales, thrift stores and local antique shops are a great place to start for that one piece that will be unique to you and your home. live your style turn your home into a winter retreat

7) Reuse – With as often as we all like to change out our accessories, such as pillows, bedding, lamps etc, hang on to them for use in other rooms or for the simple fact that most styles rotate and will be back before you know it.

Boccata Deli & Market

Boccata Deli & Market
405 N Tower Ave, Centralia

“Mediterranean” at Boccata Deli and Market means not merely Italian, but also Greek, French and Lebanese.

Owner Darin Harris grew up in Centralia and spent time in kitchens in Seattle and surrounding areas. After gleaning firsthand knowledge of Italian cuisine in Italy, Harris returned to Lewis County to open Boccata. He and a small, close knit staff offer lunch and dinner at the informal eatery, now in its seventh year.

Traditional Italian-style meats produced on the West Coast, fresh produce, imported cheeses and hand-formed loaves of preservative-free artisan breads elevate Boccata’s made-toorder sub sandwiches, hand-tossed thin-crust pizza, salads and pitas above standard deli fare.

Table service, cloth napkins and a worthy wine list—featuring Widgeon Hill Winery and Portuguese, Italian and French wines—make for more refined evening dining. Boccata also offers live jazz piano and acoustic guitar on the weekends.

The Spanish dish paella di faro is a unanimous favorite of patrons and staff. Its saffron basmati rice is a scrumptious base for a complex flavor array of seafood, spiced sausage, tomatoes, green peas and onions. Paella remains constant on a menu of simple yet elegant pasta, seafood, steak and lamb dishes.

Harris aims to keep the biannual rotation of dishes exciting for guests. “I’ve set the menu up for eating in courses or sharing tapas with a group,” he says. Special sheets offer variety which encourages taste exploration. Cooking classes are also presented on a regular basis.

An easy stop off Interstate 5, Boccata offers a casual atmosphere— without the white tablecloths. “We want people to feel like they can come here if they’re in jeans or just worked all day. They don’t have to change into fancy attire to come for dinner,” Harris says. “It’s fine dining in a relaxed environment where you can eat excellent food and drink good wine at reasonable prices.”


The Bite

The Bite
1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma

The Bite Restaurant is located in Tacoma’s elaborate Hotel Murano. The accommodation’s lobby boasts a world-class art collection. The same commitment to quality extends into every feature of this luxury hotel.

The menu at The Bite has a lot to live up to. Traditional fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner is prepared with an elegant twist. Whatever you do, save room for dessert.

The limoncello cured salmon is a superb starter. Similar in texture to cold-smoked salmon or sashimi, the northwest favorite is cured in Italian lemon liqueur and then sliced. Served on thin rosemary crackers spread with chive crème fraiche, it is topped with mild red onion gremolata. The presentation is striking—the appetizer is served on a sheet of forest green nori.

Fried garlic herb potatoes glazed with sautéed mushrooms and a sauce combining demi-glace and a reduction of Zinfandel are the basis for fries and gravy. Lighter than expected, the sauce has a remarkable depth of flavor, showcasing the nuances of the red wine and reduced beef stock. The dish is finished with a sprinkling of piquant gorgonzola.

Chicken olivada is roasted to a crispy golden brown. The poultry is smothered in a mixture of green and Kalamata olives along with grape tomatoes. It is drizzled with wine sauce and accompanied by the ultimate comfort food—Yukon gold mashed potatoes.

Truffled macaroni and cheese is an adult version of a childhood favorite. Pasta shells are tossed in a light cream sauce incorporating three cheeses—parmesan, ricotta and white cheddar—and truffle oil. The dish contains a generous amount of the shaved, earthy delicacy.

A clever dessert creation, coffee and donuts, is dense bread pudding created from Krispy Krème donuts. It is topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate espresso sauce. If a new rendition of an old classic doesn’t sound good to you, try the lemon crème brulee or the ten-layer chocolate cake.

You won’t be disappointed.


The Art of Living

Obstacles, options, and opportunities for aging adults

The holidays can be a wonderful time to reconnect with family. They can also be a time that you might find out that Mom or Dad needs more help than before in preparing meals, or
that their house and yard have become too much for them to care for. Or that they are having difficulty remembering simple details.

“Pay attention to these simple warning signs,” says Marilyn Richards, director of community relations at Clare Bridge of Olympia. “These are good indicators that your loved one(s) should look into adult aging living options.”

Starting the Conversation
When it comes to helping your elderly loved one and broaching the next step in living options, Stella Henry, R.N., author of The Eldercare Handbook, says that many seniors unrealistically believe they can take care of themselves for the rest of their lives. And that’s where their children or other family members can be instrumental in identifying the problem and instigating change.

No matter what your parent’s age, Henry and other experts say that now is the time to begin communicating about the future. “If you open the lines of communication early on, it is an easier process overall,” says Donna Baker, General Manager of Colonial Inn of Olympia. “Not to mention, you want to start the conversation early so that the parent is making the decision rather than someone else. You want to avoid a situation where it comes down to a crisis state of affairs.” Baker continues, which could result in confused elders, disorganized yet well-meaning children, and a family in chaos.

Start the conversation with a list of questions such as these to assess the needs of your loved one:
• How many prepared meals will be needed each day?
• What type of services and health care will be needed?
• Is there a retirement or savings plan available? Long-term health insurance?

Assessing Options
Debbie Baker, Director of Community relations at the Weatherly Inn Tacoma, outlines the following five factors to consider with your parents when evaluating living options:

Location: It is best to look first at options in close proximity to your home. Your aging parents may want some privacy, but this does not mean they want isolation.

Budget: Retirement communities can be expensive, but by evaluating all your resources and needs you will be able to make educated decisions. Keep in mind that in Washington, facilities see a 2–4 percent average annual rate increase, which should be planned into your budget.

Facilities: Will the facility provide daily meals? If so, how many? Before signing any papers, evaluate the charges associated with the overall package such as insurance, gardening services, laundry, country club memberships, home maintenance and trash collection.

Amenities: Consider options that support your parents’ current activities: exercise, hobbies, doctor’s appointments, shopping and health care needs. Is there a level of care that supports their needs?

People: Tour the facilities and get a feel for the people that live and work there. Can you imagine your parents being happy there?

Because your parents have always been there for you, it is time to return the same kindness. Help them become educated about the options available, early on, so they will find the best retirement community or assisted living facility to meet their needs.


Artist Spotlight: Jake Shimabukuro

It’s rare for a young musician to earn comparisons with Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. It’s even rarer to find an artist who has entirely redefined an instrument by his early 30s. But Jake Shimabukuro has already accomplished these feats, and more, in a little over a decade of playing and recording music on the ukulele.

In the energetic hands of Shimabukuro, the traditional Hawaiian instrument of four strings and two octaves is stretched and molded into a complex and bold musical force. On his most recent album “Peace Love Ukulele” (which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard World Album Chart), Jake and his “uke” effortlessly mix jazz, rock, classical, traditional Hawaiian music and folk, creating a sound that’s both technically masterful and emotionally powerful—and utterly unique in the music world.

Jake Shimabukuro is a ukulele virtuoso whose covers and original works make a niche musical genre show universally loved. Expect him to coax unexpectedly complex rhythms, moods and harmonies out of his instrument’s two-octave range during his performance at the Rialto Theater in Tacoma on January 20, 2012.

What do you hope people take away from your music?
I hope listeners experience the same joy that I’m experiencing while strumming the ukulele. The ukulele is one of the easiest instruments to play. Anyone can pick it up for the first time, learn a couple chords and immediately start strumming songs. It’s so relaxing. I always tell people that playing the ukulele is like an entire yoga session in one strum.

When did you first pick up the ukulele?
I first picked up the ukulele at the age of 4. My mom played and taught me my first few chords. I started out strumming mainly traditional Hawaiian music as a child. But later, I enjoyed the challenge of trying to play other styles of music like rock, jazz and classical.

After taking on covers of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” are there any other songs or artists you’d consider covering?
I love covering tunes that were written or performed by my favorite artists. Covering a song of your favorite artist is like wearing your favorite basketball player’s jersey.

Who inspires your musical style?
Growing up, I loved Bruce Lee’s philosophy and applied a lot of his ideas to my approach in music. For example, Lee embraced all forms of martial arts and didn’t believe in having just one style. I love all forms of music and try not to get locked into one genre. Bill Cosby inspired me to be a solo performer. Cosby could simply sit in a chair with a microphone, tell stories and bring joy to millions.

What do you hope to accomplish with “Peace Love Ukulele”?
I believe the ukulele is the instrument of peace. If everyone played the ukulele, the world would be a better place.


Artist Trust Fellowship Recipient Spotlight | Dan Corson

Dan Corson is a local artist who is nationally recognized for creating dynamic, large-scale, conceptually driven public artworks, often utilizing a variety of materials and technologies, including light. His projects integrate works in state capitol buildings and light rail stations, at busy public intersections, and in quiet interpretive buildings, museums, galleries and meditation chambers. His work employs engaging visceral “experiences” that envelop the viewer and draw them into the artwork—sometimes as a co-creator.

How did you get your start as an artist?
I was always an artist even as a kid, expressing things in a variety of ways. My undergrad degree was split between marine biology and theater design. My interest was always in creating worlds and immersive environments—but now I have traded out the actors for the public moving around, in and through my spaces.

Tell me about your training and what inspires you.
My Master of Fine Arts is in sculpture, and certainly that had an influence on how I see, frame and analyze things. But theater helped me understand how to manipulate the viewer, employ effects, understand the physics and psychology of light. My inspirations come from the natural world and natural phenomena. I’m also deeply interested in perception and phenomenology, so naturally I am inspired by a handful of artists including James Turrell, Robert Irwin, Ann Hamilton and Tim Hawkinson.

I hope the pieces not only act to transform and shift people’s experiences, providing that aha moment, but also cause them to return to it over time to “see more.” I also want them to move you. I want you to have a feeling for it. True apathy, no feeling at all, is how I would gauge failure.

What are your aspirations for your work?
I hope my work can be seen in more museums. There is often a schism between public art and museum work and I hope that rift gets smaller. I also hope to work more internationally.

Corson Studios • 206.910.5669 •


Community Events: Zoobilee

Nearly 2,000 supporters enjoyed food and drink donated by 59 Tacoma-area establishments and danced the night away on four stages. The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium was decorated in majestic jewels, bamboo and lights. The evening included a Thai classical music ensemble and airbrush artists who painted clouded leopard paw prints on patrons’ arms. Zoobilee 2011 also featured a bustling Thai market with Zoobilee’s first ever craft beer festival and the signature drink, “The Pounce,” a cocktail with an exotic kick. The evening’s festivities raised over $291,000 in cash and close to $400,000 in donated goods and services for Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

Community Events: Centerfest

Community members gathered to celebrate CenterFest as a part of three days of festivities at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Guests enjoyed a night of celebration that began with mingling over Champagne and hors d’oeuvres. This was followed by an intimately stunning performance by Lorna Luft with a moving tribute to her mother, Judy Garland.

The gracious performer mingled with guests for over an hour at the post-show gala that followed. This most successful event raised funds for the Next Generation Arts Education Program, which supports the needs of students and artists in our community.