Imagine Van Gogh: Coming to the Tacoma Armory

In 2008, Annabelle Mauger crafted her very first immersive Van Gogh exhibition and, in the last few years, the finalized project has become an incredible hit. Imagine Van Gogh, the Original Exhibition in Image Totale© sold over 500,000 tickets across Canada in 2020 alone. The exhibit will be presenting stunning renditions of Van Gogh’s classic artwork in over 200 of his paintings brought to life in a breathtaking immersive experience. Mauger and Julien Baron, renowned for their work at Cathédrale d’Images in Les Baux-de-Provence, France, are no strangers to the immersive art world — in fact, they are pioneers of the medium. Since 2016, the duo have developed and expanded Image Totale© to create a truly emotionally cathartic experience for visitors.

In order to create such a unique exhibition, Mauger and Baron used warping techniques to adapt the surface to the projected image, releasing the art being trapped inside of the canvas. “The choice of images, the way they are positioned, their rhythm and their association with the music all compose this original creation conceived by Annabelle Mauger and developed with Julien Baron.”

Online reservations for Imagine Van Gogh are encouraged, as admission is based on timed-entry and tickets are sure to sell out quickly! Each ticket is valid for one person, with no re-entry permitted and they are nonrefundable. The exhibition is open at the Tacoma Armory from December 18, 2021 to January 30, 2022, with shortened hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas.

For Additional Information and Tickets
tacomaartslive.org

MARTINA PRESTON

New Technology helps Identify Macular Degeneration

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a hereditary disease that develops as one ages. AMD is one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness in America, occurring in 4-7% of African Americans and impacting over 45% of Non-Hispanic Caucasians.

Generally, AMD is split into the “dry form” and “wet form.” The dry form occurs when small retinal defects, called drusen, form and slowly enlarge. When the drusen becomes larger, the retina swells and new, leaky, blood vessels grow which is the hallmark of the wet form of AMD.

Causes of this degenerative process include genetics, smoking, obesity and exposure to blue light. People with AMD have more difficulty driving at night and slowly lose their central vision, making it difficult to read and see details of faces. During the wet form of AMD, patients experience rapid vision loss and are treated by medication injected into the eye.

How does Tumwater Eye Center identify drusen and initiate early treatment? At Tumwater Eye Center’s new office, they invested in imaging technology to identify drusen at their earliest stages. Dr. Finch at Tumwater Eye says, “Having newer technology allows us to identify changes much earlier than we have been previously, which helps us reduce the incidence of blindness among our patients.” This medical eye center’s advanced technology features high resolution cameras to monitor drusen.

Tumwater Eye’s latest technology can specifically analyze delayed dark adaptation, which is the cause of reduced or worsening night vision. Congruently, this means the technology can identify AMD before the disease even appears.

This testing has been shown by the latest research to identify AMD years earlier than other examination types. Newer treatment strategies for AMD include specific supplement recommendations based upon genetic testing, protections from damaging blue light, and nutritional counseling to decrease body inflammation as well as improve overall health.

For Additional Information
tumwatereye.com

Olympia Harbor Days Changes Course

The South Sound Maritime Heritage Association Board of Directors announces a late schedule change for Olympia Harbor Days Lite, a scaled-down version of its popular 48 year-old tugboat festival.  The event will now be offered as a 1-day only event on Saturday, September 4, from 10 am to 5 pm at the Port of Olympia’s Port Plaza Park, with companion online safe at home activities on their website running from 8/28 through 9/6, according to SSMHA President Don Chalmers. Note that Sunday, September 5 has been cancelled and is replaced by Olympia Harbor Days participation in the LoveOly Summer Fest finale on Saturday, August 28 with a booth, displays and mini tugs on.  All events are free, donations accepted, and organizers request all attendees to be masked and adhere to social distancing for the safety of the community.

The September 4 event will feature a few information booths, mini tug displays, a hands on LEGO Harbor Build Activity for the kids including the professional building and display of a 5’ by 4’ LEGO tugboat, a free custom LEGO Tugboat giveaway drawing, some live music and plenty of photo ops.  The award winning Hands on Children’s Museum will also host a booth offering a make, race and take tugboat activity.  And be sure to catch the display and demonstrations in a 30’ x 24’ pool of remote controlled tugboats.  This year’s event will not include any tugboat touring, tugboat races, vendor or food booths.

Members of SS Maritime Heritage Association will be on hand to share the restoration history of Tugboat Parthia, a new attraction and shelter coming next year adjacent to the Farmers Market.  This display will be part of the National Parks Service state designation of Maritime Washington – National Heritage Area opening in 2023.

The Washington’s Lottery Tower Stage at the Port Plaza will feature local musicians on September 4 including Choro Tomorrow, Cool Breeze, Cosmos Dream, the Terry Ness Band and the Samba Olywa troupe dressed as pirates.  The music schedule is posted at www.HarborDays.com.

All events will offer maps for the year-round Maritime Heritage Self-Guided Tour along Olympia’s boardwalk, including the Olympia Arts + Heritage Alliance “It’s the Water” outdoor exhibit on the windows of the old city hall and fire station.  A one-time only narrated tour by local historian and author Chuck Fowler and City of Olympia Arts and Events Program Manager Stephanie Johnson is also offered on September 4th starting at 10 AM at the Port Plaza.  Again masking and social distancing required.

The Olympia Harbor Days Lite online event features at home self-guided activities including how to build a LEGO Tugboat, historic photos, an at home sing-a-long and more at www.HarborDays.com starting August 28.  

“SS Maritime Heritage Association, despite a number of continuing challenges, is pleased to present these community health-conscious Lite events, with special thanks of support from our community sponsors” said Chalmers.  “As the founding organization, we want to keep this nearly 50-year working waterfront-focused festival alive in preparation for a full version in 2022.” The maritime heritage nonprofit is continuing to operate the event after the Olympia Kiwanis Club had presented it from 2012 – 2019.

For almost a half century, Olympia Harbor Days has been a locally-sponsored free family friendly maritime themed festival with tugboats, historic ships, booth vendors, food, music, educational classes, children’s activities and more, held each Labor Day Weekend.

Washington Center Launches Capital Campaign

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts announced last week at their annual Gala that they will be implementing the first comprehensive capital campaign since construction in 1985. With a goal of raising $8.6 million dollars to overhaul the many components that are at the heart of every theater, the campaign will touch every aspect of the Center’s interior.

Chaired by Alex and Tammy Bunn, the campaign is already 89% of the way to the goal, with over $7.6 million in commitments. With just a little under $1 million to raise, the Bunns are passionate about the facility. “The arts set children and adults up to pursue their dreams,” says Alex. “The Washington Center is an anchor in our community and shines as our region’s most treasured asset.” As a long-time board member and a past board president, Alex has a seasoned perspective on the Center and its needs.

Implemented in two phases, the improvements will be identified in two major categories as backstage and public spaces. Backstage improvements include lighting, sound, curtains and rigging.  All of these elements bring the theater to life for thousands of patrons every year. Public spaces will include 1,000 new seats, carpet, concessions remodel and interior design improvements, as well as infrastructure like HVAC and electrical upgrades.

Eager to ensure the interior of the Center matches the beautiful exterior which was renovated by the City of Olympia in 2014, Executive Director Jill Barnes believes the improvements will protect the community’s past investment and enhance how patrons feel when they walk through the doors. According to Barnes, “delivering a world-class experience is needed to maintain the highest level of quality in every aspect of the Center, from backstage and onstage, to our lobbies and concession areas.” She added, “We are proud to have the opportunity and support to preserve and care for the Washington Center for the Performing Arts like the cultural and community asset that it is.”

Barnes says the COVID-19 pandemic was a hurdle the campaign committee did not anticipate. “The shutdown due to the global pandemic has been devastating to the entire arts industry,” says Barnes. “The reopening of the Center is a true testament to the emotional power of the arts.”

She continues, “We ‘quietly’ embarked on a capital campaign several years ago. The pandemic added significant uncertainty and stress to an already herculean undertaking. The perseverance of staff, crew, and supporters during this time has been nothing short of miraculous. We know the full recovery of the arts may take years, and the possibility to recover in a fully renovated, state-of-the art venue made possible by this community fills me with hope and joy.”For more information about the Washington center, please visit www.washingtoncenter.org.

Crumbl Cookies: More than Just a Cookie

When you step inside of Crumbl Cookies, it feels as if you have stepped inside a secret bakery. The vibe is vivacious and magnetic. Cookie lovers can watch each step of the process at Crumbl: from bakers putting together top-shelf ingredients, to each crumbly cookie baking to perfection.

These mouthwatering cookies are definitely not just another cookie. Crumbl has perfected their cookie recipe over the years, and, based on the line out the door, they must have nailed it. They feature unique flavor combinations, such as Buckeye Brownie, Lemon Poppyseed, Biscoff, and Churro, along with classic crowd favorites like Milk Chocolate Chip and Chilled Sugar Cookie. Flavors rotate weekly, so there is always something fresh to get excited about. Also, as a bonus for the ice cream lovers out there, there is Crumbl Cream— the same extraordinary cookie flavors transformed into ice cream. With over 140 flavors, and the masterminds always working on new things, Crumbl lovers have plenty to look forward to.

Crumbl’s swanky pink boxes, easily personalized online, give guests an adorable gift option. Also, if you aren’t up for making the in-store visit, you don’t have to miss out on a cookie; Crumbl offers both curbside pick-up and delivery.

Owner Doug Clark stated that he has always done everything the “opposite of everyone else.” Doug is most excited about sharing the experience with customers.” Crumbl strives to provide excellent customer service, and as they rapidly grow they are constantly adapting their procedures to ensure customer satisfaction.

In addition to the Puyallup location, they are opening a new Crumbl Cookie in Bonney this summer and have plans for a Tacoma store, as well. If you’re in the area, be sure to enjoy the Crumbl cookie experience for yourself.

Crumbl Cookies
crumblcookies.com

MICHELLE KARNS

TREE Eco Home Furnishing is Now Sage Interiors

TREE Eco Home Furnishing, an award-winning furnishing and design company in Tacoma, has been relaunched as Sage Interiors. Founded by Nicole Wakley in 2017, TREE specialized in curating furniture and decor from makers in the Pacific Northwest and around the globe, while ensuring sustainability was upheld.

Sage Interiors is an evolution of the TREE brand and concept. “We are absolutely bringing the TREE feeling with us into Sage Interiors,” said Wakley. “By savoring our loved and timeless signature collections, we are stepping forward to layer them with hundreds of new curated pieces– specially sourced with the understanding of knowing what our clients want,” she explained. Their one-of-a-kind gallery, in the historic Nisqually Power Substation building in downtown Tacoma’s Brewery District, showcases a variety of handcrafted, mindfully-made pieces across a range of styles, budgets, and signature collections.

“Since establishing ourselves in the Pacific Northwest, our dream for the brand has always been evolving. We have expanded from mainly offering reclaimed wood furniture to curating thousands of exceptional, luxurious, and sustainable pieces,” said Wakley. “Don’t worry, though– we still have our famous candles and handcrafted chopping boards for when you need some quick retail therapy.”

New products now available at Sage include luxury leather, locally-made bespoke sofas and upholstery, and outdoor collections sourced especially for the Pacific Northwest. New services include a comprehensive Quickship service provided through their in-house white glove delivery team and home staging servies.

Home design and styling services are provided in-person and virtually by their talented team of designers. “It’s always a privilege to be invited into our clients’ homes and work with them one-on-one to bring their styles to life. These personalized services are becoming the soul of the brand,” said Wakley. The Sage team not only believes that home is where the heart is, but that it is also a personal space to inspire and nurture the soul.

JULIE LEYDELMEYER

South Sound Private Schools

Tacoma

Annie Wright School
827 N Tacoma Ave
253.272.2216
aw.org

Bellarmine Preparatory School
2300 S Washington St
253.752.7701
bellarmineprep.org

Charles Wright School
7723 Chambers Creek Rd W
253.620.8300
charleswright.org

Life Christian School
1717 S Union Ave
253.756.5317
wherelifehappens.org

Puyallup

All Saints Elementary School
504 2nd Street SW
253.845.5025
allsaintspuyallup.org

Cascade Christian Schools
811 21st St E
253.841.1776
cascadechristian.org

Northwest Christian School
904 Shaw Rd
253.845.5722
nwchristianschool.org

Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor Academy
6830 32nd St NW
253.265.2150
gigharboracademy.org

Harbor Montessori
5414 Comte Dr NW
253.851.5722
harbormontessori.org

Lighthouse Christian School
3008 36th ST NW
253.858.5962
lcsschool.org

Lacey/Olympia

Olympia Community School
114 20th Ave SE
360-866-8047
olympiacommunityschool.org

Northwest Christian Academy
4710 Park Center Ave E
360.491.2966
ncslacey.org

Nova Middle School
2020 22nd Ave SE
360.491.7097
novaschool.org

Clothing as Communication at All Ages

With the pandemic forcing many to spend so much time at home, you may not have given fashion much thought over the past year. If there is one thing that we have learned during the pandemic, however, it is the importance of communication. From the cut of our hair to the clothes and jewelry we wear, everything we do visually is a form of communication. Actively engaging in that communication can have a surprisingly positive effect on our state of mind.

Cognitive psychologists Hajo Adam and Adam Galinksy, from Northwestern University, examined the psychological effects that wearing specific articles of clothing have on the person wearing them. Adam and Galinsky identified the phenomenon called “Enclothed Cognition” which relates to the effect that clothing has upon a person’s mental process and the way they think, feel, and function, in areas like attention, confidence, or abstract thinking.

Much of the world is now facing the same challenge that professionals leaving the workforce for retirement have faced for generations — how do you maintain your identity when your home has suddenly become your whole world?

You may have thought that you have been dressing to impress other people for all of those years, but the truth is, clothing has a significant impact on our self-image. The way we dress, even when we do not directly interact with other people, can have a notable effect on productivity, energy levels, confidence and overall sense of well-being.

You may not want to wear a suit and tie or your best high heels around the house, but if wearing well-tailored clothing and nice jewelry is part of the routine that gives you confidence and brings order to your day, it is important to keep up the habit.

With so many style icons joining the ranks of the “over-60 crowd,” there is no shortage of inspiration for maintaining a wardrobe that keeps you feeling fresh and inspired at every age and stage of life.

Jane Seymour, Phylicia Rashad, Priscilla Presley and Helen Mirren all make life over 60 look like the most fun they’ve ever had with fashion. At 75, Mirren is proof that confidence comes with age and experience. “I used to worry a lot more about my looks than I do now – when you’re young and beautiful, you’re paranoid and miserable. I think the great advantage of getting older is that you let go of certain things.”

ANGELA BYRGE

First of its Kind: Maritime Heritage Area

When Alexandra Gradwohl and others at the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation received word that the long campaign for a Maritime Washington National Heritage Area had been granted by the US Congress, they were elated, if not a bit surprised. You see, this was the first designation of a new National Heritage Area in more than a decade.

The 10 year+ process was rewarded with the designation as the first, and to date, only heritage area dedicated solely to Maritime Heritage. So, it’s a BIG deal.

The designation by Congress encompasses 3,000 miles of Washington State’s saltwater coastline – from Grays Harbor
County to the Canadian border. Included in the area are 18 federally recognized tribes, 13 counties, 32 incorporated cities and 30 port districts, as well as innumerable harbors, inlets, peninsulas, island shores and parks.

Throughout 2021, the Washington Trust will work with communities to develop an operational plan for the newly established Heritage Area. According to Gradwohl, “Our planning efforts and Steering Committee are bringing together various organizations and people within this area and through this, we’re creating a region-wide network with
the common thread of water. We are learning exponentially from each other.”

One steering committee member is Monique Valenzuela, Executive Director of the Youth Marine Foundation, home of the Tacoma Sea Scout Base. Founded in 1923, the Sea Scouts have continuously implemented programs so local youth can experience the water. “There is so much collaboration among this Steering Committee because we share a love of the water that is all around us,” said Valenzuela.

Some of the youth in the Sea Scouts program are working on board historic Sea Scout Ship #110, which just celebrated its 90th birthday, to earn their Quartermaster Award. Other youth are attending outings to learn more about the abundant water that surrounds them in the South Puget Sound, now a Maritime Heritage Area.

To access a new interactive on-line map where you can provide feedback on what sites you value in the new Maritime Heritage Area, visit map.preservewa.org. The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is a statewide, tax exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1976 to safeguard Washington’s historic places.

For Additional Information
preservewa.org
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LYNN CASTLE

YMCA Opens Shelton Branch

What started out over 20 years ago as the vision of volunteers and community members to create positive youth and family activities in Shelton is now a reality. On March 1, 2021, the Shelton Family YMCA opened its doors.

Creating a ‘Place for all to Belong’ for the Shelton community during a pandemic was not ideal, but the local team persevered and overcame. Local autonomy within a massive organization like the YMCA allowed them to set goals and plan the design for the new YMCA facility located on North Shelton Springs Road.

According to Jake Grater, Executive Director of Branch Operations, “Our design goals were simple. Build something that brings the entire community together and creates a sense of belonging.” Layer that on top of the local and national organization’s goals of diversity and inclusion, and the team created a space that is welcoming and engaging.

“We were fortunate to have the experience of 2,700 other YMCA’s across the country. We created a space that is an open concept, yet an intimate space,” said Grater. The YMCA Opens Shelton Branch design utilizes lots of imagery to make people feel like the space was built for them.

Since it was founded in 1844, the Y has constantly evolved to meet the unique needs in each of the communities it serves. “This commitment to serving all people is core to who we are and our mission,” added Grater.

The new Shelton YMCA is an efficient building designed to minimize operating expenses. This approach allows the team to deploy resources towards mission work instead of maintenance work. For example, there is no carpeting in the
building, which allows for better hygiene, easier cleaning, and no long-term replacement expense.

As the first YMCA in the area, the Shelton Family YMCA joins three other Y branches within the South Sound Association, which includes the Plum Street Y, the Briggs Community Y, and the Youth & Community Development Branch, which is affectionately referred to as ‘the Y without walls.’

For Additional Information
southsoundymca.org

LYNN CASTLE