Tag Archives: Art

Nate Dybevik’s Piano Museum

One of our favorite artsy places on Hilltop right now is N. Dybevik Piano Company. It’s located near 13th and MLK in a cluster of Spaceworks Tacoma projects, including Fabitat and Toy Boat Theatre. Dybevik’s space is thought-provoking and humble. It’s a place we could admire for hours.

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Nate Dybevik is a musician and a collector. All of the old pianos in his Spaceworks spot are from his personal collection and he is learning how to bring them back to life with the help of piano expert Obi Manteufel. The space is a work in progress. It changes little by little, but its essence stays the same. The heart of the space, the pianos, are young and old, worn and torn apart, and beautiful.

In addition to the piano museum, Dybevik plays live music and hopes to teach piano lessons in the space. Stop by N. Dybevik Piano Company and visit the collection. If you’re lucky, you’ll hear some live acoustic music. 

For a preview of Dybevik’s music, check out his Bandcamp site. There you can download his latest album. Also visit his website, Facebook page, and Spaceworks Tacoma’s site for more information and press. 

Most importantly, though: Go see the pianos!


Tune-in to Fab-5 Radio on 90.1 Today at 4:00

Fab-5 Radio plays on KUPS, Channel 90.1, Saturdays at 4 and Tuesdays at 5.

Fab-5 Radio broadcasts local music on Channel 90.1, KUPS. Student DJ’s from Hilltop’s Fabitat work together on the project. Tune-in and check it out. Fab-5 accepts local music submissions at radio@fab5.org. For more information, see Fab-5 Radio’s website.

I can be your hero, baby.

Somebody's hero awaits alongside 21st Street near piles of trash and a broken toilet.

Tape Networks

This week we shot footage of the tape network creation process here in Tacoma. Tape networks are a movement that started in the Tacoma area–check out Street Sign Project on Facebook to learn more about them.

Sponsoring the Frost Park Chalk-Off

Yesterday we had the opportunity to sponsor the Frost Park Chalk-Off. We had a blast meeting chalk-off creator, Kevin Freitas, and all the contestants.

As a prize we offered a 2003 hand-blown glass bowl by Hilltop Artists and a gift certificate to one of Hilltop’s favorite restaurants, Fish House. The Hilltop-themed artwork was amazing.

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We look forward to sponsoring another Frost Park Chalk-Off next year. We feel very fortunate to have been involved in such a well-known community event.

Arts Night Out on Hilltop

Last night we got to meet many of our neighbors when we attended Hilltop Arts Night Out at Jason Lee Middle School. The event was part of the larger National Night Out event that took place countrywide.

Hilltop Arts Night Out included a disc jockey, an urban art stencil station where participants could make their own prints or tee-shirts, and a chalk contest area outside. Tacoma supporter and digital billboard opponent Britton Sukys worked on a chalk piece much of the time alongside C.L.A.W. (Cartoonists League of Absurd Washingtonians) illustrator James Stowe. Inside, Hilltop Artists demonstrated their glass blowing craft and shared their work with a gallery of student pieces for sale. There was also food–lots of it.

Dancers, singers, and spoken-word artists from Hilltop’s D.A.S.H. Center for the Arts performed. Two candidates for the Tacoma School Board, Karen Vialle and Dexter Gordon, mingled with the crowd and spoke to the audience. Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist attended to talk with King 5 News about the positive changes the Hilltop neighborhood has made over the years.

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Many community business and organizations supported this event:

Masa of Tacoma
D.A.S.H. Center for the Arts
Hilltop Safeway
Dean Allen Catering
Stadium Thriftway
Gray Lumber
Hilltop Garden Project

Make sure to check out the Hilltop Artists website, as they have more events planned this year. Don’t miss the Hip Hop Urban Music Festival and parade here at People’s Park on August 13. The parade is from 10 am – noon and the festivities will take place from noon – 7 pm.

Evolution of a Sticker

Back in June, we posted a picture of a sticker we found on a power box outside Hilltop’s Fire Station #4. Recently someone added to it.

This guy must appreciate Hilltop’s Fire Station #4 as much as we do.

Street art has always fascinated us. We’re happy to see that it is alive in fun ways around our neighborhood. We, too, thank everyone at our fire station.

The folks at Tacoma’s Fire Station #4 are hard working and dedicated. They go out on calls a bajillion (okay, maybe not that many) times a day, keep their lawn in immaculate condition, and shop at Hilltop Safeway just like us.

Most importantly, though, the crew at Fire Station #4 is responsive, kind, and non-judgemental. They’re exactly who Hilltop needs when 911 calls.