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Rotator Magazine Launch Party Tonight

Tonight at 7 pm, Fulcrum Gallery is hosting a launch party for the new Rotator Magazine, a collaborative project between local writers, artists, photographers, and graphic designers. Rotator, a quarterly magazine, will have a limited run of 500 editions each printing. Fulcrum Gallery is one of its sale locations.

Fulcrum Gallery is located along Hilltop's Martin Luther King Jr. corridor.

We are excited to see Rotator Magazine, as its list of collaborators is a highly talented and innovative crew. Art Chantry, the artist behind Fulcrum’s current exhibit, “Parkland is Burning!” is one of its collaborators.

Next week on Thursday, October 20, at 6 pm, Chantry will give an artist talk about his work at Fulcrum.

Fulcrum Gallery is located on Hilltop at 1308 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Visit its website for more information.

We hope to see you tonight! For more information about Rotator Magazine, check out Kate Albert Ward’s article at Post Defiance, a really cool new local blog. You can also go to Rotator’s website, which should have a digital version of the magazine up and running soon.

We came. We marched.

Yesterday afternoon we joined other citizens to march in the first-ever Occupy Tacoma event. We began the march at Fireman’s Park and walked all the way down Pacific Avenue to Tollefson Plaza. There we had a small rally and photo op. Marchers then continued on down Pacific, stopped to chant in front of the federal courthouse at the old Union Station, and moved on to the University of Washington Tacoma Campus. The march ended with another rally at Tollefson Plaza and the event ended around 6pm.

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Occupy Tacoma was an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, an event that has lasted for weeks. Citizens nationwide are now joining in the movement as the 99% of our society who is being abused by the 1%, the corporations, broken promises, war, and skyrocketing healthcare, among other things.

The march was peaceful and fun. We found support from motorists honking as they drove by and spectators looking on from windows high above. Occupy Tacoma organizers are planning more events, including a longer occupation.

Neither of us are particularly the protest type, but found this one important. It was an all-inclusive event and we fit right in. Try to catch the next one. Stand up. We are the 99%.

For more information, check out the Occupy Tacoma website.

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
Costco
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.

Some Cuts Don’t Heal

Community Health Care workers, joined by Hilltop community members, staged a rally and march in the heart of Hilltop along Martin Luther King Jr. Way Thursday. Participants carried signs, noisemakers, and smiles.  One of the signs read, “Some Cuts Don’t Heal.”

Participants rallied against unfair budget cuts to healthcare. The event began at 6 pm in Hilltop’s People’s Park with a protest, followed by a walk down MLK to the new Hilltop Regional Health Center spot at 1202 MLK Jr. Way. There they chanted, “Hey hey ho ho, healthcare cuts have got to go.”

Community Health Care supporters of all ages participated in the rally and march.

Following the rally at the new Community Health Care building, workers and community members marched back to People’s Park chanting, “Ain’t no power like the power of the people and the power of the people don’t stop.” They left some of their signs on the building to leave a lasting statement.

Following the rally at the new location, supporters left their signs on the building.

You can find more information about the rally at the Stand. Check out Community Health Care’s website to learn more about the new Hilltop Regional Health Center, including information about the August 9, 2011, groundbreaking ceremony.

Makah Artist Alex McCarty at B2 Gallery

Alexander Swiftwater McCarty is a talented man whose life is interwoven with his culture, family, art, and the lives of the students he inspires. He is a member of the Makah Nation, a skilled artist, and an art teacher at Chief Leschi Schools in Puyallup.

Now through June 18, some of McCarty’s work is on display at Tacoma’s B2 Fine Art Gallery in its “Coyote Forward” exhibit. “Coyote Forward” is a contemporary Native American art exhibition and also includes the work of other Native American artists, including Joe Feddersen, Lillian Pitt, and Gail Tremblay.

“My mother is an accomplished artist and she taught me advanced art techniques as soon as I could hold a crayon,” McCarty remembers. His interest in art has catapulted him into the position of a modern-day preservationist: His cultural heritage influences his work and through his teachings, everything he knows about Native American art gets passed down.

McCarty lived and grew up in Neah Bay, Washington, the home of the Makah people. His father taught him how to fish when he was fourteen. “I got in trouble one year,” he says, “And my father grounded me to the boat for the summer.” This is where he learned to be a fisherman–something that he does each summer. McCarty says his brother still teases him over that incident.

“I really enjoy being out on the ocean,” he admits. Fishing is his summer gig. When school gets out each year, he returns to help his family with the salmon fishing season. He doesn’t see himself moving back permanently anytime soon, though. He has grown to love the city.

In 2002, McCarty earned his Master of Teaching in Visual Arts degree from The Evergreen State College. Following that, he ran the Gifted and Talented Program and taught students how to draw, paint, mono-print, and carve at Olympia’s Wa He Lut Indian School. In 2007, McCarty moved to his current position at Chief Leschi Middle/High School. At Chief Leschi he is a full-time art teacher and also works with students almost every day after school for Chief Leschi’s 21st Century After School Program.

McCarty first learned about Tacoma’s B2 Fine Arts Gallery from their “Beyond Crayons and Finger Painting” exhibit in October, 2010. It was a community outreach art collection and workshop provided by B2 Gallery, celebrating the artistic skills of youth. Some of McCarty’s students from Chief Leschi had the opportunity to show their artwork there. He knows the importance of giving young artists a chance to exhibit their work. “I have been an exhibiting artist since 1995,” he notes. “Some of my first pieces are part of the permanent exhibit at the museum in Neah Bay.”

At B2 Fine Arts Gallery, McCarty displays both contemporary and traditional work as part of the “Coyote Forward” exhibit. “I am always torn between traditional carving and printmaking,” he says. Because of the large demand for his traditional carvings, McCarty spends much time carving in his studio, but is intrigued by the process of making prints.

“Printmaking is a multi-step process and I see every printing session as an exploration,” he explains. “It is always a surprise when I press the ink to the paper.” Though making prints is not a traditional form, McCarty uses traditional designs as part of those pieces. His contemporary prints, including his “Tailspin” series and “Culture Shock,” are each one-of-a-kind. McCarty used several linoleum plates to create his “Tailspin” series and brought the Northwest traditional form to its most basic element–the “U” shape. For “Culture Shock,” he used woodblock carvings and incorporated traditional Makah designs. One of the things he likes to do is to reverse his plates in order to create different effects.

For McCarty, preparing for an exhibit like “Coyote Forward” is a bit difficult. “With an exhibit, you have to hold onto all of your pieces,” he says. Usually he sells his pieces as he makes them and convinces himself, “I can always make another one.”

As far as “Coyote Forward” goes, McCarty’s favorite piece is his miniature model of a Makah seal hunting canoe. That piece is currently displayed at the entrance to the gallery on the front desk. “My interest in making miniatures was sparked when I made the 1/8″ to 12″ scale model of the Ozette Village for the Makah Cultural and Research Center.” That work, which he created after he graduated from high school, is still on display at Neah Bay.

What is the most important thing McCarty wants his students to know? “Learn your heritage with care, preserve it with beauty, and pass it on.”

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B2 Fine Arts Gallery is located at 711 Saint Helens Avenue, Suite 100, in Tacoma and is open Tuesdays-Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm. For more information about the B2 Gallery, call them at (253) 328-5065 or visit their website. For more information about McCarty, read “The Artist and the Whale Hunter,” a story from a travel/photography blog written by Erik Gauger, a writer from our area.

Old Obama Newspaper Box Find

This weekend, we stopped into Northeast Tacoma’s Crescent Heights Grocery for some snacks and stumbled upon an old Seattle Times newspaper box that is locked up and no longer in use. That wasn’t strange to us, as we are used to seeing old unused newspaper boxes, but there was a newspaper inside of this one. We peeked through the dirty weathered glass to see what was inside.

The Seattle Times issue commemorating Obama's inauguration is locked in.

We wondered if the January 21, 2009, issue of the Seattle Times commemorating Obama’s inauguration was left locked in the box for political reasons, so we asked the store owner if he knew anything. In his broken English, he told us that he had no idea what we were talking about. We were left wondering: Why is the newspaper there? How long will it stay? And who has the key?

It would sure be neat if the paper could stay there untouched for many years to come, as it almost seems poetic finding an issue celebrating our first African American President, Barack Obama, tucked away in our city on display.

Crescent Heights Grocery is located at 1139 Browns Point Boulevard Northeast, at the top of the winding McMurray Road. If you end up over that way, go visit Obama and pick up some snacks.