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Child’s Play

Illustration by Chris Bivins Making art isn’t easy. But it can be very rewarding, for mother and daughter alike. Certain firsts as a parent you dread. The first doctor’s visit, when your child shrieks as the syringe pierces the skin. The first...
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Questions for Marc Dombroski

Questions for Marc Dombroski, “Stitch Artist” Photo by Chris Tumbusch Last fall, your show at Portland Art Museum featured needlepoint-on-cardboard signs. How’d that get started? My wife, Shannon [Eakins], taught me to sew. I was making a...
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Spaces

The Sanford & Son building was a big party destination for gallerygoers, but free wine did not sell art. The Broadway antique store Sanford & SonAntiques and Auctions, co-owned by Alan and Cheryl Gorsuch, has seen a lot of history in the past few...
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La Vida Eterna

The seasonal celebration of Día de los Muertos brings centuries-old Mexican and Latin American traditions to the streets of Tacoma. One night every year, the air on 6th Avenue crackles with a different sort of energy. Above the drone of traffic, you...
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That Girl

An intimate chat with Deborah Page Photograph by Charles Peterson Deborah Ritchie stands out. Well, what beautiful woman with a beautiful voice doesn’t? But this local musician doesn’t quite fit where you want her to. She’s half of Deborah...
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Hello and How I Got Here

Whether or not life is a journey, comings and goings are powerful punctuations in time. Sitting under a plumeria tree in front of the airport in Maui in the early spring, I took a deep breath. The air carried a heavy load of exotic floral fragrance,...
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Convenience Store

Looking for a place to buy art cheap? There are handy Art-O-Mat culture dispensers (reformed cigarette vending machines) in eighty-five locations across the U.S: one’s right here in Tacoma! The only Art-O-Mat in the state is inside BKB & Company on...
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Questions for Jennifer Boutell

Author of tacomamama.com, a “locally-grown” city guide containing postings on “361 Good Days in Tacoma.” How did the whole “Good Days” thing get started? Around the time of the shooting at Foss High, I was getting tired of arguing with...