Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Field Trip Anyone?

How about a jaunt to the Skagit Valley
for the Tulip Festival?

It's not that far.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Signs of Spring

Signs of spring are everywhere.

The pollen count is up.
Burning, itchy, watery eyes and runny noses
herald spring's arrival.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Beneath the Korean Bride Mask

This was on the wall below
the Korean Bride Mask

that I showed you a few days ago.
I almost missed the galloping horses.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

Looking Up

Downtown Tacoma.

A glorious, sunny day.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Something New & Different

I always see something new and different

when I gaze up at the ceiling of The Glass Bridge.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Danish Mask

Another mask on the building facades 
in the Broadway business district. 

The adjacent plaque says


Stone carvings commemorate important events.
Here, a carving erected by a son
honors his father's death in battle
"when two kings fought."

My father!
My king!

in this place
now sacred
where you were slain.

In stone 
we honor you

Monday, March 22, 2010

In Front of the Children's Museum

There's a Children's Museum on Broadway.
There's a tree in front of the Children's Museum on Broadway.

There are funny things hanging from the tree
in front of the Children's Museum on Broadway.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Theater Plaza

Pierce County Transit's plaza
near the Broadway Performing Arts Center.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Field Trip to Wright Park

Two grown-ups, lots of kids on a trip to Wright Park.

And I use the word "trip" purposely.
Right after I took this photo, 
one of the children tripped and fell.
No harm done - just a few tears.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Arts and Crafts on Broadway

It shares space with Leroy Jewelers
and has a wide variety of artful items.

Graffiti: Day Three

Priming the canvas.

I'll have to go back to see what's new.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Graffiti: Day Two

Some people don't think this is art.

I disagree.

(This is a public garage where painting walls
and columns is authorized on Sunday).

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Garage Art

Some of the freshest art in Tacoma
can be made only on Sunday.

The artists were busy at work,
some with respirators on.
Most didn't want to be photographed,
at least in a way that identified them.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Japanese Noh Mask

Another piece of Tacoma's public art
displaying the cultural diversity
of the Pacific Northwest.

The accompanying plaque says

Grandfather Noh Mask

In classic Noh performance,
emotions are conveyed 
through actors' gestures 
and poses, while expressionless
masks identify the characters
and focus on the play's meaning.

Now this grandfather
with no face speaking
holds us
in his hands.
Watch! Watch!
See his words!
Hear the stories
in his hands.

"- CA"

Sunday, March 14, 2010

More Glass

I probably bore you
with my passion for colorful art glass,

but when Tacoma has Chihuly glass in abundance,
I can't help myself.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Wishing for Sunny Summer Days

I'm ready for warmer weather

and gentle breezes.
Off in the distance, across Commencement Bay
you see Brown's Point.

Not too Far to the East

Though Tacoma is sited on Puget Sound,
it is rimmed on the east and west by mountain ranges.

You've got to drive only a little over an hour
to see views like this.

Due to the mild winter,
the ski season will probably end a bit earlier than usual,
but the snow-covered slopes are gorgeous.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Public Art

I don't know what this is called
or who the artist is.
I can only tell you to look for it on Broadway,
half a block north of the Hotel Murano.

Eye-catching, isn't it?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

American Art Company

A gallery and framing shop
on Broadway.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Korean Bride Mask

As I was wandering in downtown Tacoma
a couple of days ago,
I stumbled onto this piece of public art
on Broadway near American Art Company.
I'd never noticed it before.

The bronze marker adjacent to the piece says:

Ha Hway (Bride) Mask
Korean   Korea

The bride dancer, symbolizing a new generation
and life style, usually dances with an old man --
representing old values and ways.

Oh! Young bride!
Dancing new life --
She is dancing
with the shadow
of the old man
of the past.

  (then the initials:  CA)

Monday, March 8, 2010

Chihuly Mosaic

I thought you might enjoy a mosaic 
that features closeups of a glass installation
designed by the master Dale Chihuly,
who has Tacoma roots.

The original pieces are featured on the Bridge of Glass
at Tacoma's Museum of Glass.

Saturday, March 6, 2010


As far as I'm concerned

blue skies and flowering trees
are a natural anti-depressant
with only the best kinds of side effects.