Before moving to Tacoma in 2010, Mark and I came up from Los Angeles for a couple of exploratory visits. There were a lot of things about Tacoma that appealed to us, but it was ultimately the Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) that played the pivotal role in our decision to make the move. We were blown away by the beauty of the building and by the quality of the exhibits. It was a real “aha” moment for us. If a city the size of Tacoma could support a museum of this caliber, we knew it was a place we could be proud to call home.
We became actively involved at the museum soon after moving to Tacoma, attending exhibits and getting to know the staff and other museum supporters. I was asked to join the museum’s board of directors in 2012, and I’m currently serving as the Vice President of the board (in line for the presidency in 2021). We’ve got three upcoming exhibits at the museum that I wanted to share with you – each one different from the next and all worth a look.
Bart at TAM: Animating America’s Favorite Family
Beginning this month, TAM will be showcasing a private collection of animation cells from America’s longest-running prime time television series – The Simpsons. The exhibit offers an in-depth look at the collaborative process behind this much loved classic. We’re excited to bring this show to the Pacific Northwest and expect it to be a blockbuster, appealing to visitors of all ages. Opens July 20, 2019.
Monet, Renoir, Degas and Their Circle: French Impressionism and the Northwest
This fall, TAM will launch a special exhibit of French Impressionism, curated by Executive Director David Setford. The French Impressionists were thought to be radicals in their time, but they had a significant impact on artists in the Pacific Northwest and their work was eventually incorporated into the best public and private art collections in the region. This exhibit will include signature works by Monet, Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisely, Gustave Caillebotte, Gauguin, Berte Morisot, Mary Cassatt and Degas, as well as works by some of the American artists that were influenced by the French Impressionists – Theodore Robinson, Theodore Wendel, CC McKim, and Clara Jane Stevens. Opens September 28, 2019.
Forgotten Stories: Northwest Public Art of the 1930s
I’m particularly excited about TAM’s upcoming exhibit of public art from the 1930s. Many people have forgotten that the U.S. government supported the visual arts all across the country during the Great Depression, employing hundreds of artists and commissioning thousands of works of art. This exhibit will offer an extensive overview of the work that was created in the Pacific Northwest during this period. The exhibit is being developed by TAM’s Curator of Collections and Specific Exhibitions, Margaret Bullock, who has been working with a group of colleagues to produce a major publication to accompany the exhibit, supported by the Henry Luce Foundation. I think Margaret is brilliant so you won’t want to miss this show. Opens February 22, 2020.
The Tacoma Art Museum is a world class institution. Its mission is to connect people through art. The museum is a big part of what makes Tacoma so special to me, and I’m proud to support it. I hope you’ll take the opportunity to visit soon.
The Proctor District is one of North Tacoma’s most popular neighborhoods. Historic homes, great public schools, tree lined streets, views of the water and a charming central business district are just a few of the things that make this neighborhood so special. For those who aren’t familiar with Proctor (and for those who are already fans), I thought I’d share some of my favorite things about the place we call home.
Metropolitan Market – Met Market is the undeniable anchor of the Proctor District. This upscale grocery store caters to a sophisticated palate, with many locally sourced products, an outstanding cheese department and a wine steward. Met Market could feel some heat if Whole Foods delivers on their promise to open a store in University Place, but the neighborhood feel at the Met will always be hard to beat.
Chalet Bowl – This family owned and operated 12-lane bowling alley “strikes” a wonderful balance between old school Americana and new school hip. The lanes are well maintained, the staff is extremely friendly and the weekly bargain specials are hard to resist. Two words. Glow Bowling.
Wheelock Public Library – This local library has been serving the community since 1927 and is much used and much loved by children and adults alike. An iconic bronze statue of Tacoma pioneer and early businessman Allen Mason located adjacent to the library is often whimsically decorated to befit the season.
Puget Park – Located at the corner of Proctor and N. 31st Street, Puget Park was one of the first green spaces to be donated to the city of Tacoma for public use in 1888. The park features an updated play area and a picnic-perfect grassy knoll. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can follow a trail down through Puget Gulch to the waterfront for a wilderness experience right in the heart of the city.
Blue Mouse Theater – Originally opened in 1923 and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Blue Mouse is Washington State’s oldest continuously operating movie theater. A group of local activists and preservationists purchased and restored the theater in 1993. Dale Chihuly reportedly designed the blue neon mice that grace the marquis.
Mark Pinto is a top-producing Realtor with Windermere in Tacoma specializing in the purchase and sale of historic and luxury homes. Click here to e-mail Mark or feel free to give him a call at (253) 318-0923.
We're constantly asked… why is Proctor so hot? Our listings in the Proctor area of Tacoma sell faster than anywhere else in the city. We live in Proctor in a 1885 Victorian that is on the Tacoma Register of Historic Places. We know a thing or two about the area. We love Proctor, but you decide for yourself.
The Proctor District is one of Tacoma's most celebrated and desirable neighborhoods, offering residents an urban village experience that harkens back to a simpler time. The area features a wonderful mix of owner operated shops and restaurants, including the upscale Metropolitan Market, Chalet Bowl and the historic Blue Mouse Theater – the oldest continuously operating movie theater in Washington State. The University of Puget Sound, which moved its campus to its current North End location back in 1924, provides its neighbors with access to a variety of academic and cultural activities. The Proctor District hosts a lively local farmer's market, the second largest in the city, every Saturday from April through November. The neighborhood offers excellent public schools and easy access to Point Defiance Park, the waterfront and downtown Tacoma.
For more information visit http://www.proctordistrict.com/.
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