The Children’s Museum of Tacoma believes that art plays a significant role in children’s growth and learning, through personal exploration and skill building as well as appreciation. The Museum strives to incorporate art both into the fabric of the facility and the hands-on experiences of the children.
February 22 - March 19
Gallery-ish is proud to host a Children's Art Exhibition from Tacoma Sister Cities Committee and Gunsan, Korea. The city of Gunsan, Korea held an art contest open for children from Kindergarten-5th grade, and the artwork on display represents the top 30 pieces. The artwork reflects children, their families and their city. Gunsan has been a Sister City of Tacoma since 1979. The City of Tacoma has 14 Sister Cities, all of which have aspects similar or complementary to Tacoma's economic character.
The Abstracting Still Life Triptych was created through nine workshops in Becka’s Studio with artist in residence Sarah Storey. These open studio opportunities were inspired by the Tacoma Art Museum exhibit, Two Centuries of American Still Life Painting: The Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs Collection. Referencing a wide span of art movements, including pointillism, cubism, and impressionism, children ages 12 months through nine years old, as well as caregivers, collaborated to deconstruct classic still life subject matter in an approachable exploration of art fundamentals and techniques. The visitor’s limitless creativity and boundless energy created contemporary works that are a celebration of the inclusive nature of the art world today.
About the Artist
As a mother and artist, Sarah Storey is passionate about creating art with children. With an art degree from Seattle University and a professional background in commercial art, she is currently exploring mixed media portraiture and engaging young children in age appropriate art experiences. She created her Abstracting Still Life triptych fall 2017 for CMT primarily through workshops open to all museum visitors with personal additions on Still Life with Plants. To see more of Storey's work visit SarahStorey.Art
The Children’s Museum of Tacoma is honored to be the new home to Daisy and Wildfire. Both sculptures were generously donated by Clara Ladd in memory of her husband Ottie Ladd. Daisy, the 3,500 lb colorful cow, and Widlfire, the 1,200 lb red horse, were both installed in Playground-ish, behind the museum, on August 17, 2013. Playground-ish will be used by the museum for programs, events, and as an extension to the museum’s preschool classrooms.
Daisy was created by Israeli artist David Gerstein. Originally designed as a public art piece, Daisy was purchased by Ottie and Clara in 2007 and has lived at their ranch in Olalla, WA until recently. Gerstein’s work can be found as public art displays in countries throughout the world.
Wildfire, by artist Fredrick Prescott, has been in the Ladd collection for about a year. Wildfire is a kinetic sculpture, and his large red head bobs lightly when a breeze touches it. Wildfire also previously lived at the ranch and joins his friend Daisy as the newest, and already beloved, members of the Children’s Museum of Tacoma family.
Pictured with Daisy and Wildfire are Clara Ladd and Michael and Mindy O'Neill.
For more information about David Gerstein’s work, visit http://www.davidgerstein.com/
For more information about Frederick Prescott’s work, visit http://www.prescottstudio.com/
Designed by local artist Kristin Tollefson, the permanent capital campaign donor wall illustrates both the giving capacity of the community and the creative possibilities of children. Using copper and wire, Tollefson morphs line into elemental art shapes while highlighting groups of donor names.
Tollefson lives and works on Bainbridge Island. She teaches at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and works as Program Coordinator for the Arts in Education program with the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council in addition to maintaining a vital practice of studio art and public art commissions. Her art can be seen in public collections including the City of Shoreline, City of Seattle, 4Culture, King County Housing Authority, and the Bainbridge Island and Seattle Public Libraries.
Ish, designed by local artist Jennifer Wedderman, is a permanent large steel installation inspired by the Museum's logo. The looping metal pieces along the exterior wall of the building offer a welcoming, playful street presence from Pacific Avenue. The off-cut pieces of the sculpture carry to the inside of the Museum along the facade of Becka's Studio.
Wedderman is both a sculptor and LEED accredited architect. Her public art includes metal panels, sculptures, and furniture that can be found throughout pierce county.
The Woods playscape includes a permanent wooden column transformed into a playful tree. When the Museum opened January 14, 2012, the Playful Tree featured the work of local artist and Donor Wall designer Kristin Tollefson in collaboration with children from Grant Elementary School. Tollefson worked with students to create imaginary, fantastical fruit as inspiration for her sculptural installation. Along with whimsical pieces created by the artist, some of the children’s work was cast into resin and became part of the installation. This one-year installation will inspire a variety of art, science, and imaginary play activities within the Museum.