Sheila Klein and David Blakesley Popup: July 20, 5-8pm

MINKA PRESENTS A BIT OF EDISON IN TACOMA...

ARTIST + FASHION DESIGNER SHEILA KLEIN, JEWELRY BY CURATOR / METALSMITH DAVID BLAKESLEY

New Trade Routes long cotton tunic by Sheila Klein.

New Trade Routes long cotton tunic by Sheila Klein.

On Thursday, July 20, 5-8pm, MINKA (821 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma) is proud to present a special evening featuring the work of two acclaimed artists from the Skagit Valley - public artist/fashion designer Sheila Klein, and curator/jeweler David Blakesley.  Both are fine artists who also happen to be innovators in the modern art of self-adornment.

Sheila Klein is a force of nature who leaves her artistic mark everywhere she touches down – including New York, France, England, Italy, Japan and India. Now this Washington-based artist has turned her eye to creating a line of beautiful, unconstructed clothing basics inspired by the fabulous cotton textiles she discovered in her second home, Buenos Aires. Read our interview with Sheila here: https://www.facebook.com/minkatacoma/posts/1590273891014922

David Blakesley is well-known for his phantasmagorical, museum-style store in Edison, the aptly named Shop Curator.  His wunderkammer of a store is filled with exquisite curios from many ages and continents - including his own one-of-a-kind, modern-primitive jewelry.  Treasures  include a neckpiece made from hand-twisted cedar bark and hammered shield-shaped sections of silver; and a Celtic-inspired ring with caged stone that spans across three fingers - it's Picasso meets Game of Thrones, beautifully synthesized by a visionary into pieces that are 100% Blakesley.

Modern, ethnographic jewelry by David Blakesley including bold, hammered adornments in copper and silver.

Modern, ethnographic jewelry by David Blakesley including bold, hammered adornments in copper and silver.

In case you haven't been, the tiny burg of Edison (population: 133) in Skagit has become an arts destination de rigeur, and Blakesley and Klein are two of the area's most accomplished practitioners. Need we remind you that the valley has long been known for producing more than tulips, with an aesthetic legacy that stretches back to Guy Anderson, Mark Tobey, Kenneth Callahan, and Morris Graves...MINKA is proud to connect with Edison, and we look forward to bringing more contemporary artists to our store in the future!

MINKA is a design store and gallery owned and curated by two Tacoma-based artists, Nicholas Nyland and Lisa Kinoshita. We specialize in art, artisanal furniture, botanical exploration and mid-century modern design. 

Address: 821 Pacific Ave. in the Theater District. 

Hours: Friday noon-5, Saturday 10-5, and by appointment. 

Phone: (Lisa) 253/961.5220; (Nicholas) 253.228.1976. 

Information: www.minkatacoma.com

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Meet the Makers Popup: June 17, 4-8pm
Object Lesson

Object Lesson

Want to meet local makers of contemporary, one-off home designs and jewelry? Then come to Matter's Meet the Makers Popup this Saturday, June 17, 4-8pm! 

First up, meet Tacoma artist Nicholas Nyland, introducing his amazing line of home accessories, Object Lesson! The new co-owner of Matter with Lisa Kinoshita, he brings a brilliant array of ceramic tableware and lighting, textile art, furnishings, and painting to the mix. Nicholas is a fine artist whose work has been shown at SAM, TAM, Olympic Sculpture Park, and many other venues. He's created a high-pop aesthetic with huge, hand-painted floor pillows (think Matisse in Vence), Moroccan throw rugs, and primitive candlesticks and ceramic plates that will light up any table!

Inside the art vitrine (that's a fancy name for display case), check out a dramatic dungeness crab fight masterminded by local sculptor and noted public artist, Ed Kroupa! The crabs are extraordinarily detailed bronze sculptures, pincers poised for battle! 

Earrings by Jennifer Bennett/Di Luce Design; deerskin/crystal necklace by Lisa Kinoshita

Earrings by Jennifer Bennett/Di Luce Design; deerskin/crystal necklace by Lisa Kinoshita

Earrings by Jennifer Bennett/Di Luce Design; deerskin/crystal necklace by Lisa Kinoshita

Earrings by Jennifer Bennett/Di Luce Design; deerskin/crystal necklace by Lisa Kinoshita

Our Meet the Makers Popup will also feature jewelry by top local designers! Our new wearable art section features architectural metalsmithing by Jennifer Bennett, ethnographic chunkalicious jewelry by Harriet McNamara, mod loomed-and-beaded wonders by Saya Moriyasu, urban jewels by "Best of Seattle Magazine" star, Regina Chang, and a smattering of earthy pieces by Lisa Kinoshita.

Artisanal furniture fills the gallery by some of the area's finest woodworkers including Steve Lawler, Carlos Taylor-Swanson, Scott Neste, and Splice; and fabulous chainsaw art by a Montana carver. We're also featuring ceramics by Melissa Balch and Andrew Deem, traditional prints by Arts & Crafts Press, and topographic prints by Tim + April. And so much more...

Nicholas Nyland