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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