Gallery Wall

Tacoma, a mid-size urban port city known as the City of Grit or the City of Destiny, is where I call home.  Although not as popular as Seattle, Tacoma has it’s own culture, with a quirky personality. Those of us who live here take pride in shopping local, craft beers and art.  Home to many museums, such as:  the Washington State History Museum, Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, Lemay- American Car Museum.  The close location of each museum, makes Tacoma unique in that scene.  Inspired artist sell their works in local shops, anything from pottery to canvas prints.  Since we are big on being frugal, upscaling items feels practical and trendy.  Buying refurbished furniture, painted and enhanced by local creators, or doing it ourselves, adds character to our home.

Last year I became part of a group called Beautiful Angle.  The Facebook page they manage, describes the group as this:
Beautiful Angle is a guerrilla arts poster project in Tacoma, Washington. Approximately once per month, graphic designer Lance Kagey and writer Tom Llewellyn create hand-crafted, letterpress posters and then distribute them around the city’s downtown core via wheat paste and staples.

Each month, on a random Tuesday, clues will start to post on Facebook of different locations of the posters.  Some will hang on telephone poles, others on the side of a building.  Sometimes they will give posters out of their van or from a booth at the bar.  The community comes out of their homes and begins the search.  We ask those who are lucky, where they found their poster and see families walking together on the streets, out for the hunt.  The posters that are created are beautiful, unique and normally have a special meaning behind the message it portrays.  I’ve collected five posters so far and love everything about the memories that are made from searching for them and being able to hang them in my home.

This past weekend, after being inspired by Pinterest, we created a gallery wall in our t.v. room.  We hung up our Beautiful Angles posters, prints we bought from local arts, canvases we painted, travel finds and antiques.  Showcasing local art and pieces that have meaning to us, is way better than the Ikea clock we had hanging there.  This wall will continue to grow as we find more treasures.

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Buying Local

 

This past weekend, my family and I went to a flea market at the University of Puget Sound, that raised money for their scholarship program.  Their gym was filled with local vendors selling handmade goods and antiques.  As we went booth to booth, we saw faces of people we knew, all Tacoma locals. Although the city of Tacoma is known for its grit, a.k.a. “Grit City” we support each other!  To me, buying local means, supporting someone who is following their passion, encouraging people to go after what they want, allowing a person or family to have an income based on what they can create, promoting others to do the same.

Urban Exchange had this ceramic mug, advertising the 1884, the year old Tacoma and new Tacoma merged together and became the Tacoma we know today.  A great symbol of the community coming together as one!  Also, Urban Exchange is a shop that takes 2nd hand goods and resells them… talk about being frugal and not wasting items that are no longer needed!

I encourage everyone to buy local whenever possible.  Support your community and contribute in a positive way.  Help others follow their creative passions or talents and maybe they will inspire you to do the same!