Wednesday, November 12, 2008

TAM Docents: Information on Snowbound 2008

Attached is information regarding Snowbound and the Snow Job installation associated with that event. Thanks to all of you that joined us for the lecture and potluck yesterday!
Best regards, Jana

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402



October 30, 2008

Media Contact: Alyssa Rosso, Public Relations Coordinator, 253.272.4258 x3002,


Tacoma Art Museum’s Second Annual Snowbound Celebration

Community Festival Offers Free Admission and Features Wintry Series of Art Installations


(Tacoma, WA) –Tacoma Art Museum invites visitors to escape the cold inside the museum with an afternoon celebrating the many delights of winter during Snowbound. The second annual celebration offers free museum admission for all visitors on Sunday, December 14 from noon to 5 pm and features three temporary art installations created by local artists on view throughout December.

 Tacoma artists Marc Dombrosky and Shannon Eakins will create Snow Job, three temporary installations that are inspired by Snowbound’s wintry theme. For the first, the artists wrap the hundreds of stones in Richard Rhodes’s stone wave sculpture with secondhand sweaters and blankets assembled at random. The installation addresses the diversity of our community: how we share, take care of one another, and protect ourselves. After January 4, each of the garments used in the installation will be laundered and donated back to the community. This installation is on view December 9 through January 4.

During the Snowbound festival on December 14, Dombrosky and Eakins will simulate a snowdrift with thousands of snowflakes made from recycled office paper. Periodically throughout the day, the drift will be blown about with electric-powered leaf blowers, creating a simulated blizzard. Visitors will feel as if they’ve walked into a snow globe. Dombrosky and Eakins will also install Shreddy, a life-size polar bear rug made from shredded office paper. Shreddy will be on view in the lobby December 13 through 16.

In addition to the Snow Job installations, the December 14 festivities will feature snowflake making, winter sing-alongs, and knitting circles. The Rainier Ringers, a community-based English hand bell choir, will fill the museum with joyful music. Tacoma’s “Feisty Knitters” will install knitted sleeves throughout the museum. Visitors have an opportunity to take care of last-minute shopping at the Museum Store, with members receiving a special 20 percent discount.

Schedule of Festival Events:

12:15 pm

Rainier Ringers English handbell choir in the Lobby

1 pm     

Snow Queen and Snow King crowns in the Classroom

2:30 pm   

Memory Singers Sing-Along in the Lobby


Snow Job Snowstorm in the Event Space


Knitting Demonstration with the Feisty Knitters in the Atrium


Hands-On Snowflake Making in the Open Art Studio


MemberShop Sale in the Museum Store


Dates for Snow Job installations:

December 9 - 14

Blankets and sweaters wrap the stones in Richard Rhodes’s stone wave.


December 13 - 16     

Shreddy, a life-size polar bear rug made from shredded office paper in the Lobby.


December 14

Simulated blizzard and snowdrifts created from recycled office-paper snowflakes in the Event Space.


In addition to the Free Community Festival, Tacoma Art Museum offers visitors under age 18 free admission throughout the month of December. When times are tough, families sometimes have to sacrifice things that they cherish, including museum visits. In October, the patrons at the Tacoma Art Museum Gala collectively contributed the funds to provide for the month of free admission. In doing so, the museum becomes more accessible, offering greater opportunities for the community to connect through art, even in these challenging economic times. Free admission for youth is Tacoma Art Museum’s gift to the families of the region this holiday season.  

Celebrity Cake Studio and The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation are proud to support Snowbound.

Tacoma Art Museum connects people and builds community through art. The museum serves the diverse communities of the region through its collection, exhibitions, and learning programs, emphasizing art and artists from the Northwest. The museum’s five galleries display an array of major national shows, the best of Northwest art, creatively themed exhibitions, and historical retrospectives. In addition, there is an Education Wing for children, adults, and seniors with an art resource center, classroom, and studio for art making. Tacoma Art Museum is located in Tacoma’s Museum District, near the Museum of Glass, the Washington State History Museum, and historic Union Station.

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HOURS – Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Thursday 10 am – 8 pm, Sunday 12 – 5 pm. Open Mondays Memorial Day through Labor Day.

ADMISSION – Adult $7.50, Student/Military/Senior (65+) $6.50, Family $25 (2 adults and up to 4 children under 18). Children 5 & under free. Third Thursdays free. Members always free.

CONTACT – 253.272.4258,,



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