253C 1st Annual Cell Phone Contest Winners

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We are happy to announce the winners of our 1st Cell Phone Photo Contest:

1st – Seth Mckuin
2nd – Sharon Styler
3RD – Roxann Murray

HM – Mary Letterman
HM – Amanda Lipke

All winning photos will be on display starting this Thursday, Nov. 20th.
Stop by from noon – 8pm to check it out. We are having a little reception that evening at 7pm.

New jewelry from Linda Danforth

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Linda Danforth has added a beautiful Seahawks’ necklace to her collection that we carry at 253 Collective.

We are open today, Nov. 8th from noon – 5pm. Stop by to check it out.20141010_150128

Kerry duVent-October Featured Artist

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Voices of the Wind
Kerry duVent
Featured Artist and Photographer

The wind has many ways of expressing itself. It can be soft, angry, sultry and playful. It can stumble, be filled with grief, howl, chill the bones, and exude mystery. And yet it is still wind – a unified voice expressing itself in variety. Kerry’s last name, when translated from French into English means ‘of the wind’ and this showing of her work mirrors the many expressions within one voice. She is an author, musician, photographer and self-taught artist. Here, the voices of art and photography come forward in the forms of abstract and surreal oils and acrylics as well as nature and urban photography. She strives for the expression of emotion and thought rather than structured form, leaving others to place their own stories upon each piece. She took up her camera and also began painting as a way to re-awaken her voice and expression after surviving domestic violence and experiencing homelessness; as a way to see, experience and be a part of expressing what is good and beautiful in the world.

Kerry duVent’s work is on display and for sale at the 253 Collective Gallery every day and, for the month of October, it is her work we are featuring as an exhibit in the main lobby. She will be present to discuss her work during the Tacoma Art Mingle on October 16 from 5pm until 8pm.

River's Mouth

Surrender, No Surrender

253 Collective 1st Annual Cell Phone Contest – October 2014

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253 Collective 1st Annual Cell Phone Photo Contest


October is Art Month and 253 Collective

would like everyone to become an artist.

Take a photo using your cell phone during October and post the best 6 to the contest. Best photos will be eligible for prizes and will be on display at the 253 Collective gallery starting in November 20 for Art Mingle. Top Three winners will receive a gift card from Metro Coffee or The Swiss and a copy of their photos. There will be other photos recognized for special achievements. Those photos will be on displayed and the photographers will receive the copy of their photos following the exhibit in December.

Please read rules below.


  1. Photos must be taken with a cell phone and that cell phone MUST have the 253 area code.

  2.  All photos must be taken between the dates of October 1 – October 31, 2014.

  3.  Any post processing can be use to enhance the photo(s).

  4. Only 6 entries per person.

  5.  Photographer keeps rights to any photo(s) entered but 253 Collective can use the image in a photo exhibit and to promote the photo exhibit and contest.

  6.  Photos can be posted to Flickr. From your Flickr account you can add up to six photos to the Flickr group for the contest.  https://www.flickr.com/groups/253cellphonecontest2014

  7.  If you don’t have a Flickr account you can post photos to the #253cellphonecontest to add photos to our instagram or twitter.

  8. All photos must be posted by November 5, 2014.



Thanks to our neighbors for generously providing gift cards for this event.








Welcome new artist Lauren Redding!

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Lauren Redding is an award winning international fine art and alternative process photographer originally from Skiatook Oklahoma, a small town just north of Tulsa. She attended Skiatook public schools from kindergarten through graduation in 2007. Lauren was very involved with athletics and arts while in high school, winning accolades and awards in both areas. Lauren was accepted into and attended the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain in the summer of 2007. While there, she studied under Steve Simmons and Ben Long. Under their guidance her art ascended to a new level. Lauren relocated to Florida fall of 2008 where she dabbled in modeling, promotions, and event photography. It wasn’t until she received her acceptance letter to the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010 that she really knew which direction she want to go with her life and art. Lauren transferred to SCAD in 2011. It had taken a while, but she found her niche. She soon realized the commercial aspect of photography was never for her. Fine art and alternative processes were where she needed to be. Under the influence of her professors Pete Christman, Craig Stevens and Zig Jackson her work varied from landscapes and still lifes mixed with alternative process techniques, such as 19th century processes of Cyanotypes and Platinum/Palladium. In 2012 she studied and lived in Lacoste, France. On a conceptual kick, she realized her true passion was landscape and nature photography. After leaving France, she traveled to Ireland for a while just traveling the countryside taking photos. In June 2013 she began a small business called Omen Artwork, creating unique and one of a kind jewelry to go along with her one of a kind photography style. In April 2014 she had her first solo show at The Butcher Gallery in Savannah Georgia that included lapidary/metalwork necklaces and her 30 x 36” Polaroid series “Old Meets New”. After graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design May 2014, with a BFA in photography, Lauren relocated to Tacoma, Washington where she currently lives with her significant other and their cat, Sake. In the near future, she will be continuing her series, “My Journey Across America” and “Good as Gold”.

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Live Music at 253C!

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August 21 starting at 7pm.

We are happy to present Stacey Eliason on the French Horn during Art Mingle. Zack Zydek on string bass will join Mrs. Eliason this month for some jazz and latin duets.

Stacey Eliason’s website

Zack Zydek’s bio:
Richard Zachary Zydek (Zack) recently obtained his Master degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying under the Principal Bassist of the Cleveland Symphony, Maximilliam Dimoff. A native of Sumner, Washington, Zack obtained his Bachelor of Music from Western Washington University, graduating with honors. While earning his Bachelor degree, he auditioned into the bass section of the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra in 2009 and became Principal Bassist in 2010. Throughout the years, Zack has participated in many master classes — intensive seminars in music performance and technique — with music pedagogues such as Paul Ellison (Rice University), Dianna Gannett (University of Michigan) and Jeff Bradetich (University of North Texas).
Zack’s goal for all of his students is to increase their confidence and knowledge of bass technique. His musical training and teaching experience allow him to approach the most inexperienced of musicians with the same competence and clarity as those students with more advanced musical backgrounds. His strives to create a comfortable learning environment where students are free to ask questions and make “mistakes” (all part of the learning process!). He is ready to
help each individual student understand more about their musical interests and explore the diverse world of music through their instrument. There are a lot of musical instruments out there, but the double bass is where it’s at!
When not playing the double bass, Zack can be found outdoors with friends, playing the piano, or transcribing video game music. His favorite soundtracks come from the Sega and Nintendo game consoles.

253C is a stop on the Art Bus Tour in August!

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We have lots of fun in store for you ART BUSSERS this coming Thursday!! The Celebrity Tour Guide is the one and only Mario Lorenz who really can juggle! He is District Manager for Hilltop Business District and 6th Ave Business District and organizer of many community events like Tacoma’s Hilltop Street Fair and Dickens Festival At Stadium. He juggles many jobs but he also juggles objects too as a children’s entertainer with his company Laughter Masters! He’s a hoot and we are very much looking forward to having him as our Celebrity Tour Guide. We are giving away 6 fabulous prizes, visiting the following places: FabLab Tacoma, The Nearsighted Narwhal, Downtown Tacoma Post Office (Spaceworks Tacoma), The 253 Collective, Brick House Gallery, Spun Clay Arts Studio & Gallery and one more TBA. As always we will be serving free slices of Puget Sound Pizza to everyone on board. The game this month is “Celebrity.”

Tickets can be purchased online: