Katie LeFevre-Marler, 253 Collective New Member

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Katie is a Pacific Northwest local, raised in Redmond and always near some woods or other wilderness which she was constantly exploring. Inspired by the thrills of climbing trees and wading streams she pursued a bachelor’s degree in Conservation Biology –which turned into Marine Biology– at the Brigham Young University in Hawaii, and at the same time received a minor in art. She loves the ocean and loves the woods and would love someday to combine her love of the natural world with her passion for art–perhaps back in beautiful Hawaii or as a nature illustrator. In the meantime, however, there are too many exciting things and also inspiring ‘human’ moments to capture on canvas. In her art, a vast supply of “too many photos” (quoting her husband) guides her paintings, but she is often found making more of a collage with many photos as references –to capture that moment as it should be, and hopefully tell a bit of a story along with making a piece of art.

She currently lives in their “new” old craftsman home in Tacoma and gets to spend most of her time singing to and chasing around their little baby girl. In her spare time from mommy-duty she plays with clay (throwing or sculpting), music, writing, beads, or sewing during the winter and on sunny days you will find her outside hiking, gardening, foraging or some combination of those three. Oh yeah, and painting. J???????????????????????????????

Lauren Redding’s Show opens on Dec. 18, 2014

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Lauren Redding
Lauren Redding

Stop by and take in Lauren Redding’s new show for Art Mingle. 253 Collective will be open from noon – 8pm on Dec. 18. Visit with the artists and enjoy some holiday shopping.

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 knewwhich 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”.




Dennis Golden, 253 Collective new member

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“From deserts to oceans to mountains and everywhere in between, I have been inspired in wild places since childhood. Go to far away places, climb mountains and other hard to get to places to get that perfect shot and put it eather on canvas or develop it into a masterpiece photo. Born in Whittier, CA and moving around as a child to the Bay Area, Reno and growing up in the Rockies west of Denver in Colorado. I have been to many wild places with my parents and was inspired just by visiting those wild places that made me the person I am today.”


Dennis Golden is a landscape artist. He drives truck for a living and does nature photography and painting on the side. He uses Aqurlic as a medium and has used it since high school in 1997. Dennis is currently working on several websites to post his work and is also currently working on a book called “The Eastern Cascades” that should be published in the near future. It is a photo book that shows and talks about the eastern side of the Cascade Range of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, and Northern California. Dennis currently lives in Tacoma with his fiancé Beth and has 2 kids.

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.