Featured Artist-Photographer: Christian Merrill

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Christian’s Bio

“I was born and raised in St. Joseph, Michigan, but it wasn’t until I moved to Arizona in 2012 where I met my friend and mentor, Eric Newnam, that I began to get into photography. At the time, Eric was shooting large format film photography which captivated me by how dedicated the photographer had to be with his scene. I quickly gained an interest in photography and asked Eric to teach me the fundamentals of photography. I played around with a cheap digital camera for quite a while in the deserts of Arizona before relocating to Washington state in the later months of 2012. Once I moved to Washington I found myself surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States and decided to purchase a nicer camera to attempt to capture it. Over time, I found myself migrating to Seattle and joined the Seattle Film Photographers where I learned about film photography and quickly came to fall in love with both film photography and the art of street photography. In July of 2015, I submitted some of my film work the to 253 Collective in Tacoma, WA and was accepted as a new member.

I come from a Chemistry background and see most of my work as an observation and documentation of my surroundings. As a scientist, I try to observe the universe in which I am in, document it, and analyze it. My desire to observe, document, and analyze draws me into street photography as it allows me to capture very human moments that only existed in that singular moment. For me, street photography allows me to share very intimate human moments with my audience while also telling a story.”

Christian Merrill’s photos will be on displayed starting on Jan. 21, 2016 in the lobby of 253C.  Artist reception will be that evening from 6pm – 8pm.


New Member-A. Kay Lindsay

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253C is happy to introduce our latest member to the Gallery, A. Kay Lindsay.  Here is a little bio on herself and her art.

“Unable to take any art classes during my school years, as a child I received most of my artistic inspiration,and instruction, from a book on the work of Leonardo Da Vinci. The way his sketches seemed to miraculously how from rough lines to sublime forms entranced me. I suppose that’s why I like to leave a little something of the unfinished in my work. The contrast with the finished rendering enhances the piece for me, besides seeing a little of how the piece was perhaps constructed. In 2012 I was finally able to receive some professional instruction from a local artist. She truly gave me the skills and technique to accomplish the work I wanted to do. Growing up I was obsessed with old Hollywood, classic cinema and the stars that made the silver screen sparkle. I think that must be why I prefer to work almost exclusively in black and white. Mundane subjects suddenly become mysterious and mythical.”  A. Kay Lindsay



Opening Artist Reception on October 15, 4pm-8pm

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Where: 253 Collective – 1901 Jefferson St., at the top of the UW steps, across from the Swiss Restaurant & Pub
When: Art Mingle, Third Thursday – Oct. 15, at 4 – 8 pm

Suzan Carrell is this month’s Featured Artist at 253 Collective in Tacoma. A self-taught bead artist, Suzan studied at UW in costume design and was a seamstress in many productions there, including Hamlet and The Tempest, two of her favorites. This background set the foundation for her future jewelry design.
Having raised her family here in the Pacific Northwest – 3 kids, 7 grandkids, and 24 years of marriage this month! – Suzan is now happy to be an “empty nester” and concentrating on her beadwork. You can see evidence of her watercolor and graphic design training, in many of her pieces. She emphasizes, “Jewelry is joyful, and mine is right up there in your face.”

Come meet Suzan and view her bold and colorful jewelry at 253 Collective, Thurs., Oct. 15, 4 – 8 pm.

Light snacks will be served.

Starts Oct. 15 – Runs through Nov. 17.

Additionally, 253 Collective will be open extended hours during

Studio Tour – 11 am – 5 pm, Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 17 & 18.

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R: 108 G: 255 B: 177 X:42052 Y:17088 S: 14 Z: 193 F: 232
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R: 122 G: 255 B: 181 X:42052 Y:17088 S: 33 Z: 297 F: 292


New Member-Suzan Carrell

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Suzan is a new member to the 253 Collective and brings her fabulous jewelry to the shop.


Summer Hours

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253 Collective will be open every Thursday from 5pm – 8Pm (3rd Thursday 4pm – 8pm) during the summer months. Also, we will be open from 2pm until 7pm, every Saturday. Hope you can stop by by to visit.

Art Mingle – Every Third Thursday-June 18

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Stop in! We will be open 4-8pm.
This months featured artist is Susan Blais. The main gallery and hallway will showcase a lot of nature and scenic and outdoor art.
The waiting room lobby will be “faces,” a portrait gallery.
You can meet Suzan, our new jewelry artist, and watch her while she creates another exquisite piece.
While you are at the building, you may catch a Jet artist or two at work in the third floor studio spaces.

1901 S. Jefferson. Right there on the corner. Across from The Swiss.

New Summer Hours:
Saturdays 2-7pm
Thursdays 5-8