Card Making with Photos at 253 Collective

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Card Making with Photos
When: Sunday, November 3rd
Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
For Art at Work month, photographer Carla Gramlich will be building note cards from her photographs. Stop by 253 Collective and check out the selection. Last years cards will be discounted. 
253 Collective is located at 1901 S. Jefferson, at the top of the stairs of the University of Washington Tacoma Campus next to the Tioga Library.
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253 Collective Vendor at Art on The Ave July 14th

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Save the Date! 253 Collective will have a booth at Tacoma’s Art on The Ave Festival Sunday, July 14th. For more information about the festival visit

Welcome Artist William Bryant to the Collective

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William studied arts and literature at Antioch University Seattle where he discovered French author Albert Camus. Camus’s philosophy of the absurd, views on art and society have been William’s biggest artistic influence. This can be seen in William’s style of painting, rebellious, messy and how he attempts to depict the world’s ugliness and beauty absurdly in his painting simultaneously.

Paint brings light to our flower show

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New paint brings light to the lobby and brightens our flower show. Come by today and see it, until 5pm. Or visit the lobby gallery during the week, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm and be sure to meet one of our artists on Saturdays Noon – 5pm. If you are interested in joining our group visit our website for more information, applications are being accepted now.Image

Saturdays: 12noon -5pm
3rd Thursdays: 3 – 8pm
Lobby Hours: 9am – 5pm, Mon – Fri a TAG Destination

253 Collective intern lends a hand

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Design promo material, help staff a shift, set up a show and in general,  lend a helping hand. That’s what Thierry Fortuner has been doing for the past few months. He’s interning with the 253 Collective and helping with normal operations of the member-run group. We asked him a few questions about his education, future plans, and his take on the importance of art in the community.

  • What is your educational background? My educational background includes studying digital media at Clover Park Technical College, as well as fine art and animation at The Evergreen State College.
  • What are you currently studying? I am currently studying nonprofit management at University of Washington Tacoma. The class is a study on nonprofit ideals and community development, and how to expand and grow nonprofit organizations.
  • What are your future educational goals? I might pursue a master’s degree in the future, but I am not sure at this time.
  • How did you hear about the 253 Collective group? My teacher in the program at UwT, Stephen DeTray, recommended the group as an arts collective in the Tacoma area.
  • What do you like most about working with the 253 Collective group? I believe that the group serves an important function of bringing local art to the area, especially in the city of Tacoma.
  • What do you think about the importance of art in a community, and how can individuals get more involved in the arts? Any community artistic endeavor is important, as local art reflects the spirit of it’s origins. I believe it allows members of a community to connect with each other through shared ideas. I believe that due to it’s nature anyone can become involved in local art, either through direct cultural contributions or recognizing it’s reflection of the community.

For more information about the 253 Collective and to apply for membership email us at or fill out our Contact Form.

yART Sale

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Saturday, August 25th
Noon – 5 p.m.
253 Collective Art Gallery
1901 Jefferson St, Suite #100 Tacoma WA
(Located at the University of Washington Tacoma Campus, at the top of the stairs)

The artist of the 253 Collective are cleaning out their studios and making way for new supplies and works! We will be having a garage sale for all of our unwanted supplies on August 25th Noon-5.  The garage sale will include supplies such as paints, frames, brushes, printing supplies, papers, crafting gear, and possibly some seconds (damaged, old, discounted) art works. Proceeds will benefit the Collective in their goal of enriching art in the community.   Come support your local artist!

Guest Artist – Niki Bilodeau hand etched glassware

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The 253 Collective Gallery is featuring a guest artist for the month of July and August.  The artist is Niki Bilodeau and we are featuring her beautiful hand etched glassware. Niki takes ordinary everyday glass wares like pint glasses, snap ware, mixing bowls, serving platters, and so much more, and makes them into unique functional art.  She creates intricate designs with her artistic talent and then transfers those designs to the glassware.  Each piece is lovingly created by her  in her home studio.   Her work is beautiful and makes wonderful lasting gifts for all occasions.

The Color of Winter | Dec. 15th, 3 – 8pm

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December 15th, 3-8pm | 1901 South Jefferson,  Tacoma WA. Join the eclectic artists of the 253 Collective as they reveal their interpretations of an enigmatic quote about winter.“…The color of winter is in the imagination.”

New artwork will include paintings in watercolor, acrylic and oil; as well as photography.

Unveiling and opening reception on December’s “Third Thursday Art Walk”, December 15, 3 – 8 p.m.

Show runs December 15 – January 30
1901 S. Jefferson Suite #100, Tacoma WA 98402