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Dec. 18, 2008 at 11:01am

ARTWALK Tonight - It's Official - It's a Party!

Brick & Mortar Art Love-In and Elf Shrine Competition

Tonight everyone is invited to brave the December treachery to celebrate art, artists, Chalkies, cartoonists, News Tribune editorialists that have held jobs for forty years, those just laid off from jobs, and especially those who find themselves in the country's current Kamikaze economic death spiral. 

Come dressed up as a theme elf e.g. "Party Elf", "Bad Economy Elf" etc. for extra attention and fun. You won't be let in unless you CARE and SHARE - Care about Tacoma and art; Share yourself and some food (to scarf) with others. Here are the details:

WhatBrick & Mortar Art Love-In & Elf Shrine competition

Where: 811 Pacific Ave

When: 5 pm

Featured Evening Highlight:

Elf Shrine Competition with special mystery prize to be awarded to the shrine winning the most votes by people in attendance. Shrines will be proudly displayed and can be left for exhibit, or traded, gifted, or sold at the party.

- Bring a (potluck style) dish and a bottle of wine or beer. Brick and Mortar will provide the art, artists, venue space, and event liquor permit.

This event will serve the following purposes:

-Give all the losers that didn't show up to Laura Hanan's recent art opening a chance to redeem themselves,

-Give Tacomans a chance to show art and artists the love that they are constantly yammering about,

-Give Tacomans a community building opportunity in a festive holiday environment, and

-Give hipsters, the cool crowd, and all wannabes the chance to party.

Remember, according to Wikipedia:

"An elf is a creature of Germanic mythology. The elves were originally thought of as a race of minor nature and fertility gods, who are often pictured as youthful-seeming men and women of great beauty living in forests and underground places and caves, or in wells and springs. They have been portrayed to be long-lived or immortal and as beings of magical powers."

Elves are actually ancient artists!

Scout - the Elusive Cigar-Smoking Elf

"Disturbia Elf"

.....And now for some really bad seasonal elf humor:

Who sings "Blue Christmas" and makes toy guitars?


Who lives at the North Pole, makes toys and rides around in a pumpkin?


Specialty Elves

"Santa Elf"

"Timberwatch Elf"

"Pixelated Muscle Elf"

"Planter-Head Elf"

"Evil Weiner Elf"

"Harvard Elf"

"The I Wanna Be Your Special Elf, Elf"

"The Keep Away From Little Boy's Elf"

...and last but not least, everyone's family holiday favorite:

"The Welcoming Gramma Elf"

Remember this event came dangerously close to being cancelled if not for Dysphoric Elf's call to arms

"Dysphoric Elf"

Poem of Elf Despair


I came upon a doleful elf

Consumed with deep despair,

A sullen, sadling City elf

Whose heart was laid out bare


He cried to me with pounding fists

His tiny elf legs shaking,

"I was headed for the Love-in,

I even did some baking,"


He said he heard it might not be

This wondrous art affair,

"Where are the T-towN hipsters

The artists that do care?"


Then suddenly that elegiac elf

Got a look I thought was gas,

And to the world he proudly shouted,

"Be at the Love-In tomorrow night or I'm gonna kick your ass!"

comments [31]  |  posted under Art Love-In, ArtWalk, event update, gallery, party, Tacoma, tonight


by Erik on 12/18/2008 @ 11:17am

by alwayssancerre on 12/18/2008 @ 11:28am
I am so not cool enough to attend. But I might. My hipsters are at the cleaners. Can I wear snow pants? - Kris

by scout on 12/18/2008 @ 12:50pm
As Sarah would say "You betcha!"

by KevinFreitas on 12/18/2008 @ 1:28pm
@always: I'll be in my snow cap.

I also wanted to offer folks at a reasonable distance a ride to the party tonight. Don't want to weather to keep people away so me and my all wheel drive Subaru are open to shutting up to 3 folks to and from (have to be somewhere at 8pm though). Takers chime in here.

by dawntown on 12/18/2008 @ 2:08pm
I have the car tonight (may ride with the top down for extra winter fun), so I can shuttle people after the party (that is around Tacoma)

by scout on 12/18/2008 @ 2:41pm
People can also stay here if necessary - there's plenty of room -

by Erik on 12/18/2008 @ 3:53pm
People can also stay here if necessary - there's plenty of room -

You could start a commune downtown at Rowland's Portal.

by NineInchNachos on 12/18/2008 @ 4:21pm
Ms. Darcy simply is not going to get in a car with our new baby. If they let us off work early maybe I can swing by before i have to catch my bus.

by intacoma on 12/18/2008 @ 4:24pm
Still might be there with the yoda bong

by NineInchNachos on 12/18/2008 @ 7:23pm
Laura Hanan   Lupin Goddess Art Walk

by Erik on 12/18/2008 @ 8:08pm
Great party. Thanks Laura:

Here are some pictures of Laura being transformed from human to an elf through the efforts of Andrea:

Full transformation:

by Jumpinjax on 12/18/2008 @ 9:28pm
Bad chicken for lunch, sleepy and pukey....didn't make it, couldn't make it, sorry guys, I hope everyone had a great time.

by scout on 12/18/2008 @ 10:47pm
We did. Thanks to everyone that showed up!
Special congrats to Dave L.

by Dave_L on 12/19/2008 @ 12:21am
Thank you and thank you, Laura and friends. It was a super nice evening with great food, great drink, and swell friends. Dawn's mulled wine and Andrea's peep-rolls were favorites of mine, and Altered Chords' salad a a huge hit. And I got to see some great architectural features such as Rowland's Portal. It all flew by too fast.

by scout on 12/19/2008 @ 1:36am
Dave L. won the Elf Shrine Competition.

And he created a great piece!

Dave, what was the name of your piece? The title disappeared before I could write it down.

by KevinFreitas on 12/19/2008 @ 7:19am
Thanks for having us Laura! It was a great time to enjoy your fabulous work and spend time with the local family.

by Altered Chords on 12/19/2008 @ 8:56am
Thanks Laura - I had a great time!

The mulled wine, and the syrah blew me away (referring to taste not over indulgence. I overindulged on food).

by Dave_L on 12/19/2008 @ 11:55am
Thanks - For lack of a better idea, it was a money-shredding shrine to the commercialism of the holidays. I think I wrote down The Commercialism of Christmas. I wish I would have thought of your suggestion of adding the dead-guy - I always miss the hook. Dandy prize - And I guess I wasn't too far off earlier. :-) Looks like I "accidentally" left my cooler there...
It was really interesting to learn of your various methods of integrating photos in your work, and that one gallery display explains it very well.
I wish more vintage photos existed of the Rowland Bldg. The ones I looked at were either to recent, too far away, or just outside of the field of view. I was hoping to find a match for that tin ceiling, but so far no luck. Even this place that still uses their original catalog:

by jamesstoweart on 12/19/2008 @ 12:40pm
I want to share a round of thanks...

Thanks to Laura for hosting...

Thanks to Kevin for the ride to...

Thanks for Dawn for the ride from...

Thanks to Dave for the hope of someday becoming a knight...


Thanks to Andrea for introducing me to Chicky Buns...

by scout on 12/19/2008 @ 4:08pm
I have a cool picture of the building that I found in the Northwest Room (Tacoma Public Library) and had reprinted as part of the presentation that I did for the city's Historic Preservation Committee when I got the building put on the local register.

What I think is even cooler is one day this really old guy - late '80s or so stoppped by the gallery and told me his uncle actually built the building. He came back a couple of days later with a cool black and white picture of Charles Ulysses Grant Rowland and his dog. We named the building after Rowland - the building housed the Rowland Hotel from 1932 to 1938.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 12/19/2008 @ 4:40pm
Also from the library, a little history:

Maze Hotel
Charles Rowland, builder
Darmer & Cutting, arch.
Knoell Bros., contr.
TDL 8/9/1908 p.35 New hotel on the Avenue
TDL 8/23/1908 p.35 Rowland hotel contract
TDL 10/11/1908 p.35 (mention)
TDL 5/7/1922 p.E8 Electric concern moves offices to Avenue location
(Wheelock Electric Co. leases space formerly occupied by Randell-
McLaughlin Seed Co.)
(Catalog)720.979 D25R p.19
Holly Hotel
TDL 3/30/1931 p.1 Seven taken in booze raids here
TNT 2/6/1938 p.B9 New glazing firm opens on Pacific Avenue (B&B Glass
Co. leases space in bldg.)
Dammeier Printing Co.
TNT 12/10/1947 p.25 (permit taken for alterations
and new store front)
TNT 8/18/1965 Tacoma printing firm expands (adjacent Tacoma Seed Co.
Bldg. added, new store front, remodeling by Harris & Reed, arch., and
Fitzpatrick-McIntyre, contr.) (sketch)
TNT 4/26/1992 p.J10 Old buildings can be an ode to the building code

TNT = Tacoma News Tribune
TDL = Tacoma Daily Ledger

by Dave_L on 12/19/2008 @ 5:01pm
I was hoping a photo would be clear enough to give a clue on the stairway to the lower level. I don't remember if the photo Meconi found (enlarged print on his wall and on menu) includes the 800 block. This is total speculation, but I wonder if the previous demolished building left any architectural remnants behind on which the 1908 hotel was built.

All Nations Saloon (Demolished)
T.Evening News 3/13/1903 p.3 All Nations proves to be
Napoleon's Waterloo

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 12/19/2008 @ 5:16pm
Perhaps we have a clue in "Seven taken in booze raids here" from 1931. This was certainly the prohibition era and perhaps there was some illegal booze operation that the stairs were constructed for.

by Dave_L on 12/19/2008 @ 5:20pm
...and up at 807 Pacific...
The Horseshoe
TDL 4/23/1916 p.1 Soft drink bar raided, alcohol seized (one of the first Prohibition "busts" in Tacoma)

And too much to list at 815, demolished in 1906, pre-Olympus...
(Note 1888 passageways and extra doors, 1906 mention of the Maze Saloon, and the last 1996 entry.)

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 12/19/2008 @ 5:40pm
T.Reporter 6/11/1998 p.6 Shanghaied! In old
Tacoma (il), very interesting Dave_L. What is clear is the area has always been disreputable. I suspect things are actually better now than they were then.

by scout on 12/19/2008 @ 5:43pm
Yes I have copies of all those crazy articles - the raid during prohibition made the front page - banner headline - but my personal favorite that I give to people staying in the condos is the story about the All Nations Saloon. The writing is hilarious!

by alwayssancerre on 12/19/2008 @ 6:48pm
Hey Altered Chords! Was it the Cycles Gladiator Syrah? If it is, this is my shameless push - you can find it at Stadium Thriftway at the end of the wine displays only $7.99!

Sorry I had to leave early Laura. Great to see everyone. Look forward to another event when the weather isn't so scary shiddy.

by scout on 12/19/2008 @ 7:33pm
I look like "Hulk Elf" in those pictures - I hate getting my picture taken!

by scout on 12/19/2008 @ 8:33pm
Is there a way to remove a double post after edit time is over?

by KevinFreitas on 12/19/2008 @ 11:44pm
@scout: done.

by scout on 12/19/2008 @ 11:55pm
Thanks Kevin! Now I don't have to look like the true dork I am