Parks & Recreation Dept.
12424 42nd Avenue South
Tukwila, WA 98168
Phone: 206 768-2822
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Arts in Tukwila
Welcome to “Arts in Tukwila,” brought to you by the Tukwila Arts Commission. The Tukwila Arts Commission encourages citizen participation in the arts, promotes arts in the Tukwila community and advises City officials on arts matters.
The Arts Commission meets the fourth Wednesday of each month beginning at 6:00 pm at the Tukwila Community Center. For more information, check out Arts Commission Meeting Agendas & Minutes
Calling all musicians, performers, teaching artists, event photographers, and visual artists! Sign up for our Tukwila Arts Roster to help us find visual and performing artists for events and programs at the community center.
Interested in staying informed about Arts & Culture happenings in Tukwila? Sign up for our Arts & Culture Contact List here!
Tukwila Municipal Arts Plan
Adopted May 21, 2018
Rotating Art Display at the Tukwila Community Center: The Tukwila Arts Commission is working to increase public awareness, appreciation, and understanding of arts through exhibits of emerging and professional local resident artists. The Commission recently launched the Tukwila Rotating Art Display at the Tukwila Community Center. Professional or amateur artists living in Washington who work in two-dimensional media are invited to display their work. As Parks and Recreation Manager Tracy Gallaway describes, “The rotating art program features local artists of all cultures, techniques, and styles. There are several talented artists in south King County and we are thrilled to showcase and share their talents with the community.”
Artists interested in displaying can submit online at: www.tukwilawa.gov/artwall, applications are reviewed by the Tukwila Arts Commission.
“The 4 prints on display are either etchings or collagraphs. The plates are made by hand, hand-wiped and printed using the intaglio method of printing. The variations visible from one print to the next are created by incorporating chine collé elements during the printing process, and hand-work applied to the finished print. Some of the elements are parts of discarded prints, (screen prints, etchings or dry points), and some are plain or hand-painted Japanese papers. Although there is a repeating image in each edition, the individual prints are quite varied, resulting in editions of unique prints which are numbered and designated “v.e.” for varied edition.The remaining 6 artworks on display are a combination of collaged papers & thicker elements as well as, paint, pen & ink, pencil and stitching. 4 of the works were inspired by a week of painting on the river with The Duwamish River Artist Residency Group. Contact Sheila to purchase an artwork.”
About the Artist
Sheila Coppola was trained as a painter and printmaker at the University of Washington, receiving a BFA in painting in 1982. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture after graduating. In 1986 she co-founded Ink on Paper, a custom print shop dedicated to the creation of original hand-drawn lithographs. In 1996 she established Sidereal Fine Art Press where she continues to work today.
Coppola’s art has been included in local, national and international group shows and is included in many private collections. Her art process is centered around the combination of printing, painting and collage, with her current work reflecting a fascination with the poetry of George Oppen, (a member of the 1930’s Objectivist movement). Her pursuit of the collection and development of a personal visual language is inspired by Oppen’s pursuit of a literary language. She is in search of her own “little forms” in visual art which would have a similar function as the “little words” of Oppen’s literary poems. William Carlos Williams attempted to define the literary goals of the movement in part as; “an objectification of significant particulars,” which struck a chord with Coppola and inspired her search. She classifies her current work as “Poetic Cartoons.”
Sheila Coppola lives and works in Tukwila, and volunteers as a Tukwila Arts Commissioner.
Contact information – Website: http://www.sfapress.com
Rainier Symphony: The Tukwila Arts Commission is pleased to sponsor and support Rainier Symphony. The symphony is an artistically distinguished, 75-member community orchestra founded in 1981. The orchestra is composed of talented musicians ranging in skill from well-qualified students and amateur players, to internationally-renowned professionals. Each season includes five pairs of concerts, including annual Holiday and Pops concerts, performed in Tukwila. The orchestra rehearses Tuesday nights from September through May on stage at the Foster Performing Arts Center in Tukwila.
Foster Performing Arts Center (FPAC): The Foster Performing Arts Center is located within Foster High School at 4242 S. 144th St. in Tukwila, WA. Tukwila School District students utilize the arts center for classes, rehearsals, concerts, and special presentations. The center is available to rent and several organizations utilize the space for various performances.
Public Art Collection: The City of Tukwila’s Public Art Collection is currently made up of several pieces on display throughout Tukwila’s parks and city facilities. Additionally, the Arts Commission maintains over 40 portable works such as paintings, sculptures, and prints. The collection can be found carefully displayed within municipal buildings and facilities throughout the city.
4Culture: Generous support through 4Culture, the cultural services agency for King County, provides funding for musical, dance, and creative arts performances throughout Tukwila each year
Organizations Supporting Arts & Culture: