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Welcome to the Two Waters Arts Alliance Newsbriefs blog! Our big news this month is that we have a brand spanking new website design, thanks to the hard work of TWAA member Joseph Pentheroudakis. We hope that you will take a moment to explore some of the new features, one of which is our Newsbriefs blog. Note that if you are already a subscriber to our Newsbriefs you may have received this issue through our previous system. In the future subscribers will only be receiving links to the blog on our website. You’re also welcome to browse through the Newsbriefs blog and read earlier posts; simply click on Newsbriefs on the website.

And now for this month’s issue.

Tears of Joy Theatre on the Key Peninsula
In February, we were happy to host the Tears of Joy Theatre at our local elementary schools and the Civic Center. The showings were all a success!. The showings were made possible thanks to memberships, personal donations and grants from the Angel Guild and Pierce County Arts Commission. Thank you to Key Peninsula News for the great article covering the 2017 Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre program. Our apologies to Angel Guild who was not listed as the sponsor.

2017 Art Walk
We’re already getting started on planning this year’s TWAA Art Walk. Volunteers help to make this event a success. If you are interested in helping out, please email info@twowaters.org.

Featured Artists At Blend Wine Shop
Be sure to drop by Blend Wine Shop to check out the monthly featured artists. The featured artist for March is Anna Bradshaw, and in April you’ll be able to check out the work of Tweed Meyer.

Paint in France this Summer
Need an art trip for summer? Consider Melissa Weinman’s Plein Air Painting in the South of France. The course will be held June 1-10, 2017. More info here.

REGIONAL ART EVENTS:
Bellevue Art Museum
Divine Ammunition
Using guns and ammunition, Al Farrow creates sculptures of reliquaries, cathedrals, synagogues, mosques, mausoleums, and other devotional objects.
Until May 7, 2017

Gig Harbor
First Saturday Art Walk along Gig Harbor Waterfront, April 1 2017, 10am – 5pm.

Gig Harbor Literary Society
April book discussion: Grunt: : The Curious Science of Humans at War, meeting at the Gig harbor History Museum
April 4, 2017, 6pm

Gig Harbor History Museum Film Series
Ebb & Flow: A Japanese-American Family, An Oyster and How They Influenced the Pacific Northwest
April 8, 2017, 5 – 6:30 pm

Key Peninsula
Words and Music
Words and Music series by Watermark Writers organizes house concerts that take place in an intimate, waterfront setting that allows you to meet and talk with your favorite poets, authors and singer/songwriters. The next house concert will be held on April 15 and feature Rachel Sermanni. Call 253-778-6559 for reservations or information.

Stephanie Schneiderman in Concert at Blend Wine Shop
April 29, 2017, 7:00 pm. Tickets $20, available at Blend.

Seattle Art Museum
Seeing Nature:  features 39 historically significant European and American landscape paintings from the past 400 years. These diverse works offer a unique opportunity for visitors to see the natural world through the eyes of great artists.
Through May 23, 2017

John Grade: Middle Fork
Enter the Seattle Art Museum lobby to check out this stunning piece of sculpture that depicts a 140-year-old western hemlock.
Ongoing

Tacoma 
The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today, a showcase of today’s most commendable American portraits, the finalists from the triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Tacoma Art Museum. Through May 14, 2017

Behind the Pines, Isabella Gresser and Painting the National Parks: Preserving A.W. Hill’s Experience
A student curated show of National Parks paintings
University of Puget Sound Kittredge Gallery
Through April 15, 2017
Tacoma Art Walk, hosted every third Thursday. Full list of locations can be found on the Tacoma Art Walk Facebook page.

Support Two Waters Arts Alliance
Our work is largely made possible by members and donations, and we wouldn’t be able to do the work that we do without your participation. Remember that all donations are 100% tax deductible. You can easily donate on our website, and if you would like to make a donation by check, you can send them to Two Waters Arts Alliance, PO Box 868, Vaughn, WA 98394.

We’re Looking for New Members!
Know someone in the community who is interested in supporting the arts but isn’t a Two Waters Arts Alliance member yet? Pass this email along. Better yet, give away a membership this year to someone who wants to be involved in supporting the arts. All membership information can be found on the website.

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