“I must have driven past here a thousand times and never knew this was here”
“I cannot believe I have never been to this magical place”
“It is always free to visit? I can't wait to come back and bring ______ with me.”
These are the common refrains of first time visitors to the Pacific Bonsai Museum. This treasure in our own backyard, this place of national and international renown, beguiles visitors with its art, the serenity of its grounds and the stories behind each one of the pieces individually as much as the place itself.
Nestled along the waterfront of Gig Harbor is a hidden treasure awaiting exploration by young and old alike. My trek across the Narrows with my 5-year-old daughter was to join the Gig Harbor community in celebrating the unveiling of a new addition to the front of the Harbor History Museum, The Big Catch. This labor of love is a fantastic bronze statue, recently completed by local sculptor Douglas C. Granum. Originally in two dimensions in the form of a 1909 photo taken by celebrated photographer Asahel Curtis, the fisherman and his enormous prize have been brought to life anew to glint in the sunlight and celebrate Gig Harbor’s fishing heritage.
This April, we welcomed Kathryn Zetzer to our Community Foundation team. As a Program Officer, Kathryn is responsible for working closely with grantees, the nonprofit community-at-large and other funders to effectively direct several key grantmaking programs.
Learn more about Kathryn and what inspires her about community philanthropy!
I have lived in Tacoma, WA for the last three years. My academic background includes studies in Architecture, Art and Political Science. In Summer 2013, I completed the Artist Trust EDGE Professional Development Program for Visual Artists. Shortly after completing the program, I earned a private commission in Philadelphia, funds from which allowed me to secure my first long term studio space at the Jet Artists Coop.
Erika Rier is a fine artist and illustrator. She learned to sew when she was 6, crochet when she was 7, knit when she was 8, embroider when she was 10, and weave when she was 16. She works in textiles regularly and they feature heavily in her work. Writing was her first love and although she no longer writes poetry, she still secretly writes young adult fiction. Erika now resides in Tacoma with her husband, daughter, cat, and two dogs, after having lived in Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, NYC, and Arizona.
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