Tacoma now has representation at American’s biggest, wackiest alternative art event, Burning Man in Nevada – and our returned ambassadors will tell their tale Friday night at the monthly Tripod slideshow at Madera gallery.
Among the 50,000 who converged on the Nevada desert this August to create performance art, installations, bizarre sculptures and generally have a rocking artistic time were Burning Man newbies Natalie and Steve LaBerge and Lynn Di Nino. Di Nino is an artist, but the LaBerges aren’t, so it was all the more impressive when at a garage sale this summer they also displayed a homemade Venetian gondola, life-size and drivable. Steve, an insurance broker who has made sets and props for the Puget Sound Revels for years, constructed the gondola around an old ride-on mower, and the long black boat-shape with overhead canopy can now drive along land, steered by – you guessed it – a long pole in the stern, just like the watery originals. The LaBerges dismantled it onto a truck for the drive down, then reassembled it for the week-long event, getting some amazing photos in the process. They’ll describe the whole experience visually at this Friday’s Tripod slideshow.
Also presenting is Burning Man veteran Lisa Fruichante, and a mystery guest talking about how Burning Man could contribute to local government.
7 p.m. Oct. 18. $5 donation at door. Madera Furniture Company, 2210 Court A, Tacoma. 253-572-1218, maderawoodworking.com
Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568 firstname.lastname@example.org