Let it Snow with holiday cards

Tacoma Art Museum invites community in from the cold for a day of art projects

Staff writerDecember 9, 2013 

Sometimes roller derby can hurt, but Ella Robinson, left, a member of The Clean Up Crew roller derby team, and Liz Ridge, a member of the Toxic 253 team, found that striking a pose and holding it for 10 minutes creates its own pain. The two derby girls posed Sunday during a life drawing class at the Tacoma Art Museum’s Let It Snow community event.

DEAN J. KOEPFLER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Holiday cards, ornaments and roller derby women on ice.

The holiday season was in full swing Sunday at the Tacoma Art Museum with the Let it Snow community festival.

Visitors could enter the museum for free to make holiday art projects — and practice rapid life drawings of Tacoma Roller Sports Project participants in their derby gear.

The women posed for about 15 minutes at a time for the exercise, which Josh Proehl, museum interim director of education and community projects manager, said ties into a string of solo female exhibitions the museum is hosting into next year.

“Roller derby is really known for powerful women,” Proehl said.

And the sketching subjects joined the holiday fun, too. They swapped out their wheels for blades and took to the skating rink at the Franciscan Polar Plaza across the street.

Others, such as Audre Womack of Puyallup, planned to skate, but first she had holiday cards to finish. She came with 7-year-old daughter Isabella and a friend.

Free fun is good to find when finances might be tight around the holidays, she said.

“To have these kind of events is really nice,” she said.

Isabella was busy helping make Rudolph the reindeer cards for grandma and grandpa and her uncle.

The festival costs a couple of thousand dollars to put on, not including normal operating costs for the museum and lost ticket revenue. It’s sponsored by the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation and the Tacoma Arts Commission.

Yuliana Zazueta, 28, was making cards for her 10-year-old daughter and other family members to send with presents this year to their home in Bakersfield, Calif.

Zazueta moved to Fife a couple months ago during the off-season of her job on a fishing boat in Alaska.

She was bored the other night and found the art museum event online while searching for things to do.

She said she doesn’t do many arts and crafts but was glad she came out.

“Hopefully, they’ll appreciate the deformed candy canes,” she joked about her cards.

One room over, 9-year-old Max Jackson was putting glitter paint inside an ornamental globe he was making for his mom.

“I’m trying to make a mixture of all the colors,” he said. “You get to make it for whoever you want. I might make another one for my dad.”

Max and other students from Tacoma’s Grant Elementary School sang earlier in the day for the festival.

They weren’t nervous, because they’d practiced for months, he said.

Christina Eddy of Puyallup was also making ornaments with her 6-year-old granddaughter.

“It’s a lot of fun,” she said. “Good, free things to do with family.”

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