No Blurring at TAM

Art Historian Natasha Schlesinger advises travelers to limit the number of galleries they visit.   She warns that more than TEN in one day will lead to blurring.  I’m blurred after one but do believe that important art galleries should be included in travel itineraries.  One gallery in the Northwest that I really like is TAM, the Tacoma Art Museum, and USA Today agrees with me.  It has called it one of the top places to see art in the  United States’ smaller cities.

TAM is expanding thanks to Rebecca Benaroya.  Becky and her husband Jack amassed a fine collection of art glass, paintings and sculptures during their 70-year marriage, and she has given it to TAM along with funds to help build a new gallery to show it.  TAM has already had a since-closed preview that included about 60 of the pieces.  The Benaroya gift includes 225 works, and the new gallery will open in the fall of 2018 if all goes well.

In the meantime, stop in if you’re in Tacoma because already opened and staying until January 7, 2018, is an excellent show Ruth & I saw in Houston a couple of days before the exciting 2017 Superbowl.  “Two Centuries of American Still-Life Painting” sounds kind of dull but isn’t.  I didn’t blur one time.

Also check out the rooms devoted to TAM’s permanent collection.  Founded almost 80 years ago, TAM has grown to 4,500 works; 3,000 of them are by Northwest artists like Dale Chihuly.  Always on view in TAM is the largest collection of his art glass on continuous display in any museum.  I also like TAM’s western, Native American, and regular American art that is relatively permanent.  I also like the fine view of Mount Rainier from a few of its windows on a clear day.


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Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roadsrus

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