The Arts in Lakewood

Artist Ruth Ayers Hofto, 102, Has New Lakewood Art Exhibit

Story and photos by Phil Raschke, Lakewood Arts Commission

Artist Ruth Ayers Hofto turned 102 on May 18th, but that's not slowing her down one bit.  Ruth is currently the featured artist at the Lakewood History Museum at 6211 Mr. Tacoma Drive SW.

Ruth was born in Issaquah, WA and began painting at age 6.  Her paintings often feature animals, flowering plants, landscapes and woodcuts.  Ruth explains that a woodcut requires cutting an image or design into wood then pouring ink over the design and finally placing paper over the ink and carefully rubbing the image onto the paper.  Two of Ruth's woodcuts, the Tacoma Clock Tower and Raccoon, are currently on display at the Museum as well as her paintings of of "Cape Disappointment", "Mount Baker" and the "Artichoke Plant in Bloom".  During her travels aboard, Ruth's passion for painting took her to the home of Pierre Auguste Renoir in France.  Her paintings of Renoir' home became instant sellers.

Today, Ruth lives in University Place and enjoys chatting about her life as an artist.  She has one daughter who is a musician.  Her display at the Lakewood Museum continues through Tuesday, June 12.  Museum hours are Wednesday to Saturday from noon to 4 pm.  Call (253) 682-3480 for additional information.

Second City Chamber Series

Join the award winning Second City Chamber Series for its summer season, “Concerts at the Gardens,” held every June and July at Lakewold Gardens in Lakewood since 2002. Each year, the Series brings together the Northwest's finest musicians to perform well-known works of the classical masters with the lesser-known works of modern composers. This deliberate, artistic combination of the old and the new creates a unique and stimulating musical experience. Join us at Lakewold Gardens as we explore great chamber music from 1711, 1911, and 2011! (253) 572-TUNE (8863) www.scchamberseries.org .

The Tacoma Concert Band

founded in 1981, is considered by many to be the Northwest's premier concert band. The TCB performs an eclectic blend of musical styles ranging from Bach to Broadway, with its roots in the traditions of the finest European and American bands and extending through to new music commissioned especially for the Tacoma Concert Band. The band embraces the present while respecting the past. The band has achieved a national reputation and has received awards for excellence from the John Philip Sousa Foundation and the City of Tacoma and Pierce County Arts Commissions. The TCB has released three cassettes and five CDs.
For more information regarding upcoming performances, please go to: www.tacomaconcertband.org

Lakewold Gardens

12317 - Gravelly Lake Drive SW
(253) 584-4106

Located on Gravelly Lake Drive SW in the heart of Lakewood, Lakewold offers landscape architecture by Thomas Church surrounded by rare and native plants, State Champion trees, over 900 rhododendrons, 30 Japanese maples and stunning statuary. A Washington State historic landmark, Lakewold’s Georgian-style mansion and historic architecture complete the 10 acres where visitors can step back in time to an elegant past or enjoy a relaxing moment to contemplate the future. To learn more about Lakewold Gardens click on the link below:

The Lakewood Playhouse

The Lakewood Playhouse was founded in 1938 and currently operates a 180 seat live theatre in the Lakewood Towne Center. The Playhouse's primary mission is to create engaging and entertaining theatre celebrating the human experience through the plays they present to the public. The Playhouse is committed to providing local children and families with wonderful, meaningful experiences through access to some of the finest theatre in the South Sound. The Playhouse also maintains a highly acclaimed youth theatre program as well as a Senior Players group. Additionally, the Playhouse produces popular 1940 Radio Plays from the Golden Age of Radio.
Lakewood Playhouse is located next to the Pierce Transit Center at 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. Playhouse Box Office may be contacted at (253) 588-0042 Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 3:00 on to 6:00 pm. For more detailed information on upcoming productions, please visit the Playhouse website at: www.lakewoodplayhouse.org

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