Are you new to campus or looking for something more to do than go from car to class and back? It might be a good time to check out the cool art collective at the top of the hill, around the corner from Metro Coffee.
The 253 Collective’s intimate gallery space features an eclectic mix of pieces on display by passionate artists. There are works created with pastels, photography, etchings, comics, and more.
Etching demos are hosted almost daily by artist couple Marily and Butch Renick. You can find more information on the 253 Collective’s calendar on their website, but usually it’s etching demos happen on Tuesday and Wednesday at 11 p.m. to 5 p.m. and also Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The collective hosts a special event for Third Thursday and the gallery is a featured stop for the Third Thursday Art Bus.
Carla Gramlich, one of the artists with work on display, describes the gallery as “struggling” and that the collective aims to have around 10 artists on display. Currently there are five.
Gramlich said they’re especially keen on recruiting UWT students. All the displayed artists help pay for space and the more who sign on, the less it costs for each.
You can find out more about the 253 Collective and their activities via their website at 253collective.com.
253 Collective is located at 1901 S. Jefferson St., Suite 100 in Tacoma.