Seattle Times

Local speaking appearances by artists Chuck Close and Brian Tolle and poet Bob Holman


If you admire Chuck Close as an artist, your esteem probably will double after you hear him speak. The guy is so smart, articulate and insightful, he can knock your socks off. And here’s your chance: Close will be speaking May 11 at the Pantages Theater in Tacoma in conjunction with his exhibition “A Couple of Ways of Doing Something: Photographs by Chuck Close, Poems by Bob Holman” on view at the Tacoma Art Museum. Holman is also on the lineup, reading his poems.

The event begins at 2 p.m. at 901 Broadway, Tacoma. Advance tickets at (253-272-4258 ext. 3030 or $10 members, $15 nonmembers.

Also: New York artist Brian Tolle will give a free talk at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Henry Art Gallery auditorium. Tolle recently installed outdoor artwork on the University of Washington campus titled “Stronghold,” a 23-foot-diameter sculpture resembling an old-growth tree stump, like those that may have been left after the campus acreage was logged. It’s located behind the Foege Building and is visible from Pacific Avenue. Tolle is widely known for his Irish Hunger Memorial project spanning a block in Manhattan’s Battery Park City. Advance tickets available free at the Henry admissions desk. Seating is limited.

Sheila Farr, Seattle Times art critic