Behind The Creative Process

Local startup Lettuce 253 wants to 'let us' see behind the Tacoma art scene curtain

If you’ve ever admired a piece of art wondering how an artist created it, you’re in luck. New Tacoma startup Lettuce 253 is launching a series of live art making events during which spectators can watch local artists create their artwork in a vast array of media including crafts, graphic designs, wood carvings, poetry, acoustic music, and more.

“I want to give a respectful and supportive platform for people to create art live so that they can share their story, who they are, how they create, and what techniques they use,” owner Monique Smith said in a statement. “It’s a fun event that that promotes art, social justice, sustainability, and community in Tacoma.”

Smith submitted a business plan to the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber’s Spaceworks Creative Enterprise program in 2016. The program — to which Smith credits much of her success — provides education and support so that creative entrepreneurs can start and maintain a successful business.

“[They] helped me understand all the components it takes to create a business,” she said. “It was well organized, had great speakers, and step-by-step instructions. They set me up with mentors that helped direct me when I was at crossroads. It was also great being in a class with other small business owners, to get their perspectives.”

Lettuce 253 live events will be held the last Friday of every month from January through May from 7 to 10 p.m. at Feast Arts Center in Tacoma. The January event will be held Jan. 27 featuring artists Hailey Shoemaker, Jason Holland, Grace Witherell, and Allison Stewart. Tickets are $20 at the door, or $15 with a social media post about the event. Visit Lettuce 253 on Facebook for more information.

is an assistant editor at South Sound magazine. Email her.
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