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Salvage: Artist Conversation

Gwen Jones, Robert Lashley and Christopher Paul Jordan

Salvage: Artist Conversation from 4–5 p.m. 
Catalogue Release and Closing Event from 5–7 p.m.

Please join us for an artist talk, closing reception and catalogue release. Three artists who grew up within three blocks of Tacoma’s Ash Street over three generations exchange stories as they discuss the creative process, coming of age and the production of history in an era of mass displacement.

Gwen Jones is a glass cutter, photographer and poet based in Tacoma, WA who owns and manages the architectural salvage yard Jones Glass established at its Hilltop Location in 1984. As one of the oldest Black-owned businesses still operating in the heart of Tacoma, Jones Glass attracts residents from all over Pierce County. Gwen uses the unique objects and people she encounters in her work as inspiration for her writing and photography. 

Robert Lashley is a 2016 Jack Straw Fellow, Artist Trust Fellow and nominee for a Stranger Genius Award. Robert Lashley has had poems published in such journals as Feminete, Seattle Review of Books, NAILED, Gramma, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, and The Cascadia Review. His work was also featured in Many Trails to the Summit, an anthology of Northwest form and lyric poetry, and It Was Written, an anthology of poetry inspired by hip-hop. His full-length books include THE HOMEBOY SONGS (Small Doggies Press, 2014) and UP SOUTH (Small Doggies Press, 2017).

Born and based in Tacoma, WA, Christopher Paul Jordan is an interdisciplinary artist who builds public installations to connect diasporas. Jordan’s paintings and sculptures are time-capsules from his work in the community. Jordan has received the Neddy Artist Award for painting, The James W Ray Venture Project Award, The GTCF Foundation of Art Award, and the most recent commission for Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park.