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Deck of Cards

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Duchess of Downtown has produced a deck of playing cards featuring 54 pencil portraits of our favorite Tacomans by Angela Jossy. Release date is Nov. 19th. If you would like to ensure that you get one of these before they sell out and you're not sure if you can attend the release party at Museum of Glass, you can order yours online now:


Volume discount available:



 

 

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ART BUS

ART BUS is a tour led on the Third Thursday of each month from 6 to 8:30 pm.

The Thursday, April 17 tour is the Bunny Hop ART BUS Tour. The Celebrity Tour Guide will be 27th District of Washington State Representative Jake Fey! The tour bus leaves at 6 pm and returns around 8:30 pm. Meet the big yellow school bus curbside on Pacific between Tacoma Art Museum and Union Station between 5:30 and 5:55 pm.

There will be an Easter Egg Hunt, VIP swag bags, delicious pizza provided by Puget Sound Pizza, a VIP raffle and fantastic art exhibits at some really cool places (see list below).

Tickets are $11 for Regular and $22 for VIP access which includes a bag full of exclusive deals and goodies from local businesses and additional raffle opportunities.

Exhibits will be updated as confirmed:

Presale tickets are available online at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/581663

VIP Contributors Include:

This months prizes TBA

Tacoma ART BUS is produced by Duchess of Downtown Tours and is sponsored by Weekly Volcano Newspaper, NWCZ Radio and Puget Sound Pizza.

 

Tickets can be purchased in person between 5:30 and 5:45 pm on Thursday March 20th at the curb on Pacific Ave between Tacoma Art Museum and Union Station.  Or online on Brown Paper Tickets. For the latest updates be sure to join our mailing list and follow us on Facebook. 

Thanks for riding with us!

 

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Do you want your place to be on the ART BUS route?

Here are the requirements for being on the ART BUS Tour:

1) You must have an art exhibit
2) You pay in advance (we accept checks or we can send you a link to pay online) (10 minute stop is $45, 20 minute stop is $75)
3) You need send a paragraph (via email) written in third person for our tour guide to read about your place and the exhibit on display
4) You send a photo (via email) that represents either the place or the art (we post them on facebook with the script to promote the tour and put them in our event program).
5) You must plan be open from 6 to 8:30 pm on the Third Thursday
6) Your shop must be in Downtown, Dome District, Hilltop, 6th Ave District, Ruston, Old Town, Proctor or in close proximity.

Optional:
1) You can put 25 small items in our VIP gift bags
2) You can donate a bigger prize for the game and/or raffle
3) For VIP bags and prize questions contact Jackie at jackie.d.fender@gmail.com

Send the above information to angela@duchessofdowntowntours.com at least 3 weeks in advance and be sure to indicate which month you are applying for.

Here's where we're coming from

This whole thing was an experiment ....

One day in 2010 we all realized that Third Thursday Artwalk wasn't really walkable because our galleries were too far apart. We decided to make it easier on art lovers and we pooled our money and rented a bus to take people around to the participating galleries. The galleries chip in for the bus, and we get our compensation from the ticket sales. And that's what we've been doing ever since!

Now we're just showing off - we added onboard games, prizes, VIP bags, celebrities and different types of tours like Community Gardens, Small Boutiques and Artists Studios for example. We're always dreaming up new tour destinations. Before we knew it we were the #1 Touring Company in Tacoma (it doesn't hurt that we're the ONLY touring company in Tacoma!)

 


Angela Jossy

Founder & Producer

Festival Director, former Associate Editor of Weekly Volcano Newspaper, singer/songwriter, artist and graphic designer.


Jackie Casella

Assistant Producer

Editor of Wrist Magazine, Weekly Volcano Columnist/Contributor, Executive Director of North Tacoma Branch of Peace Out Inc., and Bartender extraordinaire.


Stops

Do you want your place to be on the ART BUS route?

Here are the requirements for being on the ART BUS Tour:

1) You must have an art exhibit
2) You pay in advance (we accept checks or we can send you a link to pay online) (10 minute stop is $45, 20 minute stop is $75)
3) You need send a paragraph (via email) written in third person for our tour guide to read about your place and the exhibit on display
4) You send a photo (via email) that represents either the place or the art (we post them on facebook with the script to promote the tour and put them in our event program).
5) You must plan be open from 6 to 8:30 pm on the Third Thursday
6) Your shop must be in Downtown, Dome District, Hilltop, 6th Ave District, Ruston, Old Town, Proctor or in close proximity.

Optional:
1) You can put 25 small items in our VIP gift bags
2) You can donate a bigger prize for the game and/or raffle
3) For VIP bags and prize questions contact Jackie at jackie.d.fender@gmail.com

Send the above information to angela@duchessofdowntowntours.com at least 3 weeks in advance and be sure to indicate which month you are applying for.

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Name: Duchess of Downtown
Phone: 253-235-9264