2019 Artists

puyallup tribe in canoesPuyallup Tribe and Canoe Family: Opening & blessing

The Puyallup People have lived along the shores of what is now called Puget Sound for thousands of years. Today the Puyallup Tribe of Indians is a sovereign nation of more than 5,000 members and one of the largest employers in Pierce County. It serves its people and neighbors with generosity and is committed to building a sustainable way of life for future generations. 10 am

Ryan Feddersen art muralRYAN! Feddersen: Installation artist

RYAN! (Confederated tribes of the Colville) is a nationally-exhibited Tacoma artist who makes interactive installations. For Ocean Fest she’ll create a mural based on a Coyote, Fox and Whale story, with crayons for us to fill in the color. Find her art on the inside L-wall.

Lauren Boilini painting artLauren Boilini: Painter

Lauren is a nationally-shown Seattle painter who’s also a long-distance cold water swimmer. For Ocean Fest she’s creating a series of giant watercolors of whales. Find her work in front of the dockside wall, and hear her OceanX talk on the stage at 12:45pm.

turtle wave artTurtle Wave: Community art

A community artwork made by hundreds of Tacomans – paper turtles swimming on a blue fabric wave, all to raise money for ocean conservation. Find it hanging near the front entrance.

TUPAC african dancerT.U.P.A.C.: West African dance

Tucked behind tall doors downtown, the Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center teaches ballet, hip hop, pilates and West African dance, with a focus on teaching young dancers of color.  Find them in front of the big white Dance Wall at 11:30am.

Tacoma City Ballet WhalesTacoma City Ballet: Whale Song

Dancers move lithely under a vast sea of aqua silk, to the eerie, haunting backdrop of the song of humpback whales. It’s a perfect ballet to have at Ocean Fest, where dancers will create flowing beauty near the suspended skeleton of a humpback whale at the Dance Wall, 12:30pm and 4:30pm.

hula groupHula Halau OkealaAkua Naniloa Mana’oakamai

Performing Hula Kahiko (ancient traditional hula), Hula Auana (modern hula), Maori and Tahitian dance, this group is led by Kumu Kanoelani Galiza, and aims to build a bridge to create unity and connect all cultural groups. They’ll have live musicians – find them at the dance wall at 3:30pm.

SOTA dancersSOTA: Contemporary dance

Dance students from Tacoma’s School of the Arts perform “17 days, 1,000 miles,” a contemporary multimedia dance work inspired by Puget Sound orca Tahlequah, who carried her dead calf with her in mourning for that long. Find them at the dance wall at 10:30 pm.

Miho and Diego percussionMiho & Diego: Percussion duo

Miho Takekawa and Diego Coy boldly combine Latin and Japanese music on percussion instruments. They’re locals who perform around the world to unite cultures through music. Hear them at the music stage inside at 2pm.

cellist Gretchen Yanover Gretchen Yanover: Cellist

Seattle cellist Gretchen Yanover creates landscapes and seascapes of sound, looping her electric cello into a sound that blends classical with improvisation, structured with soaring. Pieces like “Lighthouse” and “Waves Wash Over Us” bring the ocean into our hearts. Find her at the music stage at 11am.

aerialist Deanna Riley Deanna Riley: Aerialist and hoops

Deanna Riley does more than just breathtaking tricks on aerial hoop (lyra) – she tells stories in the air. Known by Tacomans for her vibrant work with Vuelta la Luna circus, Riley has been seduced by the ocean and Puget Sound since childhood.  Find Riley in her aerial rigging just inside the doorway, or playing with hoops nearby. On the hour.

gary stroutsos eagle fluteGary Stroutsos: World flutes

Trained in jazz flute, Gary performs worldwide on flutes from Asian,  Caribbean and Native American traditions, and has been asked by Lakota, Navajo and Salish Kootenai elders to set their songs. Hear him at the music stage at 4pm.

Singer Kim ArcherKim Archer: Singer-songwriter

Kim Archer has attracted a large and loyal following of fans in the Pacific Northwest and across the country with her raw, honest performances and personable interaction. This lifelong musician commands the stage with her soulful original songs, some original  to Ocean Fest. Hear her on the music stage at 12pm.

alejandro fleites guitarAlejandro Fleites: guitar

Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, Alejandro Fleites of Sin Embargo bring an acoustic duo of Latin American music, from Bolero, Bossa Nova or Nueva Canción to Cha Cha Cha, Merengue or Cuban Son. Find them on the music stage at 1pm.

Diver in Infinite Scuba virtual reality.Infinite Scuba Virtual Reality

Put on that headset and dive into a different reality. Cascade Game Foundry (Kirkland) brings their new “Infinite Scuba” virtual reality experience to Ocean Fest – read about it on our blog. They’ll also have “Diving with Sylvia Earle,” a complete quest-style computer game set underwater. Just like scuba – while staying dry. Find their table near the big art wall.