This high quality print illustrates Spar Tavern that was created
for the Tacoma Playing Cards. Artist Marit Berg rendered this image
with pen and ink, india ink wash, and watercolor.
- Printed on Moab Natural White Paper, 7" x 10" image with 1/2"
- Print is of image only (not including card rank/number information)
-- Imagery of the playing card can be printed upon request.
- These prints of the original artwork will be unframed and printed
in batches. Please expect a two-week delivery timeframe.
- Shipping of $7 will be applied at checkout. (International orders will be separately invoiced for additional
Artist StatementI chose this medium because of the highly detailed imagery I wanted
to achieve. The images are unified by the achromatic pallet
accented by one color, different for each image.
InspirationWhen offered this great opportunity to participate in the Tacoma
Makes "red deck", I thought about the sociability of card playing
in general. The idea of gathering places came to mind. The 4
tavern/bars I chose, The Swiss, The Spar, Engine House No. 9, and
the Parkway Tavern, all have a lengthy Tacoma history and I thought
this combination suited the project well. I also thought the people
who are interested in collecting the deck of cards would be
familiar with some or all of these historic Tacoma venues.
Marit Berg has lived and worked in Tacoma for more than 15 years. Marit
received an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from WSU and now
teaches in the Art Department at Tacoma Community College. Her work
can be seen about town in UWT's collection, and, if you ever
wondered about the hunter/mountain goat painting hanging at The
Swiss, that's hers.