This is part 6 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October.
This year’s tour features 61 artists and collaborative studios and allows the general public the opportunity to see the spaces in and tools with which local artists create their work, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full list of artists, schedule, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.
What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 37 studio locations around Tacoma – map your course at TacomaArtsMonth.com
When: October 11 & 12, 11 am – 5 pm
Here are this week’s highlights:
Michaela’s childhood set up her adult life to be rich with a love of animals and nature, two themes present in her artwork. She pieces her professional life together with design work, fantasy and horror illustration, and traditional stylized painting. She is the illustrator and author of 42 Sketches and is featured in the red deck of Tacoma playing cards. In her free time, she plays with her rescued Rottweilers and volunteers for non-profits.
Betty Sapp Ragan
Betty Sapp Ragan continues to develop images related to her new focus in architecture – architecture as it relates to the land and the culture. She researches the landscape of a building site and paints an acrylic landscape of the site. Then a digital outline of the building is attached to the landscape. Her studio, located in Nalley Valley, includes a large area for painting and tables for student lessons.
RR Anderson, Tinkertopia, LLC
RR Anderson draws The Tacomic hyper-local political cartoon occasionally on Tuesdays at feedtacoma.com and also with sidewalk chalk on Fridays at Frost Park (9th and Pacific Ave.) He also works full time as Tinker Patrol Deputy for his boss Ms. Darcy at Tinkertopia, LLC.
Lynn Di Nino, Di Nino Fabrications
Lynn Di Nino has been firmly planted in the Tacoma art scene for about twelve years now. She has an A-type personality and cannot focus on any one given medium. Consequently she has created sculpture in concrete, small wall-hung found object pieces, community-driven performance art pieces, and now sweatercoats utilizing recycled sweaters.
Juan LaTorre, LaTorre Art Studio
Juan LaTorre heralds from Guadalupe, Peru. He has been working with various mediums including clay, charcoal, oil and acrylic paints, wood, stone, bronze, and jewelry from quite an early age. Since coming to Tacoma, he has shown work in several galleries and art shows and has artwork displayed in many parts of our small world.
Mauricio Robalino, Artpeople Studio
Mauricio Robalino discovered art by creating objects that seem to tell stories. He paints many of his stories with glass mosaics. He also uses metal and even combines the two. He is intrigued by the complexity of life and the simplicity with which it flows. He is also happy making public art that paints the stories that others want him to paint with his experience and ability.
L. Lisa Lawrence, Phoenix Rising Pottery Studio
L. Lisa Lawrence is in love with the way fire transforms earth and minerals into glass, glaze, and stoneware. She draws her inspiration from nature; the mountains, ocean, and trees of the Pacific Northwest are her muse. Located in a 100-year-old home reclaimed from gangs and violence on Tacoma’s Hilltop, Phoenix Rising Pottery Studio is now an urban farm, art studio, and the realization of a life-long dream.
Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
Tacoma Arts Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Northwest Public Radio, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma Weekly, Premier Media Group, and Exit133.