This is part 2 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this November.
The Tacoma Studio Tour will feature 55 artists and collaborative studios and will allow 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 ArtAtWorkTacoma.com at the beginning of October for the full list of artists, schedule, and an interactive map where you can plot your tour course.
What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 37 studio locations around Tacoma
When: November 3 & 4, 11 am – 5 pm
Here is this week’s artist sneak peeks:
Unusual materials have almost always guided the imagery in Elayne’s art work. These one-of-a-kind necklaces, which she calls “Unusual Adornments,” are meant to combine humor and elegance in entirely wearable durable jewelry. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including the Seattle Art Museum, the Bellevue Art Museum, the Foster White Gallery in Seattle, and the Tacoma Art Museum.
Katrina Toft & Ed Kroupa: Two Ravens Studio & Art Foundry
Two Ravens Studio & Art Foundry provides sculptural services from mold making to metal finishing as well as designing original sculptures. Two Ravens Studio creates works of art for public displays and private residences. The studio casts in bronze, aluminum, and resin, producing works from small scale to monument size. Their list of clients includes individual artists, architects, designers, museums, and corporations.
Jan Karroll is a multimedia artist who creates unique wooden jewelry embellished with vintage buttons. The pieces are completely hand crafted from selected wood and finished to enhance the qualities of both the wood and the buttons. The fasteners are fabricated of shaped and sharpened brass wire. Each piece is mounted in a custom frame. Raw materials and pieces in progress will be shown and techniques demonstrated as well.
Claudia Riedener: Ixia Tile Tacoma
Ixia Tile focuses on handmade architectural ceramic installations for public art, private, and commercial commissions. The creative process includes carving, sculpting, molding, extruding, and hand-building from slabs. Clays and glazes made in Tacoma are used exclusively. Public art installations in Tacoma include Mc Carver Park, South Tacoma Public Library, Multi-Care TreeHouse, Masa Restaurant and Bellarmine School. Visit Claudia’s studio during the tour and lay your hands on clay to create your own tile.
Amy Reeves: Tacoma Metal Arts Center
In December 2009, Amy Reeves opened Tacoma Metal Arts Center (TMAC) to teach metalsmithing classes and to offer studio access to students and jewelry artists in the community. TMAC currently host classes taught by over 15 different instructors and a gallery featuring the hand-made metal jewelry and art of students and instructors. Visit the studio during the tour to see casting demonstration and hands on metal texturing.
LeeAnn Seaburg Perry
LeeAnn Seaburg Perry is wading in uncharted territory in the art realm as she combines encaustic stones or rusted wire with her new stone sculptures. The rusted wire blends with the stone, adding tension to the whole sculpture. The carved stone is costly and valuable–the smaller river stone and the rusted wire have no value to us–yet in context of the sculpture, the tension of what we value and what we don’t is resolved. Visitors to LeeAnn’s studio will have the opportunity to take a chisel in their own hands and try carving a piece of marble and soapstone.
Check out other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
Studio Tour Preview: Part 1
Art at Work Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Washington State Arts Commission, Weekly Volcano, and Premier Media Group.