We are exactly one week away from our favorite time of year - Art at Work Month. What is Art at Work Month? It’s the entire month of November chock-full of hundreds of arts and cultural activities for you to participate in. Art at Work Month is dedicated to showing off the very best about our community and we want you to be a part of it.
One of the signature events that takes place in November is the Tacoma Studio Tour. This year’s tour features 55 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. You can ask questions and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. And every studio will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Check out ArtAtWorkTacoma.com for the full list of artists, schedule, and an interactive map where you can plot your custom tour course.
What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 37 studio locations around Tacoma - map your course here
When: November 3 & 4, 11 am – 5 pm
Here is this week’s artist sneak peeks:
Jennevieve Schlemmer is an artist that believes discovery and delight are the most important aspects of being creative. With a background in sculpture and mosaic art, Jennevieve has recently been obsessed with creating sculpture and wearables with wool through both traditional wet felting and more contemporary needle felting techniques. During the studio tour, she will be demoing needle felting techniques and anyone over 10 is welcome to try too!
Mark Hudak – Throwing Mud Gallery
Bringing beauty into peoples’ lives with his pottery has been Mark’s interest for over 30 years. His intent has been to make creative functional pottery to be enjoyed and used in daily living. He loves to share his passion for making ceramic art with others through pottery classes at his studio, Throwing Mud Gallery. During the studio tour, Mark will be demonstrating wheel throwing and hand building techniques.
For as long as she can remember, Lynne has been making art in a variety of mediums including paper, paint, fabric, metal, and found materials. Her studio is filled with paintings, collages, photo montages and assemblages. Nothing is safe from being made into art.
Retha owns and manages three of the studios at Manitou Art Center; operates the White Dove Gallery; teaches fused glass, stained glass, and mosaics; is Artist in Residence for Empty Bowls; and serves on the Lakewood Arts Commission. She shares her passion for art with the community, promoting and showcasing local artists and serving as advisor/instructor to many organizations. During your Studio Tour visit make glass holiday ornaments and small clay projects.
Potter Jenifer Davis’ passion is to create irreverently shaped functional sculptures and pots. The hand-thrown process leaves a good deal of the outcome to fate and Jennifer revels in this serendipity stating, “the clay is happy in its natural state, with a tender yet firm hand you can convince it to do what you want.” Randomness is part of the transformation, and the best part is seeing what emerges after the kiln is opened.
Roberta Lowes – Fibers Etc.
Fibers Etc. produces one-of-a-kind textiles that are a response to both the color and texture that surround us in our lives and the fine textile traditions of other cultures. The result has been a blending of hand dyed, hand-woven and hand-knit fabrics with other beautiful fabrics from around the world. The line includes wearables such as vests, jackets, coats and accessories of all kinds including scarves, shawls, hats, and bags.
Check out other artists on the tour:
Studio Tour Preview: Part 6
Studio Tour Preview: Part 5
Studio Tour Preview: Part 4
Studio Tour Preview: Part 3
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2
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.