Still looking for something to do this weekend? How about the Tacoma Studio Tour! 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:
There is an element of joy in repurposing objects. Deborah Greenwood loves old post cards, letters, catalogs, encyclopedias, charms, and dried pressed plants. As time travelers, some of the dust and experience these items have left behind still clings to them. She also enjoys making paper from discarded garden plants. Composing artist books begins with a visit to her stash of ephemera and hand made papers, where a color, theme, or image will inspire her and carry her through the planning and implementation.
From her light-filled studio, Leah Fitts creates abstract paintings using acrylics, graphite, charcoal, oil pastels, and other mixed media. Her original paintings on canvas and wood are inspired by mid-century and modern design, as well as her love of nature. By combining modern design with natural aspects, Leah creates original, textured, and vibrant works of art.
Bill Colby has always used nature as a source of inspiration for his work. Water, rocks, and bright colors are featured in his new woodcuts with watercolor.
Jan Karroll, KarrollART
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.
Lorraine Toler and Ben Davis
Ben Davis and Lorraine Toler met, painted, and fell in love at the Jet Artist Cooperative in downtown Tacoma. They formed Sweetrain Studios (basically just a name for the second floor of their east Tacoma abode) in January 2014. Lorraine mainly paints with acrylics and Ben mainly uses oils although both artists paint, draw, sketch, street chalk, take photos, and use many mediums.
Unusual materials have almost always guided the imagery in Elayne Vogel’s artwork, thus “mixed media” usually describes her medium. In recent years she has painted in encaustics and fabricated one-of-a-kind necklaces, which she calls “Unusual Adornments.” These necklaces are meant to combine humor and fashion in entirely wearable jewelry.
Ms. Darcy Anderson, Tinkertopia, LLC.
Tinkertopia, LLC. works with local businesses to capture safe, reusable materials from the waste stream, and reimagines these as unusual arts and craft supplies for kids, teachers, makers, and tinkerers.
Check out these other artists on the tour:
Studio Tour Preview: Part 8
Studio Tour Preview: Part 7
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
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.