2015 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 2

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This is part 2 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October.

This year’s tour features 57 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.

And, something new this year – your Tacoma Studio Tour Passport! Collect a stamp at each studio location you visit and once you’ve collected at least 8 stamps, send us the passport and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of several fabulous prize packages containing artwork hand-crafted by a selection of artists on the tour including: David Bader, Terry A Bader, Ann Darling, Michaela Eaves, Anne Elrod, Jennifer English, Lynne Farren, Maeve Harris, Hilltop Artists, Fumiko Kimura, L. Lisa Lawrence, Roberta Lowes, Dorothy McCuistion, John McCuistion, Chandler O’Leary, LeeAnn Seaburg Perry, William Turner, Elayne Vogel, Yoshiko Yamamoto, and Lois Yoshida.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 35 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 17 & 18, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Mark Hoppmann
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Mark Hoppmann has always been curious. That curiosity has resulted in an eclectic accumulation of bric-a-brac, memories, experiences, and books, all which, in turn, inspire his art. With apologies to Rudyard Kipling, his intent is to design illustrated books for those “with satiable curtiosity.” Simple and sometimes unadorned, but thoughtfully creative book designs hide a treasury of illustrations within.

Bill Colby
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Bill Colby uses woodcut blocks with oil inks and watercolor in bright colors to create expressive or emotional landscapes. Birds on branches in a variety of landscapes are featured in his newest work.

Terry A Bader
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Terry Bader has painted for over thirty years. She works in her home studio and specializes in realistic watercolors of Northwest scenes with people and objects that have compelling lighting. Terry experiments with collage in her work and enjoys pastel as well. She has won numerous awards at the Washington State Fair and sold through several local galleries.

David Bader
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David Bader is an art teacher and student. His work is assembled from found objects and repurposed materials found locally and created in his studio. David is a native of Tacoma and enjoys referencing images and ideas in his work.

Dorothy McCuistion, Designs Two
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Dorothy McCuistion uses a variety of printmaking techniques to layer shapes, textures, and colors of plants, animals, and places to create images where they merge. She creates both monotypes, print editions, and handmade books. Fusing the local with the foreign, the personal with the universal, her artwork comments on topics ranging from human environmental impact to the fusion of cultures in contemporary society.

Lorraine Toler & Benjamin Davis
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Ben Davis and Lorraine Toler call the second floor of their east Tacoma home Sweetrain Studios. It is a place where they work on individual pieces and collaborate on others. Lorraine mainly paints with acrylics and Ben often uses oils although both artists paint, draw, sketch, jianzhi, street chalk, take photos, and use many mediums.

Juan La Torre, La Torre Art Studio
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Juan La Torre is an award-winning artist who believes that creativity, organized through art, can help the world heal. Art is not just a momentary creation, it comes from our past and continues to create awareness of who we are into the future. Juan comes from the South American country of Peru and has lived in the United States for the last 18 years.

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
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 ARCADE.

2015 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 1

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Lois Yoshida demonstrates sumi painting for visitors during the Tacoma Studio Tour.

Lois Yoshida demonstrates sumi painting for visitors during the Tacoma Studio Tour.

It might be hard to convince you on a day like today but fall is a little over a month away and that gets our minds thinking about Tacoma Arts Month. What is Tacoma Arts Month? It’s the entire month of October chock-full of hundreds of arts and cultural activities for you to participate in including music, dance and theater performances; visual art exhibits; literary readings; lectures; workshops; film screenings and cultural events. Tacoma Arts Month is dedicated to showing off the very best about our community and we want you to be a part of it. Come see how the arts are at work in Tacoma!

One of the signature events that takes place in October is the Tacoma Studio Tour. This year’s tour features 57 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.

And, something new this year – your Tacoma Studio Tour Passport! Collect a stamp at each studio location you visit and once you’ve collected at least 8 stamps, send us the passport and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of several fabulous prize packages containing artwork hand-crafted by a selection of artists on the tour including: David Bader, Terry A Bader, Ann Darling, Michaela Eaves, Anne Elrod, Jennifer English, Lynne Farren, Maeve Harris, Hilltop Artists, Fumiko Kimura, L. Lisa Lawrence, Roberta Lowes, Dorothy McCuistion, John McCuistion, Chandler O’Leary, LeeAnn Seaburg Perry, William Turner, Elayne Vogel, Yoshiko Yamamoto, and Lois Yoshida.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 35 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 17 & 18, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Stay tuned as we’ll be bringing you a series of weekly posts featuring sneak peek samples of art from each of the participating artists. Here are this week’s highlights:

Leah Fitts
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Inspired by natural elements, mid-century design, and rich urban textures, Leah Fitts creates original paintings using acrylics, charcoal, and other mixed media. She paints to express herself and forge connections with those who view her work. Allowing spontaneity and intuition to guide her, Leah’s abstract paintings represent a personal journey – thoughts and emotions captured on canvas and expressed through bold color, strong composition, and interesting textures and shapes.

Anne Elrod, Anne Elrod Studio
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Anne Elrod has been creating art for the last 20 years. Her work is in private collections in Washington, California, Hawaii, Alabama, and Norway. Her passion is color, texture, and what if? One of her axioms is painted on her studio wall: “I’ve never met a color I didn’t like”, along with Winston Churchill’s wise quote: “never, never, never give up” and Goethe’s: “begin!” Anne believes that creativity is in everything and everyone.

Lisa Lawrence, Phoenix Rising Pottery Studio
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“Out of the ashes and forged by flame… Art is created and life reclaimed” L. Lisa Lawrence fell in love with the way fire transformed earth and minerals into pottery, glaze, and glass in art class in Junior High School. Located in a once-abandoned 100-year-old home on Tacoma’s Hilltop, Phoenix Rising Pottery Studio is now an urban farm helping to feed the local community and an art studio where earth and minerals are reborn into art.

Ann Darling, Kennedy Road
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Ann Darling is an award winning, but not famous (outside of clients, family & friends!), custom clothing and accessories maker. After working in the health care field for many years she delights in walking into her studio each day to create items people can wear. Recently, a foray into computer printing images on fabric has opened new avenues for adventures with fabrics created from her own designs.

Retha Hayward
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Retha Hayward owns and manages three of the studios at Manitou Art Center, operates the White Dove Gallery, teaches fused and 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 adviser/instructor to many organizations.

Karen Utter
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Originally from Vancouver, B.C., Karen Utter has always lived in the Pacific Northwest. The area has strongly influenced her imagery and color choices. Karen works in several mediums but recently chose to make a series of collages, some with Asian-style imagery and others based on nature and music. Painted and handmade papers, linocuts, charcoal, ink, and oil pastels will be featured during the Tacoma Studio Tour.

 

 

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 ARCADE.

Studios available at 1120 Creative House! Tour them this week

13 Jul

Originally posted on Spaceworks Tacoma:

Spaceworks is seeking artists, creative small businesses and non-profits to rent studio space in 1120 Creative House beginning Aug. 1, 2015.

If you or someone you know is looking for an all-inclusive coworking space in the heart of downtown Tacoma, this could be just the thing! Find out if it’s a good fit by touring the space on Thursday and Friday this week.

logo_sketch_combo The 1120 Creative House, a project of Spaceworks Tacoma, provides long-term affordable studio/office space in downtown Tacoma to artists and creatives so they can work, share and collaborate with others in the community.

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Nominations sought for 2015 AMOCAT Arts Awards

13 Jul AMOCAT1

AMOCAT1The Tacoma Arts Commission is currently accepting nominations for the 2015 AMOCAT Arts Awards.

Since 2004, the AMOCAT Arts Awards recognize those in our community who provide distinctive contributions to the arts. The honorees work hard to support and build our community by innovating in artistic excellence. Each exhibits vision, dedication, and action in creating a lively arts community in Tacoma.

The three award categories are:

  1. Community Outreach by an Individual – Community outreach, engagement and involvement in the arts in Tacoma by an individual
  2. Community Outreach by an Organization – Community outreach, engagement and involvement in the arts in Tacoma by an organization
  3. Arts Patron – A community partner who significantly supports or contributes to the arts in Tacoma

“The arts are an essential part of Tacoma’s identity thanks to a dedicated community of arts supporters,” said Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland. “The AMOCAT Arts Awards highlight the people, organizations and patrons who invest their energy and passion into making Tacoma an engaging and vibrant community.”

To make a nomination, simply fill out the online nomination form. Nominations are due by August 2, 2015. The Tacoma Arts Commission will review all nominations and select one finalist in each award category based on the breadth and depth of the nominee’s community impact as well as the quality of the work being done by the nominee, not by the number of times the nominee has been nominated. Mayor Strickland will present the 2015 AMOCAT Arts Awards at the Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party on Oct. 1.

In the category of Community Outreach by an Individual, past winners include: Lynn Di Nino, Jared Pappas-Kelley and Michael S. Lent, Laura and Matt Eklund, Lance Kagey and Tom Llewellyn, Linda Danforth, William Kupinse, Oliver Doriss, Stella Haioulani, Katy Evans, David Domkoski, and Jessica Spring.

In the category of Community Outreach by an Organization, past winners include: Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass Education Programs, Arts Impact, Tacoma School of the Arts, Barefoot Studios, Victory Music, King’s Books, Hilltop Artists, Fab-5, D.A.S.H. Center for the Arts, The Grand Cinema, Puget Sound Book Artists, and Asia Pacific Cultural Center.

In the category of Arts Patron, past winners include: Sound Transit Art Program, Pierce Transit, 6th Avenue Business District, The Weekly Volcano, Hotel Murano, City Arts, Urban Grace Church, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Key Bank, Erivan and Helga Haub and family, and ArtsFund.

Additional information about the AMOCAT Arts Awards can be found online.

Call for Portable Artworks Collection Purchase

24 Jun
Sea Bear by Marvin Oliver. Artwork purchased in 2012 as part of the City of Tacoma's Municipal Art Collection.

Sea Bear by Marvin Oliver. Artwork purchased in 2012 as part of the City of Tacoma’s Municipal Art Collection.

Call to Artists for Portable Works Collection Purchase

Budget: $20,000 in total purchases, $3,000 maximum per artwork
Application Deadline: July 30, 2015, 11:59 pm
How to Apply: Read the Call to Artists for more information and how to submit an application.

Floating Lanterns by Mimi Williams. Artwork purchased in 2012 as part of the City of Tacoma's Municipal Art Collection.

Floating Lanterns by Mimi Williams. Artwork purchased in 2012 as part of the City of Tacoma’s Municipal Art Collection.

Professional artists who live in Washington state’s Pierce, King, Kitsap or Thurston counties can submit applications now through July 30, 2015 to have existing portable pieces of artwork considered for purchase for the City of Tacoma’s Municipal Art Collection. Portable works can include two-dimensional pieces and small scale three-dimensional pieces that fall within certain eligibility guidelines. Up to $20,000 in total artwork purchases will be made with no one artwork costing more than $3,000.

“Artwork enlivens public spaces, celebrates the diversity of our citizens, and underscores the City’s commitment to supporting a vibrant community,” said City Arts Administrator Amy McBride.

Long Journey by MalPina Chan. Artwork purchased in 2012 as part of the City of Tacoma's Municipal Art Collection.

Long Journey by MalPina Chan. Artwork purchased in 2012 as part of the City of Tacoma’s Municipal Art Collection.

The City maintains over 240 diverse pieces of public art, which can be found in virtually every neighborhood in Tacoma. Portable pieces of artwork in the City’s Municipal Art Collection are installed in public spaces throughout City buildings with the goal of improving the quality of the work environment, creating community dialogue and supporting local artists.

Read the Call to Artists for information and how to submit an application.

 

What do you have planned for October?

10 Jun
Trash Fashion Runway by Tinkertopia and Friends.

Trash Fashion Runway by Tinkertopia and Friends.

Call for Arts Activities
14th annual Tacoma Arts Month
October 1 – 31, 2015

Will you be hosting an arts event in October? Do you want to contribute to the arts programming offered in Tacoma, build community, and benefit from free publicity? Submit your arts activity for inclusion in the 2015 Tacoma Arts Month online calendar!

The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking submissions of arts activities happening during our fourteenth annual Tacoma Arts Month this October. We are looking for a variety of activities spanning all categories of art and culture including but not limited to music, visual art, literary art, dance, theater, and film.

If you will be hosting an exhibition, performance, class, workshop, reception, lecture, tour, artists’ market, celebration, meeting, presentation, or any other programming, let us know. We will list your arts event in an interactive and searchable online calendar of events on www.TacomaArtsMonth.com. There is no cost to you. We will be promoting the many events going on throughout the month through newspaper and magazine advertisements and articles, email newsletters, television ads, radio ads, and through a variety of social media outlets.

This month would not be possible without the participation of local businesses, organizations, and community members. We encourage you to participate by hosting your own arts activity or event.

The deadline for submissions is August 9, 2015. To qualify, your arts activity must be located within the City of Tacoma limits and occur during the month of October.

 

To have your event listed:

1. Fill out the online Tacoma Arts Month Activity Submission form. Note: If you are submitting multiple events, please fill out a form for each event.

2. (optional) Email a digital photograph to be used for promoting this event. Image must be at least 150 ppi. Email digital images to tacoma.submissions@cityoftacoma.org. Please put “Activities_Your Event Namein the subject line.

Questions? Contact Naomi at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or by calling (253) 591-5191.

Summer Internship at Spaceworks

27 May

Originally posted on Spaceworks Tacoma:

Spaceworks is seeking a Summer Programs Intern! Please help us spread the word or if it’s a good fit for you, please apply today! Here are all the details:

JOB SUMMARY
Spaceworks is a joint initiative of the City of Tacoma and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber designed to activate empty storefronts and vacant space in Tacoma. The initiative makes no- and low-cost temporary space, training, and technical assistance available to artists, creative entrepreneurs, organizations, and community groups in order to nurture successful projects that transform Tacoma into a stronger, more active city.

The Programs Intern will work on projects assigned by the Spaceworks Manager. This is an opportunity to support Spaceworks’ general administration of its programs, marketing, and events including all of Spaceworks’ summer special events, especially our 5th Anniversary Celebration.

Position Status: Part-time (20hrs/wk) Temporary: June – Sept. 2015

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It’s a wrap!

18 May Just a sample of the 300+ traffic signal boxes located at intersections throughout Tacoma. Your artwork could grace this piece of public infrastructure!
Just a sample of the 300+ traffic signal boxes located at intersections throughout Tacoma. Your artwork could grace this piece of public infrastructure!

Just a sample of the 300+ traffic signal boxes located at intersections throughout Tacoma. Your artwork could grace this piece of public infrastructure!

Call to Artists for Traffic Box Wrap Project

Budget: $1,000 per artist
Application Deadline: June 17, 2015, 11 59 pm

The City of Tacoma invites artists living within the official city limits of Tacoma to submit qualifications to create an artwork design to be reproduced as a vinyl wrap and applied to traffic signal boxes throughout the city. This opportunity is open to visual artists working in any medium, as long as the final artwork can be translated and digitally reproduced on a two-dimensional vinyl wrap.

Up to 10 artists will be selected. Each artist will be paid $1,000 for an approved final design and licensing rights that will enable the City to reproduce the final design on multiple traffic signal and/or utility boxes. The City will be responsible for printing and installation of the box wraps.

The Traffic Box Wrap Project is designed to enhance the public realm by adding works of art by local artists to public infrastructure that is often targeted by vandalism. The wrapped boxes are intended to enhance neighborhood and community identity, turn ordinary spaces into community landmarks, and promote community dialogue. This project is an extension of the Tacoma Murals Project, which has created 27 murals across Tacoma since 2010 in an effort to strategically revitalize and beautify the city.

Read the Call to Artists for more information and how to submit an application.

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