2017 AMOCAT Arts Award winners announced

15 Sep

The Tacoma Arts Commission has announced this year’s AMOCAT Arts Award winners: Tacoma Housing Authority (Arts Patron), Monkeyshines (Community Outreach by an Organization), and Michael Haeflinger (Community Outreach by an Individual). The AMOCAT Arts Awards honor the people and organizations that positively impact the community with their passion, innovation and commitment to the arts.

Arts Patron Award

This award goes to Tacoma Housing Authority (THA)  for its sustained commitment to investing in public art in its affordable housing projects.

Established in 1940, THA helps Tacoma meet the growing need for affordable housing. It does this in several ways: it develops and manages real estate; it provides rental housing; in partnership with thousands of landlords, it helps families pay the rent in the private rental market; and it delivers supportive services to help families succeed not just as tenants but also as parents, students, wage earners and builders of assets who can live without assistance. It seeks to do its work in ways that help neighborhoods be attractive places to live, work, attend school, shop and play, and that help its city be safe, vibrant, prosperous, attractive and just.

THA believes that art helps this work in several ways. Art beautifies the landscape, and beauty is contagious. Art helps residents view their neighborhood as a distinctive place, and welcomes others to the neighborhood while allowing them to feel like the community is theirs. Art can do this especially if the residents are engaged in the process.

THA’s commitment to including public art has resulted in three projects at Bay Terrace: Yuki Nakamura’s “TransFORM” benches, Diane Hansen & Jennifer Weddermann’s “Seabranches & Pearls” metal and glass wall sculpture, and Christopher Paul Jordan & Kenji Stoll’s “Home Court” basketball court. It has also resulted in music programming at Bay Terrace led by Will Jordan, and a playground mural at Bergerson Terrace.

Community Outreach by an Organization Award

This award goes to Monkeyshines for mobilizing the public to explore Tacoma and create community through the act of giving.

Monkeyshines began in 2003 as a one-time event with the simple thought that we all have the ability to positively impact each other. In that first year, a small group of individuals created over 200 glass floats, embossed with the face of a monkey, and hid the pieces all over Tacoma. Their hope was that the joy of finding a treasure would ripple throughout the community and uplift it.

The excitement generated that first year spurred the anonymous artists to commit to 12 years of the Lunar New Year cycle. After the first 12 years had passed, the ever-growing band of anonymous Monkeyshiners committed to a second 12-year cycle.

Today, glass studios donate shop time; glass artists, painters, sculptors, writers, elementary school children, and other creatives make gifts for the city; and volunteers wake up early to hide the small pieces of art throughout Tacoma. In addition, the community adds their own art, contributing original photographs and prints, sculptures, jewelry, stories, songs, folklore, laser cut treasures, glass marbles, and more.

Monkeyshiners are proud to be in Tacoma, a city that not only embraces this event, but asks itself, “What can I share?”

Community Outreach by an Individual Award

This award goes to Michael Haeflinger for his commitment to the literary arts and youth of Tacoma.

Haeflinger is Executive Director for Write253, a non-profit literacy arts organization that serves Pierce County youth by providing workshops, poetry festivals, and publishing opportunities, including Louder Than a Bomb: The Tacoma Teen Poetry Festival and The Tacoma Poetry Festival Youth Day.

He began writing poetry in high school under the encouragement and guidance of his junior year English teacher, Ms. Rene Gabbard. Like her, Haeflinger hopes he can help introduce young people to writing that helps them define their lives.

Haeflinger is the author of two collections of poetry: Love Poem for the Everyday and The Days Before, both published by Dog On A Chain Press. In 2016, he released Let’s Don’t Be Crazy, a spoken word album partially funded by the Tacoma Arts Commission.


Kaleidoscope – Tacoma Arts Month opening party and AMOCAT Arts Awards celebration

This year’s awardees will be honored at Kaleidoscope, the annual Tacoma Arts Month opening party, on Oct. 4, from 6 – 9 p.m., at The Spire (710 S. Anderson St.). Mayor Marilyn Strickland along with Council Members Keith Blocker and Marty Campbell will present the awards starting at 6 p.m.

In addition, there will be live entertainment at this event that includes music by Will Jordan, Smokey Wonder, Travis Barker, Ben Wildenhaus, and Chromatography; West African dance and drumming by T.U.P.A.C.; Taiwanese dance by Asia Pacific Cultural Center; contemporary dance by Barefoot Collective; poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Kellie Richardson and Jinx Jones; and a staged reading of “CLOSE” written by Nick Stokes and directed by Jose Amador. Attendees can also experience a series of multimedia art exhibits by Mauricio Robalino, Qin Tan, Gillian Nordlund, and Erika Ray; film screenings and popcorn by The Grand Cinema; hands-on art making with Tacoma Art Museum; and more. The event will include appetizers and a no-host bar.

This free public event is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma, hosted by Tacoma Musical Playhouse, and sponsored by Northwest Stage and The Grand Cinema. Tacoma Arts Month premier sponsors are Click! Cable TV and The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. Media sponsors include KNKX, Northwest Public Radio, ParentMap, Sounds Fun Mom, South Sound magazine, Tacoma Weekly and Weekly Volcano.

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2017 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 6

13 Sep


This is part 6 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 42 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 14 & 15, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

You are invited inside the working studios of 70 local artists to learn about the artistic process, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. Plus, you can even win some fabulous items hand-crafted by a selection of artists on the tour just for getting your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. It’s family friendly and free!

Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full list of artists, schedule, your Tacoma Studio Tour Passport, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

Here are this week’s highlights:

Kyle Dillehay
  
Kyle Dillehay finds alternative historical processes and the objects they produce totally seductive. They have aura, they make him think of alchemy and how it influences the often unpredictable results in image making. He has a renewed interest in tactile, permanent stuff in the face of ephemeral digital culture. Alternative processes reignite some of the magic of photographic objects that the massive volume of digital imagery can cause us to forget.

Karen Perrine, Karen Perrine Art
  
Karen Perrine is an award-winning artist in multiple media. She rediscovered marbling about four years ago, and aims to combine this ancient technique with modern materials and design sense to produce papers and products for today. She sells sheets of paper, as well as paper-enhanced frames, mirrors, bookmarks, cards, and matted images ready to frame. Each sheet is hand decorated and unique.

David Bader
  
David Bader is a lifelong resident of Tacoma and an art educator. He believes a vibrant arts community is essential to our city, and feels that it is vital to support the visual arts, theater, and dance.

Grace Amundsen, Squishy Wizard
  
Grace Amundsen is making geek wedding and home decor dreams a reality. Motivated and inspired by a passion for space, dinosaurs, and classic science fiction, her current work experiments with creative uses of acrylic, whether opaque acrylic used for the silhouettes in her unique cake toppers or translucent acrylic used like a more durable and flexible stained glass.

Alice Di Certo
  
As an artist Alice Di Certo is interested in photography, jewelry, and sculpture. Through art she explores social and environmental issues as well as her personal view of beauty. In jewelry she experiments with different techniques and materials including natural objects and spices instead of traditional gems. During the studio tour she will show her jewelry and photographs.

Lois Yoshida
  
Lois Yoshida is intrigued and challenged by the process and beauty of sumi painting which seeks to capture the essence or spirit of a subject in as few spontaneous brush strokes as possible. The challenges of Asian brush calligraphy provide her the opportunity to explore her fascination with brushwork. Well-lit studio space in the Merlino Art Center building stimulates and encourages creative freedom with these endeavors.

Snow Winters, SLWSstudio
  
Snow Winters’ background has ranged from computer animation to ceramics, with a focus on design for the home. She is always looking for a new tool or technique that she can learn, often taking her pieces in that direction. Experimenting and new work are her driving forces.

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
Studio Tour Preview: Part 1
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2
Studio Tour Preview: Part 3
Studio Tour Preview: Part 4
Studio Tour Preview: Part 5


Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!

Make sure to have your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. 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 this tour including:

Grace Amundsen – Acrylic ornaments 
Terry Bader – Small watercolor painting 
Joe Becker – Set of notecards 
Carolyn Burt – Small scratchboard artwork 
Bill Colby – Small framed woodcut 
Kris Crews – Mini photo cards 
Ann Darling – Textile piece 
Katie Dean – Collection of greeting cards and a small print 
Alice Di Certo – Pair of earrings 
Kyle Dillehay – Alternative-process photograph 
Michaela Eaves – Greeting cards 
Lynne Farren – Painting, cards, bracelet 
Becky Frehse – Small framed painting 
Deborah Greenwood – Handmade cards 
Henry Haneda – Small color print 
Hilltop Artists – Glass beads, glass marbles, small blown glass pieces 
Han-Yin Hsu – 3D printed nylon earrings 
Mark Hudak – Pottery bowl 
Marie Jensen – An 8 x 10 print 
Fumiko Kimura – Greeting cards 
Juan La Torre – Thank you cards 
Roberta Lowes – Cards or small scarf 
Dorothy McCuistion – Small handmade book 
John McCuistion – Set of 4 coaster tiles 
Naarah McDonald – Upcycled fingerless sweater gloves, small tote bag, reversible apron 
Dane Meyer – Small framed print 
Roxann Murray – Save the Bees sticker 
Chandler O’Leary – Tacoma temporary tattoos & Tacoma coloring cards 
Sylvia Omero-Rogstad – Set of cards 
Reid Ozaki – Vase 
Karen Perrine – Set of marbled paper collage cards 
Liz Pulos – Small tapestry 
Claudia Riedener – 5 small handmade tiles
Mauricio Robalino – Small wall hanging mosaic
Penny Russell – Set of 4 Blooming Wine Glasses
Jessica Spring – Small book or print
Susan Thompson – Mug
Lorraine Toler – Signed print
Helen Tran – Washington shaped soap bar and greeting card
Audrey Tulimiero Welch – Small painting on paper
William Turner – Set of 5 art cards
Karen Utter – Handmade book
Elayne Vogel – Pair of earrings
Jeff Libby & Adrienne Wicks – Pair of reclaimed wood and steel book ends
Snow Winters – Small cross stitch lamp
Yoshiko Yamamoto – 2018 calendar
Lois Yoshida – Box of hand painted cards

One entry per person. The Tacoma Studio Tour Passport can be found in the Tacoma Studio Tour brochure (available at all studio locations during the tour and at many cultural institutions ahead of time) or download and print your own Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.


Tacoma Arts Month Sponsors

Premier Sponsors: Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Media Sponsors: KNKX, Northwest Public Radio, ParentMap, Sounds Fun Mom, South Sound magazine, Tacoma Weekly, Weekly Volcano

Tacoma Arts Month is right around the corner

8 Sep

October 2017 marks the 16th anniversary of Tacoma Arts Month – a community celebration of the arts that includes hundreds of community-hosted arts and culture events, exhibits and workshops for all ages taking place throughout the month. Programming includes music, theater and dance performances, hands-on experiences, visual art exhibits, film screenings, literary readings, lectures, cultural events, and workshops. All events are open to the public and many activities are free.

Tacoma Arts Month is online
Information about all Tacoma Arts Month events, workshops, and exhibits can be found online at TacomaArtsMonth.com. New programming is being added all the time!

E-newsletter
Let us bring the weekly calendar of Tacoma’s arts and culture happenings straight to your inbox so that you can plan out your weekday and weekend social calendar. Sign up for the twice-weekly Tacoma Arts Month e-newsletter and you’ll receive timely information about the multitude of fabulous arts and culture events you can be a part of this October.

#TacomaArts Challenge
Attendees of Tacoma Arts Month events are invited to participate in the #TacomaArts Challenge. Throughout October, those who attend Tacoma Arts Month events and post a photo to social media using #TacomaArts will be entered to win one of three prizes. Make sure your post is public. More information about the Tacoma Arts Challenge is available at TacomaArtsMonth.com.

Signature events include:

  • Kaleidoscope Opening Party
    October 4
    6 – 9 pm
    The Spire, 710 S. Anderson
    Free and open to the public

Start Tacoma Arts Month off with a kaleidoscope of pop-up art exhibits, hands-on activities, music and dance performances, and more at this family-friendly, community festival. There will be appetizers, dessert and a no-host bar. The event will include recognition of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s 2017 funding recipients and the AMOCAT Arts Award winners: Tacoma Housing Authority, Monkeyshines, and Michael Haeflinger. The event is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma, hosted by Tacoma Musical Playhouse, and sponsored by Northwest Stage and The Grand Cinema.

  • Tacoma Studio Tour
    October 14 & 15
    11 am – 5 pm
    42 locations around Tacoma
    Free and open to the public

You are invited inside the working studios of 70 local artists to learn about the artistic process, ask questions and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. This is a free, family-friendly, self-guided tour.

Studio Tour attendees are encouraged to pick up a Tacoma Studio Tour Passport and have it stamped at each studio location visited. Once at least eight stamps have been collected, the passport can be submitted for a chance to win one of several prize packages containing artwork handcrafted by a selection of artists on the tour.

Visit the Tacoma Studio Tour website for a complete list of studio locations, an interactive map, and information about the Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.

Start planning now; October is going to be a great month in Tacoma!

Tacoma Arts Month is made possible with the support of these generous sponsors:

2017 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 5

6 Sep


This is part 5 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 42 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 14 & 15, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

You are invited inside the working studios of 70 local artists to learn about the artistic process, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. Plus, you can even win some fabulous items hand-crafted by a selection of artists on the tour just for getting your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. It’s family friendly and free!

Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full list of artists, schedule, your Tacoma Studio Tour Passport, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

Here are this week’s highlights:

Leah Fitts, Leah Fitts Art
  
Leah Fitts is an abstract painter who uses acrylic paints, charcoal, graphite, and oil pastels in her original paintings. Inspired by mid-century design, natural elements, and rich urban textures, Leah’s abstract paintings are often multi-layered, brightly colored and reminiscent of nature. Leah’s primary reason for painting is the joy of connecting with others through her art. Visit her light-filled studio to see her latest works.

Sylvia Omero-Rogstad
  
Sylvia Omero-Rogstad has been passionate about creating various art forms from an early age. She studied under William A. Phillips and at Northwest Encaustics in Seattle and received a grant from the Art Institute of San Francisco. She’s been a participant in open studios and continues to experiment in various forms of art including painting, photography, jewelry design, and encaustic.

Karen Utter
  
Karen Utter, originally from Vancouver B.C., graduated from the Evergreen State College with a B.A. in Fine Art. Although landscape is a primary theme in her work with pastels, Karen recently decided to try a new medium – cold wax and oil paints. These new works are atmospheric, and though presented in a small format, surprisingly they appear very open and expansive.

Michaela Eaves
  
Michaela Eaves grew up in the wilds of Montana, surrounded by nature and animals, and spent most of her free time drawing and reading all the best fantasy books the small town and school libraries could provide.  The combination continues to heavily influence her art and writing. In her free time, she mountain bikes, spends time with her Rottweiler, and volunteers with the Washington State Animal Response Team.

Lorraine Toler
  
Lorraine Toler’s work has been influenced by Edvard Munch’s depiction of life, death, and family. Lorraine’s work is usually narrative in nature and has included the Last Queen of Korea and the Sea Stars of the Pacific Northwest. Lorraine is also an avid gardener and a dog lover and most recently enjoys painting dog portraits.

Penny Russell, Cosmic Spark Designs
  
Penny Russell creates art because it makes her heart sing with possibilities, soothes her soul to feel beauty, and quiets her mind to hear wondrous possibilities and inspirations. The vibrant colors and different curves and textures within the items are sometimes very challenging to overcome, which is a lot like life. Practice and patience are important steps in the mastery of anything.

Cheryl De Groot, De Groot Design
  
Cheryl De Groot has been designing and creating jewelry and wearable art since 1987. She hand-fabricates her pieces using sterling silver, gold, and mixed metals. Cheryl’s design sense is, to some extent, architecturally informed. Her chief goals are simplicity and casual elegance. Cheryl believes a successful design is one that dresses up everyday wear yet also compliments more formal apparel. Comfort, light weight, and ease of care are all important considerations.

 

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
Studio Tour Preview: Part 1
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2
Studio Tour Preview: Part 3
Studio Tour Preview: Part 4


Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!

Make sure to have your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. 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 this tour including:

Grace Amundsen – Acrylic ornaments 
Terry Bader – Small watercolor painting 
Joe Becker – Set of notecards 
Carolyn Burt – Small scratchboard artwork 
Bill Colby – Small framed woodcut 
Kris Crews – Mini photo cards 
Ann Darling – Textile piece 
Katie Dean – Collection of greeting cards and a small print 
Alice Di Certo – Pair of earrings 
Kyle Dillehay – Alternative-process photograph 
Michaela Eaves – Greeting cards 
Lynne Farren – Painting, cards, bracelet 
Becky Frehse – Small framed painting 
Deborah Greenwood – Handmade cards 
Henry Haneda – Small color print 
Hilltop Artists – Glass beads, glass marbles, small blown glass pieces 
Han-Yin Hsu – 3D printed nylon earrings 
Mark Hudak – Pottery bowl 
Marie Jensen – An 8 x 10 print 
Fumiko Kimura – Greeting cards 
Juan La Torre – Thank you cards 
Roberta Lowes – Cards or small scarf 
Dorothy McCuistion – Small handmade book 
John McCuistion – Set of 4 coaster tiles 
Naarah McDonald – Upcycled fingerless sweater gloves, small tote bag, reversible apron 
Dane Meyer – Small framed print 
Roxann Murray – Save the Bees sticker 
Chandler O’Leary – Tacoma temporary tattoos & Tacoma coloring cards 
Sylvia Omero-Rogstad – Set of cards 
Reid Ozaki – Vase 
Karen Perrine – Set of marbled paper collage cards 
Liz Pulos – Small tapestry 
Claudia Riedener – 5 small handmade tiles
Mauricio Robalino – Small wall hanging mosaic
Penny Russell – Set of 4 Blooming Wine Glasses
Jessica Spring – Small book or print
Susan Thompson – Mug
Lorraine Toler – Signed print
Helen Tran – Washington shaped soap bar and greeting card
Audrey Tulimiero Welch – Small painting on paper
William Turner – Set of 5 art cards
Karen Utter – Handmade book
Elayne Vogel – Pair of earrings
Jeff Libby & Adrienne Wicks – Pair of reclaimed wood and steel book ends
Snow Winters – Small cross stitch lamp
Yoshiko Yamamoto – 2018 calendar
Lois Yoshida – Box of hand painted cards

One entry per person. The Tacoma Studio Tour Passport can be found in the Tacoma Studio Tour brochure (available at all studio locations during the tour and at many cultural institutions ahead of time) or download and print your own Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.


Tacoma Arts Month Sponsors

Premier Sponsors: Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Media Sponsors: KNKX, Northwest Public Radio, ParentMap, Sounds Fun Mom, South Sound magazine, Tacoma Weekly, Weekly Volcano

2017 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 4

30 Aug

This is part 4 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 42 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 14 & 15, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

You are invited inside the working studios of 70 local artists to learn about the artistic process, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. Plus, you can even win some fabulous items hand-crafted by a selection of artists on the tour just for getting your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. It’s family friendly and free!

Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full list of artists, schedule, your Tacoma Studio Tour Passport, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

Here are this week’s highlights:

Amy Lewis
  
Amy Lewis is a watercolor artist, just taking her first steps in the art world. She uses vivid paints to bring out the beauty of the ordinary. She believes in art that reveals truth. Art should move the viewer and remind them of what is important, it should remind them of love, faith, grace, and hope.

April Sanders, SPUN Clay Arts Studio & Gallery
  
April Sanders is a ceramic artist from Tacoma. She spent her earlier years on charcoal portraiture, acrylic paintings, and sculptures. In 1998, she studied ceramics at the Seward Park Clay Studio in Seattle and has spent the years since concentrating on mastering techniques for wheel throwing and teaching.

Steve Lawler, rePly Furniture Co.
  
Steve Lawler’s furniture incorporates two passions: the first being the creative process itself, the second is the respectful use of our planet’s resources. Steve strives to apply equal weight to form and function. Using recycled materials is both a push and a pull, it forces him to find a unique expression for these sometimes odd and limiting pieces of raw material. It is at the same time challenging and incredibly stimulating.

Anida Yoeu Ali
  
Performance artist Anida Yoeu Ali playfully inhabits “The Buddhist Bug,” a sinuous, caterpillar-like costume whose color references the robes of Buddhist monks while following the strict modest attire of orthodox Muslim women. Ali’s bug is an exploration of diasporic identities particularly inspired by her fascination with Buddhism as a Cham-Muslim American.

Terry A. Bader
  
Terry A. Bader grew up with a family of artists and has been painting for forty years. Her focus is on “anything with great lighting” and northwest scenes. She paints in her home studio from photos and sketches taken around the area and from her travels. She loves to experiment with mixed media although most of her work is watercolor and acrylic.

Liz Pulos
  
It’s simple: over, under, over, under. And slowly, thread by thread, Liz Pulos creates imagery in the woven cloth. Landscapes, still lifes, work that can be realistic or symbolic or abstract. Because they are cloth, her tapestries have a unique surface quality and engage the tactile and visual senses alike.

Jeff Libby & Adrienne Wicks,  birdloft
  
Jeff Libby and Adrienne Wicks design and make custom furniture with reclaimed wood, steel, and air. They produce a handful of pieces each year, nearly all of them made-to-order, for people who have sought them out with a piece in mind. It’s a pragmatic way to create a small amount of sustainable, functional art in the world.

 

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
Studio Tour Preview: Part 1
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2
Studio Tour Preview: Part 3


Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!

Make sure to have your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. 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 this tour including:

Grace Amundsen – Acrylic ornaments 
Terry Bader – Small watercolor painting 
Joe Becker – Set of notecards 
Carolyn Burt – Small scratchboard artwork 
Bill Colby – Small framed woodcut 
Kris Crews – Mini photo cards 
Ann Darling – Textile piece 
Katie Dean – Collection of greeting cards and a small print 
Alice Di Certo – Pair of earrings 
Kyle Dillehay – Alternative-process photograph 
Michaela Eaves – Greeting cards 
Lynne Farren – Painting, cards, bracelet 
Becky Frehse – Small framed painting 
Deborah Greenwood – Handmade cards 
Henry Haneda – Small color print 
Hilltop Artists – Glass beads, glass marbles, small blown glass pieces 
Han-Yin Hsu – 3D printed nylon earrings 
Mark Hudak – Pottery bowl 
Marie Jensen – An 8 x 10 print 
Fumiko Kimura – Greeting cards 
Juan La Torre – Thank you cards 
Roberta Lowes – Cards or small scarf 
Dorothy McCuistion – Small handmade book 
John McCuistion – Set of 4 coaster tiles 
Naarah McDonald – Upcycled fingerless sweater gloves, small tote bag, reversible apron 
Dane Meyer – Small matted print 
Roxann Murray – Save the Bees sticker 
Chandler O’Leary – Tacoma temporary tattoos & Tacoma coloring cards 
Sylvia Omero-Rogstad – Set of cards 
Reid Ozaki – Vase 
Karen Perrine – Set of marbled paper collage cards 
Liz Pulos – Small tapestry 
Claudia Riedener – 5 small handmade tiles
Mauricio Robalino – Small wall hanging mosaic
Penny Russell – Set of 4 Blooming Wine Glasses
Jessica Spring – Small book or print
Susan Thompson – Mug
Lorraine Toler – Signed print
Helen Tran – Washington shaped soap bar and greeting card
Audrey Tulimiero Welch – Small painting on paper
William Turner – Set of 5 art cards
Karen Utter – Handmade book
Elayne Vogel – Pair of earrings
Jeff Libby & Adrienne Wicks – Pair of reclaimed wood and steel book ends
Snow Winters – Small cross stitch lamp
Yoshiko Yamamoto – 2018 calendar
Lois Yoshida – Box of hand painted cards

One entry per person. The Tacoma Studio Tour Passport can be found in the Tacoma Studio Tour brochure (available at all studio locations during the tour and at many cultural institutions ahead of time) or download and print your own Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.


Tacoma Arts Month Sponsors

Premier Sponsors: Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Media Sponsors: KNKX, Northwest Public Radio, ParentMap, Sounds Fun Mom, South Sound magazine, Tacoma Weekly, Weekly Volcano

2017 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 3

23 Aug

This is part 3 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 42 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 14 & 15, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

You are invited inside the working studios of 70 local artists to learn about the artistic process, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. Plus, you can even win some fabulous items hand-crafted by a selection of artists on the tour just for getting your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. It’s family friendly and free!

Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full list of artists, schedule, your Tacoma Studio Tour Passport, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

Here are this week’s highlights:

Mauricio Robalino
  
Mauricio Robalino learned to paint on an ocean voyage in 1964. He always drew in school, and chose art as a career while attending business school. These days Mauricio paints and makes huge mosaics and sculptures for many public spaces. All this happens in a humble two-car garage behind his home, where he lives with his family!

Lynne Farren, Lynne Farren Designs
  
Lynne Farren is always on the lookout for odd or unwanted materials to turn into mixed media collage and assemblage. While they may seem casually put together, her artworks are actually well thought out and arranged with attention to detail. They tell a story, and the story can be invented by the viewer.

K.C. Bacon
  
While K.C. Bacon has shown work at various venues in the Pacific Northwest, his primary outlet is his home gallery, in operation since 2003. K.C. works almost exclusively with oil on board. While he generally begins a painting with an image, the act of painting is frequently his theme. He intends his paintings to illustrate a human touch – emotion deriving color, thought attending line.

Mark Hudak, Throwing Mud Gallery
  
Mark Hudak has been a full-time studio potter for over 30 years. Functional, decorative pottery has been his passion and he loves to make items that people use in their daily lives. Since opening Throwing Mud Gallery in 2011, he has been able to share this passion with others.

Tacoma City Ballet
  
Tacoma City Ballet nurtures the intellectual mind and the physical being of developing young artists as they study the art of classical ballet, and creates an environment which furthers artistic development and the growth of the human spirit. They continue to create innovative, artistically excellent ballet productions for the community which are family oriented and financially accessible.

Chuck Knigge
  
Chuck Knigge is a freelance illustrator and software designer. His work includes games for the PlayStation 4 and logos for local coffee shops. In his free time, he loves drawing superheroes and portraits.

Claudia Riedener, Ixia Tile Tacoma

  
Claudia Riedener at Ixia Tile Tacoma, 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. The artist finds inspiration in the natural world. Native flora and fauna make frequent appearances in her creations. All clays and glazes used are made in Tacoma.

 

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
Studio Tour Preview: Part 1
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2


Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!

Make sure to have your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. 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 this tour including:

Grace Amundsen – Acrylic ornaments 
Terry Bader – Small watercolor painting 
Joe Becker – Set of notecards 
Carolyn Burt – Small scratchboard artwork 
Bill Colby – Small framed woodcut 
Kris Crews – Mini photo cards 
Ann Darling – Textile piece 
Katie Dean – Collection of greeting cards and a small print 
Alice Di Certo – Pair of earrings 
Kyle Dillehay – Alternative-process photograph 
Michaela Eaves – Greeting cards 
Lynne Farren – Painting, cards, bracelet 
Becky Frehse – Small framed painting 
Deborah Greenwood – Handmade cards 
Henry Haneda – Small color print 
Hilltop Artists – Glass beads, glass marbles, small blown glass pieces 
Han-Yin Hsu – 3D printed nylon earrings 
Mark Hudak – Pottery bowl 
Marie Jensen – An 8 x 10 print 
Fumiko Kimura – Greeting cards 
Juan La Torre – Thank you cards 
Roberta Lowes – Cards or small scarf 
Dorothy McCuistion – Small handmade book 
John McCuistion – Set of 4 coaster tiles 
Naarah McDonald – Upcycled fingerless sweater gloves, small tote bag, reversible apron 
Dane Meyer – Small matted print 
Roxann Murray – Save the Bees sticker 
Chandler O’Leary – Tacoma temporary tattoos & Tacoma coloring cards 
Sylvia Omero-Rogstad – Set of cards 
Reid Ozaki – Vase 
Karen Perrine – Set of marbled paper collage cards 
Liz Pulos – Small tapestry 
Claudia Riedener – 5 small handmade tiles
Mauricio Robalino – Small wall hanging mosaic
Penny Russell – Set of 4 Blooming Wine Glasses
Jessica Spring – Small book or print
Susan Thompson – Mug
Lorraine Toler – Signed print
Helen Tran – Washington shaped soap bar and greeting card
Audrey Tulimiero Welch – Small painting on paper
William Turner – Set of 5 art cards
Karen Utter – Handmade book
Elayne Vogel – Pair of earrings
Jeff Libby & Adrienne Wicks – Pair of reclaimed wood and steel book ends
Snow Winters – Small cross stitch lamp
Yoshiko Yamamoto – 2018 calendar
Lois Yoshida – Box of hand painted cards

One entry per person. The Tacoma Studio Tour Passport can be found in the Tacoma Studio Tour brochure (available at all studio locations during the tour and at many cultural institutions ahead of time) or download and print your own Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.


Tacoma Arts Month Sponsors

Premier Sponsors: Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Media Sponsors: KNKX, Northwest Public Radio, ParentMap, Sounds Fun Mom, South Sound magazine, Tacoma Weekly, Weekly Volcano

2017 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 2

16 Aug

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

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 42 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 14 & 15, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

You are invited inside the working studios of 70 local artists to learn about the artistic process, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. Plus, you can even win some fabulous items hand-crafted by a selection of artists on the tour just for getting your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. It’s family friendly and free!

Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full list of artists, schedule, your Tacoma Studio Tour Passport, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

Here are this week’s highlights:

Deborah Greenwood, Greenwood Studio
  
Collage and book arts are Deborah Greenwood’s primary focus. She enjoys working with used materials. Over the last six years she has been making paper with garden plants. A variety of handmade papers have also made their way into her work.

Susan Thompson, Susan’s Kiln
  
Susan Thompson’s fully functioning pottery studio is set up in the basement of a private residence in the North End. Susan is a retired school teacher who makes functional pieces for others to enjoy in their home.

Jennifer English, SPUN Clay Arts Studio & Gallery  
Jennifer English explores the connections between heart, hands, and clay bodies. Since starting with sculpture at the age of 15, she likes to mix wheel-thrown and hand-built techniques in order to create fun and exciting pieces. SPUN celebrated its three year anniversary this August and is proud to be on the studio tour again this year.

Audrey Tulimiero Welch
  
Audrey Tulimiero Welch is an internationally exhibited painter who resides in Tacoma. She earned her BFA from the University of Delaware and her MFA from the Art Institute of Boston. From 2002-2016 Welch lived and worked in Indonesia, Thailand, and Australia; this has influenced the context of her paintings. Her abstract layered paintings can be read as metamorphic ‘maps’ that contain embedded daily life stories.

Jessica Spring, Springtide Press
  
Springtide Press was founded in 1999 by proprietor Jessica Spring, who designs, prints, and binds artist books, broadsides, and ephemera incorporating letterpress printing and handmade paper. Small, finely-crafted editions and one-of-a-kind books explore historical topics, popular culture, and typography from a unique perspective. The shop motto, “where we always print damp” recognizes the Pacific Northwest as a fine place to print, where the damp climate helps make a good impression.

Rich Hall, Ghostshark Labs/Rich Hall Artwork
  
Rich Hall was born and raised in New York City, and is currently based in Tacoma. He is a show promoter who presented shows at venues such as CBGB. He relocated to Seattle, then to Tacoma, to shed the dregs of the music industry and to focus on illustration and graphic design. His current work explores the deepest realms of imagination – focusing on animals who live in his realm on a planet in his mind. 

Marie Jensen
  
Marie Jensen has been a working artist for over 20 years. She began by making work in the textile/quilt art world. In 2016 she began painting primarily with acrylics and stretching the finished work herself. She is also creating modern versions of the beloved carnival punk (knock down doll) also using canvas and paint.  Whimsical and wacky are good words to describe her current work.

 

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews: Studio Tour Preview: Part 1


Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!

Make sure to have your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. 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 this tour including:

Grace Amundsen – Acrylic ornaments 
Terry Bader – Small watercolor painting 
Joe Becker – Set of notecards 
Carolyn Burt – Small scratchboard artwork 
Bill Colby – Small framed woodcut 
Kris Crews – Mini photo cards 
Ann Darling – Textile piece 
Katie Dean – Collection of greeting cards and a small print 
Alice Di Certo – Pair of earrings 
Kyle Dillehay – Alternative-process photograph 
Michaela Eaves – Greeting cards 
Lynne Farren – Painting, cards, bracelet 
Becky Frehse – Small framed painting 
Deborah Greenwood – Handmade cards 
Henry Haneda – Small color print 
Hilltop Artists – Glass beads, glass marbles, small blown glass pieces 
Han-Yin Hsu – 3D printed nylon earrings 
Mark Hudak – Pottery bowl 
Marie Jensen – An 8 x 10 print 
Fumiko Kimura – Greeting cards 
Juan La Torre – Thank you cards 
Roberta Lowes – Cards or small scarf 
Dorothy McCuistion – Small handmade book 
John McCuistion – Set of 4 coaster tiles 
Naarah McDonald – Upcycled fingerless sweater gloves, small tote bag, reversible apron 
Dane Meyer – Small matted print 
Roxann Murray – Save the Bees sticker 
Chandler O’Leary – Tacoma temporary tattoos & Tacoma coloring cards 
Sylvia Omero-Rogstad – Set of cards 
Reid Ozaki – Vase 
Karen Perrine – Set of marbled paper collage cards 
Liz Pulos – Small tapestry 
Claudia Riedener – 5 small handmade tiles
Mauricio Robalino – Small wall hanging mosaic
Penny Russell – Set of 4 Blooming Wine Glasses
Jessica Spring – Small book or print
Susan Thompson – Mug
Lorraine Toler – Signed print
Helen Tran – Washington shaped soap bar and greeting card
Audrey Tulimiero Welch – Small painting on paper
William Turner – Set of 5 art cards
Karen Utter – Handmade book
Elayne Vogel – Pair of earrings
Jeff Libby & Adrienne Wicks – Pair of reclaimed wood and steel book ends
Snow Winters – Small cross stitch lamp
Yoshiko Yamamoto – 2018 calendar
Lois Yoshida – Box of hand painted cards

One entry per person. The Tacoma Studio Tour Passport can be found in the Tacoma Studio Tour brochure (available at all studio locations during the tour and at many cultural institutions ahead of time) or download and print your own Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.


Tacoma Arts Month Sponsors

Premier Sponsors: Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Media Sponsors: KNKX, Northwest Public Radio, ParentMap, Sounds Fun Mom, South Sound magazine, Tacoma Weekly, Weekly Volcano

2017 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 1

9 Aug

Katie Dean demonstrates how to use a printing press during the Tacoma Studio Tour.

We’re excited for Tacoma Arts Month this October and we think you will be as well when you see what is in store! The entire month of October will be filled to the brim with hundreds of arts and culture activities for you to participate in including music, dance and theater performances; visual art exhibits; literary readings; lectures; workshops; film screenings and cultural events.

One of the signature events is the Tacoma Studio Tour, a once-a-year opportunity when you are invited inside the working studios of local artists to learn about the artistic process, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. Plus, you can even win some fabulous items hand-crafted by a selection of artists on the tour just for getting your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. It’s family friendly and free!

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 42 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 14 & 15, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full list of artists, schedule, your Tacoma Studio Tour Passport, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

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:

Lucy Nilan, Lucy Nilan Ceramics
  
Lucy Nilan creates functional porcelain pottery with whimsical animal illustrations that beg to be used on a regular basis.

Dane Meyer, Dane Gregory Meyer Photography/DG STUDIO
  
There is the opinion that serious artists confine themselves to a business model related to exhibitions, name recognition, and a track through galleries. Dane Gregory Meyer is a serious artist who has contributed his art and subsequent revenue to the City of Tacoma and globally with 30 years as a commercial and fine art photographer. He is often published, seen by many, not dependent on name recognition.

Joe Becker, Seldom Seen Photography
  
Joe Becker is a photographer who specializes in art and travel photography. His work has been published by National Geographic and Northwest Travel Magazine. He recently wrote and illustrated a photographic guidebook of Seattle.

Nancy McLaughlin
  
Nancy McLaughlin’s paintings are celebrations of the naturally occurring forms she photographs and sketches, from the coast of Washington to the high desert mountains of Nevada and Arizona. Beginning with an arrangement of contrasting shapes, she combines expressive color with energetic brushwork and mark-making to bring her unique abstracts and landscapes to life.

Benjamin Davis
  
Benjamin Davis is a longtime Tacoma area resident who draws inspiration from the town and its people. The local vibe is important to his artworks, and his media include oil paints, sidewalk chalk, pen and ink, and Instagram. Being an active member of the 253 Collective is important to Ben as he envisions it as a portal between artist and community.

Elayne Vogel
  
Unusual materials have almost always guided the imagery in Elayne Vogel’s artwork, so “mixed media” usually describes her medium. In recent years she has fabricated one-of-a-kind necklaces, which she calls “Unusual Adornments.” These necklaces are meant to combine humor and fashion in entirely wearable jewelry.

Henry Haneda
  

Henry Haneda has received international awards and invitations for his art and craft works. He uses metal, composite, and wood, which convey detailed craftsmanship to the highest quality products. He has been a world-renowned rod and knife maker since 1980.


Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!

Make sure to have your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. 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 this tour including:

Grace Amundsen – Acrylic ornaments 
Terry Bader – Small watercolor painting 
Joe Becker – Set of notecards 
Carolyn Burt – Small scratchboard artwork 
Bill Colby – Small framed woodcut 
Kris Crews – Mini photo cards 
Ann Darling – Textile piece 
Katie Dean – Collection of greeting cards and a small print 
Alice Di Certo – Pair of earrings 
Kyle Dillehay – Alternative-process photograph 
Michaela Eaves – Greeting cards 
Lynne Farren – Painting, cards, bracelet 
Becky Frehse – Small framed painting 
Deborah Greenwood – Handmade cards 
Henry Haneda – Small color print 
Hilltop Artists – Glass beads, glass marbles, small blown glass pieces 
Han-Yin Hsu – 3D printed nylon earrings 
Mark Hudak – Pottery bowl 
Marie Jensen – An 8 x 10 print 
Fumiko Kimura – Greeting cards 
Juan La Torre – Thank you cards 
Roberta Lowes – Cards or small scarf 
Dorothy McCuistion – Small handmade book 
John McCuistion – Set of 4 coaster tiles 
Naarah McDonald – Upcycled fingerless sweater gloves, small tote bag, reversible apron 
Dane Meyer – Small matted print 
Roxann Murray – Save the Bees sticker 
Chandler O’Leary – Tacoma temporary tattoos & Tacoma coloring cards 
Sylvia Omero-Rogstad – Set of cards 
Reid Ozaki – Vase 
Karen Perrine – Set of marbled paper collage cards 
Liz Pulos – Small tapestry 
Claudia Riedener – 5 small handmade tiles
Mauricio Robalino – Small wall hanging mosaic
Penny Russell – Set of 4 Blooming Wine Glasses
Jessica Spring – Small book or print
Susan Thompson – Mug
Lorraine Toler – Signed print
Helen Tran – Washington shaped soap bar and greeting card
Audrey Tulimiero Welch – Small painting on paper
William Turner – Set of 5 art cards
Karen Utter – Handmade book
Elayne Vogel – Pair of earrings
Jeff Libby & Adrienne Wicks – Pair of reclaimed wood and steel book ends
Snow Winters – Small cross stitch lamp
Yoshiko Yamamoto – 2018 calendar
Lois Yoshida – Box of hand painted cards

One entry per person. The Tacoma Studio Tour Passport can be found in the Tacoma Studio Tour brochure (available at all studio locations during the tour and at many cultural institutions ahead of time) or download and print your own Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.


Tacoma Arts Month Sponsors

Premier Sponsors: Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Media Sponsors: KNKX, Northwest Public Radio, ParentMap, Sounds Fun Mom, South Sound magazine, Tacoma Weekly, Weekly Volcano

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