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Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 3

26 Sep

This is part 3 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 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
Cost: FREE!

Here is this week’s artist sneak peeks:

Jena Marks
Jena is drawn to faces and places that surround us in the Northwest. Using her eye for line and texture, she discovers lines moving between dark and light, subtly coaxing out personalities from the subject matter, infusing the work with color and vitality. She can be found gathering information, sketching around town, or looking for new and unique views on life in the Puget Sound area.

Chuck Knigge
Chuck is a published illustrator and comic artist. He works full time in the video game industry and likes to paint when inspiration strikes.

Mark Hoppmann

For more than ten years, Mark Hoppmann has been busy creating eclectic works in graphite, India ink, and watercolor from his Tacoma studio. His most recent endeavor is learning the art of making handmade books of his illustrations. He uses a variety of techniques and materials to create both traditional and nontraditional book forms. His most recent project was “A is for Alien” an abecedarian book consisting of over 52 illustrations. During the studio tour, Mark will be demonstrating how he makes his sketchbooks as well as his pen & ink illustrations.

Deborah Greenwood
Deborah Greenwood, collage and book artist, works with used materials. She is moved to fuse such materials, if they capture her, into art. By cutting and reassembling ephemera, new forms appear. She says the most striking thing about the majority of the materials she uses is their ordinariness. She remarks, “I am endlessly fascinated by the transformation that takes place in this process and the relationships that take place.”

Marsha Glazière
Glazière’s mixed media paintings, drawings, and sculpture are contemporary, dynamic, and colorful expressions that dramatically synthesize the recognizable in a semi-abstract mode. Landscape (natural and urban) has been her focus for many years. Her new book (2012) — “Eclectic COFFEE Spots in Puget Sound” includes 41 paintings on paper. Some of these paintings will be available for viewing at her studio during the tour.

Sandra B. Murray
Sandra B. Murray was born in Venezuela and grew up in Colombia, South America. Her work is influenced by the flora of the cloud forest of the Andes as well as the flowers from her large garden in Lakewood and the desert scenery of Palm Springs, California. She studied Anthropology and Fine Arts at the College of William and Mary, and since graduating, paints primarily in oils while experimenting in watercolors as well.

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

EMP Hosts Sound Off! All-Ages Battle of the Bands

26 Sep

Sound Off! an all-ages battle of the bands is now accepting submissions. Sponsored by the Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle, the Northwest’s premier 21-and-under battle of the bands is seeking music groups and solo artists for its 2013 competition. The application for Sound Off! 2013 is online now – deadline to apply is Nov. 5.

Now in its 12th year, Sound Off! supports the local music scene by giving artists from different backgrounds an opportunity to showcase their work, connect with the larger artistic community, and perform live at EMP, one of the top venues in the region. As in past years, Sound Off! 2013 will feature spectacular prizes such as gear, recording time, radio airplay, and high-profile performances.

EMP’s Sound Off! has paved the way for some of today’s freshest talent, including the Lonely Forest, Dyme Def, Sol, Schoolyard Heroes, Kithkin, and Brite Futures, as well as members of Grand Hallway, Hey Marseilles, and Beat Connection. From Portland to Seattle to Vancouver BC, and everywhere in between, groups or solo musicians playing all genres of music are encouraged to submit original material for consideration in Sound Off! Three semifinal rounds of Sound Off! concerts will take place on February 9, 16, and 23, 2013, culminating in a jam-packed finals show in EMP’s Sky Church on March 2, 2013.

A panel of music-industry professionals will review all applicants and select 12 bands to perform live at EMP. Bands will be scored on song composition and arrangement, creativity and originality, and technical ability and musicianship. All categories will be equally weighted. Judges may consider the following:

• Composition and arrangement. How sophisticated are the musical arrangements, vocals, lyrics, rhythms and/or technologies, and instrumentation?
• Creativity and originality. Is the band’s approach unique?
• Technical Ability and Musicianship. Are the musicians proficient with their instruments? Are they in time and in tune? Are the vocals on key?

Eligibility: Participants must be age 21 or under.
Applications deadline: November 5. Apply online at
Questions? Contact:

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Now showing at the Experience Music Project:
AC/DC: Australia’s Family Jewels

Icons of Science Fiction

The Rolling Stones 1972, Photographs by Jim Marshall

Upcoming in 2012:

Worn to Be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket opens October 20
Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London opens November 17

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