Archive | October, 2012

Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 6

17 Oct

As we head into fall, our minds are abuzz about 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
Cost: FREE!

Here is this week’s artist sneak peeks:

Karen Doten

Karen Doten received her MFA in painting and printmaking from the University of Iowa in 1999. Since, she has taught and exhibited her work at various universities and spaces across the country. Karen’s work explores the theme of landscape through an observational, remembrance, and ephemeral process. Her art uses layering to show multiple spaces at once, allowing landscapes to condense into the center of the frame and consolidate space so that they become abstractions of places seen.

Becky Frehse

Becky’s mixed media work incorporates reclaimed “treasures” with carving, mosaic, modeling compounds, and heavily textured painted surfaces. She often collaborates with other artists to create pieces inspired by music, poetry, and travels abroad.

Nancy McLaughlin

    Nancy shares a studio with several other artists on the 3rd floor of the Jet Tioga Building, enjoying great views of the city and mountains beyond. She is currently portraying colorful abstract landscapes in acrylic on canvas, and pastel on paper. She starts with a simple arrangement of shapes, then works loosely to let the medium help dictate the final outcome. During the tour, she will be demonstrating her techniques and welcomes conversation.

Jim Oliver

     Jim is a fine art photographer known for his nature and urban landscapes as well as for flower, waterfall, and marine images. His work has been in 22 juried exhibits and a total of 53 exhibitions since 2007. With his background in providing adult education, he truly enjoys facilitating “On Location” photography classes and offers day trip photographic tours under the name “The View From Here” Photographic Tours.

Victoria Johnson

Victoria’s oil paintings are about an exploration and a practice. Arching curves occupy the canvas panel to define overlapping planes while in the act of motion painted in a palette of enigmatic colors. She is thrilled to be in her new studio having recently relocated to Tacoma from Seattle. Victoria is currently preparing for a fall exhibition at Lisa Harris Gallery.

Ken Marks
 
Ken Marks has been taking photographs for over 25 years. He started his photography business during the past two years and focuses on people, architecture, events, and natural places in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. He is currently developing a body of work that portrays unique aspects of Tacoma and the Puget Sound region, displaying the rich diversity of areas in which he has been fortunate to travel.

Check out other artists on the tour:
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.

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Art at Work Month is just around the corner

16 Oct

Tacoma artist Jennevieve Schlemmer, along with 54 other artists, will welcome visitors into their studios as part of the Tacoma Studio Tour, November 3 & 4. Photo by Jason Ganwich.

November 2012 marks the 11th anniversary of Art at Work: Tacoma Arts Month – a community celebration of the arts that includes more than 300 community-hosted arts and culture events, exhibits and workshops for all ages taking place every day throughout the month. Programming includes music, theater and dance performances; visual art exhibits; film screenings; literary readings; lectures; cultural events; and workshops. All events are open to the public and many activities are free.

Information about the 300+ Art at Work Month events and programs can be found online at www.ArtAtWorkTacoma.com.

 

 

 
And, while you are filling up your calendar with all those awesome events, be sure to block off a bit of time for these two signature events:

  • Art at Work Opening Party & AMOCAT Awards
    The public is invited to attend a free celebration on Nov. 1 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Art Museum (1701 Pacific Ave.). Attendees will enjoy appetizers, dessert, a no-host bar, music by Tacoma Youth Symphony, and stunning exhibits in the museum galleries. The event will include recognition of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s 2012 funding recipients and the AMOCAT Art Award winners – KeyBank, The Grand Cinema and Katy Evans.
  • Jessica Spring works with a young visitor to create a letterpress keepsake during the Tacoma Studio Tour. Photo by Jason Ganwich.

    Tacoma Studio Tour
    Come see the spaces and tools with which 55 local artists create their work. You can ask questions and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. This free, self-guided tour runs Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and covers 37 locations around Tacoma. All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Visit www.ArtAtWorkTacoma.com for a complete list of studio locations and a map.

Start planning now. November is going to be a great month in Tacoma!

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.

Community Budget Input Meetings Oct. 22-Nov. 5

14 Oct

Voice your thoughts at Community Budget Input Meetings

Tacoma City Manager T.C. Broadnax has presented staff recommendations for the 2013-2014 Proposed Biennial Budget during the City Council Study Session. As part of the budget development process, the City will hold a second round of community budget input meetings October 22 – November 5 in each of Tacoma’s five Council districts.

These are public meetings and anyone is welcome to attend. The meeting will include a video presentation followed by an overview of the proposed 2013-14 budget given by City Manager T.C. Broadnax. This will be followed by an opportunity for people to speak – you can sign up to speak in advance of the meeting.

This is the first time that the City of Tacoma has implemented a mechanism for focused community input re: the City’s budget. These budget input meetings are designed to engage residents and community stakeholders, and give them an opportunity to learn more about the service and program changes for the next biennium.

Find out more about the 2013-2014 Proposed Biennial Budget at cityoftacoma.org.

Upcoming Community Budget Input Meetings

  • Monday, October 22, 6 – 8 p.m., Gray Middle School (Cafeteria), 6229 S. Tyler St.
  • Wednesday, October 24, 6 – 8 p.m., Wheelock Library, 3722 N. 26th St.
  • Monday, October 29, 6 – 8 p.m., Main Library (Olympic Room), 1102 Tacoma Ave.
  • Thursday, November 1, 6 – 8 p.m., Lincoln High School, 701 S. 37th St.
  • Monday, November 5, 6 – 8 p.m., Center at Norpoint, 4818 Nassau Ave. NE

Children’s author Rosemary Wells book talk, Oct. 15

14 Oct

Who: Award-winning children’s author, illustrator and literacy advocate, Rosemary Wells
What: Book talk and signing
Where: Tacoma Public Library main branch, 1102 Tacoma Avenue South, Olympic Room
When: Monday, October 15, 7 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
Admission: Free.

Described as “a master of the delicate art of story” by School Library Journal, author and artist Rosemary Wells has been praised for creating delightful picture and board books, and well-received adaptations of classic tales in illustrated-book form. Her career as an author and illustrator spans more than 30 years and 60 books. She has won numerous awards, and has given readers such unforgettable characters as Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko the sushi-eating cat.

The author will be featured in a free book talk and signing at 7 pm on Mon., Oct. 15 at Tacoma’s downtown main library. “This event is for Rosemary Wells’ grown-up fans,” explained David Domkoski, the library’s Community Relations Manager. “It is for all the teachers, educators, parents, librarians and everyone else who’s grown up and taught with and from her books for years. It is not a story time for children.”

At tomorrow night’s special event, the prolific author will talk about the importance of reading aloud to very young children, how her work can be incorporated into the classroom curriculum and the importance of teaching children’s literature. In addition to her work as an author and illustrator, Wells is a strong advocate of literacy programs. She has often spoken on behalf of the “Twenty Minutes a Day” campaign, which proposes that parents should spend twenty minutes each day reading to their children. She read her 1998 picture book Read to Your Bunny at the White House at the opening of the nationwide Prescription for Reading Partnership program.

Doors open at 6 pm tomorrow night; please note that seating is limited and on a space-available basis.  The book talk and signing is presented in cooperation with Seattle’s Secret Garden Book Shop. Additional information is available at the library’s web site – www.tacomapubliclibrary.org or by telephoning the library at 253. 292.2001.

Sign Up Now for November Poetry Workshop

12 Oct

Tacoma Poet Laureate – Josie Emmons Turner

Are you just getting started in writing poetry but could use some encouragement? Or are already underway but are looking for some constructive feedback? Tacoma Poet Lauretate Josie Emmons Turner is ready to help you move your poetry to the next level this November in a special free one-day workshop.

During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to examine their poetry from the reader’s perspective and will be provided constructive feedback.  Emmons Turner will read and comment on poems submitted by each participant. The workshop will also cover technical questions regarding the writing process. 

No formal writing experience is required. Space is limited to 15 participants and pre-registration by Oct. 29 is required. To register for the workshop, email your contact information, three samples of your poems and a brief description of your writing experience to Josie.turner.poet@gmail.com. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch and writing materials.

Who: Tacoma Poet Laureate, Josie Emmons Turner
What: Poetry writing workshop and critique
Where: University of Puget Sound, Wyatt Hall, Room 313
When: November 3, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: Free! Preregistration required

Emmons Turner is the 2011-2013 Tacoma Poet Laureate. Her work has been published in national journals and has been included in the Floating Bridge Review, In Tahoma’s Shadow, California Quarterly, and the Backstreet Review. She has founded and/or managed a variety of cultural organizations and is currently teaching senior and sophomore writing classes at Clover Park High School. She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing through the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.

This workshop is sponsored by the Tacoma Arts Commission. Information about the Tacoma Poet Laureate program is available at www.tacomaculture.org.

Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 5

10 Oct

This is part 5 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 ArtAtWorkTacoma.com 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 – map your course at ArtAtWorkTacoma.com
When: November 3 & 4, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here is this week’s artist sneak peeks:

Bill Colby
Bill has always used nature as the origin of his work. This year he continues to use the forest bough of 2011, and presents it simply, rather than complexly, with bird flocks and sun rays. The tree core (soul) is used in slight abstraction for a new series he will begin.

Kerry Cole
Since studying Fashion Design at Portland State University, Kerry has developed her distinctive style and reputation through a series of commercial successes, which include representation within Barney’s of New York, Pulp! ( L.A.),  Russian Hill Bookstore (San Francisco), logos, CD jackets, magazine covers, and commissioned works. Visit Kerry’s studio during the tour and add your own artistic magic to a collaborative painting which Kerry will finish and auction off to benefit a program for underprivileged youth.

Michaela Eaves
    
Michaela Eaves traded her youth for three magic beans and some time in art school in Savannah. She grew up in Montana, where the natural scenery and animals she was surrounded by have saturated her mental landscape and work ever since. She also works as a designer, volunteers for an animal response technical rescue team, and fosters Rottweilers in memory of her dog Buck.

RR Anderson
     Author of “The Tacomic”, RR Anderson is one of the most curious underground political cartoonists in FeedTacoma.com history. He fought bizarre underground beings in the lava tubes of Juneau, Alaska; was wounded by a laser before it was invented; and was a founding father of the Cartoonists League of Absurd Washingtonians (C.L.A.W.). Seek him drawing at Friday’s Frost Park Chalk Challenge in downtown Tacoma. Visit RR’s studio during the tour to learn secrets of sidewalk chalking and to stamp local currency.

Leah Fitts
From her light-filled downtown studio, Leah Fitts creates abstract paintings using acrylics and oil pastels. Her original paintings on canvas are inspired by mid-century and modern design, as well as her love of nature. By combining modern design with natural aspects, Leah strives to create original, textured, and vibrant works of art that will add energy and harmony to any space.

Angela Wales Rockett
A spiritually inspired artist, Angela Wales Rockett paints expressive abstracts that soothe the soul with rich colors and texture that invite the viewer to take part in precious moments of introspection. Her artwork has been included in solo and group exhibits across the United States, from New York City to Seattle, and is included in many private collections.

Check out other artists on the tour:
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.

Warhol’s “Flowers” Coming to Tacoma Art Museum

9 Oct

COULD TACOMA HAVE ITS OWN WARHOL FLOWER ON THE TACOMA DOME?

Andy Warhol, Daisy, ca. 1982. Screen print on Lenox Museum Board 38 x 38 inches. The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

In 1982, Tacoma almost had its very own Warhol painting…and it was going to be supersized on the roof of the Tacoma Dome. This November, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Warhol’s proposal for Tacoma, the artist’s flowers and vision for the Dome are coming to Tacoma Art Museum in Andy Warhol’s Flowers for Tacoma from November 3, 2012 – February 10, 2013.

Proponents of the late artist’s design are hoping “flower power” may yet prevail in bringing a spectacular new look to the Dome’s rooftop. On November 3, City of Tacoma Arts Administrator, Amy McBride, will lead a discussion of Warhol’s 1982 flower design submission for the T-Dome and the current, renewed movement to bring it to fruition.

Best known for his vibrant pop imagery and searing commentary on art and popular culture, Warhol’s flower imagery reveals a softer, more intimate side of the artist. These works capture Warhol’s explorations of fragility, vibrancy, femininity, sensuality, and beauty in more than 100 works including early illustrations, photographs and paintings from the 1950s.

Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1964-1965. Fluorescent paint, silkscreen ink, and pencil on linen 24 x 24 x ¾ inches. The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Flowers for Tacoma exemplifies the nature of pop art, where something commonplace like a flower (or for that matter, a Campbell’s soup can) is transformed into art. Exhibition highlights include Warhol’s audacious floral proposal for the Tacoma Dome consisting of a vividly colored, open blossom that would have covered the Dome, as well as paintings, studio photographs, and almost a dozen screen prints from his iconic Flower series. The exhibition traces Warhol’s ongoing interest in floral imagery from the early 1950s through 1986.

“This exhibition offers visitors a rare opportunity to explore in-depth a little-known component of Warhol’s career and to re-imagine the city of Tacoma through his vision.” said Rock Hushka, Director of Curatorial Administration at Tacoma Art Museum. “The exhibition will show how one of the most influential American artists engaged with Tacoma.”

Advocates of the T-Dome project, known as Citizens to Install Andy Warhol’s Flower on Tacoma Dome, are trying to raise awareness about the significance of Warhol’s proposition and the opportunity it provides for Tacoma. Learn more about them at www.Facebook.com/WarholonTacomaDome.

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Scandinavia Comes to Old Town

8 Oct

Join Classical Tuesdays in Old Town for an evening of Scandinavian culture as they open their 8th season!  Musicians Hale Bill & the Bopps and dance group Bygdedeal will rock the floorboards of Slavonian Hall with traditional tunes and footwork from the Nordic countries. All ages are welcome to attend. 

Classical Tuesdays is a free chamber music series showcasing the Puget Sound region’s professional musicians in a lovely neighborhood setting.

Who: Classical Tuesdays in Old Town
What: Bill & the Bopps and Bygdedeal performing traditional Scandinavian music and dance
Where: Historic Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Tacoma (handicap parking and access in alley)
When: Tuesday, October 9, 7pm
Cost: FREE, donations appreciated

Hale Bill & the Bopps

Hale Bill & the Bopps plays traditional Scandinavian dance music in mostly traditional ways. Anticipate a variety of fiddles, including the Norwegian hardingfele and the Swedish nyckelharpa!, keyboards, and voices.

Bygdedea performing at Northwest Folklife

Bygdedeal members have earned medals from Svenska Ungdomsringen for Bygdekultur for their mastery of Swedish folk dancing. When not traveling in Norway and Sweden, they perform at Northwest Folklife and teach for Skandia Folkdance Society in Seattle.

Slavonian Hall in Old Town, Tacoma

Raffle tickets go on sale at the October 9th and November 13th concerts for a generous and beautiful gift basket.  The basket’s contents will be available for all to “ooh!” over at these concerts. Thanks to Josh Dunn and the staff of South Sound Magazine for gathering the gifts. Drawing to be held Nov 13th.

Questions? Call 253.752.2135. For more information about the season go to classicaltuesdays.blogspot.com  

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support this event through Arts Projects funding.

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