As we head into fall, our minds are abuzz about Art at Work: Tacoma Arts 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 including music, dance and theater performances; visual art exhibits; literary readings; lectures; workshops; film screenings and cultural events. 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. Come see how the arts are at work in Tacoma!
One of the signature events that takes place in November is the Tacoma Studio Tour. This year’s tour features 60 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.
What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 39 studio locations around Tacoma
When: November 2 & 3, 11 am – 5 pm
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:
Jennevieve Schlemmer is a fiber artist and sculptor. When not creating small sculptures out of wool, she creates large mosaics out of glass. Her most recent mosaic mural was created this year for the new Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital expansion in Tacoma. She is constantly inspired by the natural beauty of the flora and fauna, landscape, and weather of the Pacific Northwest. Color, whimsy, and animals are major themes in her work.
Unusual materials have almost always guided the imagery in Elayne’s artwork. Her series of necklaces combines humor and fashion in entirely wearable and durable jewelry. Elayne received a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington and has exhibited in solo shows and numerous group exhibitions.
Jim Oliver, Jim Oliver Photography
Jim is a fine art photographer, known for capturing natural and urban landscapes in a variety of photographic styles. His work has been in 53 exhibitions since 2007. The studio walls and floors are used as staging grounds for selecting images. A bit of clutter is common. With his background in providing adult education, he truly enjoys discussing photography, and helping people improve their skills.
Mark Hudak, Throwing Mud Gallery
Functional decorative pottery has been Mark’s passion for almost 30 years. His intent is to make creative pottery to be enjoyed and used in daily living. He loves to share his passion for making ceramic art with others through pottery classes at his studio, Throwing Mud Gallery.
Annie Wright Schools
The Annie Wright Schools ceramic studio is part of a comprehensive integrated visual arts program that supports the Day School PYP students in Kindergarten through 5th grade and middle years students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Upper School students in grades 9-12 may choose art as an activity or pursue an International Baccalaureate degree in Visual Arts.
Lois is intrigued and challenged by the process and beauty of sumi art, which seeks to capture the essence or spirit of a subject in as few spontaneous brush strokes as possible. She continues to explore mixed media, incorporating sumi (ink), watercolor, and handmade papers. The juxtaposition of shapes and colors, discovering what combinations appeal to her visually and emotionally, is a wonderful adventure.
For as long as she can remember, Lynne has been making art in a variety of mediums including paper, paint, fabric, metal, and found materials. Her studio is filled with paintings, collages, photo montages, and assemblages. Nothing is safe from being made into art.
Art at Work Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma Weekly, and Premier Media Group.