2013 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 2

17 Sep

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

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. Check out ArtAtWorkTacoma.com at the beginning of October for the full list of artists, schedule, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 39 studio locations around Tacoma
When: November 2 & 3, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Chelsia Berry, Chelsia Berry Designs

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Chelsia Berry’s studio is located in beautiful downtown Tacoma. Her design focus is on structure, use, feeling/situation, and place. She works to convey the mood and power of the wearer through her clothing design. Chelsia attended Seattle Central Community College and the Art Institute of Seattle Fashion and Apparel Design Programs.

Gabriel Brown

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Gabriel Brown is an artist, activist, and shoe cobbler. His work consists of multimedia installations, satirical street performances, and collaborative community-based projects. He holds an MFA from Washington State University and has been a professor of sculpture, 3D-design, and humanities. A self described ‘garbologist,’ Brown has lectured throughout the Northwest on topics of waste, consumerism, contemporary art, and permaculture.

 Nancy McLaughlin

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Nancy makes colorful abstract paintings and pastels in her light-filled studio on Opera Alley. The subjects of her work are drawn from her experiences as an outdoor enthusiast and from the sketches she makes both on site and from memory. She emphasizes interpretation over literal realism, allowing the process of color mixing and brushwork to dictate the final outcome.

Henry Haneda

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Henry Haneda has, for decades, received international awards and invitationals for his photography and designs. Henry uses medium format or 4×5 films, which convey detailed impressions to large prints. He has been a world-renown rod and knife maker since 1980.  

Sharon Carr, Sharon Carr Studio

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Sharon began watercolor painting as a diversion from a busy work life. She fell in love with paint and eventually retired from her counseling practice to work full time as an artist. Her work is spontaneous and expressive. She is primarily interested in pushing her work in a less literal, more abstract painterly direction. Her work is inspired by the Fauves, mid century Bay area landscape, and figurative painters.

Joan Teed

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Joan studied art at the University of Texas, and worked for 18 years as a graphic artist and technical illustrator at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. She has been painting professionally since moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2001. Joan’s style and media have evolved over the years, from oils and pastels to acrylic. Her focus at the moment is on contemporary portraiture using a high key palette.

William Turner

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William Turner’s paintings create an energetic art that draws on the legacy of West Coast Abstraction. His images are expressive, charged with color, and contain landscape, interior, and figurative metaphors from his world of spontaneous improvisation.

Marquita Hunt

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Marquita is currently producing non-objective or abstract work in acrylics and oils on canvas. Painting with Bill Turner, Sharon Carr, and Joan Teed is a conduit for her creative freedom. There is a sense of community in this shared purpose and she is able to access creativity that wouldn’t otherwise flourish. This collective group energy is a luxury she cannot do without. Marquita’s paintings are accomplishing one clue, urge, or intuition at a time.

Art at Work Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma Weekly, and Premier Media Group.

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