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2013 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 5

8 Oct

This is part 5 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 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 – map your course at ArtAtWorkTacoma.com
When: November 2 & 3, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Charles Knigge

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Chuck is a Northwest artist, illustrator/cartoonist, and game designer. His work can be found in several comic anthologies. He has worked for Arenanet as a UI Designer on Guild Wars 2. In June, Chuck finished Long Live Queen Freddie! a series of paintings and prints celebrating and remembering the greatest voice of Rock, by playing dress up with the most memorable queens of history, fiction, and pop culture.

 

Angela Rockett, StudioTenshi

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Angela Wales Rockett creates expressive abstract paintings that soothe the soul and invite the viewer to moments of introspection. Her paintings have been exhibited across the U.S. from Seattle to NYC. Knowing first hand of art’s amazing power to heal and transform, she also leads classes in intuitive and expressive art to help artists and non-artists to experience their own creative power, and their own potential to transform and heal their lives.

 

Rusty George, Rusty George Creative

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Rusty George Creative is an agency that specializes in Branding and Brand Strategy. Its client list includes Tacoma Art Museum, The Humane Society of Tacoma Pierce County, Black Bear Frozen Yogurt, City of Tacoma, and Roman Meal, just to name a few. RGC consists of a crack team of artists, strategists, writers, managers, and any number of office dogs dedicated to telling the stories of their clients in the most compelling way possible.

 

Jessica Spring, Springtide Press

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Jessica Spring is the proprietor of Springtide Press in Tacoma, where she designs, prints, and binds artists books, broadsides, and ephemera incorporating handmade paper and letterpress printing. Jessica teaches book arts and typography at Pacific Lutheran University.

 

Roxane Stoner

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Roxane Stoner gathers inspiration from an accumulated mental collection of symbolic images influenced by the places where she has lived and dreamed. These symbols are incorporated into her work through different mediums such as fibers, watercolors, ink, and photography.

 

Pat Haase

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Pat Haase started sculpting in 1994, carving directly into wood. Figurative sculptures, which convey a specific personality, mood, and setting delight Pat. Her awareness of posture and anatomy comes as much from teaching Yoga for over 20 years as from her medical background. Currently, most of Pat’s sculpture is ceramic and includes many portraits. She also has cast works in bronze and kiln-cast glass sculpture.

 

Karen Utter

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Karen Utter, originally from Vancouver, B.C., has always lived in the Pacific Northwest. The stunning natural beauty of the area has had a profound influence on the content of her art. The landscape, and its variety of animals and birds, form the main body of her work in pastels, acrylics, and linocuts. Karen has a BA in Fine Art from the Evergreen State College, where her colorful expressionistic style began.

 

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
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, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma Weekly, and Premier Media Group.

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2013 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 4

1 Oct

This is part 4 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 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 – map your course at ArtAtWorkTacoma.com
When: November 2 & 3, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Lucia Harrison

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Lucia Harrison’s hand made paper, drawings, paintings, and artist books focus on an appreciation for the natural and human history of the South Puget Sound. She hopes to inspire conservation of nature and an appreciation of the cultural history and contemporary conservation work of the peoples of South Puget Sound. Most recently she has been collaborating with Deborah Greenwood making paper from local plants.

Deborah Greenwood, Greenwood Studio

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Repurposing old postcards, paper and ephemera has led Deborah to experiment with and embrace paper making as part of her endeavor to source interesting papers for her collages. After finishing a workshop on papermaking two years ago, Lucia Harrison and Deborah Greenwood partnered up to learn more about the craft and transform what most consider garden waste into delicate but durable papers for drawing, painting, printmaking, and collage.

Hilltop Artists

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Using glass art to connect young people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds to better futures. Established in 1994 with the help of Dale Chihuly, Hilltop Artists is a 501(c)3 non-profit glass arts program that provides classes and individualized instruction for over 500 students each year. Hilltop Artists provides youth, ages 11-20, with hot glass instruction, related arts training, and adult mentors focusing on increasing students’ academic and interpersonal success.

Mauricio Robalino, Artpeople

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Mauricio has been working as an artist and art teacher since 1986. Mauricio wakes up each day curious about what he will discover and create. He also likes being responsible and responsive as it helps him to be successful at creating quality art and to set a good example for his children and students. Mauricio loves to dream up and create art that is unique and original regardless of medium.

Leah Fitts

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Leah Fitts creates abstract paintings using acrylics, oil pastels, and other mixed media. 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.

Jan Karroll, KarrollART

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Jan Karroll is a multimedia artist who creates unique wooden jewelry embellished with vintage buttons. The pieces are completely hand crafted from selected wood and finished to enhance the qualities of both the wood and the buttons. Fasteners are fabricated of shaped and sharpened brass wire and each piece is mounted in a custom frame.

Beverly Naidus

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Beverly Naidus is an internationally recognized artist on the faculty at UW Tacoma where she teaches interdisciplinary studio courses in art for social change and healing. Conceptually based and socially engaged, she works in many mediums, allowing the content to determine the form. Themes in her work have included the ecological crisis, fear of difference, nuclear nightmares, unemployment, consumerism, body image and her dreams for a reconstructed world.

Benjamin Davis

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Benjamin Davis first started making art in a little red schoolhouse in the middle of a Fife farm field. From finger painting on the fertile valley soil to currently being active in the local art scene with groups such as the Jet Artist Cooperative, the Cartoonist’s League of Absurd Washingtonians, and the weekly Frost Park Chalk-Off, Ben Davis believes art is a verb.

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
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, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma Weekly, and Premier Media Group.

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