This is part 3 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October.
This year’s tour features 61 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 TacomaArtsMonth.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: 37 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 11 & 12, 11 am – 5 pm
Here are this week’s highlights:
Retha owns and manages three of the studios at Manitou Art Center, operates the White Dove Gallery, teaches fused and stained glass and mosaics, is Artist in Residence for Empty Bowls, and serves on the Lakewood Arts Commission. She shares her passion for art with the community, promoting and showcasing local artists, and serving as adviser/instructor to many organizations. During your visit make glass holiday ornaments and small clay projects and select small gifts to purchase.
Fumiko Kimura earned a Masters in Art Education from the University of Puget Sound in 1977 and continues to volunteer-teach, paint, and exhibit. Her major medium is Asian sumi brush painting and calligraphy, traditional watercolors and mixed media collages, abstracts, and absolute art. Her innovative and experimental works in a series of subjects are inspired by nature motifs using various found materials.
Diane Hansen, Metropolitan Glass, Inc
Diane is a sculptor who has been working in glass for the past 24 years. She was part of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s training program entitled PA:ID, which trained studio artists to work in the Public Art field. Currently she is practicing as both a studio and public artist. She created a public art piece for Sound Transit in 2013 called “Lock-On Tacoma” which encourages visitors to attach padlocks and make a wish, mark an occasion, or profess a love.
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 work in watercolor and 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, has been a wonderful adventure – a grand journey.
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.
Mark Hoppmann’s studio, like his work, is an invitation to those (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling) with “satiable curtiosity”. In addition to his original work created with a variety of mediums including watercolor, India ink, and graphite, he often works in themes which are then digitally scanned from original renderings and assembled into handmade books created from a variety of materials including leather and wood.
Tacoma Arts Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Northwest Public Radio, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma Weekly, Premier Media Group, and Exit133.