2014 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 2

20 Aug

This is part 2 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.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 37 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 11 & 12, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Jennifer Chin
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Jennifer Chin was born in Seattle. Her primary focus is painting which is inspired by materials, prototypes, and directed play. She frequently uses gravity and controlled chaos as key influences in the final work. In 1995 Jennifer completed a BA in Art from the University of Washington and she graduated from Artist Trust’s EDGE program in 2014. Her paintings and prints are included in private collections in Arizona, California, Idaho, Texas, and Washington.

Amy Reeves, Tacoma Metal Arts Center
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Amy Reeves has been designing and making jewelry for over 20 years. She holds a BFA in Metal Design from UW and divides her time between teaching jewelry making classes and working on her own designs. In December 2009 she opened Tacoma Metal Arts Center (TMAC), a fully equipped jewelry making and metal crafting studio. TMAC offers classes, private lessons, and studio rental opportunities to a community of jewelers.

Mark Larson, Larson Fine Art
Modern Landscape  Solitude  Renewal

Mark Larson’s current body of work revolves around the theme of disintegration. As a result of experiments submerging reference photos in water until the emulsion disintegrates, Mark has used these deconstructed images as a starting point for new work. The resulting fragmentation and abstraction speaks to temporality, positive transformation, and the process of disintegration and regeneration found in nature.

Roxann Murray, A Touch of Wanderlust
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Roxann Murray is an award-winning artist. She uses her camera almost daily and also works with collage, colored pencils, ink, and paint. Her photographs are focused on nature as well as her travel adventures in the Philippines, the Marshall Islands, Costa Rica, and the Southwest part of the U.S. She grew up in Graham, WA and, as a result, developed a strong bond with the natural world. Roxann graduated from UW Tacoma in 2009 with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences.

Seabury Middle School
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Seabury Middle School’s program is founded on the belief that students learn and grow most deeply when they are engaged in projects that are relevant, challenging, and meaningful. Working in collaboration, not only with other middle school students, but with community organizations and local experts, Seabury students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, participate in community service, and engage in rigorous studies that truly make a difference in their own lives and in the community.

Karen Utter
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Karen Utter is originally from Vancouver, B.C. and has always lived in the Pacific Northwest. The beauty of nature is strongly reflected in her paintings. Colorful and stylized birds, animals, and landscapes predominate. Her new series of pastels is an homage to Point Defiance Park, specifically some of the interesting and sometimes hidden rock formations.

Jenifer Davis, Jenifer Davis Pottery
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Tacoma based potter Jenifer Davis’ passion is to create irreverently shaped functional sculptures and pots. Jenifer offers both custom works, which she throws by hand in her studio one at a time for private clients, and classes. The hand-thrown process leaves a good deal of the outcome to fate. She also loves the randomness of the transformation in the firing process. From adding glass to finding a new beautiful glaze combination, the best part is seeing what emerges after the kiln is opened.

 

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
Studio Tour Preview: Part 1 

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.

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