This is part 7 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 – map your course at TacomaArtsMonth.com
When: October 11 & 12, 11 am – 5 pm
Here are this week’s highlights:
Yoshiko Yamamoto, The Arts & Crafts Press
Yoshiko Yamamoto’s love of traditional block printing began early in Japan, where she grew up. Her limited-edition block prints and letterpress-printed note cards are based on her study of the ukiyoe prints and the turn-of-the-20th-century Arts & Crafts movement. Although the process for multi-colored block printing is laborious, it’s also extremely rewarding. Yoshiko enjoys depicting the nature around her, from the grandeur of Mt. Rainier, to the fragility of a spider web, spun tirelessly on a tree branch.
Anne Elrod, Anne Elrod Studio
Anne Elrod has been creating art for the last 20 years. Her work is in private collections in Washington, California, Hawaii, Alabama, and Norway. Her passion is color, texture, and what if? One of her axioms is painted on her studio wall: “I’ve never met a color I didn’t like”, along with Winston Churchill’s wise quote: “never, never, never give up” and Goethe’s: “begin!” Anne believes that creativity is in everything and everyone.
Nancy McLaughlin works from sketches made on site and from memory, emphasizing interpretation over realism. She is inspired and influenced by many artists, including Arthur Dove and Emily Carr. Beginning with a pared-down arrangement of contrasting shapes, she allows the process of color-mixing and brushwork to dictate the final outcome. The finished works are colorful expressions of the essential forms which inspire her.
Joan Teed shares studio space with the well-known artist, William Turner, in a century old brick warehouse. She specializes in oils, acrylics, and pastels, and paints from photographs of her travels throughout the countries of the Mediterranean, in a representational/contemporary style. She is also a gifted portrait artist and accepts commissions. Vivid color and texture are the cornerstones of her style.
Carolyn Burt, Creative Expressions by Carolyn Burt
Carolyn Burt uses the precise and exacting medium of scratchboard to produce intricate detail, vivid contrast, and wonderful textures resulting in dramatic and almost 3-dimensional effects. Reminiscent of the intricate hand carvings of scrimshaw, each piece is carefully engraved. The process begins with an archival museum quality board covered with white China clay and black India ink, which is scratched away to expose the white. Color can then be added, if desired.
Oliver Doriss, Oliver Doriss Design
Oliver Doriss uses glass as his primary medium. It is informative, seductive, unforgiving and possesses an archival quality similar to that of quartz or obsidian. This enduring aspect gives background to his own mortality. He finds himself in an environment that consists of artificial human construction and raw unstoppable nature. Both forces consume and alter the permanence of our world, in a way that is barely perceptible at times. He is intrigued by this juxtaposition.
Marquita Hunt is currently producing non-objective or abstract work in acrylics or 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 can’t do without. Marquita’s paintings are accomplished one clue, one urge, one intuition at a time.
Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
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