2014 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 4

3 Sep

This is part 4 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
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Lance Roberts, Lance Roberts Pottery
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Lance Roberts has been working in the Northwest as a potter for 35 years. He received his BFA in Ceramics from the University of Washington in 1986 and has been showing in galleries in the Northwest and traveling to art shows locally and as far out as Chicago and San Francisco and many points in between for those 35 years. He also enjoys sharing his knowledge and is currently teaching at both the Kirkland Arts Center and Manitou Art Center.

Kerry Cole, The Blue Octopus
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Kerry Cole is a ‘seer’. She talks to ghosts and furniture and paints what she feels coming from others. Whether they be actual people, people she sees in her dreams or senses around her coming through other dimensions-their energies are ever present. Kerry largely paints figurative/portraiture, but will escape to abstract compositions for emotional relief. An abstract piece provides respite from the intensity of feelings created during those figurative ‘discussions’ and provides a technical work space to play with form and color.

Randy Jones
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Randy Jones’ passion is to put discarded items back to work. Randy’s sculptures have personality–they are whimsical and playful–belying the precise attention to mass and movement. Such work requires a great inventory of items, and about 60% of Randy’s studio is an organized library of found objects. The rest of the space is open to creative construction. Here, Randy arranges objects, tells stories, and draws plans for his next inspiration.

Mark Hudak, Throwing Mud Gallery
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Mark Hudak has been a full-time studio potter in Tacoma for over 30 years. All of the work is hand thrown or hand built by Mark in his studio at Throwing Mud Gallery. Functional pottery has been his passion and he loves to make items that people use in their daily living.

Chandler O’Leary, Anagram Press
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Chandler O’Leary is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and the proprietor of Anagram Press – a small business specializing in lettering and illustration. Chandler is the author/artist of the illustrated travel blog, “Drawn the Road Again,” the designer of the Tacoma Playing Cards, and one half of the collaborative team behind the “Dead Feminists” poster series.

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.

 

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 

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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