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Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party Tomorrow!

1 Oct

Intellectual property of the City of Tacoma, WA.  Republication prohibitedCome celebrate with us. You know you want to! Join the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma in a free community celebration of the arts as we kick off Tacoma’s 13th annual Tacoma Arts Month.

Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party & AMOCAT Arts Awards
Thursday, October 2
6 – 9 PM
Tacoma Post Office Building, 1102 A Street
Free and open to the public

We’ll keep you entertained with:

A detail from Jessica Spring's exhibit Recollection: An Ephemeral Exhibition of Exquisite & Eclectic Ephemera

A detail from Jessica Spring’s exhibit Recollection: An Ephemeral Exhibition of Exquisite & Eclectic Ephemera

Experience the newly-renovated Tacoma Post Office Building and enjoy  appetizers, dessert and a no-host bar. Help us honor the 2014 funding recipients and AMOCAT Arts Award winners – ArtsFund, Asia Pacific Cultural Center, and Jessica Spring. Mayor Strickland and council members David Boe and Marty Campbell will present the awards beginning at 7:45 pm.

It’s all free and open to the public – pack up the family, invite your friends and come help us celebrate!

Thanks to the Opening Party event partners: Post Hall, A Street Associates, and Power Property Consultants. Tacoma Arts Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Tacoma Weekly, Northwest Public Radio, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Premier Media Group, and Exit133.

2014 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 8

1 Oct

This is part 8 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 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
When: October 11 & 12, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Alice Di Certo
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As a photographer, Alice Di Certo is particularly interested in people. She loves discovering people’s differences and similarities both of personalities and features. She also likes to explore social issues through photography. She is currently working on a project photographing children and young adults who have experienced bullying and collecting their stories.

Angela Rockett, Painted Crow Expressive Arts
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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.

Elise Richman
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Elise Richman’s paintings represent water as a phenomenon, expressing states of flux and ripple effects. Water’s relevance to political and social issues as well as its rich optical effects motivate her work. Water is a visually rich element, a transparent volume with a mutable surface that exhibits reflection, refraction, and deflection. Such physical properties operate on optical and metaphorical levels in her paintings.

Jennevieve Schlemmer
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Jennevieve Schlemmer is a fiber artist and sculptor living the art and crafty life. Whimsy, color, and texture are her inspiration and delight. When she isn’t making felt wearables or found object sculpture in her home studio, you can usually find her cooking or curled up with a book.

Kyle Dillehay
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Kyle Dillehay has been fascinated by photography, but, with the introduction of the digital camera, it became too predictable for him. He turned his focus on the roots of analog photography, not just by recording the image itself, but by being an active participant in the entire photographic process. This brought Kyle back to the photo processes of the mid-19th century, with an emphasis on wet-plate collodion negative processes.

Diana Leigh Surma
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Diana Leigh Surma is an abstract painter working primarily in acrylic paint on canvas. She received her B.A. in Studio Art from Hunter College in 2010. Her paintings are typically large scale and incorporate bold colors, stripe patterns, and hard edged geometric shapes. Diana recently produced her first public art project, a 14′ x 80′ mural titled “Show Your Stripes” located on the corner of S. 11th and Market Street in downtown Tacoma.

Rebekah Slusher, Uncorked Canvas
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Rebekah is a scholarship- and award-winning Tacoma painter, and is co-owner of Uncorked Canvas™, which provides a fun and social atmosphere in which to be creative! Skilled artists guide you step-by-step through creating the featured painting. Starting with a blank canvas (and a delightful beverage), you will go home with your own personal creation.


Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:

Studio Tour Preview: Part 7
Studio Tour Preview: Part 6
Studio Tour Preview: Part 5
Studio Tour Preview: Part 4
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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