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 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:
Alice Di Certo
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
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’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 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 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
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
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:
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.