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2015 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 3

2 Sep

This is part 3 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 35 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 17 & 18, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

This year’s tour features 57 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, your Tacoma Studio Tour Passport, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

Here are this week’s highlights:

Diana Leigh Surma
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Diana Leigh Surma received her B.A. in Visual Art from Hunter College. Her passion for community engagement earned her a place on the Tacoma Murals Project artist roster as well as a nomination for the 2015 Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s Foundation of Art Award. Her collaborative new media installation, ColorBox, was featured in Storefronts Seattle’s summer 2015 exhibition and a larger version will be installed in partnership with Spaceworks Tacoma in 2016.

Mark Hudak, Throwing Mud Gallery
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Mark Hudak has been a full-time studio potter in Tacoma for over 30 years. Functional pottery has been his passion and he loves to make items that people use in their daily living. Mark also teaches six pottery classes each week in his studio.

Claudia Riedener, Ixia Tile Tacoma
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Claudia Riedener at Ixia Tile Tacoma, focuses on handmade architectural ceramic installations for public art, private, and commercial commissions. The creative process includes carving, sculpting, molding, extruding, and hand building from slabs. All clays and glazes used are made in Tacoma. Public art installations in Tacoma include Manitou Trestle, Hops Arbor at Point Ruston Waterwalk, McCarver Park, South Tacoma Public Library, Multi-Care TreeHouse, Masa Restaurant and Bellarmine School.

Susan Blais
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Susan Blais works out of the Jet Artist Cooperative and her work can also be seen at the 253 Collective gallery just downstairs. This was her first year of participating in the “42 sketches” challenge, in which artists attempt to complete one sketch daily for the first six weeks of the new year. The challenge is designed to jump start a habit of making time to work on art. Stop by Susan’s studio to see how the challenge worked for her.

Lisa Kinoshita, Moss + Mineral
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M+M is a design store where art, mid-century modern design, and unusual plant terraria bliss out together in an integrated one-room environment. Owner/artist Lisa Kinoshita curates the space as a thematic one-room vignette. Also featuring contemporary jewelry by regional artists.

Maeve Harris, Ruby Rose Maeve Harris Studio
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Maeve Harris is an abstract painter whose work investigates color and light. Influenced by natural and organic forms, her paintings reveal a focus on the medium itself. She mixes her own pigments and uses multiple layers of color and metallic to suggest the passage of time. Her approach to traditional subjects such as landscapes, figurative, or animals is met with experimentation of form, material, and technique.

Todd Jannausch, Feast Arts Center
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Todd Jannausch is a sculptor, installation artist, and co-founder of Feast Arts Center. Between 2010-2014 he created a series of installations that allowed artists to interact with the community and show art in new ways. His work has been shown at Frye Art Museum, Bellevue Art Museum and he was the recipient of a 2015 Artist Trust Fellowship. He has spent the last five years working as a program manager and art instructor at Pratt Fine Arts Center.

Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!

New this year! Make sure to have your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio location you visit. Once you’ve collected at least 8 stamps, send us the page and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of several fabulous prize packages containing artwork hand-crafted by a selection of artists on this tour including:

The Tacoma Studio Tour Passport can be found in the Tacoma Studio Tour brochure (available at all studio locations during the tour and at many cultural institutions ahead of time) or download and print your own Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
Studio Tour Preview: Part 1
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2

Tacoma Arts Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Northwest Public Radio, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma Weekly, South Sound magazine, and ARCADE.

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