This is part 4 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
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 TacomaArtsMonth.com 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:
Nadine Hamil, Artful Dreamers Studio
Nadine Hamil works with acrylic paints and is a master expressive arts and intuitive painting facilitator. She runs Artful Dreamers Studio, an ideal place for people to enhance creativity, find new inspiration, explore their spirit, and play with vibrant colors. Through workshops, Nadine helps guide her students to discover the magic of their spontaneity and the power of their intuition. She is a Creatively Fit creativity coach.
Fumiko Kimura, Kimura Studio
Fumiko Kimura earned a Masters in Art Education from the University of Puget Sound in 1977 and continues to volunteer-teach, paint, and exhibit. Her main medium is Asian sumi brush painting and calligraphy, traditional watercolors and mixed media collages, abstracts, and absolute art. Her innovative and experimental works are inspired by nature motifs using various materials.
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, using “simple” chemicals to create highly detailed photographic plates.
Chandler O’Leary, Anagram Press
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,” and one half of the collaborative team behind the “Dead Feminists” poster series. She has lived and worked in Tacoma for seven years.
Henry Haneda, Archistrial Design
Henry Haneda has, for decades, received international awards and invitationals for his art and craft works. Henry uses medium and large format films, which convey detailed impressions to large prints. He has also been a world-renowned rod and knife maker since 1980, using metal, graphite fiber, wood, and recycled paper composites, which convey detailed craftsmanship to the highest quality products. Visit the machine shop studio on Saturday to see his processing. Visit his studio on Sunday to see his photography.
Largely self-taught, except for drawing instruction at the Seattle Academy of Realist Art, K.C. Bacon works almost exclusively with oil on board. His range of subjects include landscape and portraiture, emphasizing Expressionism. The studio is well-lit and spacious, with a wood stove to ensure winter comfort. A separate gallery features an open beam interior, skylights, museum quality lighting, tatami mats, and a comfortable leather bench seat for restful viewing.
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:
- David Bader
- Terry A Bader
- AnnDarling – Textile embellished hair clip
- Michaela Eaves – Greeting cards
- Anne Elrod– Mixed media postage stamp artwork
- Jennifer English – Large ceramic bowl
- Lynne Farren
- Maeve Harris – Artwork print
- Hilltop Artists – Blown glass piece
- Mark Hudak – Ceramic mug
- Fumiko Kimura – Set of note cards
- L. Lisa Lawrence
- Roberta Lowes – Handmade card
- Dorothy McCuistion – Booklet with hand-printed paper cover
- John McCuistion – Tile coasters
- Chandler O’Leary – Tacoma temporary tattoos
- LeeAnn Seaburg Perry– Set of 6 note cards
- William Turner – Sitting for a portrait line drawing
- Elayne Vogel– Pair of earrings
- Yoshiko Yamamoto – 2016 Letterpress calendar
- Lois Yoshida – Set of 5 hand-painted cards
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.
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.