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2015 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 5

16 Sep

This is part 5 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:

Nancy McLaughlin
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Nancy McLaughlin’s paintings and drawings portray whimsical landscapes sometimes verging on non-objective abstraction. She combines the visible with the imaginary and invisible. She strives to give color and shape to an elemental structure which courses through things that are both tangible and yet to be. Our eyes respond to an infinitely varied visual reality, yet there is so much we can’t readily see, though we are immersed in it. Nancy describes the visible and the unseen as they interact and collide.

Pat Haase
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The human body has sustained Pat Haase’s attention and interest throughout her life. She started sewing theater costumes and clothing, then had a 25 year medical career and also taught Yoga. In the past dozen years her attention has turned to creating realistic figurative sculptures, concentrating on nuances of posture to create empathetic awareness. Her sculptures convey personality, attitude, and mood and also suggest a narrative about what just happened, or what may soon happen.

Hilltop Artists
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Hilltop Artists started in the summer of 1994 with just 20 students. Since then, Hilltop Artists has expanded into 9 different programs that serve over 500 students each year. Ages 12 to 20, Hilltop Artists students have the chance to explore the glass medium through fusion, mosaics, flameworking, and glassblowing. All of Hilltop Artists programs are tuition-free. “Using glass art to connect young people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds to better futures.”

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.

Roberta Lowes, Fibers Etc
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Fibers Etc has been a resource for those interested in textiles, both for handwoven and knit products but also for the knowledge that is shared through classes and workshops. Roberta Lowes creates fashionable hand dyed, hand woven, hand knit, and stitched natural fiber wearables and accessories. Inspiration comes from the natural world and Roberta’s emphasis is on color and texture.

Lucia Harrison
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Lucia Harrison grew up on Cooper Point in Olympia, roaming the forests and shores of Puget Sound. Now she is an emeritus faculty from The Evergreen State College. While team-teaching with scientists, she developed the practice of field journaling as inspiration for her paintings, drawings, and artist books. Her works reflect observations of nature and the inspiration she finds there. She hopes her artworks inspire viewers to deepen their own interest in the natural and cultural history of South Puget Sound.

Elayne Vogel
Unusual materials have almost always guided the imagery in Elayne Vogel’s artwork. Her one-of-a-kind necklaces are meant to combine humor and fashion in entirely wearable, durable jewelry. In addition to working in her studio, Elayne enjoys collaborating with artists making art for public sites and events. She received her B.A. degree from the University of Michigan and her Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington.

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
Studio Tour Preview: Part 3
Studio Tour Preview: Part 4

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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