This is part 8 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:
Naarah McDonald, Revisioned – an urban boutique
Naarah McDonald has worked as a costumer and designer for over 20 years. While the majority of her time has been in theatre, she branched out over 5 years ago to work with reclaimed materials to produce new designs that celebrate artful living. Her studio is located in the urban boutique she opened in 2014.
Oliver Doriss, Oliver Doriss Designs
Oliver Doriss uses glass as his primary medium. It is informative, seductive, unforgiving and possesses an archival quality similar to that of quartz or obsidian. This enduring aspect gives background to his own mortality. He finds himself in an environment that consists of artificial human construction and raw unstoppable nature. Both forces consume and alter the permanence of our world, in a way that is barely perceptible at times. He is intrigued by this juxtaposition.
John McCuistion creates artwork about history, myth, storytelling, religion, relationships, ceremony, civilization, and humor. The themes in his current work deal with air, land, water, and the magical natural world around us. He is interested in the language of gesture, expression, texture, form, and color. Through his work, John contributes to the long tradition of the artist as teacher, recorder, and seer.
Jennifer Chin was born in Seattle and completed her BA in Art at the University of Washington. Her paintings and collage start with a basic concept and evolve through prototyping and experimentation into fully realized series. This year her inspiration has been Japanese textile surface design techniques (shibori), batik, repeat patterns, and Rorschach ink blots. Her paintings and prints are included in private collections in Arizona, California, Idaho, Texas, and Washington.
Deborah Greenwood, papermaker and book artist, loves working with used materials. When the overall mood of an object impacts her, she is moved to fuse it into art. Whether it is by turning garden plants into paper or cutting and reassembling ephemera, new forms appear. The most striking thing about the majority of the materials she uses is their ordinariness. She says, “I am endlessly fascinated by the transformation that takes place in the process and the relationships that take shape.”
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
Studio Tour Preview: Part 5
Studio Tour Preview: Part 6
Studio Tour Preview: Part 7
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.