Still looking for something to do this weekend? We’d like to suggest the Tacoma Studio Tour! Visit, see, learn, create, shop. It’s free and for all ages.
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.
What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 35 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 17 & 18, 11 am – 5 pm
Here are this week’s highlights:
Yoshiko Yamamoto, The Arts & Crafts Press
Yoshiko Yamamoto’s love of block-printing began when she was a teenager in Tokyo. Combining the Japanese aesthetic with letterpress printing techniques, Yoshiko creates limited-edition linoleum blockprints and note cards that are a fusion of east and west.
Mauricio Robalino has been working as an artist and art teacher since 1986. He wakes up curious every day about what he will discover and create. Mauricio loves to dream up and create art that is unique and original regardless of medium. Artists of all times and cultures have nurtured him and he looks forward to adding to this timeless mix so that people of today and tomorrow can enjoy life and have more fun.
Chuck Knigge is a Northwest illustrator and game designer. He mainly works digitally, but has been known to dabble with paints. By day, he works as a UI Designer and Artist for Sucker Punch Productions, making games for the PlayStation 4. By night, he draws superheroes, monsters, portraits, and nostalgia pieces.
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 continues to work on a project photographing and collecting the stories of children and young adults who have experienced bullying. Visit her studio to see these pieces as well as a recent series of photographs, shot with black and white film, of people and places in Genova, Italy.
Becky Frehse is interested in finding a visual correlation between particular musical concepts and her imagined equivalent in painting. Her mixed media paintings are often constructed with actual musical instruments and developed with an underlying structure of musical staff lines in which color and patterns of shapes appear and disappear like themes and pitches transposed throughout a musical composition.
Lois is intrigued and challenged by the process and beauty of sumi art, which seeks to capture the essence or spirit of a subject in as few spontaneous brush strokes as possible. She also explores Asian brush calligraphy as well as incorporating sumi (ink) with watercolor and handmade papers. The search for the juxtaposition of shapes and colors that appeal to her visually and emotionally continues to be a wonderful adventure.
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:
- AnnDarling – Textile embellished hair clips
- Michaela Eaves – Greeting cards
- Anne Elrod– Mixed media postage stamp artwork
- Jennifer English – Large ceramic bowl
- Lynne Farren – original painting, original collage in frame, and handmade note cards
- Maeve Harris – Giclee print on archival paper
- Hilltop Artists – Blown glass pumpkins
- Nadine Hamil – collaged candle and beaded heart
- Mark Hudak – Ceramic mug
- Fumiko Kimura – Set of note cards
- L. Lisa Lawrence Ceramic mixing bowl
- Roberta Lowes – Handmade textile cards
- Dorothy McCuistion – Booklet with hand-printed paper cover
- John McCuistion – Set of 4 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 calendars
- 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.
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
Studio Tour Preview: Part 8
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.