It may only be August but our minds are abuzz about Tacoma Arts Month. What is Tacoma Arts Month? It’s the entire month of October filled to the brim with hundreds of arts and culture events, exhibits, and workshops for you to participate in. There is something for everyone to enjoy: music, dance and theater performances; hands-on experiences; visual art exhibits; literary readings; lectures; workshops; film screenings; and cultural events. This is your chance to enjoy culture, explore Tacoma, and connect with your community.
One of the signature events is the Tacoma Studio Tour, a once-a-year opportunity when you are invited inside the working studios of 57 local artists to learn about the artistic process, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. Plus, you can even win some fabulous items hand-crafted by a selection of artists on this tour just for getting your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each location you visit. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. It’s family friendly and free!
What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 34 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 15 & 16, 11 am – 5 pm
Stay tuned as we’ll be bringing you a series of weekly posts featuring sneak peek samples of art from each of the participating artists. Here are this week’s highlights:
Lois Yoshida is intrigued and challenged by the process and beauty of sumi painting, 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. Searching for the juxtaposition of shapes and colors that appeal to her visually and emotionally continues to be a wonderful adventure.
April Sanders, SPUN – Clay Arts Studio and Gallery
April Sanders fell in love with clay when she was 15 years old, starting with sculpture and quickly moving to the pottery wheel. Since then, she’s been experimenting with form and texture and pushing the limits of the medium. April creates interesting angles and shapes and concentrates on design and emotion in each of her pieces.
Bill Colby uses woodcut blocks with oil inks and watercolor in bright colors to create expressive or emotional landscapes. His work has focused on nature for over five decades. Birds on branches in a variety of landscapes are featured in his newest work.
William Turner, Turner Designs
William Turner’s paintings create an energetic art with expressive images that are charged with color and contain landscape, interior, and figurative metaphors from his world of spontaneous improvisation. His aim is to create paintings that have a sense of presence, sharing with the audience the sensation he experiences in the creation of the work – drawing the viewer in as participant in a mystery or delight.
Mark Larson, Larson Fine Art
Mark Larson is an international award-winning artist who creates thought provoking paintings and prints that reflect on the dialectic between humanity and the environment, while also challenging the status quo and our current realities. With an etching press, he will be printing a newly created drypoint print just for the studio tour.
L. Lisa Lawrence, Phoenix Rising Pottery Studio
“Out of the ashes and forged by flame, art is created and life reclaimed.” L. Lisa Lawrence fell in love with the way fire transforms earth and minerals into art. Her studio, located in a once-abandoned 100-year-old house in Tacoma’s Hilltop, rises from the ashes. Phoenix Grove is now an urban farm and pottery studio where earth and minerals are reborn into art.
Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!
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 the tour including:
RR Anderson – Handcrafted monkeyshine
Joe Becker – Notecards
Shirley Benton – Framed abstract painting
Bill Colby – Print
Kris Crews – Photo cards
Ann Darling – Gelatin printed clutch purse
Katie Dean – Print and greeting cards
Michaela Eaves – Greeting cards
Jennifer English – Ceramic sculpture
Lynne Farren – Painting, collage, and cards
Becky Frehse – Painting
Marie Friddle – Notecards or art tin
Nadine Hamil – Wire heart
Henry Haneda – Photo print
Hilltop Artists – Glass beads or marbles
Mark Hudak – Mug
Marie Jensen – Punk doll
Randy Jones – Mobile
Fumiko Kimura – Prints and framed artwork
Lisa Kinoshita – Pendant
Gina Kling – Raku pottery
Lyz Kurnitz-Thurlow – Crystal-beaded necklace pendant
Mark Larson – Prints
Steve Lawler – Box or magnet
L. Lisa Lawrence – Bowls
Roberta Lowes – Handpainted silk scarf
Dorothy McCuistion – Handmade book
John McCuistion – Tiles
Naarah McDonald – Clutch purse and gift certificate
Chandler O’Leary – Notecards
Reid Ozaki – Vase
Karen Perrine – Marbled mirror
Claudia Riedener – Tiles
Jessica Spring – Tacoma stamps
Lorraine Toler – Signed print
Elayne Vogel – Pair of earrings
Yoshiko Yamamoto – Matted note card
Lois Yoshida – Box of 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 Sponsors
Premier Sponsors: Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Media Sponsors: Crosscut, KNKX, Northwest Public Radio, ParentMap, Sounds Fun Mom, South Sound magazine, Tacoma Weekly, Weekly Volcano
Social Media Sponsor: ARCADE magazine