This is part 7 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October.
What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 34 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 15 & 16, 11 am – 5 pm
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!
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:
Deborah Greenwood, papermaker and book artist, loves working with used materials. When the overall mood of an object impacts her, she is drawn 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.”
Unusual materials have almost always guided the imagery in Elayne Vogel’s artwork, so “mixed media” usually describes her medium. In recent years she has fabricated one-of-a-kind necklaces, which she calls “Unusual Adornments.” These necklaces are meant to combine humor and fashion in entirely wearable jewelry. Elayne received her B.A. degree from the University of Michigan and her Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington.
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 Hilltop Artists programs are tuition-free. “Using glass art to connect young people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds to better futures.”
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.
Lynn Di Nino
Lynn Di Nino has created art for over 40 years, the last 15 of which have been in Tacoma. Her mediums have included wood, concrete, plastics, and fiber in the creation of sculpture, both free standing and wall hung low relief pieces.
Toni Snyder works out of the Jet Artist Cooperative where she creates her landscape paintings. Her inspiration comes from observing nature and capturing moments in time using her camera to take photos for future reference. Sharing her love of painting with others allows her to share a part of who she is and how she sees the world around her.
Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
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.
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