2016 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 6

21 Sep

This is part 6 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
Cost: FREE!

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:

Liz Pulos
It’s simple: over, under, over, under. And slowly, thread by thread, Liz Pulos creates imagery in the woven cloth. Landscapes, portraits, work that can be realistic or symbolic or abstract. Because they are cloth, her tapestries have a unique surface quality and engage the tactile and visual senses alike.

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.

Leah Fitts
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Leah Fitts finds inspiration in midcentury architecture and design, outer space, natural elements, and rich urban textures. She creates modern abstract paintings using acrylic paints, charcoal, and oil pastels. Following her intuition and spontaneity, Leah’s abstract works often exist on a continuum between chaos and calm. Leah Fitts’ paintings are collected extensively throughout the United States. She works out of her studio in beautiful and historic Opera Alley.

Marie Jensen
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In the past few years, the focus of Marie Jensen’s work has been on painting. Although many of her older art quilts and textile pieces were made from hand-painted fabric, now the emphasis of her work is on the painting. Last year, she began making figures based on the traditional carnival knock down doll (punks). So, along with painting and stretching original canvases, she continues to use her textile arts background.

Carolyn Burt, Creative Expressions by Carolyn Burt
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Carolyn Burt is a versatile artist working in pastels, watercolor, acrylic, photography, and focusing most recently on the up and coming medium of scratchboard engraving. Her detailed work is reminiscent of the fine lines in scrimshaw art. She uses Ampersand Museum Quality Scratchboard and creates her award-winning art by using a variety of engraving tools, x-acto knives, tattoo needles, and inks to create striking, dramatic works of art.

Marie Friddle, TwistnPout
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Finding a creative way to repurpose a common candy tin led Marie Friddle down the road of artistic exploration into many art mediums. Typically, Marie uses paper as decoupage or layered hand cuttings to transform the tins into tiny works of art. Tins may also be embellished with wire, beads, and handmade sculptures. Currently she’s been using her hand-cut paper technique to recreate iconic artworks within the dimensions of small candy tins.

Benjamin Davis, Sweetrain Studios
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Benjamin Davis heralds from lower Portland Avenue. He has been working with various mediums including oil paint, chalk, and cut paper. He is always intrigued by creativity, art, and everything and would love to talk to you about it all.

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

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 AndersonHandcrafted monkeyshine
Joe BeckerNotecards
Shirley BentonFramed abstract painting
Bill ColbyPrint
Kris CrewsPhoto cards
Ann Darling – Gelatin printed clutch purse
Katie DeanPrint and greeting cards
Michaela EavesGreeting cards
Jennifer EnglishCeramic sculpture
Lynne Farren – Painting, collage, and cards
Becky FrehsePainting
Marie FriddleNotecards or art tin
Nadine HamilWire heart
Henry HanedaPhoto print
Hilltop ArtistsGlass beads or marbles
Mark HudakMug
Marie JensenPunk doll
Randy Jones – Mobile
Fumiko KimuraPrints and framed artwork
Lisa KinoshitaPendant
Gina KlingRaku pottery
Lyz Kurnitz-ThurlowCrystal-beaded necklace pendant
Mark LarsonPrints
Steve LawlerBox or magnet
L. Lisa LawrenceBowls
Roberta LowesHandpainted silk scarf

Dorothy McCuistionHandmade book
John McCuistionTiles
Naarah McDonaldClutch purse and gift certificate
Chandler O’LearyNotecards
Reid OzakiVase
Karen Perrine – Marbled mirror
Claudia RiedenerTiles
Jessica SpringTacoma stamps
Lorraine TolerSigned print
Elayne Vogel – Pair of earrings
Yoshiko YamamotoMatted note card
Lois YoshidaBox 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

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