This is part 8 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:
Chandler O’Leary, Anagram Press
Chandler O’Leary is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and the proprietor of Anagram Press – a small business specializing in lettering and illustration. Chandler is the author/artist of the illustrated travel blog, Drawn the Road Again, and one half of the collaborative team behind the Dead Feminists series. Signed copies of the new Dead Feminists book, published by Sasquatch Books, will be available at the Studio Tour.
Fumiko Kimura’s works are centered around Asian-influenced paintings of flowers, animals, and landscapes, as well as mixed media collages based on an experimental approach to decipher originality. She particularly enjoys finding new images from “no thought” or the intuitive spread of ink or colors on the surface of papers, and develops images to tell the story.
Roberta Lowes, Fibers Etc.
Roberta Lowes produces handwoven, handknit, and hand-dyed wearables and accessories of primarily natural materials. She also makes some items for home decor such as blankets, placemats, towels, and containers. The work will always feel wonderful and is enriched by color.
Juan La Torre, La Torre Art Studio
Juan La Torre is a Peruvian award-winning artist residing in the United States around 19 years. Juan believes that art is the best path to learning of any field. He is intrigued how art has been used throughout human evolution and how currently, art helps us through the new information era to meet, know, and understand each other and the human condition.
RR Anderson, Tacomic Cartoon Funnies
RR Anderson has been self-publishing hand-drawn, underground, hyper-local, political cartoons since 2007 a.d. Once they were published in the Weekly Volcano and that was real nice. Ultimately his work is about friendship, need, and other timeless values.
Mark Hoppmann has always been curious. That curiosity has resulted in an eclectic accumulation of bric-a-brac, memories, experiences, and books, all which, in turn, inspire his art. With apologies to Rudyard Kipling, his intent is to design illustrated books for those “with ‘satiable curtiosity.” Simple and sometimes unadorned, thoughtfully creative book designs hide a treasury of illustrations within.
Lyz Kurnitz-Thurlow, Lyz and Jewel
Lyz and Jewel primarily work with kimono and haori (shorter jackets). Garments are embellished with beads and embroidery to enhance their patterning. Lyz and Jewel also make fabric wall hangings, using Japanese fabrics, Latin-American milagros, or Indonesian batiks.
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 – Tacomic drawing kit
Joe Becker – Notecards
Shirley Benton – Abstract painting
Bill Colby – Framed print
Kris Crews – Photo cards
Ann Darling – Gelatin printed clutch purse and hair clips
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 – 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 – Cards and matted artwork
Lisa Kinoshita – Pendant
Gina Kling – Raku pottery
Lyz Kurnitz-Thurlow – Crystal-beaded necklace pendant
Mark Larson – Print
Steve Lawler – Box or magnet
L. Lisa Lawrence – Bowl
Roberta Lowes – Handpainted silk scarf
Dorothy McCuistion – Handmade book
John McCuistion – Set of tiles
Naarah McDonald – Clutch purse and gift certificate
Chandler O’Leary – Notecards
Reid Ozaki – Vase
Karen Perrine – Marbled mirror
Claudia Riedener – Tile
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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