2017 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 5

6 Sep

This is part 5 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 42 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 14 & 15, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

You are invited inside the working studios of 70 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 the tour just for getting your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address 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:

Leah Fitts, Leah Fitts Art
Leah Fitts is an abstract painter who uses acrylic paints, charcoal, graphite, and oil pastels in her original paintings. Inspired by mid-century design, natural elements, and rich urban textures, Leah’s abstract paintings are often multi-layered, brightly colored and reminiscent of nature. Leah’s primary reason for painting is the joy of connecting with others through her art. Visit her light-filled studio to see her latest works.

Sylvia Omero-Rogstad
Sylvia Omero-Rogstad has been passionate about creating various art forms from an early age. She studied under William A. Phillips and at Northwest Encaustics in Seattle and received a grant from the Art Institute of San Francisco. She’s been a participant in open studios and continues to experiment in various forms of art including painting, photography, jewelry design, and encaustic.

Karen Utter
Karen Utter, originally from Vancouver B.C., graduated from the Evergreen State College with a B.A. in Fine Art. Although landscape is a primary theme in her work with pastels, Karen recently decided to try a new medium – cold wax and oil paints. These new works are atmospheric, and though presented in a small format, surprisingly they appear very open and expansive.

Michaela Eaves
Michaela Eaves grew up in the wilds of Montana, surrounded by nature and animals, and spent most of her free time drawing and reading all the best fantasy books the small town and school libraries could provide.  The combination continues to heavily influence her art and writing. In her free time, she mountain bikes, spends time with her Rottweiler, and volunteers with the Washington State Animal Response Team.

Lorraine Toler
Lorraine Toler’s work has been influenced by Edvard Munch’s depiction of life, death, and family. Lorraine’s work is usually narrative in nature and has included the Last Queen of Korea and the Sea Stars of the Pacific Northwest. Lorraine is also an avid gardener and a dog lover and most recently enjoys painting dog portraits.

Penny Russell, Cosmic Spark Designs
Penny Russell creates art because it makes her heart sing with possibilities, soothes her soul to feel beauty, and quiets her mind to hear wondrous possibilities and inspirations. The vibrant colors and different curves and textures within the items are sometimes very challenging to overcome, which is a lot like life. Practice and patience are important steps in the mastery of anything.

Cheryl De Groot, De Groot Design
Cheryl De Groot has been designing and creating jewelry and wearable art since 1987. She hand-fabricates her pieces using sterling silver, gold, and mixed metals. Cheryl’s design sense is, to some extent, architecturally informed. Her chief goals are simplicity and casual elegance. Cheryl believes a successful design is one that dresses up everyday wear yet also compliments more formal apparel. Comfort, light weight, and ease of care are all important considerations.


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

Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!

Make sure to have your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. Once you’ve collected at least 8 stamps, send us the passport 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:

Grace Amundsen – Acrylic ornaments 
Terry Bader – Small watercolor painting 
Joe Becker – Set of notecards 
Carolyn Burt – Small scratchboard artwork 
Bill Colby – Small framed woodcut 
Kris Crews – Mini photo cards 
Ann Darling – Textile piece 
Katie Dean – Collection of greeting cards and a small print 
Alice Di Certo – Pair of earrings 
Kyle Dillehay – Alternative-process photograph 
Michaela Eaves – Greeting cards 
Lynne Farren – Painting, cards, bracelet 
Becky Frehse – Small framed painting 
Deborah Greenwood – Handmade cards 
Henry Haneda – Small color print 
Hilltop Artists – Glass beads, glass marbles, small blown glass pieces 
Han-Yin Hsu – 3D printed nylon earrings 
Mark Hudak – Pottery bowl 
Marie Jensen – An 8 x 10 print 
Fumiko Kimura – Greeting cards 
Juan La Torre – Thank you cards 
Roberta Lowes – Cards or small scarf 
Dorothy McCuistion – Small handmade book 
John McCuistion – Set of 4 coaster tiles 
Naarah McDonald – Upcycled fingerless sweater gloves, small tote bag, reversible apron 
Dane Meyer – Small framed print 
Roxann Murray – Save the Bees sticker 
Chandler O’Leary – Tacoma temporary tattoos & Tacoma coloring cards 
Sylvia Omero-Rogstad – Set of cards 
Reid Ozaki – Vase 
Karen Perrine – Set of marbled paper collage cards 
Liz Pulos – Small tapestry 
Claudia Riedener – 5 small handmade tiles
Mauricio Robalino – Small wall hanging mosaic
Penny Russell – Set of 4 Blooming Wine Glasses
Jessica Spring – Small book or print
Susan Thompson – Mug
Lorraine Toler – Signed print
Helen Tran – Washington shaped soap bar and greeting card
Audrey Tulimiero Welch – Small painting on paper
William Turner – Set of 5 art cards
Karen Utter – Handmade book
Elayne Vogel – Pair of earrings
Jeff Libby & Adrienne Wicks – Pair of reclaimed wood and steel book ends
Snow Winters – Small cross stitch lamp
Yoshiko Yamamoto – 2018 calendar
Lois Yoshida – Box of hand painted cards

One entry per person. 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: KNKX, Northwest Public Radio, ParentMap, Sounds Fun Mom, South Sound magazine, Tacoma Weekly, Weekly Volcano

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