Archive | October, 2018

WAY

21 Oct

WAY by Sheila Klein. Photo by Abby Kok.

Art is everywhere you look in Tacoma and sometimes in places you’d least expect it, like WAY, created by public artist Sheila Klein.

WAY by Sheila Klein spans South Tacoma Way. Photo by Abby Kok.

WAY draws attention to the heart of the historic South Tacoma Business District, emphasizing the crosswalks at 54th and 56th Streets in this busy thoroughfare. Two strings of obstruction markers drape the street, acting as pearl necklaces. Oversized finials cap light posts painted with ellipses.

This project is the result of collaboration between multiple community and artistic partners. Sheila conducted extensive research and collected community input on the area and environs. Her husband and public artist, Ries Niemi, fabricated the finials and collars and led the installation process. Abby Kok and Chris Sharp, both Tacoma-based artists, assisted the project with painting, photography, and installation help.

View of South Tacoma Way with WAY in background. Photo by Abby Kok.

WAY was installed in spring 2018 and was generously funded through a partnership with State Farm and Local Initiatives Support Corporation as part of their community revitalization efforts. Additional funding was provided by the South Tacoma Business District through a City of Tacoma Innovative Grant.


About Sheila Klein

Sheila Klein, visual artist, straddles the worlds of art and architecture. Klein has been called “chief retranslater of everyday objects and a manipulator of familiar and archetypal images.” She is making the world as she sees it one piece at a time, constructing a pillow or a planet. Klein uses a brilliant combination of materials to propose solutions to the homogenization of our environment. The range of her output occurs in the studio, on the street, and in art institutions.

Klein has exhibited widely at such diverse organizations as P.S.1, Institute for Art and Urban Studies in New York, Memory and Lands of the 20th Century in Florence, Italy, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Museum of Art and Design, New York, New York and La Foret Museum in Tokyo, Japan. Klein’s work has been widely published in art journals and the mainstream media such as the New York Times, Times of India and National Public Radio. She is the youngest artist included in the book 50 Northwest Artists.

She practiced architecture in the early 80’s as a member of the award winning architecture firm group A2Z. Klein has been actively involved in public art since 1977 when she was awarded multiple commissions. Among her well known civic projects are the air traffic control tower at the LAX, a subway station called Underground Girl in Hollywood, a light structure in the underpass leading into Santa Monica on Pico Blvd, and Leopard Sky, Houston,Texas. Her projects have received multiple national awards.

Klein first lived in the Skagit Valley in 1976 and returned in 1995, where she lives on a farm in Edison with her artist husband Ries Niemi and sons Rebar and Torque.

Sheila Klein wants to dress the world, the world is her studio.

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Studio Tour Highlights: There’s Art for Everyone

11 Oct

Featured Studio Activities and Demonstrations

The Tacoma Studio Tour is this weekend! If you’re still deciding on who to visit, perhaps you’ll be inspired to visit some of the artists with unique hands-on activities and demonstrations! The studios below are sorted by the medium used during the activity or demonstration.

Tacoma Studio Tour
47 locations around Tacoma
October 13 & 14
11 am – 5 pm

FREE!

 

 

 


Ceramics

Salish Sea Devil Fish. Hand-sculpted stoneware ceramic. By Claudia Riedener (Studio #24).

Studio #24, Claudia Riedener (1003 S Steele Street, Sat/Sun)
Carve your own ceramic tile.

Studio #30, Mark Hudak (2212 N 30th Street, Sat/Sun)
Watch a pottery wheel demonstration.

 


Drawing, Painting, & Mixed Media

Lee Circle. Digital illustration and watercolor. By Kelsey Parkhurst (Studio #23).

Studio #1, Julia W. White (1103 E 71st Street, Sat/Sun)
Make and/or write a postcard and view in-process paintings.

Studio #23, Kelsey Parkhurst (1612 S 8th Street, Saturday Only)
Paint your own watercolor coloring book page.

Studio #41, JW Harrington (6905 Bridgland Lane, Sat/Sun)
Create your own acrylic painting.


Music

Studio #19, Mushawn Knowles (2105 S L Street, Sat/Sun)
Contribute a lyric at Mushawn’s brand new recording studio; learn about music production and recording.


Glass

Photo courtesy of Hilltop Artists (Studio #26).

Studio #19, Jason Sobottka (1120 S 11th Street, #203, Saturday Only)
Watch a small format glass blowing demonstration.

Studio#26, Hilltop Artists (602 N Sprague Avenue at Jason Lee Middle School, Saturday only)
(12 and Up) Make a paperweight in hot glass or bead with a torch. Under 12 years old? Try some coloring activities and jewelry-making experiences!


Wood, Metalworking, and Paper Sculpture

Open End Table with Drawer. Salvaged plywood and sapele. By Steve Lawler/rePly Furniture (Studio #25).

Studio #22, Mauricio Robalino (815 S Sheridan Avenue, Saturday Only)
Watch a demonstration fold and cut paper sculptures and take home your own small paper creation.

Studio #25, Jeff Libby and Adrienne Wicks, Steve Lawler (2915 S 12th Street, Sat/Sun)
Create a small functional wood art piece; Watch a demonstration of making small boxes using pre-cut materials.

Studio #38, Juan La Torre (1501 S MacArthur Street, Saturday Only)
Create a temporary wood block sculpture and learn about bronze, painting and ceramics processes.


Textiles

Thicket 3. Woven tapestry (cotton). By Liz Pulos (Studio #35).

Studio #6, Roberta Lowes and Karen Perrine (2511 S Hood Street, Sat/Sun)
Watch a demonstration using looms and spinning wheels and create some small paper art crafts; Make a collaged bookmark using hand-marbled paper.

Studio #35, Liz Pulos & Teresa Owens (4210 N 34th Street, Saturday Only)
Try your and at hands-on weaving (all ages); Watch a demonstrate of creating crowns from recycled law school textbooks.


Photography

Jamila. Wet-plate tintype. By Kyle Dillehay (Studio #42).

Studio #40, Henry Haneda (431 Broadway, #412, Sunday Only)
Learn about digital image processing and printing.

Studio #42, Alice Di Certo & Kyle Dillehay (3419 N Ferdinand Street, Sunday Only)
Watch a demonstration on the wet-plate collodion photo process; Create a found objects pendant.

Studio #43, Joe Becker (4218 N Cheyenne Street, Sat/Sun)
Try your hand at scanography – the art of taking photographs with a flat bed scanner.


Printmaking & Book Arts

Greetings from Tacoma. Ink, watercolor, and digital. By Chandler O’Leary (Studio #31).

Studio #28, Katie Dean (1303 N 7th St, Sat/Sun)
Make a small book or print a linocut coloring book page.

Studio #31, Chandler O’Leary (2911 N 27th Street, Sat/Sun)
Try your hand at pochoir and create a gift tag to take home.

Studio #40, Bill Colby (1847 N Skyline Drive, Sat/Sun)
Make a small woodcut print on rice paper.

Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full artist roster, schedule, and an interactive map where you can plan your own custom tour course.


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.

 

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 Sponsor: Click! Cable TV
Media Sponsors: ARCADE, KNKX, Northwest Public Broadcasting, Macaroni Kid, ParentMap, Preview, Sounds Fun MomSouth Sound magazine, Tacoma Living Local, Tacoma WeeklyWeekly Volcano

Studio Tour Highlights: Group Studios

9 Oct

Featured Studio Groups

Tacoma artists are collaborative people who will open up their spaces to other artists to share in creative processes, showcase diverse techniques and forms of art, and celebrate community. This blog showcases some of the Studio Tour Groups that are hosting three or more artists in the space.

In addition to these studio groups, there are 47 total studio locations to visit. In every place you go, you’re bound to meet some fantastic artists and learn about their creative process. You might just take home some artwork with you, too!

Tacoma Studio Tour
47 locations around Tacoma
October 13 & 14
11 am – 5 pm

FREE!

 

 

 


Studio Groups – Saturday Only

Cake stand in white. Ceramic and glaze. By Jennifer English (Studio #18).

Studio #18, SPUN Clay Arts Studio & Gallery (1307 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Saturday Only)
Artists: April Sanders, Jennifer English, Amy Lewis
Activities: Wheel-throwing and hand-building clay demonstrations; marker/pen portrait demonstrations

Studio #34, North Union Ave Studio (3402 N Union Avenue, Saturday Only)
Artists: Lavonne Hoivik, George Hoivik, Barbara Patterson, Christine Parent, Jeanette Otis
Activities: Jewelry bead painting; bronze demonstration; pendant-making; ceramic push molds demonstration.

Studio Groups – Sunday Only

Still Clutching Maps. 2017. Poetry written and published by Christina Butcher of Blue Cactus Press (Studio #2).

Studio #2, Real Art Tacoma (5412 South Tacoma Way, Sunday Only)
Artists: Elizabeth Reeves, Blue Cactus Press, Creative Colloquy, Teens in Tacoma, Write253
Activities:  Chapbook and zine-making; woodburning demonstration; open mic and pop-up literary readings

 

 

 

 

Studio Groups – Saturday and Sunday

Rockin Mobile. Sterling, bronze, polka dot mokume earrings. By Cheryl De Groot (Studio #7).

Studio #7, F.S. Harmon Building (2926 S. Steele Street)
Artists: Cheryl De Groot, Lynn Di Nino, Becky Frehse, William Turner
Activities: Sculpt-it molding, bead and leather jewelry-making; flat-feld seam demonstration; undercoat painting demonstration.

Studio #8, The Arts & Crafts Press (2515 B South Tacoma Way)
Artists: Yoshiko Yamamoto, Lyz Kurnitz-Thurlow, Reid Ozaki
Activities: Holiday printing block art activity; beading and sewing demonstration; learn about the process of ceramic firing.

Studio #10, Jet Artist Cooperative (1901 Jefferson Avenue #300)
Artists: Jennifer Chin, Michaela Eaves, Jennevieve Schlemmer, Toni Snyder, Lorraine Toler
Activities: Artist book/zine-making; postcard coloring; loom weaving demonstration; painting demonstrations; pet portrait demonstration

Golden Calf: Seattle. Bronze and 24k gold-leaf ring. By Lisa Kinoshita (Studio #14)

Studio #14, MINKA (821 Pacific Avenue)
Artists: Lisa Kinoshita, Paula Shields, Snow Winters, Lauren Boilini, Sonja Bergstrom
Activities: Jewelry-making demonstration

Studio #16, Merlino Art Center (508 6th Avenue)
Artists: Fumiko Kimura, Alex Lee, Beverly Naidus, Audrey Tulimiero-Welch, Lois Yoshida (and more)
Activities: Mixed media collage; mixed media and painting demonstrations; interactive photo collage; paint layering demonstration; hands-on sumi painting.

Studio #21, Centro Latino (1208 S 10th Street)
Artists: Dionne Bonner, LaQuita Thurman, Gerardo Peña, Charlice Bradford

Conversation. Watercolor. By Terry Bader (Studio #47).

Activities: Print transfer on wood; hands-on mixed media activity; jewelry-making demonstration

Studio #47, Bader Studio (4907 N Lexington Street)
Artists: Terry Bader, David Bader, Sylvia Omero-Rogstad
Activities: Mini water color paintings; found objects assemblage activity; encaustics demonstration.

 

 

 

Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full artist roster, schedule, and an interactive map where you can plan your own custom tour course.


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.

 

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 Sponsor: Click! Cable TV
Media Sponsors: ARCADE, KNKX, Northwest Public Broadcasting, Macaroni Kid, ParentMap, Preview, Sounds Fun MomSouth Sound magazine, Tacoma Living Local, Tacoma WeeklyWeekly Volcano

Invest your passion for the arts in Tacoma

1 Oct

Individuals who are knowledgeable and passionate about the literary, visual and/or performing arts are invited to apply for the Tacoma Arts Commission. If you are interested in supporting, enhancing and providing leadership for the arts in Tacoma, this is a great opportunity.

The Tacoma City Council is looking for applicants to fill the following positions on the Tacoma Arts Commission:

  • One At-Large position – A person representative of acknowledged accomplishment or persons working outside of professional practice in the arts but who demonstrate a deep interest in and appreciation of cultural and artistic activities
  • Two Professional positions – Persons with professional experience or training related to the arts, originating from employment or study within the following disciplines: arts or art history, arts administration, architecture, art criticism, art education, curation, conservation, heritage arts, literature, music, new media, performing arts, public arts, visual arts, or a related field.
  • One Working Professional Artist position– A person working as professional artist

The Commission consists of 15 volunteer members who are appointed by the Economic Development Committee and confirmed by the City Council to serve three-year terms. Members are Tacoma residents who are arts advocates and artists.

The Tacoma Arts Commission provides leadership in supporting and enhancing the arts for the benefit of the City and its residents. The primary responsibility of the Commission is to create policies to support the ongoing development of arts programs and projects in Tacoma. Its primary programs include the funding of artists and arts organizations to provide services for the citizens of Tacoma, Tacoma Arts Month, and oversight of public art as part of the Municipal Art Program. The Commission’s functions are outlined in Chapter 1.28A and 1.28B of the Tacoma Municipal Code.

Monthly meetings are held from 5 – 7 PM on the second Monday of each month, in the Tacoma Municipal Building North, Room 16 (728 St. Helens Ave., 1st floor). Beyond monthly meetings, commissioners are asked to sit on at least one committee and one panel each year. Commissioners are also asked to periodically attend and evaluate programs produced by artists and organizations the Commission funds and are expected to attend and assist with all major programs the Commission produces.

The Tacoma Arts Commission strongly supports inclusion, equity and access. People who are members of historically disenfranchised racial, ethnic, cultural and other identity groups are encouraged to apply.

Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Monday, October 15, 2018. Please visit cityoftacoma.org/cbcapplication or contact the City Clerk’s Office at (253) 591-5178 or servetacoma@cityoftacoma.org, or stop by the City Clerk’s Office, located at 733 Market St., Rm 11, Tacoma, WA 98402, in Tacoma Municipal Building North.

Additional information on the Tacoma Arts Commission is available on the City’s website or from Naomi Strom-Avila at (253) 591-5191 or nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org.

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