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2016 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 2

24 Aug Spring_Girdled

This is part 2 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!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Lucia Harrison
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Lucia Harrison’s handmade paper, drawings, paintings, and artist books focus on an appreciation for the natural and human history of South Puget Sound. Most recently she has been collaborating with Deborah Greenwood making paper from local plants.

Reid Ozaki
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For forty years, Reid Ozaki has been creating finely crafted work in clay, influenced by the ceramic traditions of Japan. From very early in his life, he was surrounded by the traditional Japanese arts. His strongest influence was his grandfather’s love of Bonsai, gardens, and plants. When he started his ceramic career, this very naturally led to an interest in the art of Ikebana (flower arranging) then to Chanoyu (tea ceremony). The study of tea and the making of the utensils are the key to the aesthetic he is trying to understand.

Jessica Spring, Springtide Press
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Springtide Press was founded in 1999 by proprietor Jessica Spring, who designs, prints, and binds artist books, broadsides, and ephemera incorporating letterpress printing and handmade paper. Small, finely-crafted editions and one-of-a-kind books explore historical topics, popular culture, and typography from a unique perspective. The shop motto, “where we always print damp” recognizes the Pacific Northwest as a fine place to print, where the damp climate helps make a good impression.

Henry Haneda
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Henry Haneda has received international awards and invitations for his art and craft works. He uses metal, composite, and wood, which convey detailed craftsmanship to the highest quality products. He has been a world-renowned rod and knife maker since 1980.

Mark Hudak, Throwing Mud Gallery
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Mark Hudak has been a full-time studio potter for over 30 years. Functional, decorative pottery has been his passion and he loves to make items that people use in their daily lives. Since opening Throwing Mud Gallery in 2011, he has been able to share this passion with others.

Karen Perrine
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Adding color to fabric and paper has been Karen Perrine’s life-long joy, and she currently is exploring the magical art of marbling paper. The sheets become art objects, coverings, and ingredients of collage. Each sheet is unique. She retails art books, bookmarks, picture frames, mirrors, and cards with the papers she embellishes.

 

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
Studio Tour Preview: Part 1

 


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: KNKX, Northwest Public Radio, ParentMap, Sounds Fun Mom, South Sound magazine, Tacoma Weekly, Weekly Volcano
Social Media Sponsor: ARCADE magazine

2016 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 1

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Dorothy McCuistion demonstrates printmaking techniques for visitors during the Tacoma Studio Tour.

Dorothy McCuistion demonstrates printmaking techniques for visitors during the Tacoma Studio Tour.

It may only be August but our minds are abuzz about Tacoma Arts Month. What is Tacoma Arts Month? It’s the entire month of October filled to the brim with hundreds of arts and culture events, exhibits, and workshops for you to participate in. There is something for everyone to enjoy: music, dance and theater performances; hands-on experiences; visual art exhibits; literary readings; lectures; workshops; film screenings; and cultural events. This is your chance to enjoy culture, explore Tacoma, and connect with your community.

One of the signature events is the Tacoma Studio Tour, a once-a-year opportunity when 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!

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 34 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 15 & 16, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Stay tuned as we’ll be bringing you a series of weekly posts featuring sneak peek samples of art from each of the participating artists. Here are this week’s highlights:

Lois Yoshida
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Lois Yoshida is intrigued and challenged by the process and beauty of sumi painting, which seeks to capture the essence or spirit of a subject in as few spontaneous brush strokes as possible. She also explores Asian brush calligraphy as well as incorporating sumi (ink) with watercolor and handmade papers. Searching for the juxtaposition of shapes and colors that appeal to her visually and emotionally continues to be a wonderful adventure.

April Sanders, SPUN – Clay Arts Studio and Gallery
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April Sanders fell in love with clay when she was 15 years old, starting with sculpture and quickly moving to the pottery wheel. Since then, she’s been experimenting with form and texture and pushing the limits of the medium. April creates interesting angles and shapes and concentrates on design and emotion in each of her pieces.

Bill Colby
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Bill Colby uses woodcut blocks with oil inks and watercolor in bright colors to create expressive or emotional landscapes. His work has focused on nature for over five decades. Birds on branches in a variety of landscapes are featured in his newest work.

William Turner, Turner Designs
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William Turner’s paintings create an energetic art with expressive images that are charged with color and contain landscape, interior, and figurative metaphors from his world of spontaneous improvisation. His aim is to create paintings that have a sense of presence, sharing with the audience the sensation he experiences in the creation of the work – drawing the viewer in as participant in a mystery or delight.

Mark Larson, Larson Fine Art
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Mark Larson is an international award-winning artist who creates thought provoking paintings and prints that reflect on the dialectic between humanity and the environment, while also challenging the status quo and our current realities. With an etching press, he will be printing a newly created drypoint print just for the studio tour.

L. Lisa Lawrence, Phoenix Rising Pottery Studio
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“Out of the ashes and forged by flame, art is created and life reclaimed.” L. Lisa Lawrence fell in love with the way fire transforms earth and minerals into art. Her studio, located in a once-abandoned 100-year-old house in Tacoma’s Hilltop, rises from the ashes. Phoenix Grove is now an urban farm and pottery studio where earth and minerals are reborn into art.

 


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: KNKX, Northwest Public Radio, ParentMap, Sounds Fun Mom, South Sound magazine, Tacoma Weekly, Weekly Volcano
Social Media Sponsor: ARCADE magazine

Flesh and Butter Art Event

3 Aug

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August 20th, 7-9pm at Creative House, 1120 Pacific Ave

Flesh and Butter is an exposé exploring love, identity, body, and resistance. Flesh and Butter will showcase performative and display art by local queer and trans people of color. The evening will be hosted by Nicci Montgomery and poet laureate, Cathy Nguyen, with the accompaniment of music selections by DJ Chill Dee.

Featured artists include:
Dean Jackson
Nicci Montgomery
Cathy Nguyen
Kim Archer
Kellie Richardson
Saiyare Refaei

and more!

A complete lineup will be coming soon –  for more details and to RSVP, click here. There is a suggested donation of $3 at entry, but admission is free for those 24 years of age and under. This is an alcohol-free event, with programming designated for a mature audience. Refreshments will be provided.

Accessibility Details: There will be limited seating (40 chairs), arranged to allow for standing room space. The building is accessible by elevator and there will be ushers to guide guests inside. For questions or requests around accommodations, please email fleshandbutter@gmail.com.

 

Creative Community Projects in Lincoln

6 Jul

The Tacoma Arts Commission is offering a free workshop and $500-$5,000 grants for creative community projects in the Lincoln District. Any Tacoma resident with a creative idea for a community project is welcome to attend the workshop and apply for the grant, including neighborhood activists, teachers, creative professionals in the arts (visual artists, filmmakers, designers, performers, musicians, etc.), do-it-yourself entrepreneurs, storytellers, and practitioners of folk art, outsider art, healing arts, culinary arts, martial arts, or gardening arts.

The workshop will be held Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Lincoln District Project Office (750 S. 38th St. in Tacoma) Tacoma Pierce County Health Department Auditorium, 3629 S D St, Tacoma, WA 98418. Workshop attendees will learn more about community engagement and creative projects, see inspiring examples, take a neighborhood walk, meet possible collaborators, and participate in brainstorming sessions for their own projects. Lunch will be served.

RSVP to Asia Tail at atail@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5206 for the workshop. Grant applications are due by 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. More information on this opportunity is available at cityoftacoma.org/artsopps.  More information about the Lincoln Neighborhood Revitalization Project is available at cityoftacoma.org/lincoln.

Nominations sought for 2016 AMOCAT Arts Awards

27 Jun amocat_award_color_v2

amocat_award_color_v2The Tacoma Arts Commission is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 AMOCAT Arts Awards.

Since 2004, the AMOCAT Arts Awards recognize those in our community who provide distinctive contributions to the arts. The honorees work hard to support and build our community by innovating in artistic excellence. Each exhibits vision, dedication, and action in creating a lively arts community in Tacoma.

The three award categories are:

  1. Community Outreach by an Individual – Community outreach, engagement and involvement in the arts in Tacoma by an individual
  2. Community Outreach by an Organization – Community outreach, engagement and involvement in the arts in Tacoma by an organization
  3. Arts Patron – A community partner who significantly supports or contributes to the arts in Tacoma

“Arts, culture, and creativity are essential keys to Tacoma’s distinctive identity. They enrich people’s lives, enhance communities, and have a significant economic impact on our city.  Nonprofit arts and culture is a $64.72 million industry in Tacoma – one that supports 1,735 full-time equivalent jobs and generate $6.58 million in local and state government revenue,” said Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland. “The AMOCAT Arts Awards recognize the people, organizations, and patrons in our community who invest their energy and passion into building a vibrant future through arts and culture.”

To make a nomination, simply fill out the online nomination form. Nominations are due by July 31, 2016. The Tacoma Arts Commission will review all nominations and select one finalist in each award category based on the breadth and depth of the nominee’s community impact as well as the quality of the work being done by the nominee, not by the number of times the nominee has been nominated. Mayor Strickland will present the 2016 AMOCAT Arts Awards at the Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party on September 29.

In the category of Community Outreach by an Individual, past winners include: Lynn Di Nino, Jared Pappas-Kelley and Michael S. Lent, Laura and Matt Eklund, Lance Kagey and Tom Llewellyn, Linda Danforth, William Kupinse, Oliver Doriss, Stella Haioulani, Katy Evans, David Domkoski, Jessica Spring, and Connie K. Walle.

In the category of Community Outreach by an Organization, past winners include: Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass Education Programs, Arts Impact, Tacoma School of the Arts, Barefoot Studios, Victory Music, King’s Books, Hilltop Artists, Fab-5, D.A.S.H. Center for the Arts, The Grand Cinema, Puget Sound Book Artists, Asia Pacific Cultural Center, and Tacoma Public Library.

In the category of Arts Patron, past winners include: Sound Transit Art Program, Pierce Transit, Sixth Avenue Business District, The Weekly Volcano, Hotel Murano, City Arts, Urban Grace Church, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Key Bank, Erivan and Helga Haub and family, ArtsFund, and University of Washington Tacoma.

Additional information about the AMOCAT Arts Awards can be found online.

Tacoma Arts Month is coming. What do you have planned?

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Call for Arts Activities
15th annual Tacoma Arts Month
October 1 – 31, 2016

Will you be hosting an arts event in October? Do you want to contribute to the arts programming offered in Tacoma, build community, and benefit from free publicity? Submit your arts activity for inclusion in the 2016 Tacoma Arts Month online calendar!

The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking submissions of arts activities happening during our 15th annual Tacoma Arts Month this October. We are looking for a variety of activities spanning all categories of art and culture including but not limited to music, visual art, literary art, dance, theater, and film.

If you will be hosting an exhibition, performance, class, workshop, reception, lecture, tour, artists’ market, celebration, meeting, presentation, or any other programming, let us know. We will list your arts event in an interactive and searchable online calendar of events on www.TacomaArtsMonth.com. There is no cost to you. We will be promoting the many events going on throughout the month through newspaper and magazine advertisements and articles, electronic newsletters, television ads, radio ads, and through a variety of social media outlets.

This month would not be possible without the participation of local businesses, organizations, and community members. We encourage you to participate by hosting your own arts activity or event.

The deadline for submissions is August 7, 2016. To qualify, your arts activity must be located within the City of Tacoma limits and occur during the month of October.

To have your event listed:

1. Fill out the online Tacoma Arts Month Activity Submission form. Note: If you are submitting multiple events, please fill out a form for each event.

2. (optional) Email a digital photograph to be used for promoting this event. Image must be at least 150 ppi. Email digital images to tacoma.submissions@cityoftacoma.org. Please put “Activities_Your Event Namein the subject line.

Questions? Contact Naomi at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or by calling (253) 591-5191.

NEON Art Party: Full Event Program

8 Jun

Spaceworks Tacoma

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This Saturday, June 11th is the NEON Art Party. Over 75 Spaceworks artists and entrepreneurs are showing off their work, creating a gigantic Tacoma-spectacle that will illuminate the Carpenters Building. Check out the full event program below. Buy your tickets in advance and save money! There are only a few days left! Tickets at www.SpaceworksNEON.com
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NEON Program

5:00   VIP Pre Party 
6:00   Doors Open. Entertainment & Silent Auction 
7:30   Silent Auction Closes 
7:30   Keynote Speaker and Raise the Paddle 
8:00   NEON Runway Show 
8:30   DJ Dance Party 
10:30 Last Call

Entertainment
-Music by Clemm Rishad, Nate Dybevik, and Ken Jacobsen
-Dance by Sound Movement Art Center
-Theater by Inside Out Shakespeare and Tacoma Actors Repertory Theater

Art Installations 
-Galen Turner, Kris Crews, Jennifer Robbins, Elizabeth Gahan and Michael Laine

Runway Show
-Emceed by Darcy Anderson of Tinkertopia
-Featuring Polyrev, Erika Ray, This Then…

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Sixth episode of Tacoma’s ‘artTown’ TV show now available

31 May
Umi Wagoner and Perris Wright of eTc

Umi Wagoner and Perris Wright of eTc

The City of Tacoma’s Media and Communications Office – in partnership with its Community and Economic Development Department’s Arts Program – has begun airing a new episode of “artTown,” a cultural documentary-style TV initiative exploring Tacoma’s emergence as a major creative hub in the Pacific Northwest.

Ms. Monkey gives us a behind-the-scenes look at Monkeyshines

Ms. Monkey gives us a behind-the-scenes look at Monkeyshines

In this episode:

  • Explore the robust theater education programming at Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma Little Theatre, Tacoma Youth Theatre, and Broadway Center for the Performing Arts.
  • A behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous group of artists have been spreading joy and a sense of community through Monkeyshines.
  • Hear how Tacoma Jazz Association and JazzClubsNW are bringing world-class live jazz performances and education opportunities to Tacoma.
  • Learn how eTc, FameTakers, and Ryan Loiselle are all doing their part to spread local pride through their lines of Tacoma-themed apparel.
  • Painter and sculptor Asia Tail opens her studio at 1120 Creative House and finds inspiration in the natural world and her Native heritage.
  • Theatrical producer Aya Hashiguchi shares the inspiration behind some of the plays she writes and produces for Dukesbay Productions.
Aya Hashiguchi of Dukesbay Productions draws inspiration from her daily coffee

Aya Hashiguchi of Dukesbay Productions draws inspiration from her daily coffee house experience

Launched in October 2013, the series has earned numerous awards and features diverse perspectives on a variety of creative disciplines. Offering a more holistic look at creativity in Tacoma, “artTown” stretches beyond what people might traditionally think of as “creative” – such as fine art, music or dance – to spotlight other creative areas of interest that have flourished in Tacoma like fashion, innovative education practices, architecture and more.

Online viewing:
Watch “artTown” anytime at cityoftacoma.org/artTown

YouTube:
Watch the full episode anytime: https://youtu.be/XGWYvNBmWNw

Kareem Kandi of Tacoma Jazz Association and Danny Kolke of JazzClubsNW

Kareem Kandi of Tacoma Jazz Association and Danny Kolke of JazzClubsNW

TV Tacoma air times:
Mondays at noon
Tuesdays at 1 a.m.
Wednesdays at 8 a.m.
Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 5 p.m.
Sundays at 5 a.m.

TV Tacoma is aired on both the Click! and Comcast Cable systems. On Click!, TV Tacoma can be seen on Channel 12 within Tacoma City limits and in Pierce County, with the exception of University Place, where TV Tacoma can be found on Channel 21. On Comcast, TV Tacoma can be seen on Channel 12 within Tacoma city limits and on Channel 21 in Pierce County. TV Tacoma is not on the Comcast system in University Place, but is accessible anywhere on the Internet at tvtacoma.com.

 

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