Still looking for something to do this weekend? Join us for the Tacoma Studio Tour! Visit, see, learn, create, shop. It’s free and for all ages.
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.
Or, sit back and let the ART BUS do the driving while you enjoy a guided tour of 6 artists’ studios plus lunch. The ART BUS tour will run on October 15, 11 am – 3 pm. Find out more about the ART BUS Studio Tour here and purchase a ticket here.
Here are this week’s highlights:
Katie Dean’s recent work focuses on floral and nature themes. She loves studying, experimenting, and exploring unique combinations of color. She enjoys technical challenges and working with her hands so letterpress printing has become a perfect medium for her. She begins with a detailed sketch of her idea and then hand-carves the detailed line work into a linoleum block, which allows her to experiment with color ideas before settling on a direction for each piece. Each color is separated onto its own linoleum block for printing.
Joe Becker, Seldom Seen Photography
Joe Becker is a freelance photographer and author living in Tacoma. A Washington state native, Joe’s photographic skills are largely self-taught; his formal education is in geology. His photography has won both local and international awards and has been published by National Geographic, Northwest Travel Magazine, and Washington State Tourism, among others. His first book, Scenic Seattle: Touring and Photographing the Emerald City, was published in 2016.
Dorothy McCuistion uses a variety of printmaking techniques to layer shapes, textures, and colors, creating a place where they merge. She makes monotype prints, small print editions, and handmade books. Fusing the local with the foreign or the personal with the universal, her artwork comments on topics ranging from human environmental impacts to the fusion of cultures in contemporary society.
Yoshiko Yamamoto, The Arts & Crafts Press
Yoshiko Yamamoto is known for her Japonesque blockprints and letterpress note cards. She always admired the artistry and craftsmanship of traditional woodblock prints of Japan, where she grew up. Her other influence – the Arts & Crafts Movement in England and America from the 1900s – continues to inspire and challenge her to make “objects of functional beauty.”
Lisa Kinoshita, Moss + Mineral
Lisa Kinoshita is a Tacoma artist whose mediums include live plants (moss) and raw gemstones (mineral). Currently, she is exploring the possibilities of interactive projects that connect people from different parts of the world. Lisa is an independent curator who specializes in unusual sites (e.g., Tacoma Food Forest, Seymour Botanical Conservatory, Foss Waterway Seaport museum) and subject matter.
Nadine Hamil, Artful Dreamers Studio
Nadine Hamil creates sacred space for adults and children to dive into their creativity with joy and have fun in her expressive arts workshops. Intuitive painting classes are a favorite. She loves creating art with paint, wire, crystals, beads, and discarded treasures. Magic happens at Artful Dreamers Studio!
Check out these other artists on the tour:
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
Studio Tour Preview: Part 6
Studio Tour Preview: Part 7
Studio Tour Preview: Part 8
Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!
Make sure to have your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio location you visit this weekend. 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
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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