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2016 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 9

12 Oct

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
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!

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!

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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 AndersonTacomic drawing kit
Joe BeckerNotecards
Shirley BentonAbstract painting
Bill ColbyFramed print
Kris CrewsPhoto cards
Ann Darling – Gelatin printed clutch purse and hair clips
Katie DeanPrint and greeting cards
Michaela EavesGreeting cards
Jennifer EnglishCeramic sculpture
Lynne Farren – Painting, collage, and cards
Becky FrehsePainting
Marie FriddleArt tin
Nadine HamilWire heart
Henry HanedaPhoto print
Hilltop ArtistsGlass beads or marbles
Mark HudakMug
Marie JensenPunk doll
Randy Jones – Mobile
Fumiko KimuraCards and matted artwork
Lisa KinoshitaPendant
Gina KlingRaku pottery
Lyz Kurnitz-ThurlowCrystal-beaded necklace pendant
Mark LarsonPrint
Steve LawlerBox or magnet
L. Lisa LawrenceBowl
Dorothy McCuistionHandmade book
John McCuistionSet of tiles
Naarah McDonaldClutch purse and gift certificate
Chandler O’LearyNotecards
Reid OzakiVase
Karen Perrine – Marbled mirror
Claudia RiedenerTile
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: Crosscut, 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 8

5 Oct

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
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!

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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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:

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


Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!

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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 AndersonTacomic drawing kit
Joe BeckerNotecards
Shirley BentonAbstract painting
Bill ColbyFramed print
Kris CrewsPhoto cards
Ann Darling – Gelatin printed clutch purse and hair clips
Katie DeanPrint and greeting cards
Michaela EavesGreeting cards
Jennifer EnglishCeramic sculpture
Lynne Farren – Painting, collage, and cards
Becky FrehsePainting
Marie FriddleArt tin
Nadine HamilWire heart
Henry HanedaPhoto print
Hilltop ArtistsGlass beads or marbles
Mark HudakMug
Marie JensenPunk doll
Randy Jones – Mobile
Fumiko KimuraCards and matted artwork
Lisa KinoshitaPendant
Gina KlingRaku pottery
Lyz Kurnitz-ThurlowCrystal-beaded necklace pendant
Mark LarsonPrint
Steve LawlerBox or magnet
L. Lisa LawrenceBowl
Roberta LowesHandpainted silk scarf

Dorothy McCuistionHandmade book
John McCuistionSet of tiles
Naarah McDonaldClutch purse and gift certificate
Chandler O’LearyNotecards
Reid OzakiVase
Karen Perrine – Marbled mirror
Claudia RiedenerTile
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: Crosscut, 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 7

28 Sep

This is part 7 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!

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:

Deborah Greenwood
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Deborah Greenwood, papermaker and book artist, loves working with used materials. When the overall mood of an object impacts her, she is drawn to fuse it into art. Whether it is by turning garden plants into paper or cutting and reassembling ephemera, new forms appear. The most striking thing about the majority of the materials she uses is their ordinariness. She says, “I am endlessly fascinated by the transformation that takes place in the process and the relationships that take shape.”

Elayne Vogel
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Unusual materials have almost always guided the imagery in Elayne Vogel’s artwork, so “mixed media” usually describes her medium. In recent years she has fabricated one-of-a-kind necklaces, which she calls “Unusual Adornments.” These necklaces are meant to combine humor and fashion in entirely wearable jewelry. Elayne received her B.A. degree from the University of Michigan and her Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington.

Hilltop Artists
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Hilltop Artists started in the summer of 1994 with just 20 students. Since then, Hilltop Artists has expanded into 9 different programs that serve over 500 students each year. Ages 12 to 20, Hilltop Artists students have the chance to explore the glass medium through fusion, mosaics, flameworking, and glassblowing. All Hilltop Artists programs are tuition-free. “Using glass art to connect young people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds to better futures.”

John McCuistion
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John McCuistion creates artwork about history, myth, storytelling, religion, relationships, ceremony, civilization, and humor. The themes in his current work deal with air, land, water, and the magical natural world around us. He is interested in the language of gesture, expression, texture, form, and color. Through his work, John contributes to the long tradition of the artist as teacher, recorder, and seer.

Lynn Di Nino
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Lynn Di Nino has created art for over 40 years, the last 15 of which have been in Tacoma. Her mediums have included wood, concrete, plastics, and fiber in the creation of sculpture, both free standing and wall hung low relief pieces.

Toni Snyder
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Toni Snyder works out of the Jet Artist Cooperative where she creates her landscape paintings. Her inspiration comes from observing nature and capturing moments in time using her camera to take photos for future reference. Sharing her love of painting with others allows her to share a part of who she is and how she sees the world around her.

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
Studio Tour Preview: Part 5
Studio Tour Preview: Part 6


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

Let’s party this Thursday!

26 Sep

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Get out and have some fun while helping kick off the 15th annual Tacoma Arts Month with a kaleidoscope of arts and culture.

Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party & AMOCAT Arts Awards
Thursday, September 29
6 – 9 PM
Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 South Tacoma Way
Free! No RSVP required

We’ll keep you entertained with:

20151001_tacoma-arts-opening-night_dsc01646Enjoy appetizers and no-host bar while we honor the 2016 AMOCAT Arts Award winners and funding recipients. It’s all free and open to the public – pack up the family, invite your friends and come help us celebrate! Presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma; hosted by Asia Pacific Cultural Center. Thanks to the Opening Party event sponsors: NW Stage, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and The Grand Cinema.

Additional free parking available across the street at Habitat for Humanity Store, 4824 S Tacoma Way.

Presentation of the 2016 AMOCAT Arts Awards and recognition of the 2016 funding recipients begins at 8 pm.

Tacoma Arts Month is made possible by our generous sponsors!
Premier Sponsors: The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Click! Cable TV
Media Sponsors: Crosscut, KNKX, Northwest Public Radio, ParentMap, Sounds Fun Mom, South Sound magazine, Tacoma Weekly, Weekly Volcano
Social Media Sponsor: ARCADE

2016 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 6

21 Sep

This is part 6 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!

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:

Liz Pulos
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It’s simple: over, under, over, under. And slowly, thread by thread, Liz Pulos creates imagery in the woven cloth. Landscapes, portraits, work that can be realistic or symbolic or abstract. Because they are cloth, her tapestries have a unique surface quality and engage the tactile and visual senses alike.

Randy Jones
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Randy Jones’ passion is to put discarded items back to work. Randy’s sculptures have personality – they are whimsical and playful – belying the precise attention to mass and movement. Such work requires a great inventory of items and about 60% of Randy’s studio is an organized library of found objects. The rest of the space is open to creative construction. Here Randy arranges objects, tells stories, and draws plans for his next inspiration.

Leah Fitts
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Leah Fitts finds inspiration in midcentury architecture and design, outer space, natural elements, and rich urban textures. She creates modern abstract paintings using acrylic paints, charcoal, and oil pastels. Following her intuition and spontaneity, Leah’s abstract works often exist on a continuum between chaos and calm. Leah Fitts’ paintings are collected extensively throughout the United States. She works out of her studio in beautiful and historic Opera Alley.

Marie Jensen
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In the past few years, the focus of Marie Jensen’s work has been on painting. Although many of her older art quilts and textile pieces were made from hand-painted fabric, now the emphasis of her work is on the painting. Last year, she began making figures based on the traditional carnival knock down doll (punks). So, along with painting and stretching original canvases, she continues to use her textile arts background.

Carolyn Burt, Creative Expressions by Carolyn Burt
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Carolyn Burt is a versatile artist working in pastels, watercolor, acrylic, photography, and focusing most recently on the up and coming medium of scratchboard engraving. Her detailed work is reminiscent of the fine lines in scrimshaw art. She uses Ampersand Museum Quality Scratchboard and creates her award-winning art by using a variety of engraving tools, x-acto knives, tattoo needles, and inks to create striking, dramatic works of art.

Marie Friddle, TwistnPout
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Finding a creative way to repurpose a common candy tin led Marie Friddle down the road of artistic exploration into many art mediums. Typically, Marie uses paper as decoupage or layered hand cuttings to transform the tins into tiny works of art. Tins may also be embellished with wire, beads, and handmade sculptures. Currently she’s been using her hand-cut paper technique to recreate iconic artworks within the dimensions of small candy tins.

Benjamin Davis, Sweetrain Studios
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Benjamin Davis heralds from lower Portland Avenue. He has been working with various mediums including oil paint, chalk, and cut paper. He is always intrigued by creativity, art, and everything and would love to talk to you about it all.

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
Studio Tour Preview: Part 5


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

2016 AMOCAT Arts Award winners announced

19 Sep

The Tacoma Arts Commission has announced this year’s AMOCAT Arts Award winners: Metro Parks Tacoma (Arts Patron), Tacoma Youth Symphony Association (Community Outreach by an Organization), and Christopher Paul Jordan (Community Outreach by an Individual). The AMOCAT Arts Awards honor the people and organizations that positively impact the community with their passion, innovation, and commitment to the arts.

Play in Peace program at Wright Park on Friday May 20 2011 followed by a Peace March to McCarver Elem. School in Tacoma, Wa. Photo By Russ Carmack

Play in Peace program at Wright Park on Friday May 20 2011 followed by a Peace March to McCarver Elem. School. Photo By Russ Carmack

Arts Patron – Metro Parks Tacoma

This award goes to Metro Parks Tacoma for its ongoing commitment to serving and partnering with the greater Tacoma community.

From historic statues in Wright Park, and cultural pieces gifted from Tacoma’s Sister Cities that grace Point Defiance, to contemporary works that inspire visitors and beautify non-traditional mediums ranging from concrete walkways to conversation benches, amphitheater seats and community center exteriors, Tacoma’s parks provide an array of public art experiences throughout the community.

While performing and visual arts have long been part of the park system, opportunities for individuals to hone their personal skills through classes has expanded greatly since the inception of the Metro Arts program. Beyond individual exploration and development in the arts, the program provides access for the entire community to participate in free events and coordinates community projects to unite diverse audiences through shared art experiences.

Metro Parks’ contributions to our creative culture in Tacoma is evident in its commitment to making sure all forms of art can be experienced and enjoyed by our community. Their commitment to access is demonstrated by the Board’s recent adoption of a 1 percent for public art policy on all capital projects totaling more than $100,000, helping ensure even greater access to arts, as well as increasing opportunities for artists in our community.

Tacoma Youth Symphony string trio

Tacoma Youth Symphony string trio

Community Outreach by an Organization – Tacoma Youth Symphony Association

This award goes to Tacoma Youth Symphony Association for its deep and ongoing commitment to nurturing and serving youth across the region.

For over 50 years, the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association has provided nurturing, all-inclusive programs for young musicians. What started as one orchestra of less than 100 students in 1963, has grown into an internationally recognized youth orchestra organization comprised of five orchestras and over 400 students from all over Western Washington. The members of the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association range in age from seven to 21, and represent more than 100 schools in 20 communities. One of the largest youth orchestras in the United States, the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association also offers theory classes, a chamber music program, brass and woodwind ensembles, summer music camps, and harp and bass training programs.

Tacoma Youth Symphony Association is also committed to serving the surrounding community. Each year, the Tacoma Youth Symphony, the top orchestra, offers Discover Music Concerts for fourth graders from around the greater Tacoma area. These free concerts are designed to introduce school children to classical music and reach nearly 2,000 students. In addition, the Tacoma Young Artists Orchestra and Tacoma String Philharmonia do annual school tours, performing for underserved student bodies throughout the community. The Tacoma String Symphony performs each year in retirement communities and the Tacoma Junior Youth Symphony performs at the Victorian Country Christmas.

Committed to education, the Tacoma Youth Symphony Association education specialist and several Tacoma Youth Symphony Association conductors visit schools throughout the school year, where they coach and conduct in band and orchestra classrooms and provide musical demonstrations in classrooms. Tacoma Youth Symphony Association also offers a String Orchestra Festival each March for middle and junior high school string programs. The String Orchestra Festival draws approximately 1,200 students each year from schools all over the Puget Sound area for a day of performance in a non-competitive environment. Schools also have the opportunity to play together in a festival orchestra.

Christopher Paul Jordan in studio.

Christopher Paul Jordan in studio.

Community Outreach by an Individual – Christopher Paul Jordan

This award goes to Christopher Paul Jordan for his work in bridging audiences through the fusion of art and community organizing.

Jordan’s documentary, MEANWHILE: The Lasting Impact of Juvenile Records, was instrumental in provoking legislative change to state policies that previously allowed the selling of records of system-involved youth to private for-profit companies, often blocking access to housing, education and jobs for Washington’s most vulnerable youth.

Today, Jordan co-directs the grassroots youth organization Fab-5, which empowers young people as creative leaders who inspire change in their surroundings. He co-founded FABITAT which, for five years, has served as a drop-in interdisciplinary creative lab for youth year-round.

Jordan’s collaboration with Tacoma Action Collective through the #StopErasingBlackPeople  campaign built partnerships among Black artists, archivers, and HIV prevention organizers nationwide to give visibility to the impact of the U.S. AIDS Crisis on African Americans.

Jordan’s efforts this year include co-establishing Hue Collaborative, a cohort of 10 artists of color working in public art and currently completing an 1,800 square foot mural commission for the People’s Community Center; co-founding the Breaker Studio Gallery to highlight and support artists of color and community organizers in Tacoma with exhibition and convening space; and using social sculpture to advocate for increased affordable housing in the Hilltop neighborhood, where Jordan was born and is based.

Jordan is currently working on a statewide visioning project with the League of Education Voters, striving to push for progress in the dialogue about the future of education in Washington state by convening the voices of those who stand in the opportunity gap.


Awards Celebration

Awardees will be honored at the annual Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party on Sept. 29, from 6 – 9 p.m., at Asia Pacific Cultural Center (4851 South Tacoma Way). Deputy Mayor Ryan Mello and Council Members Keith Blocker and Marty Campbell will present the awards starting at 8 p.m.

In addition, there will be live entertainment at this event that includes contemporary dance by the Barefoot Collective, cultural dance performances by Asia Pacific Cultural Center, poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Cathy Nguyen, music by Champagne Sunday, cirque and aerial performances by Vuelta la Luna, and juggling by Saylor Purtle. Attendees can also experience an exhibit of Wayzgoose steamroller prints and a series of multimedia art exhibits by Matanofo Porter, Denis Maina, Saiyare Refaei, Jorge Garcia, and Kristin Giordano; film screenings by The Grand Cinema and Spaceworks Tacoma; a life-sized kaleidoscope installation by Tinkertopia; hands-on art making with Tacoma Art Museum; an interactive photo booth with Metro Parks Tacoma; and more. The event will include appetizers and a no-host bar.

This free public event is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma and hosted by Asia Pacific Cultural Center. Event sponsors include Northwest Stage, Artist & Craftsman Supply and The Grand Cinema. Tacoma Arts Month premier sponsors are The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation and Click! Cable TV. Media sponsors include Crosscut, KNKX, Northwest Public Radio, ParentMap, Sounds Fun Mom, South Sound magazine, Tacoma Weekly and Weekly Volcano. The social media sponsor is ARCADE.

2016 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 5

14 Sep

This is part 5 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!

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:

Jeff Libby & Adrienne Wicks, birdloft
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Birdloft creates sustainable, modern designs from wood, steel, and air. The wood is almost exclusively reclaimed old growth fir, salvaged from deconstructed barns and warehouses in Tacoma, Seattle, and the Puget Sound environs. The sourced steel, for its part, is estimated at 89.5 percent recycled content, about three times the recycled content as most steel commercially available in this country. And the part about the air – every piece of birdloft furniture is meant to breathe, to compose a small amount of space in a given room, help create sanctuary at home.

K.C. Bacon
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Other than select classes at Seattle Fine Arts Academy, K. C. Bacon is a self-taught artist working with oil on board. He works with landscape, portrait, and in the abstract. He operates a studio and separate gallery in the back of his home in the Proctor district.

Becky Frehse
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Becky Frehse’s work revolves around her exploration of musical themes as they suggest visual patterns of rhythm and tempo as notation marks and shapes. Color relationships suggest pitch and modulations. Often a musical staff is the underlayment for many layers of highly textured modeling compounds and paint that build up multifaceted surfaces. Repurposed musical instruments are sometimes integrated together with collage and painting.

Shirley Benton, Shirley Benton Art
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Shirley Benton is a self taught artist. Her creative production revolves around exploring emotion and expression through color and form. By applying and blending multiple layers of paint, her creative process takes on an energy and motion of its own. Staying in the moment, with very little planned ahead, this inward journey provides a way to express a range of emotions, from playfulness to deeper complexity, in her abstract art.

Lynne Farren
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Make art! That is the theme in Lynne Farren’s studio. It’s a place of organized clutter. New and unexpected art is made from collected elements. Order is created out of chaos.

Lorraine Toler, Sweetrain Studios
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Lorraine Toler creates paintings that are sequential in nature. Each painting is part of a larger story. She is currently working on a series that highlights the sea stars of Puget Sound who are suffering from a strange wasting disease. Her studio is the upper level of her home shared with her partner, fellow artist, Benjamin Davis.

LeeAnn Seaburg Perry
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Each stone contains a new and exciting puzzle that LeeAnn Seaburg Perry delights in solving. Her work has sprung from the pure white of marble, the beige of alabaster, and the green in soapstone. From featureless stone she frees a beautiful image that lasts through time.

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

Celebrate 15 Years of Tacoma Arts Month

7 Sep

artsmonth_foremailOctober 2016 marks the 15th anniversary of Tacoma Arts Month – a community celebration of the arts that includes hundreds of community-hosted arts and culture events, exhibits and workshops for all ages, taking place every day throughout the month. Programming includes music, theater and dance performances, hands-on experiences, visual art exhibits, film screenings, literary readings, lectures, cultural events, and workshops. All events are open to the public and many activities are free.

Tacoma Arts Month is online
Information about all Tacoma Arts Month events, workshops, and exhibits can be found online at TacomaArtsMonth.com.

E-newsletter
Let us bring the weekly calendar of Tacoma’s arts and culture happenings straight to your inbox so that you can plan out your weekday and weekend social calendar. Sign up for the twice-weekly Tacoma Arts Month e-newsletter and you’ll receive timely information about the multitude of fabulous arts and culture events you can be a part of this October.

Tacoma Arts Challenge
Attendees of Tacoma Arts Month events are invited to participate in the Tacoma Arts Challenge. Throughout October, those who attend Tacoma Arts Month events and post a photo to social media using #TacomaArts will be entered to win one of three prizes. More information about the Tacoma Arts Challenge is available at TacomaArtsMonth.com.

Signature events include:

  • 2015_openingparty_dance2Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party and AMOCAT Arts Awards
    September 29
    6 – 9 pm
    Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 South Tacoma Way
    Free and open to the public

Start Tacoma Arts Month off with a kaleidoscope of pop-up art exhibits, hands-on activities, music and dance performances, and more at this family-friendly, community festival. There will be appetizers, dessert and a no-host bar. The event will include recognition of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s 2016 funding recipients and the AMOCAT Arts Award winners: Metro Parks Tacoma, Tacoma Youth Symphony Association and Christopher Paul Jordan. The event is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma, and hosted by Asia Pacific Cultural Center.

  • 2014_studiotour_loisyoshidaTacoma Studio Tour
    October 15 & 16
    11 am – 5 pm
    34 locations around Tacoma
    Free and open to the public

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. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. This is a free, family-friendly, self-guided tour.

Studio Tour attendees are encouraged to pick up a Tacoma Studio Tour Passport and have it stamped at each studio location visited. Once at least eight stamps have been collected, the passport can be submitted for a chance to win one of several prize packages containing artwork handcrafted by a selection of artists on the tour.

Visit the Tacoma Studio Tour website for a complete list of studio locations, an interactive map, and information about the Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.

 

Start planning now; October is going to be a great month in Tacoma!

 

Tacoma Arts Month is made possible with the support of these generous sponsors:

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