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Third episode of Tacoma’s own ‘artTown’ TV show now available

6 Oct

 

Guitarist-singer-songwriter Nolan Garrett and the legendary Jerry Miller.

Guitarist-singer-songwriter Nolan Garrett and the legendary Jerry Miller.

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

This episode features:

  • Viewpoints and musical riffs from emerging guitarist-singer-songwriter Nolan Garrett and the legendary Jerry Miller, one of Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest guitarists of all time
  • A look at Tacoma’s hot metal arts scene with Amy Reeves of Tacoma Metal Arts Center, John Simpkins of Fort Nisqually, Ed Kroupa of Two Ravens Studio, and Saign Charlestein
  • An exploration into letterpress arts with Jessica Spring of Springtide Press, sweet pea Flaherty of King’s Bookstore, and Margaret Bullock of Tacoma Art Museum
  • A visit to the working studios of local artists Angela Rockett, Lynne Farren, Lynn Di Nino and Mauricio Robalino
  • music composed by Isaac Solverson
Hot off the press at Springtide Press.

Hot off the press at Springtide Press.

Launched in October 2013, the quarterly series 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 food, fashion, innovative education practices, architecture and more.

Those who want to immerse themselves more fully in Tacoma’s creative community are invited to participate in Tacoma Arts Month, which features hundreds of events held throughout the entire month of October.

Online viewing:

Watch “artTown” anytime at cityoftacoma.org/artTown.

Saign Charlestein at work in his metal arts studio.

Saign Charlestein at work in his metal arts studio.

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.

Future episodes will be produced in part based on some of the audience feedback culled via social media, email at maria.lee@cityoftacoma.org or phone at (253) 591-2054.

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2014 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 2

20 Aug

This is part 2 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October.

This year’s tour features 61 artists and collaborative studios and allows the general public the opportunity to see the spaces in and tools with which local artists create their work, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 37 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 11 & 12, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Jennifer Chin
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Jennifer Chin was born in Seattle. Her primary focus is painting which is inspired by materials, prototypes, and directed play. She frequently uses gravity and controlled chaos as key influences in the final work. In 1995 Jennifer completed a BA in Art from the University of Washington and she graduated from Artist Trust’s EDGE program in 2014. Her paintings and prints are included in private collections in Arizona, California, Idaho, Texas, and Washington.

Amy Reeves, Tacoma Metal Arts Center
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Amy Reeves has been designing and making jewelry for over 20 years. She holds a BFA in Metal Design from UW and divides her time between teaching jewelry making classes and working on her own designs. In December 2009 she opened Tacoma Metal Arts Center (TMAC), a fully equipped jewelry making and metal crafting studio. TMAC offers classes, private lessons, and studio rental opportunities to a community of jewelers.

Mark Larson, Larson Fine Art
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Mark Larson’s current body of work revolves around the theme of disintegration. As a result of experiments submerging reference photos in water until the emulsion disintegrates, Mark has used these deconstructed images as a starting point for new work. The resulting fragmentation and abstraction speaks to temporality, positive transformation, and the process of disintegration and regeneration found in nature.

Roxann Murray, A Touch of Wanderlust
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Roxann Murray is an award-winning artist. She uses her camera almost daily and also works with collage, colored pencils, ink, and paint. Her photographs are focused on nature as well as her travel adventures in the Philippines, the Marshall Islands, Costa Rica, and the Southwest part of the U.S. She grew up in Graham, WA and, as a result, developed a strong bond with the natural world. Roxann graduated from UW Tacoma in 2009 with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences.

Seabury Middle School
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Seabury Middle School’s program is founded on the belief that students learn and grow most deeply when they are engaged in projects that are relevant, challenging, and meaningful. Working in collaboration, not only with other middle school students, but with community organizations and local experts, Seabury students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, participate in community service, and engage in rigorous studies that truly make a difference in their own lives and in the community.

Karen Utter
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Karen Utter is originally from Vancouver, B.C. and has always lived in the Pacific Northwest. The beauty of nature is strongly reflected in her paintings. Colorful and stylized birds, animals, and landscapes predominate. Her new series of pastels is an homage to Point Defiance Park, specifically some of the interesting and sometimes hidden rock formations.

Jenifer Davis, Jenifer Davis Pottery
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Tacoma based potter Jenifer Davis’ passion is to create irreverently shaped functional sculptures and pots. Jenifer offers both custom works, which she throws by hand in her studio one at a time for private clients, and classes. The hand-thrown process leaves a good deal of the outcome to fate. She also loves the randomness of the transformation in the firing process. From adding glass to finding a new beautiful glaze combination, the best part is seeing what emerges after the kiln is opened.

 

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

Tacoma Arts Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Northwest Public Radio, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma Weekly, Premier Media Group, and Exit133.

2013 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 7

22 Oct

This is part 7 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this November.

This year’s tour features 60 artists and collaborative studios and allows the general public the opportunity to see the spaces in and tools with which local artists create their work, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Check out ArtAtWorkTacoma.com for the full list of artists, schedule, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 39 studio locations around Tacoma – map your course at ArtAtWorkTacoma.com
When: November 2 & 3, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Amy Reeves, Tacoma Metal Arts Center

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Founded by Amy Reeves in 2009, Tacoma Metal Arts Center is a fully equipped jewelry making and small scale metal fabrication studio offering instruction, private lessons, and studio rental to a community of jewelers and metalsmiths. Classes are offered year-round for beginners to advanced students. The gallery area showcases handmade jewelry crafted by local artists and offers jewelry tools for sale.

Mark Hoppmann

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Mark Hoppmann’s studio, like his work, is an invitation to those (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling) with “satiable curiosity.” In addition to his original work created with a variety of mediums including watercolor, India ink, and graphite, he often works in themes which are then digitally scanned and assembled into handmade books created from materials such as leather or wood.

LeeAnn Seaburg Perry, Sculpting In Stone

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Dramatic marble, alabaster, and soapstone sculptures prompt a moment or two of contemplation in LeeAnn’s gallery and will provide lifetime of reflection as a family heirloom in your home. LeeAnn welcomes you to the Tacoma Studio Tour with a hands-on stone carving demonstration that will enhance your understanding and enjoyment of her work.

Juan La Torre

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Juan La Torre, an artist with passion for transforming art, has experience with many materials. His idea of artistic freedom is always bringing him to a new path of expression, where problems can be solved while loving the visual and tangible results of every new artwork. Juan says, “An artist’s creative view of the past and present can and do, change the world a bit at a time.”

Mark Larson, Larson Fine Art

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Mark Larson is one of America’s leading contemporary symbolist painters, having shown and sold his work in galleries and museums throughout Europe and North America. He recently joined the Jet Artist Cooperative to be in the middle of Tacoma’s vibrant arts community and enjoy the great north light and Commencement Bay views in the studio as well.

Lorraine Toler

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Lorraine is a painter who lives and works in Tacoma. She loves a good story, especially biographies, and seeks out the kind of stories that capture the imagination and leave you with an itch that needs to be scratched. Through paintings she re-tells these stories. Lorraine particularly likes painting the stories of strong Asian women.

Toni Snyder

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Painting landscapes in oil has been Toni’s passion for the past 12 years. She is primarily self-taught and loves to create art. The view from her studio gives her the inspiration to keep refining her craft. She also continues to work in the classical style of drawing to consistently develop her drawing skills.

 

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
Studio Tour Preview: Part 6
Studio Tour Preview: Part 5
Studio Tour Preview: Part 4
Studio Tour Preview: Part 3
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2
Studio Tour Preview: Part 1

Art at Work Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma Weekly, and Premier Media Group.

Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 2

19 Sep

This is part 2 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this November.

The Tacoma Studio Tour will feature 55 artists and collaborative studios and will allow the general public the opportunity to see the spaces in and tools with which local artists create their work, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Check out ArtAtWorkTacoma.com at the beginning of October for the full list of artists, schedule, and an interactive map where you can plot your tour course.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 37 studio locations around Tacoma
When: November 3 & 4, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here is this week’s artist sneak peeks:

Elayne Vogel
  
Unusual materials have almost always guided the imagery in Elayne’s art work.  These one-of-a-kind necklaces, which she calls “Unusual Adornments,” are meant to combine humor and elegance in entirely wearable durable jewelry.  Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including the Seattle Art Museum, the Bellevue Art Museum, the Foster White Gallery in Seattle, and the Tacoma Art Museum.

Katrina Toft & Ed Kroupa: Two Ravens Studio & Art Foundry
  
Two Ravens Studio & Art Foundry provides sculptural services from mold making to metal finishing as well as designing original sculptures. Two Ravens Studio creates works of art for public displays and private residences. The studio casts in bronze, aluminum, and resin, producing works from small scale to monument size. Their list of clients includes individual artists, architects, designers, museums, and corporations.

Jan Karroll
  
Jan Karroll is a multimedia artist who creates unique wooden jewelry embellished with vintage buttons. The pieces are completely hand crafted from selected wood and finished to enhance the qualities of both the wood and the buttons. The fasteners are fabricated of shaped and sharpened brass wire. Each piece is mounted in a custom frame. Raw materials and pieces in progress will be shown and techniques demonstrated as well.

Claudia Riedener: Ixia Tile Tacoma
  
Ixia Tile focuses on handmade architectural ceramic installations for public art, private, and commercial commissions. The creative process includes carving, sculpting, molding, extruding, and hand-building from slabs. Clays and glazes made in Tacoma are used exclusively. Public art installations in Tacoma include Mc Carver Park, South Tacoma Public Library, Multi-Care TreeHouse, Masa Restaurant and Bellarmine School. Visit Claudia’s studio during the tour and lay your hands on clay to create your own tile.

Amy Reeves: Tacoma Metal Arts Center
  
In December 2009, Amy Reeves opened Tacoma Metal Arts Center (TMAC) to teach metalsmithing classes and to offer studio access to students and jewelry artists in the community. TMAC currently host classes taught by over 15 different instructors and a gallery featuring the hand-made metal jewelry and art of students and instructors. Visit the studio during the tour to see casting demonstration and hands on metal texturing.

LeeAnn Seaburg Perry
  
LeeAnn Seaburg Perry is wading in uncharted territory in the art realm as she combines encaustic stones or rusted wire with her new stone sculptures. The rusted wire blends with the stone, adding tension to the whole sculpture. The carved stone is costly and valuable–the smaller river stone and the rusted wire have no value to us–yet in context of the sculpture, the tension of what we value and what we don’t is resolved. Visitors to LeeAnn’s studio will have the opportunity to take a chisel in their own hands and try carving a piece of marble and soapstone.

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

Art at Work Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Washington State Arts Commission, Weekly Volcano, and Premier Media Group.

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