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2017 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 1

9 Aug

Katie Dean demonstrates how to use a printing press during the Tacoma Studio Tour.

We’re excited for Tacoma Arts Month this October and we think you will be as well when you see what is in store! The entire month of October will be filled to the brim with hundreds of arts and culture activities for you to participate in including music, dance and theater performances; visual art exhibits; literary readings; lectures; workshops; film screenings and cultural events.

One of the signature events is the Tacoma Studio Tour, a once-a-year opportunity when you are invited inside the working studios of 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 the tour just for getting your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address 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: 42 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 14 & 15, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: 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.

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:

Lucy Nilan, Lucy Nilan Ceramics
  
Lucy Nilan creates functional porcelain pottery with whimsical animal illustrations that beg to be used on a regular basis.

Dane Meyer, Dane Gregory Meyer Photography/DG STUDIO
  
There is the opinion that serious artists confine themselves to a business model related to exhibitions, name recognition, and a track through galleries. Dane Gregory Meyer is a serious artist who has contributed his art and subsequent revenue to the City of Tacoma and globally with 30 years as a commercial and fine art photographer. He is often published, seen by many, not dependent on name recognition.

Joe Becker, Seldom Seen Photography
  
Joe Becker is a photographer who specializes in art and travel photography. His work has been published by National Geographic and Northwest Travel Magazine. He recently wrote and illustrated a photographic guidebook of Seattle.

Nancy McLaughlin
  
Nancy McLaughlin’s paintings are celebrations of the naturally occurring forms she photographs and sketches, from the coast of Washington to the high desert mountains of Nevada and Arizona. Beginning with an arrangement of contrasting shapes, she combines expressive color with energetic brushwork and mark-making to bring her unique abstracts and landscapes to life.

Benjamin Davis
  
Benjamin Davis is a longtime Tacoma area resident who draws inspiration from the town and its people. The local vibe is important to his artworks, and his media include oil paints, sidewalk chalk, pen and ink, and Instagram. Being an active member of the 253 Collective is important to Ben as he envisions it as a portal between artist and community.

Elayne Vogel
  
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.

Henry Haneda
  

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.


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 including:

Grace Amundsen – Acrylic ornaments 
Terry Bader – Small watercolor painting 
Joe Becker – Set of notecards 
Carolyn Burt – Small scratchboard artwork 
Bill Colby – Small framed woodcut 
Kris Crews – Mini photo cards 
Ann Darling – Textile piece 
Katie Dean – Collection of greeting cards and a small print 
Alice Di Certo – Pair of earrings 
Kyle Dillehay – Alternative-process photograph 
Michaela Eaves – Greeting cards 
Lynne Farren – Painting, cards, bracelet 
Becky Frehse – Small framed painting 
Deborah Greenwood – Handmade cards 
Henry Haneda – Small color print 
Hilltop Artists – Glass beads, glass marbles, small blown glass pieces 
Han-Yin Hsu – 3D printed nylon earrings 
Mark Hudak – Pottery bowl 
Marie Jensen – An 8 x 10 print 
Fumiko Kimura – Greeting cards 
Juan La Torre – Thank you cards 
Roberta Lowes – Cards or small scarf 
Dorothy McCuistion – Small handmade book 
John McCuistion – Set of 4 coaster tiles 
Naarah McDonald – Upcycled fingerless sweater gloves, small tote bag, reversible apron 
Dane Meyer – Small matted print 
Roxann Murray – Save the Bees sticker 
Chandler O’Leary – Tacoma temporary tattoos & Tacoma coloring cards 
Sylvia Omero-Rogstad – Set of cards 
Reid Ozaki – Vase 
Karen Perrine – Set of marbled paper collage cards 
Liz Pulos – Small tapestry 
Claudia Riedener – 5 small handmade tiles
Mauricio Robalino – Small wall hanging mosaic
Penny Russell – Set of 4 Blooming Wine Glasses
Jessica Spring – Small book or print
Susan Thompson – Mug
Lorraine Toler – Signed print
Helen Tran – Washington shaped soap bar and greeting card
Audrey Tulimiero Welch – Small painting on paper
William Turner – Set of 5 art cards
Karen Utter – Handmade book
Elayne Vogel – Pair of earrings
Jeff Libby & Adrienne Wicks – Pair of reclaimed wood and steel book ends
Snow Winters – Small cross stitch lamp
Yoshiko Yamamoto – 2018 calendar
Lois Yoshida – Box of hand painted cards

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 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

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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

2015 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 2

26 Aug

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

This year’s tour features 57 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.

And, something new this year – your Tacoma Studio Tour Passport! Collect a stamp at each studio location you visit and 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 the tour including: David Bader, Terry A Bader, Ann Darling, Michaela Eaves, Anne Elrod, Jennifer English, Lynne Farren, Maeve Harris, Hilltop Artists, Fumiko Kimura, L. Lisa Lawrence, Roberta Lowes, Dorothy McCuistion, John McCuistion, Chandler O’Leary, LeeAnn Seaburg Perry, William Turner, Elayne Vogel, Yoshiko Yamamoto, and Lois Yoshida.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 35 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 17 & 18, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

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, but thoughtfully creative book designs hide a treasury of illustrations within.

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. Birds on branches in a variety of landscapes are featured in his newest work.

Terry A Bader
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Terry Bader has painted for over thirty years. She works in her home studio and specializes in realistic watercolors of Northwest scenes with people and objects that have compelling lighting. Terry experiments with collage in her work and enjoys pastel as well. She has won numerous awards at the Washington State Fair and sold through several local galleries.

David Bader
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David Bader is an art teacher and student. His work is assembled from found objects and repurposed materials found locally and created in his studio. David is a native of Tacoma and enjoys referencing images and ideas in his work.

Dorothy McCuistion, Designs Two
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Dorothy McCuistion uses a variety of printmaking techniques to layer shapes, textures, and colors of plants, animals, and places to create images where they merge. She creates both monotypes, print editions, and handmade books. Fusing the local with the foreign, the personal with the universal, her artwork comments on topics ranging from human environmental impact to the fusion of cultures in contemporary society.

Lorraine Toler & Benjamin Davis
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Ben Davis and Lorraine Toler call the second floor of their east Tacoma home Sweetrain Studios. It is a place where they work on individual pieces and collaborate on others. Lorraine mainly paints with acrylics and Ben often uses oils although both artists paint, draw, sketch, jianzhi, street chalk, take photos, and use many mediums.

Juan La Torre, La Torre Art Studio
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Juan La Torre is an award-winning artist who believes that creativity, organized through art, can help the world heal. Art is not just a momentary creation, it comes from our past and continues to create awareness of who we are into the future. Juan comes from the South American country of Peru and has lived in the United States for the last 18 years.

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, South Sound magazine, and ARCADE.

2013 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 4

1 Oct

This is part 4 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:

Lucia Harrison

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Lucia Harrison’s hand made paper, drawings, paintings, and artist books focus on an appreciation for the natural and human history of the South Puget Sound. She hopes to inspire conservation of nature and an appreciation of the cultural history and contemporary conservation work of the peoples of South Puget Sound. Most recently she has been collaborating with Deborah Greenwood making paper from local plants.

Deborah Greenwood, Greenwood Studio

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Repurposing old postcards, paper and ephemera has led Deborah to experiment with and embrace paper making as part of her endeavor to source interesting papers for her collages. After finishing a workshop on papermaking two years ago, Lucia Harrison and Deborah Greenwood partnered up to learn more about the craft and transform what most consider garden waste into delicate but durable papers for drawing, painting, printmaking, and collage.

Hilltop Artists

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Using glass art to connect young people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds to better futures. Established in 1994 with the help of Dale Chihuly, Hilltop Artists is a 501(c)3 non-profit glass arts program that provides classes and individualized instruction for over 500 students each year. Hilltop Artists provides youth, ages 11-20, with hot glass instruction, related arts training, and adult mentors focusing on increasing students’ academic and interpersonal success.

Mauricio Robalino, Artpeople

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Mauricio has been working as an artist and art teacher since 1986. Mauricio wakes up each day curious about what he will discover and create. He also likes being responsible and responsive as it helps him to be successful at creating quality art and to set a good example for his children and students. Mauricio loves to dream up and create art that is unique and original regardless of medium.

Leah Fitts

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Leah Fitts creates abstract paintings using acrylics, oil pastels, and other mixed media. Her original paintings on canvas are inspired by mid-century and modern design, as well as her love of nature. By combining modern design with natural aspects, Leah strives to create original, textured, and vibrant works of art that will add energy and harmony to any space.

Jan Karroll, KarrollART

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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. Fasteners are fabricated of shaped and sharpened brass wire and each piece is mounted in a custom frame.

Beverly Naidus

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Beverly Naidus is an internationally recognized artist on the faculty at UW Tacoma where she teaches interdisciplinary studio courses in art for social change and healing. Conceptually based and socially engaged, she works in many mediums, allowing the content to determine the form. Themes in her work have included the ecological crisis, fear of difference, nuclear nightmares, unemployment, consumerism, body image and her dreams for a reconstructed world.

Benjamin Davis

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Benjamin Davis first started making art in a little red schoolhouse in the middle of a Fife farm field. From finger painting on the fertile valley soil to currently being active in the local art scene with groups such as the Jet Artist Cooperative, the Cartoonist’s League of Absurd Washingtonians, and the weekly Frost Park Chalk-Off, Ben Davis believes art is a verb.

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
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.

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