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Studio Tour Highlights: There’s Art for Everyone

11 Oct

Featured Studio Activities and Demonstrations

The Tacoma Studio Tour is this weekend! If you’re still deciding on who to visit, perhaps you’ll be inspired to visit some of the artists with unique hands-on activities and demonstrations! The studios below are sorted by the medium used during the activity or demonstration.

Tacoma Studio Tour
47 locations around Tacoma
October 13 & 14
11 am – 5 pm

FREE!

 

 

 


Ceramics

Salish Sea Devil Fish. Hand-sculpted stoneware ceramic. By Claudia Riedener (Studio #24).

Studio #24, Claudia Riedener (1003 S Steele Street, Sat/Sun)
Carve your own ceramic tile.

Studio #30, Mark Hudak (2212 N 30th Street, Sat/Sun)
Watch a pottery wheel demonstration.

 


Drawing, Painting, & Mixed Media

Lee Circle. Digital illustration and watercolor. By Kelsey Parkhurst (Studio #23).

Studio #1, Julia W. White (1103 E 71st Street, Sat/Sun)
Make and/or write a postcard and view in-process paintings.

Studio #23, Kelsey Parkhurst (1612 S 8th Street, Saturday Only)
Paint your own watercolor coloring book page.

Studio #41, JW Harrington (6905 Bridgland Lane, Sat/Sun)
Create your own acrylic painting.


Music

Studio #19, Mushawn Knowles (2105 S L Street, Sat/Sun)
Contribute a lyric at Mushawn’s brand new recording studio; learn about music production and recording.


Glass

Photo courtesy of Hilltop Artists (Studio #26).

Studio #19, Jason Sobottka (1120 S 11th Street, #203, Saturday Only)
Watch a small format glass blowing demonstration.

Studio#26, Hilltop Artists (602 N Sprague Avenue at Jason Lee Middle School, Saturday only)
(12 and Up) Make a paperweight in hot glass or bead with a torch. Under 12 years old? Try some coloring activities and jewelry-making experiences!


Wood, Metalworking, and Paper Sculpture

Open End Table with Drawer. Salvaged plywood and sapele. By Steve Lawler/rePly Furniture (Studio #25).

Studio #22, Mauricio Robalino (815 S Sheridan Avenue, Saturday Only)
Watch a demonstration fold and cut paper sculptures and take home your own small paper creation.

Studio #25, Jeff Libby and Adrienne Wicks, Steve Lawler (2915 S 12th Street, Sat/Sun)
Create a small functional wood art piece; Watch a demonstration of making small boxes using pre-cut materials.

Studio #38, Juan La Torre (1501 S MacArthur Street, Saturday Only)
Create a temporary wood block sculpture and learn about bronze, painting and ceramics processes.


Textiles

Thicket 3. Woven tapestry (cotton). By Liz Pulos (Studio #35).

Studio #6, Roberta Lowes and Karen Perrine (2511 S Hood Street, Sat/Sun)
Watch a demonstration using looms and spinning wheels and create some small paper art crafts; Make a collaged bookmark using hand-marbled paper.

Studio #35, Liz Pulos & Teresa Owens (4210 N 34th Street, Saturday Only)
Try your and at hands-on weaving (all ages); Watch a demonstrate of creating crowns from recycled law school textbooks.


Photography

Jamila. Wet-plate tintype. By Kyle Dillehay (Studio #42).

Studio #40, Henry Haneda (431 Broadway, #412, Sunday Only)
Learn about digital image processing and printing.

Studio #42, Alice Di Certo & Kyle Dillehay (3419 N Ferdinand Street, Sunday Only)
Watch a demonstration on the wet-plate collodion photo process; Create a found objects pendant.

Studio #43, Joe Becker (4218 N Cheyenne Street, Sat/Sun)
Try your hand at scanography – the art of taking photographs with a flat bed scanner.


Printmaking & Book Arts

Greetings from Tacoma. Ink, watercolor, and digital. By Chandler O’Leary (Studio #31).

Studio #28, Katie Dean (1303 N 7th St, Sat/Sun)
Make a small book or print a linocut coloring book page.

Studio #31, Chandler O’Leary (2911 N 27th Street, Sat/Sun)
Try your hand at pochoir and create a gift tag to take home.

Studio #40, Bill Colby (1847 N Skyline Drive, Sat/Sun)
Make a small woodcut print on rice paper.

Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full artist roster, schedule, and an interactive map where you can plan your own custom tour course.


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.

 

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 Sponsor: Click! Cable TV
Media Sponsors: ARCADE, KNKX, Northwest Public Broadcasting, Macaroni Kid, ParentMap, Preview, Sounds Fun MomSouth Sound magazine, Tacoma Living Local, Tacoma WeeklyWeekly Volcano

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2017 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 8

27 Sep


This is part 8 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 42 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 14 & 15, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

You are invited inside the working studios of 70 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!

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:

Mark Hoppmann
  
Mark Hoppmann has always been curious. That curiosity has resulted in an eclectic accumulation of bric-a-brac, memories, experiences, and books, all of which in turn, inspire his art. With apologies to Rudyard Kipling, his intent is to design illustrated books for those, “with satiable curiosity.” Simple and sometimes unadorned, but thoughtfully creative book designs hide a treasury of illustrations within.

Jason Sobottka
  
Jason Sobottka’s current work, Adventures Through the Anthropocene, depicts multiple organisms in a mutually beneficial relationship. Symbiotic mutualism rather than parasitism. Flora and fauna work so closely in tandem that they nourish or protect each other. His illustrative and ornamental work focuses on detailed figural renderings, often shifting in between different dimensions. Often the drawings gradate from detailed naturalism towards abstraction. While there is great whimsy there is also dark humor.

Carolyn Burt, Creative Expressions by Carolyn Burt
  
Carolyn Burt works with museum quality archival scratchboard and a wide variety of engraving tools, X-Acto knives, and tattoo needles to create detailed images. To add color she uses scratchboard ink or transparent watercolor. Each piece is finished with Krylon acrylic spray and thus becomes protected from further scratching and does not need to be covered with glass.

Roxann Murray, A Touch of Wanderlust
  
Roxann Murray is an award-winning photographer, illustrator, and graphic designer. She enjoys road-tripping and spends a lot of her time in the national parks. Her international travels include the Philippines, the Marshall Islands, Costa Rica, Thailand, London, and Bali. While she does not limit herself to what she photographs, she prefers the natural world. Roxann’s life goal is to visit every continent on the planet.

Bill Colby
  
Nature and its great variety – rocks, trees, mountains, and water – have been Bill Colby’s constant inspiration. In his woodcut printmaking, the wood grain serves as a natural source of imagery as well as texture. He combines natural sources in his compositions and prints his woodblocks with oil base ink colors that look like watercolors. Colby creates works that invite thought, provide pleasure, and combine technique and color.

Toni Snyder
  
Toni Snyder is primarily a self-taught artist. She loves to create landscape paintings in oils. Toni also has a passion for photography. Her photographs of landscapes – taken at various locations throughout Washington – have not only won her awards but she also uses them as a reference for future paintings.

Henry Haneda
  
Henry Haneda has received international awards and invitations for his photographic works. Henry uses medium and large format films, and high resolution digital cameras, which convey detailed impressions to large prints. Visit his studio on Sunday to see his photography.

 

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!

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 – Ice dyed silk and linen scarf 
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 painting 
Deborah Greenwood – Handmade cards 
Henry Haneda – Small color print 
Hilltop Artists – Glass bowl and glass plates 
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 framed 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 – 2 handmade books
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
Social Media Sponsor: ARCADE

2016 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 1

17 Aug
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: 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.

2014 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 9

8 Oct

Still looking for something to do this weekend? How about the Tacoma Studio Tour! 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. Check out TacomaArtsMonth.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: 37 studio locations around Tacoma – map your course at TacomaArtsMonth.com
When: October 11 & 12, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Deborah Greenwood
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There is an element of joy in repurposing objects. Deborah Greenwood loves old post cards, letters, catalogs, encyclopedias, charms, and dried pressed plants. As time travelers, some of the dust and experience these items have left behind still clings to them. She also enjoys making paper from discarded garden plants. Composing artist books begins with a visit to her stash of ephemera and hand made papers, where a color, theme, or image will inspire her and carry her through the planning and implementation.

Leah Fitts
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From her light-filled studio, Leah Fitts creates abstract paintings using acrylics, graphite, charcoal, oil pastels, and other mixed media. Her original paintings on canvas and wood are inspired by mid-century and modern design, as well as her love of nature. By combining modern design with natural aspects, Leah creates original, textured, and vibrant works of art.

Bill Colby
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Bill Colby has always used nature as a source of inspiration for his work. Water, rocks, and bright colors are featured in his new woodcuts with watercolor.

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. The fasteners are fabricated of shaped and sharpened brass wire. Each piece is mounted in a custom frame.

Lorraine Toler and Ben Davis
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Ben Davis and Lorraine Toler met, painted, and fell in love at the Jet Artist Cooperative in downtown Tacoma. They formed Sweetrain Studios (basically just a name for the second floor of their east Tacoma abode) in January 2014. Lorraine mainly paints with acrylics and Ben mainly uses oils although both artists paint, draw, sketch, street chalk, take photos, and use many mediums.

Elayne Vogel
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Unusual materials have almost always guided the imagery in Elayne Vogel’s artwork, thus “mixed media” usually describes her medium. In recent years she has painted in encaustics and fabricated one-of-a-kind necklaces, which she calls “Unusual Adornments.” These necklaces are meant to combine humor and fashion in entirely wearable jewelry.

Ms. Darcy Anderson, Tinkertopia, LLC.
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Tinkertopia, LLC. works with local businesses to capture safe, reusable materials from the waste stream, and reimagines these as unusual arts and craft supplies for kids, teachers, makers, and tinkerers.

 

Check out these other artists on the tour:

Studio Tour Preview: Part 8
Studio Tour Preview: Part 7
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 

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 6

15 Oct

This is part 6 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:

Becky Frehse

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Becky’s eclectic creative work is dramatically revealed to intrepid visitors when they enter her busy studio. She paints, draws, cuts and pastes, and assembles images that range from underwater gardens to Indonesian Shadow Puppets. Musical instruments hang about waiting to be included in the next scenario.

Michaela Eaves

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Michaela’s childhood set up her adult life to be rich with a love of animals and nature, two themes present in her artwork. She pieces her professional life together with design work, fantasy and horror illustration, and traditional stylized painting. She is the illustrator and author of 42 Sketches and is featured in the red deck of Tacoma playing cards. In her free time, she plays with her rescued rottweilers and volunteers for non-profits.

RR Anderson, Tinkertopia, LLC.

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Tinkertopia is a destination for teachers, students, artists, crafters, inventors, makers, hackers, and tinkerers (of any age) in search of unusual materials for any creative venture. Tinkertopians work with local businesses, capturing safe, reusable materials from the waste stream, and reimagines these as unusual arts and craft supplies for kids, teachers, makers and tinkerers.

Roberta Lowes, Fibers Etc.

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Fibers Etc. is a working fiber art studio that has been located in downtown Tacoma for many years. Roberta Lowes focuses on hand-woven, hand-knit and hand-dyed wearables and accessories. Her designs are always classic but color is her specialty. Roberta also produces some home decor items such as blankets, throws, placemats, and runners.

Chandler O’Leary, Anagram Press

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Chandler O’Leary is an illustrator and lettering artist, and a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She is the proprietor of Anagram Press, the illustrator behind the ‘Dead Feminists’ poster series, and the designer of the Tacoma Playing Cards. Her latest project is an illustrated travel blog called Drawn the Road Again.

Roxann Murray, A Touch of Wanderlust

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Roxann is a photographer and mixed media artist. She uses her camera almost daily and also works with collage, colored pencils, ink, and paint. Although she does not limit herself to what she photographs, she enjoys capturing her travels and nature the most. Roxann uses art to heal; carrying a camera is like a prescription for her. Shooting photographs makes her feel safe and normal in a changing, fast-paced society.

Jenifer Davis, Jenifer Davis Pottery

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The process of transforming mud into art has captured every ounce of Jenifer’s being. Sharing her love of clay with kids fills her with accomplishment. Though she works quite deliberately, intentionally using both traditional and innovative techniques, her subconscious guides the direction of every piece. The concrete, repetitive nature of her work frees her imagination and provides many opportunities for surprises to influence the finished product.

Bill Colby

Sun Rocks, 2013. 14 x 13. Woodcut, watercolor  Waterfall, 2013, 20 x 91/2, Woodcut, acrylic, watercolor  Blue  Water, 2013, 26 x 17, woodcut, watercolor, acrylic
Bill Colby’s current working theme is water and rocks. Color woodcuts with watercolors and acrylics are supported by sumi watercolors of waterfalls, streams, and beaches – both representational and abstract.

 

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
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 5

10 Oct

This is part 5 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 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 – map your course at ArtAtWorkTacoma.com
When: November 3 & 4, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here is this week’s artist sneak peeks:

Bill Colby
Bill has always used nature as the origin of his work. This year he continues to use the forest bough of 2011, and presents it simply, rather than complexly, with bird flocks and sun rays. The tree core (soul) is used in slight abstraction for a new series he will begin.

Kerry Cole
Since studying Fashion Design at Portland State University, Kerry has developed her distinctive style and reputation through a series of commercial successes, which include representation within Barney’s of New York, Pulp! ( L.A.),  Russian Hill Bookstore (San Francisco), logos, CD jackets, magazine covers, and commissioned works. Visit Kerry’s studio during the tour and add your own artistic magic to a collaborative painting which Kerry will finish and auction off to benefit a program for underprivileged youth.

Michaela Eaves
    
Michaela Eaves traded her youth for three magic beans and some time in art school in Savannah. She grew up in Montana, where the natural scenery and animals she was surrounded by have saturated her mental landscape and work ever since. She also works as a designer, volunteers for an animal response technical rescue team, and fosters Rottweilers in memory of her dog Buck.

RR Anderson
     Author of “The Tacomic”, RR Anderson is one of the most curious underground political cartoonists in FeedTacoma.com history. He fought bizarre underground beings in the lava tubes of Juneau, Alaska; was wounded by a laser before it was invented; and was a founding father of the Cartoonists League of Absurd Washingtonians (C.L.A.W.). Seek him drawing at Friday’s Frost Park Chalk Challenge in downtown Tacoma. Visit RR’s studio during the tour to learn secrets of sidewalk chalking and to stamp local currency.

Leah Fitts
From her light-filled downtown studio, Leah Fitts creates abstract paintings using acrylics and oil pastels. 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.

Angela Wales Rockett
A spiritually inspired artist, Angela Wales Rockett paints expressive abstracts that soothe the soul with rich colors and texture that invite the viewer to take part in precious moments of introspection. Her artwork has been included in solo and group exhibits across the United States, from New York City to Seattle, and is included in many private collections.

Check out other artists on the tour:
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, Washington State Arts Commission, Weekly Volcano, and Premier Media Group.

Puget Sound Sumi Artists Celebrate 25 Years

7 Sep

WHO: Puget Sound Sumi Artists
WHAT: 25th Anniversary (three exhibitions + four events)
WHEN/WHERE: Sept. 10-Oct. 21 – exhibit at the Handforth Gallery, Tacoma Public Library, 1102 South Tacoma Ave. Reception Sept. 10, 1-3p.m.
Sept. 16-Dec. 30 – exhibit at the Reference Library, University of Washington-Tacoma, 1900 South Commerce/South 19th and South Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Library hours: Daily 9a.m.-5p.m. Reception Sept. 29, 4:30-5:30p.m.
Oct. 8-Nov. 8 – exhibit at Mavi Contemporary Gallery, 502 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. Contact: info@mavicontemporary.com. Reception Oct. 20, 5-8p.m.
Oct. 21 – activities day at the Handforth Gallery, Tacoma Public Library, 1102 South Tacoma Ave. Demos and activities, 2-4p.m.
TRANSPORTATION: For Third Thursday only, Sept. 15, gallery goers can catch the Art Bus at the Tacoma Art Museum, for $10. Come early, bus leaves at 6p.m. sharp.

"Snow Thunder" by Selinda Sheridan

This fall, a trio of exhibitions will honor the Puget Sound Sumi Artists’ (PSSA) 25th anniversary. The first tribute opening Sept. 10 is a retrospective of over 70 paintings by 42 artists at the Handforth Gallery in the Tacoma Public Library. Exhibitions at the University of Washington-Tacoma (UWT) Reference Library and Mavi Contemporary Gallery will follow.

PSSA was founded in 1986 by Fumiko Kimura, Mary Bottomley and Ann Inouye, three local artists who had studied art in Japan. The women had diverse focuses in the beginning: Kimura was a sumi-e (wash and ink) painter, Inouye’s concentration was in ikebana (flower arranging) and Bottomley’s focus was shodo (calligraphy). They opened up all three arts to interested students in the Puget Sound area. They were virtually the only organization making such cultural offerings available in the region.

Today, PSSA membership stretches across Western Washington. As some of the earliest members have passed away, a new generation of artists has signed on, in some cases edging the form in new directions. The quarter-century of work in these exhibitions shows the evolution of traditional brush painting from classical to more experimental techniques, the latter in the work of artists such as Bill Colby, who combines sumi with other media. “I studied calligraphy with Mary Bottomley with the goal of simplicity in my many printmaking processes and techniques,” says the revered printmaker. “It has worked some, but I still like to fuss!” Continue reading

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