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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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Nominations sought for 2018 AMOCAT Arts Awards

26 Jun
AMOCAT Arts Award

AMOCAT Arts Award illustration designed by Chandler O’Leary

The Tacoma Arts Commission is accepting nominations for the 2018 AMOCAT Arts Awards, which recognize the people and organizations that positively impact Tacoma with their passion, innovation and commitment to the arts. Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 3, 2018.

The Tacoma Arts Commission will review all nominations and select one finalist in each award category based on the breadth and depth of the nominee’s community impact as well as the quality of the work being done by the nominee. Mayor Victoria Woodards will present the 2018 AMOCAT Arts Awards at Kaleidoscope, the Tacoma Arts Month opening party on Oct. 3, 2018.

Award Categories:

  1. Community Outreach by an Individual– Community outreach, engagement and involvement in the arts in Tacoma by an individual
  2. Community Outreach by an Organization– Community outreach, engagement and involvement in the arts in Tacoma by an organization
  3. Arts Patron– A community partner who significantly supports or contributes to the arts in Tacoma

To Make a Nomination:

Fill out the online nomination form via Submittable: https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit. You must create a Submittable account in order to complete the form.

Past Award Winners:

In the category of Community Outreach by an Individual, past winners include: Michael Haeflinger, Lynn Di Nino, Jared Pappas-Kelley and Michael S. Lent, Laura and Matt Eklund, Lance Kagey and Tom Llewellyn, Linda Danforth, William Kupinse, Oliver Doriss, Stella Haioulani, Katy Evans, David Domkoski, Jessica Spring, Connie K. Walle, and Christopher Paul Jordan.

In the category of Community Outreach by an Organization, past winners include: Monkeyshines, Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass Education Programs, Arts Impact, Tacoma School of the Arts, Barefoot Studios, Victory Music, King’s Books, Hilltop Artists, Fab-5, D.A.S.H. Center for the Arts, The Grand Cinema, Puget Sound Book Artists, Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Tacoma Public Library, and Tacoma Youth Symphony Association.

In the category of Arts Patron, past winners include: Tacoma Housing Authority, Sound Transit Art Program, Pierce Transit, Sixth Avenue Business District, The Weekly Volcano, Hotel Murano, City Arts, Urban Grace Church, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Key Bank, Erivan and Helga Haub and family, ArtsFund, University of Washington Tacoma, and Metro Parks Tacoma.

More Information:

More information about the AMOCAT Arts Awards is available at cityoftacoma.org/amocat.

2017 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 9

4 Oct


This is part 9 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:

Roberta Lowes, Fibers Etc
  

As for many artists, inspiration for the work of Roberta Lowes is taken from the colors of nature and is translated into textiles that are both practical and beautiful. Wearables that are hand-dyed, hand-knit, and hand-woven include scarves, shawls, hats, vests, and jackets. Home decor items such as blankets, placemats, and table runners are also part of the collection.

Reid Ozaki
  
For more than forty years, Reid Ozaki has been creating finely crafted work influenced by the ceramic traditions of Japan combined with his interest in the natural world. His work endeavors to synthesize both using Western materials and techniques.

Chandler O’Leary, Anagram Press
  
Chandler O’Leary is a RISD graduate and the proprietor of Anagram Press, specializing in lettering and illustration. Chandler is the author and artist of the illustrated travel blog, Drawn the Road Again, and one half of the collaborative team behind the Dead Feminists book and broadside series. She is currently working on her next book, an illustrated atlas of the West Coast, to be published by Sasquatch Books in 2019.

Helen Tran, Wasoap
  
Helen Tran was making Washington shaped soap bars for her visiting relatives and friends in 2016. The Washington shaped soap bars were a hit. After countless hours of testing and experimenting, Helen developed a recipe and techniques to make glycerin soap with decorative designs. Helen also makes greetings cards.

William Turner
  
Native Tacoman William Turner studied with Bill Colby, Jacob Lawrence, Alden Mason, and Michael Stafford, and has also been influenced by Deibenkorn and Matisse. His works are in local, national, and international collections. Rising early in the morning, he paints daily spending mornings and afternoons in his studio with dogs Buttons and Charlie, then returning home to have lunch and garden. His upcoming exhibits include Ryan James, Kirkland & Art Spirit Gallery, and Coeur d’Alene.

Dorothy McCuistion
  
Dorothy McCuistion uses a variety of printmaking techniques to create monotype prints, small print editions, and handmade books. She layers the personal with the universal, the local with the far-flung, and the mundane with the exotic. Observational drawings, random marks, and images captured in photographs are all grist for her art making. Her artwork comments on topics ranging from human environmental impacts to the fusion of cultures in contemporary society.

Kris Crews, Crews Creative
  
Crews Creative assists local businesses and independent artists in the creation and delivery of digital media including photography, video production, and web design. Kris Crews is an independent filmmaker, photographer, and multimedia artist. His work has been featured at a variety of local venues including The Grand Cinema, Fulcrum Gallery, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Tacoma Film Festival, Tacoma Art Museum, and Seattle Art Museum.

 

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
Studio Tour Preview: Part 8


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 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

2015 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 4

9 Sep

This is part 4 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October.

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

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. 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:

Lynne Farren
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Art making fills the inside of Lynne Farren’s studio. Step inside to see paintings, assemblages, collages and totem dolls. Art work will be spilling out into the hallway too.

Nadine Hamil, Artful Dreamers Studio
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Nadine Hamil works with acrylic paints and is a master expressive arts and intuitive painting facilitator. She runs Artful Dreamers Studio, an ideal place for people to enhance creativity, find new inspiration, explore their spirit, and play with vibrant colors. Through workshops, Nadine helps guide her students to discover the magic of their spontaneity and the power of their intuition. She is a Creatively Fit creativity coach.

Fumiko Kimura, Kimura Studio
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Fumiko Kimura earned a Masters in Art Education from the University of Puget Sound in 1977 and continues to volunteer-teach, paint, and exhibit. Her main medium is Asian sumi brush painting and calligraphy, traditional watercolors and mixed media collages, abstracts, and absolute art. Her innovative and experimental works are inspired by nature motifs using various materials.

Kyle Dillehay
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Kyle Dillehay has been fascinated by photography but, with the introduction of the digital camera, it became too predictable for him. He turned his focus on the roots of analog photography, not just by recording the image itself, but by being an active participant in the entire photographic process. This brought Kyle back to the photo processes of the mid-19th century, using “simple” chemicals to create highly detailed photographic plates.

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” poster series. She has lived and worked in Tacoma for seven years.

Henry Haneda, Archistrial Design
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Henry Haneda has, for decades, received international awards and invitationals for his art and craft works.  Henry uses medium and large format films, which convey detailed impressions to large prints. He has also been a world-renowned rod and knife maker since 1980, using metal, graphite fiber, wood, and recycled paper composites, which convey detailed craftsmanship to the highest quality products. Visit the machine shop studio on Saturday to see his processing. Visit his studio on Sunday to see his photography.

K.C. Bacon
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Largely self-taught, except for drawing instruction at the Seattle Academy of Realist Art, K.C. Bacon works almost exclusively with oil on board. His range of subjects include landscape and portraiture, emphasizing Expressionism. The studio is well-lit and spacious, with a wood stove to ensure winter comfort. A separate gallery features an open beam interior, skylights, museum quality lighting, tatami mats, and a comfortable leather bench seat for restful viewing.

 


Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!

New this year! 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 this tour including:

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.


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

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.

2015-16 Arts Anchor Fund and TAIP Recipients Announced

18 Mar

Nine Arts Organizations and 16 Artists Funded by Tacoma Arts Commission

RJ Oki and Trent Quoicho blowing at the Museum of Glass as part of a collaboration with Team Chihuly.

RJ Oki and Trent Quoicho blowing at the Museum of Glass as part of a collaboration with Team Chihuly. Photo provided by Hilltop Artists.

The Tacoma Arts Commission has awarded $255,000 to nine Tacoma-based arts organizations through its Arts Anchor Fund program, and $40,000 to 16 Tacoma artists through its Tacoma Artists Initiative Program. The Arts Anchor Fund program awards range in value from $20,000 to $40,000 each, and the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program awards are $2,500 each. Funding for both programs is for the 2015-16 biennium.

“Supporting a diverse group of local artists and arts organizations helps build a creative community,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Traci Kelly. “Funding the arts at multiple levels means our city gives everyone opportunities for meaningful engagement and expression.”

Arts Anchor Fund Program Awards

Students from Tacoma Art Museum's after school off-site outreach programs visit the museum to tour the galleries. Photo provided by Tacoma Art Museum.

Students from Tacoma Art Museum’s after school off-site outreach programs visit the museum to tour the galleries. Photo provided by Tacoma Art Museum.

The 2015-2016 Arts Anchor Fund program award recipients are: Hilltop Artists, Museum of Glass, Northwest Sinfonietta, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma Opera, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Tacoma Youth Symphony Association and The Grand Cinema.

In 2014, these nine organizations served 500,654 people, provided free admission to 124,209 people, and generated an estimated $9.55 million for the local economy.

Flame-working demonstration as part of Museum of Glass' Hot Shop Heroes: Healing with Fire program. Photo by Greg Owen.

Flame-working demonstration as part of Museum of Glass’ Hot Shop Heroes: Healing with Fire program. Photo by Greg Owen.

The Tacoma Arts Commission established the Arts Anchor Fund program in 1995 to provide financial support to major local not-for-profit arts organizations that significantly improve the quality of life for Tacoma. These arts organizations serve Tacoma’s community through regularly scheduled performances, exhibits and events, and school and outreach programs.

Tacoma Artists Initiative Program Awards

Acrylic painting by Christopher Jordan for COLORED Series. Photo provided by Christopher Jordan.

Author, Acrylic painting by Christopher Jordan for COLORED Series. Photo provided by Christopher Jordan.

The 2015-2016 Tacoma Artists Initiative Program funded artists are: Saign Charlestein, Jennifer Chushcoff, Matthew Coté, Kristin Giordano, Michael Haeflinger, Whitney Henry-Lester, Christopher Jordan, Jeremy Mangan, Janet Marcavage, Tim Norris, Chandler O’Leary, Isaac Olsen, Nichole Rathburn, Holly Senn, Emilie Shimkus and Gregory Youtz.

Catabomb, textile sculpture by Nichole Rathburn. Photo provided by Nichole Rathburn.

Catabomb, textile sculpture by Nichole Rathburn. Photo provided by Nichole Rathburn.

Funded Tacoma Artists Initiative Program projects include a spoken word album and poetry reading; a podcast series exploring varying perspectives on Tacoma; production of a series of short films showcasing poetry; performance and recording of instrumental and vocal songs; production of a book of poetry and photographs; and the creation and exhibition of two- and three-dimensional visual art including metal art, photography, mixed media, paintings, printmaking, illustrations, and textile and paper sculptures.

The Tacoma Artists Initiative Program was established in 1999 to assist artists with the generation of new work, and to share their talent with the public in a free and accessible format.

Fall Haul, sketchbook drawing by Chandler O'Leary. Photo provided by Chandler O'Leary.

Fall Haul, sketchbook drawing by Chandler O’Leary. Photo provided by Chandler O’Leary.

The Arts Anchor Fund program and Tacoma Artists Initiative Program are two of three funding programs administered by the Tacoma Arts Commission. For a complete listing of funding programs and information about the Tacoma Arts Commission, visit cityoftacoma.org/arts.

2014 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 4

3 Sep

This is part 4 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. 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
When: October 11 & 12, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Lance Roberts, Lance Roberts Pottery
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Lance Roberts has been working in the Northwest as a potter for 35 years. He received his BFA in Ceramics from the University of Washington in 1986 and has been showing in galleries in the Northwest and traveling to art shows locally and as far out as Chicago and San Francisco and many points in between for those 35 years. He also enjoys sharing his knowledge and is currently teaching at both the Kirkland Arts Center and Manitou Art Center.

Kerry Cole, The Blue Octopus
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Kerry Cole is a ‘seer’. She talks to ghosts and furniture and paints what she feels coming from others. Whether they be actual people, people she sees in her dreams or senses around her coming through other dimensions-their energies are ever present. Kerry largely paints figurative/portraiture, but will escape to abstract compositions for emotional relief. An abstract piece provides respite from the intensity of feelings created during those figurative ‘discussions’ and provides a technical work space to play with form and color.

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.

Mark Hudak, Throwing Mud Gallery
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Mark Hudak has been a full-time studio potter in Tacoma for over 30 years. All of the work is hand thrown or hand built by Mark in his studio at Throwing Mud Gallery. Functional pottery has been his passion and he loves to make items that people use in their daily living.

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,” the designer of the Tacoma Playing Cards, and one half of the collaborative team behind the “Dead Feminists” poster series.

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.

 

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 

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

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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.

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