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2017 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 3

23 Aug

This is part 3 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:

Mauricio Robalino
  
Mauricio Robalino learned to paint on an ocean voyage in 1964. He always drew in school, and chose art as a career while attending business school. These days Mauricio paints and makes huge mosaics and sculptures for many public spaces. All this happens in a humble two-car garage behind his home, where he lives with his family!

Lynne Farren, Lynne Farren Designs
  
Lynne Farren is always on the lookout for odd or unwanted materials to turn into mixed media collage and assemblage. While they may seem casually put together, her artworks are actually well thought out and arranged with attention to detail. They tell a story, and the story can be invented by the viewer.

K.C. Bacon
  
While K.C. Bacon has shown work at various venues in the Pacific Northwest, his primary outlet is his home gallery, in operation since 2003. K.C. works almost exclusively with oil on board. While he generally begins a painting with an image, the act of painting is frequently his theme. He intends his paintings to illustrate a human touch – emotion deriving color, thought attending line.

Mark Hudak, Throwing Mud Gallery
  
Mark Hudak has been a full-time studio potter for over 30 years. Functional, decorative pottery has been his passion and he loves to make items that people use in their daily lives. Since opening Throwing Mud Gallery in 2011, he has been able to share this passion with others.

Tacoma City Ballet
  
Tacoma City Ballet nurtures the intellectual mind and the physical being of developing young artists as they study the art of classical ballet, and creates an environment which furthers artistic development and the growth of the human spirit. They continue to create innovative, artistically excellent ballet productions for the community which are family oriented and financially accessible.

Chuck Knigge
  
Chuck Knigge is a freelance illustrator and software designer. His work includes games for the PlayStation 4 and logos for local coffee shops. In his free time, he loves drawing superheroes and portraits.

Claudia Riedener, Ixia Tile Tacoma

  
Claudia Riedener at Ixia Tile Tacoma, focuses on handmade architectural ceramic installations for public art, private, and commercial commissions. The creative process includes carving, sculpting, molding, extruding, and hand building from slabs. The artist finds inspiration in the natural world. Native flora and fauna make frequent appearances in her creations. All clays and glazes used are made in Tacoma.

 

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


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 3

31 Aug

This is part 3 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:

Steve Lawler, rePly Furniture
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At rePly Furniture Steve Lawler creates unique, hand-crafted furniture from salvaged plywood collected from local cabinet shops. Through a process established over several years, the plywood is shaped, sanded, and put together in a number of different ways to create one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly, heirloom quality pieces extolling plywood’s unique and normally unseen attributes.

Chuck Knigge
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Chuck Knigge is a Northwest illustrator and game designer. He mainly works digitally but has been known to dabble with paints. By day, he works as a UI Designer and Artist for Sucker Punch Productions, making games for the PlayStation 4. By night, he draws superheroes, monsters, portraits, and nostalgia pieces.

Claudia Riedener, Ixia Tile Tacoma
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Claudia Riedener is a ceramic tile maker, artist, and plant enthusiast. Her love for nature is apparent in her work. Riedener is a self-taught ceramic artist and creates ceramic tile and tile murals for private, commercial, and public installations. Riedener is deeply involved with the Tacoma arts community and has organized and curated many events, shows, and permanent installations over the last 15 years.

Michaela Eaves
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Michaela Eaves grew up in the wilds of Montana, surrounded by nature and animals, and spent most of her free time drawing and reading all the best fantasy books the small town and school libraries could provide. The combination continues to heavily influence her art and writing. In her free time, she mountain bikes, spends time with her Rottweiler, and volunteers with the Washington State Animal Response Team.

Kris Crews, Crews Creative
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Kris Crews is an independent filmmaker, photographer, and multimedia artist specializing in documentary film and music video production. Kris works closely with Spaceworks Tacoma and several independent artists, as well as community organizations, to promote art in Tacoma via video and photography. His work has been featured at a variety of local venues including The Grand Cinema, Fulcrum Gallery, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, the Tacoma Film Festival, and Seattle Art Museum.

Jennifer English, SPUN – Clay Arts Studio and Gallery
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In 2014, through Spaceworks Tacoma, Jennifer English and her longtime friend, April Sanders, started SPUN. As a potter, Jennifer explores the connections between heart, hands, and clay bodies. She enjoys making pottery accessible to the people in her community through SPUN. Whether it’s on the wheel or sculpting by hand, she loves trying new clay techniques and experimenting with glazes.

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

Studio Tour Preview: Part 1
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2


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

2013 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 5

8 Oct

This is part 5 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:

Charles Knigge

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Chuck is a Northwest artist, illustrator/cartoonist, and game designer. His work can be found in several comic anthologies. He has worked for Arenanet as a UI Designer on Guild Wars 2. In June, Chuck finished Long Live Queen Freddie! a series of paintings and prints celebrating and remembering the greatest voice of Rock, by playing dress up with the most memorable queens of history, fiction, and pop culture.

 

Angela Rockett, StudioTenshi

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Angela Wales Rockett creates expressive abstract paintings that soothe the soul and invite the viewer to moments of introspection. Her paintings have been exhibited across the U.S. from Seattle to NYC. Knowing first hand of art’s amazing power to heal and transform, she also leads classes in intuitive and expressive art to help artists and non-artists to experience their own creative power, and their own potential to transform and heal their lives.

 

Rusty George, Rusty George Creative

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Rusty George Creative is an agency that specializes in Branding and Brand Strategy. Its client list includes Tacoma Art Museum, The Humane Society of Tacoma Pierce County, Black Bear Frozen Yogurt, City of Tacoma, and Roman Meal, just to name a few. RGC consists of a crack team of artists, strategists, writers, managers, and any number of office dogs dedicated to telling the stories of their clients in the most compelling way possible.

 

Jessica Spring, Springtide Press

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Jessica Spring is the proprietor of Springtide Press in Tacoma, where she designs, prints, and binds artists books, broadsides, and ephemera incorporating handmade paper and letterpress printing. Jessica teaches book arts and typography at Pacific Lutheran University.

 

Roxane Stoner

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Roxane Stoner gathers inspiration from an accumulated mental collection of symbolic images influenced by the places where she has lived and dreamed. These symbols are incorporated into her work through different mediums such as fibers, watercolors, ink, and photography.

 

Pat Haase

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Pat Haase started sculpting in 1994, carving directly into wood. Figurative sculptures, which convey a specific personality, mood, and setting delight Pat. Her awareness of posture and anatomy comes as much from teaching Yoga for over 20 years as from her medical background. Currently, most of Pat’s sculpture is ceramic and includes many portraits. She also has cast works in bronze and kiln-cast glass sculpture.

 

Karen Utter

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Karen Utter, originally from Vancouver, B.C., has always lived in the Pacific Northwest. The stunning natural beauty of the area has had a profound influence on the content of her art. The landscape, and its variety of animals and birds, form the main body of her work in pastels, acrylics, and linocuts. Karen has a BA in Fine Art from the Evergreen State College, where her colorful expressionistic style began.

 

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

Chuck Knigge on the Joy of Horror

29 Oct

“Solos are Fine but Duets are Romantic” by Chuck Knigge

As All Hallow’s Eve looms, we approached Chuck Knigge, a Northwest artist, illustrator/cartoonist, and game designer for his thoughts on the horror genre. “As an artist, I think the best thing one can do is make horror that speaks to you personally. I find horror comedy most appealing, and I try to always bring a hint of something goofy and self aware to my horror work,” he says.

“Horror is the most difficult genre to take on. In no other genre do you have a fandom that is so particular and so passionate, yet so divided in taste and sophistication. And it’s because fear can take a few different forms and have multiple effects: psychological, physical, and humorous. Faltering on these even remotely can be devastating to your intended effect, but the most important aspect to horror is storytelling. Context is essential for creating suspense, grossing someone out, or making them laugh.”

“Armaweddin” by Chuck Knigge

Knigge, a UI artist behind the Guild Wars 2 video game, uses tongue-in-cheek to great effect. He created Armaweddin, a dark, digital tribute featuring his fiancee, to celebrate “our apocalyptic-themed wedding.” Known primarily for his comic and poster illustration, the artist these days is translating his skills to large-scale paintings and drawings. You can check out more of his work at www.seakae.com and http://seaknigge.blogspot.com/. Better yet, meet him on the Tacoma Studio Tour, November 3-4.

Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 3

26 Sep

This is part 3 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this November.

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

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

Here is this week’s artist sneak peeks:

Jena Marks
   
Jena is drawn to faces and places that surround us in the Northwest. Using her eye for line and texture, she discovers lines moving between dark and light, subtly coaxing out personalities from the subject matter, infusing the work with color and vitality. She can be found gathering information, sketching around town, or looking for new and unique views on life in the Puget Sound area.

Chuck Knigge
  
Chuck is a published illustrator and comic artist. He works full time in the video game industry and likes to paint when inspiration strikes.

Mark Hoppmann
  

For more than ten years, Mark Hoppmann has been busy creating eclectic works in graphite, India ink, and watercolor from his Tacoma studio. His most recent endeavor is learning the art of making handmade books of his illustrations. He uses a variety of techniques and materials to create both traditional and nontraditional book forms. His most recent project was “A is for Alien” an abecedarian book consisting of over 52 illustrations. During the studio tour, Mark will be demonstrating how he makes his sketchbooks as well as his pen & ink illustrations.

Deborah Greenwood
  
Deborah Greenwood, collage and book artist, works with used materials. She is moved to fuse such materials, if they capture her, into art. By cutting and reassembling ephemera, new forms appear. She says the most striking thing about the majority of the materials she uses is their ordinariness. She remarks, “I am endlessly fascinated by the transformation that takes place in this process and the relationships that take place.”

Marsha Glazière
  
Glazière’s mixed media paintings, drawings, and sculpture are contemporary, dynamic, and colorful expressions that dramatically synthesize the recognizable in a semi-abstract mode. Landscape (natural and urban) has been her focus for many years. Her new book (2012) — “Eclectic COFFEE Spots in Puget Sound” includes 41 paintings on paper. Some of these paintings will be available for viewing at her studio during the tour.

Sandra B. Murray
  
Sandra B. Murray was born in Venezuela and grew up in Colombia, South America. Her work is influenced by the flora of the cloud forest of the Andes as well as the flowers from her large garden in Lakewood and the desert scenery of Palm Springs, California. She studied Anthropology and Fine Arts at the College of William and Mary, and since graduating, paints primarily in oils while experimenting in watercolors as well.

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

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