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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 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

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

2015 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 3

2 Sep

This is part 3 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:

Diana Leigh Surma
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Diana Leigh Surma received her B.A. in Visual Art from Hunter College. Her passion for community engagement earned her a place on the Tacoma Murals Project artist roster as well as a nomination for the 2015 Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s Foundation of Art Award. Her collaborative new media installation, ColorBox, was featured in Storefronts Seattle’s summer 2015 exhibition and a larger version will be installed in partnership with Spaceworks Tacoma in 2016.

Mark Hudak, Throwing Mud Gallery
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Mark Hudak has been a full-time studio potter in Tacoma for over 30 years. Functional pottery has been his passion and he loves to make items that people use in their daily living. Mark also teaches six pottery classes each week in his studio.

Claudia Riedener, Ixia Tile Tacoma
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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. All clays and glazes used are made in Tacoma. Public art installations in Tacoma include Manitou Trestle, Hops Arbor at Point Ruston Waterwalk, McCarver Park, South Tacoma Public Library, Multi-Care TreeHouse, Masa Restaurant and Bellarmine School.

Susan Blais
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Susan Blais works out of the Jet Artist Cooperative and her work can also be seen at the 253 Collective gallery just downstairs. This was her first year of participating in the “42 sketches” challenge, in which artists attempt to complete one sketch daily for the first six weeks of the new year. The challenge is designed to jump start a habit of making time to work on art. Stop by Susan’s studio to see how the challenge worked for her.

Lisa Kinoshita, Moss + Mineral
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M+M is a design store where art, mid-century modern design, and unusual plant terraria bliss out together in an integrated one-room environment. Owner/artist Lisa Kinoshita curates the space as a thematic one-room vignette. Also featuring contemporary jewelry by regional artists.

Maeve Harris, Ruby Rose Maeve Harris Studio
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Maeve Harris is an abstract painter whose work investigates color and light. Influenced by natural and organic forms, her paintings reveal a focus on the medium itself. She mixes her own pigments and uses multiple layers of color and metallic to suggest the passage of time. Her approach to traditional subjects such as landscapes, figurative, or animals is met with experimentation of form, material, and technique.

Todd Jannausch, Feast Arts Center
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Todd Jannausch is a sculptor, installation artist, and co-founder of Feast Arts Center. Between 2010-2014 he created a series of installations that allowed artists to interact with the community and show art in new ways. His work has been shown at Frye Art Museum, Bellevue Art Museum and he was the recipient of a 2015 Artist Trust Fellowship. He has spent the last five years working as a program manager and art instructor at Pratt Fine Arts Center.


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

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.

Manitou Trestle: dedicated to the love of community

3 Feb

On January 31, about 50 community members gathered in South Tacoma to dedicate the new multi-media mural, Manitou Trestle, created by artists Claudia Riedener, Chris Jordan, and Kenji Stoll, for the South 66th Street Trestle. The public art piece is a project of Sound Transit’s public art program (STart) in collaboration with the City of Tacoma’s Public Art: In Depth artist training program. 

The mural layers South Tacoma’s history, industry and personal experiences with botanical representations of native flora, topography and quotes from the community. These layers of ceramic tile and paint create a dynamic and collective representation of the community’s memories and tell a visual story of the South Tacoma neighborhood’s past, present and future.

Photographer Dane Gregory Meyer captured the event through the following photo essay.

Community members gathered at the STAR Center for the artwork dedication.

Community members gathered at the STAR Center for the artwork dedication.

During the dedication: Claudia Riedener, artist;  Chelsea Levy, Sound Transit; Marilyn Strickland, Mayor of the City of Tacoma; and Joe Lonergan, Tacoma City Council member.

During the dedication (left to right): Claudia Riedener, artist; Chelsea Levy, Sound Transit; Marilyn Strickland, Mayor of the City of Tacoma; and Joe Lonergan, Tacoma City Council member.

Mayor Strickland reads a poem, Manitou Trestle, written by Ken Sikes in commemoration of the dedication of the trestle.

Mayor Strickland read a poem, Manitou Trestle, written by Ken Sikes in commemoration of the artwork dedication. “…we poor, tired, huddled masses, yearning to be seen, passing through, and to. So loved. So love. So Tacoma.”

Barb Luecke, Sound Transit Art Program Manager, presents the Golden Roller community stewardship award to Venus Dergan.

Barb Luecke, Sound Transit Art Program Manager (left), presented the Golden Roller community stewardship award to Venus Dergan (right).

Artists Chris Jordan, Kenji Stoll, and Claudia Riedener (left to right) talk about the inspiration for the mural.

Artists Chris Jordan, Kenji Stoll, and Claudia Riedener (left to right) talked about the inspiration for the mural.

 

Left to right: City Council member Joe Lonergan, artist Chris Jordan, Mayor Marilyn Strickland, artist Claudia Riedener, and artist Kenji Stoll.

Left to right: City Council member Joe Lonergan, artist Chris Jordan, Mayor Marilyn Strickland, artist Claudia Riedener, and artist Kenji Stoll.

An enthusiastic group of attendees visit the mural site after the dedication ceremony.

An enthusiastic group of attendees visit the mural site after the dedication ceremony.

Echo Curry and children from the Henry T. Schatz branch of the Boys and Girls Club inspect the mural they helped influence.

Echo Curry and children from the Henry T. Schatz branch of the Boys and Girls Club inspect the mural they helped influence.

The mural is composed of botanically-inspired ceramic tiles, stamped with quotes collected from the community, layered with historic buildings and topography of the land as illustrated through aerosol paint.

The mural is composed of botanically-inspired ceramic tiles, stamped with quotes collected from the community, layered with historic buildings and topography of the land as illustrated through aerosol paint.

A view of the expansive mural, which covers the north and south sides as well as the median of the train trestle.

A view of the expansive mural, which covers the north and south sides as well as the median of the train trestle.

Manitou Trestle Dedication

Manitou Trestle Dedication

All photos used with permission from Dane Gregory Meyer. Copyright Dane Gregory Meyer.

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Dane Gregory Meyer PhotographyDane Gregory Meyer has been a professional photographer for over 25 years and owns Dane Gregory Meyer Photography. He has served on the Tacoma Arts Commission since 2009, currently as Vice Chair, in a desire to give back to the community and support the arts as an economic engine and core for Tacoma.

Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 2

19 Sep

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

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

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

Here is this week’s artist sneak peeks:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monkeys Invade Tacoma Art Museum, March 22

9 Mar

"Janet Flanner" by Berenice Abbott. Library of Congress

The Tacoma Art Museum welcomes the 100th Monkey on Thursday, March 22, 5-8pm! TAM is hosting T-town’s favorite, no-invitation-required social during the opening week of the internationally-acclaimed exhibition, Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture. You can check out this major exhibition of art addressing questions of gender and sexual identity in its West Coast debut, and the outstanding 10th Northwest Biennial, too.

What is the 100th Monkey? An ongoing artists’ schmoozefest at which attendees pony up finger food and *libations share with new faces as well as veteran party primates. For this event, artists Claudia Riedener, Lynn Di Nino and Di Morgan-Graves are creating a limited edition of tiles on the theme of “gender identity and sexual orientation” to be available for $5 each the night of the ape fest. Admission to the museum is free with purchase. Music by Duo Rubicund. More information at www.100thmonkeytacoma.org.

* Please bring white wine only, please.

Walking the Walk on the Prairie Line Trail

13 Nov

On Saturday, glowering skies drenched the opening of Temporal Terminus: Marking the Line, an exhibit of temporary art installations sited along the Prairie Line Trail. The deluge did not scare off the large crowd who turned out for a guided tour of the art works starting at Tollefson Plaza, winding down to the Tacoma Art Museum and Thea Foss Waterway, continuing along the esplanade by the Museum of Glass, and back up to the University of Washington-Tacoma. Rain or no rain, it was a great opportunity to see how this half-mile, $5.83 million legacy trail – the western terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad, completed during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency – will link up Tacoma’s major cultural attractions.

The rain started on Friday as the eight teams of artists commissioned to create art for the pedestrian/bike trail project now underway began installing their works. It became an all-out battle of humans vs. nature as the weekend progressed. By the time the tour began on Saturday, well-wishers had girded themselves with umbrellas, raingear and high spirits to view the temporary installations along the trail. Here’s a glimpse of the eight new public art works on view through Nov. 26:

UW-T Campus
Title: Ghost Prairie
Artists: Thoughtbarn  (Lucy Begg & Robert Gay)

Thoughtbarn’s installation speaks to the railroad line’s namesake. Inspired by the mysterious Mima mounds in Thurston County, and the plight of the diminishing prairie, this installation introduces a piece of ‘artificial prairie’ along the rails running through the UW-T campus. It is a playful referral to both the railroad’s history and its new landscape-driven future as a bike and pedestrian path through the city. For its duration the colorful, intriguing object will catch the eye of local pedestrians and drivers. Those most curious can get up close to run their hands along the ‘grasses’, which also glow at night.


UW-T Pedestrian Bridge

Title: Envision
Artists: Jeremy Gregory, Diane Hansen, Ed Kroupa

Gigantic eyes look down on the campus from the pedestrian bridge. Are they benevolent? Visionary? Judging? That depends. The eyes are those of Abraham Lincoln, the visionary whose dream it was to complete a transcontinental rail that would meet the Pacific. Is he overlooking his accomplishment or wondering about this particular route’s demise and our crazy modern lives? Walking over the ped bridge, one experiences a different viewpoint and inspiration for the endurance of vision.


Grassy area by UW-T
Title: Manifest Destiny
Artists: Maria Meneses, Nicholas Nyland, Elise Richman

Manifest Destiny was a phrase that justified the territorial expansion of the United States as if it were a divine sanction. A series of markers reminiscent of the Northern Pacific Railroad signs act as a historical timeline of Tacoma, starting in 1870, three years before Tacoma was designated as the western terminus for the transcontinental railroad. A stepping stone begins the journey and the subsequent signs track the growing population of the city over 140 years at intervals that represent the largest jumps in population.

Dock Street Grassy Area
Title: Zero Down
Artists: Chris Jordan, Chandler O’Leary, Claudia Riedener

From a series of ‘footprints’ that occupy the grassy area, colorful shadows extend.  The images are rendered in temporary paint and continued in chalk, the forms span the grass and onto the concrete morphing into forms human and imagined.  Each brightly colored shadow represents the diversity and complexities of humans’ personalities. Seen here, a ghostly profile that will fade over time.

15th Street Overpass
Title: TACOMABALL
Artists: Kyle Dillehay, Lisa Kinoshita, Oliver Doriss

The curve of this overpass is the inspiration for TACOMABALL, a monumental, temporarily interactive pinball-style game which will come to life during the Prairie Line Trail tour. Gigantic red balls will be bowled down the curve interacting with various obstacles depicting both notorious and beloved local icons. Racing stripes and imagery reminiscent of the game will remain on the ramp (assuming nature cooperates) through the course of the exhibit making every pedestrian a player in the game.

Hood Street
Title: Rogue Rhizomes
Artists: Chris Sharp, Lance Kagey, James Sinding

This section of the Prairie Line Trail is a ragged remnant of an industrial heritage that has witnessed dynamic transformation all around, while remaining itself, virtually unchanged over the last 100 years. The fringes of this space are a competition between structured plantings and wildness trying to reinsert itself into the landscape. This installation explores the rogue elements of organic invasiveness, between city and wildness. Using brightly colored markers and a three-dimensional letterform the eye is drawn from a distance and evoke ideas of giant flora. Organic patterns around the base of each light pole emanate outwards over time making use of positive and negative space and ‘invade’ the surrounding area.

Photo: Holly Senn

Tollefson Plaza
Title: Link
Artists: Bret Lyon, Janet Marcavage, Holly Senn

Link makes visible the connection between the rail lines and highlights how the Prairie Line Trail linked Tacoma to the communities of Tenino, McIntosh, Wetico, Rainier, Yelm, Roy, Hillhurst, Lakeview, and South Tacoma. Floating yellow orbs, iconic of the yellow and black railroad signs will re-enact the stops along the line that connected with these communities.


Photo: Kristin Giordano

Under I-705
Title: Wild Wilderness
Artists:  Jennifer Adams, Kristin Giordano, Kenji Stoll

This work comments on the diminishing open spaces in our world and the impact on animal habitat.  In addition, it calls attention to the wild spaces that exist within our urban midst. Peeking from the interesting, dense vegetation near Tacoma Art Museum, a variety of animals that would be hard pressed to co-exist inhabit this newly created environment. Think: mega fauna.

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