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2017 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 2

16 Aug

This is part 2 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:

Deborah Greenwood, Greenwood Studio
  
Collage and book arts are Deborah Greenwood’s primary focus. She enjoys working with used materials. Over the last six years she has been making paper with garden plants. A variety of handmade papers have also made their way into her work.

Susan Thompson, Susan’s Kiln
  
Susan Thompson’s fully functioning pottery studio is set up in the basement of a private residence in the North End. Susan is a retired school teacher who makes functional pieces for others to enjoy in their home.

Jennifer English, SPUN Clay Arts Studio & Gallery  
Jennifer English explores the connections between heart, hands, and clay bodies. Since starting with sculpture at the age of 15, she likes to mix wheel-thrown and hand-built techniques in order to create fun and exciting pieces. SPUN celebrated its three year anniversary this August and is proud to be on the studio tour again this year.

Audrey Tulimiero Welch
  
Audrey Tulimiero Welch is an internationally exhibited painter who resides in Tacoma. She earned her BFA from the University of Delaware and her MFA from the Art Institute of Boston. From 2002-2016 Welch lived and worked in Indonesia, Thailand, and Australia; this has influenced the context of her paintings. Her abstract layered paintings can be read as metamorphic ‘maps’ that contain embedded daily life stories.

Jessica Spring, Springtide Press
  
Springtide Press was founded in 1999 by proprietor Jessica Spring, who designs, prints, and binds artist books, broadsides, and ephemera incorporating letterpress printing and handmade paper. Small, finely-crafted editions and one-of-a-kind books explore historical topics, popular culture, and typography from a unique perspective. The shop motto, “where we always print damp” recognizes the Pacific Northwest as a fine place to print, where the damp climate helps make a good impression.

Rich Hall, Ghostshark Labs/Rich Hall Artwork
  
Rich Hall was born and raised in New York City, and is currently based in Tacoma. He is a show promoter who presented shows at venues such as CBGB. He relocated to Seattle, then to Tacoma, to shed the dregs of the music industry and to focus on illustration and graphic design. His current work explores the deepest realms of imagination – focusing on animals who live in his realm on a planet in his mind. 

Marie Jensen
  
Marie Jensen has been a working artist for over 20 years. She began by making work in the textile/quilt art world. In 2016 she began painting primarily with acrylics and stretching the finished work herself. She is also creating modern versions of the beloved carnival punk (knock down doll) also using canvas and paint.  Whimsical and wacky are good words to describe her current work.

 

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


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 7

28 Sep

This is part 7 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:

Deborah Greenwood
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Deborah Greenwood, papermaker and book artist, loves working with used materials. When the overall mood of an object impacts her, she is drawn to fuse it into art. Whether it is by turning garden plants into paper or cutting and reassembling ephemera, new forms appear. The most striking thing about the majority of the materials she uses is their ordinariness. She says, “I am endlessly fascinated by the transformation that takes place in the process and the relationships that take shape.”

Elayne Vogel
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Unusual materials have almost always guided the imagery in Elayne Vogel’s artwork, so “mixed media” usually describes her medium. In recent years she has fabricated one-of-a-kind necklaces, which she calls “Unusual Adornments.” These necklaces are meant to combine humor and fashion in entirely wearable jewelry. Elayne received her B.A. degree from the University of Michigan and her Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington.

Hilltop Artists
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Hilltop Artists started in the summer of 1994 with just 20 students. Since then, Hilltop Artists has expanded into 9 different programs that serve over 500 students each year. Ages 12 to 20, Hilltop Artists students have the chance to explore the glass medium through fusion, mosaics, flameworking, and glassblowing. All Hilltop Artists programs are tuition-free. “Using glass art to connect young people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds to better futures.”

John McCuistion
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John McCuistion creates artwork about history, myth, storytelling, religion, relationships, ceremony, civilization, and humor. The themes in his current work deal with air, land, water, and the magical natural world around us. He is interested in the language of gesture, expression, texture, form, and color. Through his work, John contributes to the long tradition of the artist as teacher, recorder, and seer.

Lynn Di Nino
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Lynn Di Nino has created art for over 40 years, the last 15 of which have been in Tacoma. Her mediums have included wood, concrete, plastics, and fiber in the creation of sculpture, both free standing and wall hung low relief pieces.

Toni Snyder
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Toni Snyder works out of the Jet Artist Cooperative where she creates her landscape paintings. Her inspiration comes from observing nature and capturing moments in time using her camera to take photos for future reference. Sharing her love of painting with others allows her to share a part of who she is and how she sees the world around her.

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


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 8

7 Oct

This is part 8 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:

Naarah McDonald, Revisioned – an urban boutique
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Naarah McDonald has worked as a costumer and designer for over 20 years. While the majority of her time has been in theatre, she branched out over 5 years ago to work with reclaimed materials to produce new designs that celebrate artful living. Her studio is located in the urban boutique she opened in 2014.

Oliver Doriss, Oliver Doriss Designs
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Oliver Doriss uses glass as his primary medium. It is informative, seductive, unforgiving and possesses an archival quality similar to that of quartz or obsidian. This enduring aspect gives background to his own mortality. He finds himself in an environment that consists of artificial human construction and raw unstoppable nature. Both forces consume and alter the permanence of our world, in a way that is barely perceptible at times. He is intrigued by this juxtaposition.

John McCuistion
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John McCuistion creates artwork about history, myth, storytelling, religion, relationships, ceremony, civilization, and humor. The themes in his current work deal with air, land, water, and the magical natural world around us. He is interested in the language of gesture, expression, texture, form, and color. Through his work, John contributes to the long tradition of the artist as teacher, recorder, and seer.

Jennifer Chin
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Jennifer Chin was born in Seattle and completed her BA in Art at the University of Washington. Her paintings and collage start with a basic concept and evolve through prototyping and experimentation into fully realized series. This year her inspiration has been Japanese textile surface design techniques (shibori), batik, repeat patterns, and Rorschach ink blots. Her paintings and prints are included in private collections in Arizona, California, Idaho, Texas, and Washington.

Deborah Greenwood
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Deborah Greenwood, papermaker and book artist, loves working with used materials. When the overall mood of an object impacts her, she is moved to fuse it into art. Whether it is by turning garden plants into paper or cutting and reassembling ephemera, new forms appear. The most striking thing about the majority of the materials she uses is their ordinariness. She says, “I am endlessly fascinated by the transformation that takes place in the process and the relationships that take shape.”

 


Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!

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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
Studio Tour Preview: Part 4
Studio Tour Preview: Part 5
Studio Tour Preview: Part 6
Studio Tour Preview: Part 7

Tacoma Arts Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Northwest Public Radio, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma Weekly, South Sound magazine, and ARCADE.

2014 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 9

8 Oct

Still looking for something to do this weekend? How about the Tacoma Studio Tour! This year’s tour features 61 artists and collaborative studios and allows the general public the opportunity to see the spaces in and tools with which local artists create their work, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full list of artists, schedule, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 37 studio locations around Tacoma – map your course at TacomaArtsMonth.com
When: October 11 & 12, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

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

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

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

Jan Karroll, KarrollART
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Jan Karroll is a multimedia artist who creates unique wooden jewelry embellished with vintage buttons. The pieces are completely hand crafted from selected wood and finished to enhance the qualities of both the wood and the buttons. The fasteners are fabricated of shaped and sharpened brass wire. Each piece is mounted in a custom frame.

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

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

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

 

Check out these other artists on the tour:

Studio Tour Preview: Part 8
Studio Tour Preview: Part 7
Studio Tour Preview: Part 6
Studio Tour Preview: Part 5
Studio Tour Preview: Part 4
Studio Tour Preview: Part 3
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2
Studio Tour Preview: Part 1 

Tacoma Arts Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Northwest Public Radio, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma Weekly, Premier Media Group, and Exit133.

2013 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 4

1 Oct

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

This year’s tour features 60 artists and collaborative studios and allows the general public the opportunity to see the spaces in and tools with which local artists create their work, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Check out ArtAtWorkTacoma.com for the full list of artists, schedule, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 39 studio locations around Tacoma – map your course at ArtAtWorkTacoma.com
When: November 2 & 3, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Lucia Harrison

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

Deborah Greenwood, Greenwood Studio

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

Hilltop Artists

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

Mauricio Robalino, Artpeople

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

Leah Fitts

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

Jan Karroll, KarrollART

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Jan Karroll is a multimedia artist who creates unique wooden jewelry embellished with vintage buttons. The pieces are completely hand crafted from selected wood and finished to enhance the qualities of both the wood and the buttons. Fasteners are fabricated of shaped and sharpened brass wire and each piece is mounted in a custom frame.

Beverly Naidus

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

Benjamin Davis

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

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
Studio Tour Preview: Part 3
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2
Studio Tour Preview: Part 1

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

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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