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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.

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2014 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 8

1 Oct

This is part 8 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 – map your course at TacomaArtsMonth.com
When: October 11 & 12, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Alice Di Certo
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As a photographer, Alice Di Certo is particularly interested in people. She loves discovering people’s differences and similarities both of personalities and features. She also likes to explore social issues through photography. She is currently working on a project photographing children and young adults who have experienced bullying and collecting their stories.

Angela Rockett, Painted Crow Expressive Arts
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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.

Elise Richman
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Elise Richman’s paintings represent water as a phenomenon, expressing states of flux and ripple effects. Water’s relevance to political and social issues as well as its rich optical effects motivate her work. Water is a visually rich element, a transparent volume with a mutable surface that exhibits reflection, refraction, and deflection. Such physical properties operate on optical and metaphorical levels in her paintings.

Jennevieve Schlemmer
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Jennevieve Schlemmer is a fiber artist and sculptor living the art and crafty life. Whimsy, color, and texture are her inspiration and delight. When she isn’t making felt wearables or found object sculpture in her home studio, you can usually find her cooking or curled up with a book.

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, with an emphasis on wet-plate collodion negative processes.

Diana Leigh Surma
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Diana Leigh Surma is an abstract painter working primarily in acrylic paint on canvas. She received her B.A. in Studio Art from Hunter College in 2010. Her paintings are typically large scale and incorporate bold colors, stripe patterns, and hard edged geometric shapes. Diana recently produced her first public art project, a 14′ x 80′ mural titled “Show Your Stripes” located on the corner of S. 11th and Market Street in downtown Tacoma.

Rebekah Slusher, Uncorked Canvas
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Rebekah is a scholarship- and award-winning Tacoma painter, and is co-owner of Uncorked Canvas™, which provides a fun and social atmosphere in which to be creative! Skilled artists guide you step-by-step through creating the featured painting. Starting with a blank canvas (and a delightful beverage), you will go home with your own personal creation.

 

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

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.

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