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2017 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 9

4 Oct


This is part 9 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 42 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 14 & 15, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

You are invited inside the working studios of 70 local artists to learn about the artistic process, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. Plus, you can even win some fabulous items hand-crafted by a selection of artists on the tour just for getting your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. It’s family friendly and free!

Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full list of artists, schedule, your Tacoma Studio Tour Passport, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

Here are this week’s highlights:

Roberta Lowes, Fibers Etc
  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
Studio Tour Preview: Part 1
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2
Studio Tour Preview: Part 3
Studio Tour Preview: Part 4
Studio Tour Preview: Part 5
Studio Tour Preview: Part 6
Studio Tour Preview: Part 7
Studio Tour Preview: Part 8


Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!

Make sure to have your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. Once you’ve collected at least 8 stamps, send us the passport and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of several fabulous prize packages containing artwork hand-crafted by a selection of artists on this tour including:

Grace Amundsen – Acrylic ornaments 
Terry Bader – Small watercolor painting 
Joe Becker – Set of notecards 
Carolyn Burt – Small scratchboard artwork 
Bill Colby – Small framed woodcut 
Kris Crews – Mini photo cards 
Ann Darling – Ice dyed silk and linen scarf 
Katie Dean – Collection of greeting cards and a small print 
Alice Di Certo – Pair of earrings 
Kyle Dillehay – Alternative-process photograph 
Michaela Eaves – Greeting cards 
Lynne Farren – Painting, cards, bracelet 
Becky Frehse – Small painting 
Deborah Greenwood – Handmade cards 
Henry Haneda – Small color print 
Hilltop Artists – Glass bowl and glass plates 
Han-Yin Hsu – 3D printed nylon earrings 
Mark Hudak – Pottery bowl 
Marie Jensen – An 8 x 10 print 
Fumiko Kimura – Greeting cards 
Juan La Torre – Thank you cards 
Roberta Lowes – Cards or small scarf 
Dorothy McCuistion – Small handmade book 
John McCuistion – Set of 4 coaster tiles 
Naarah McDonald – Upcycled fingerless sweater gloves, small tote bag, reversible apron 
Dane Meyer – Small framed print 
Roxann Murray – Save the Bees sticker 
Chandler O’Leary – Tacoma temporary tattoos & Tacoma coloring cards 
Sylvia Omero-Rogstad – Set of cards 
Reid Ozaki – Vase 
Karen Perrine – Set of marbled paper collage cards 
Liz Pulos – Small tapestry 
Claudia Riedener – 5 small handmade tiles
Mauricio Robalino – Small wall hanging mosaic
Penny Russell – Set of 4 Blooming Wine Glasses
Jessica Spring – Small book or print
Susan Thompson – Mug
Lorraine Toler – Signed print
Helen Tran – Washington shaped soap bar and greeting card
Audrey Tulimiero Welch – Small painting on paper
William Turner – Set of 5 art cards
Karen Utter – 2 handmade books
Elayne Vogel – Pair of earrings
Jeff Libby & Adrienne Wicks – Pair of reclaimed wood and steel book ends
Snow Winters – Small cross stitch lamp
Yoshiko Yamamoto – 2018 calendar
Lois Yoshida – Box of hand painted cards

One entry per person. The Tacoma Studio Tour Passport can be found in the Tacoma Studio Tour brochure (available at all studio locations during the tour and at many cultural institutions ahead of time) or download and print your own Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.


Tacoma Arts Month Sponsors

Premier Sponsors: Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Media Sponsors: KNKX, Northwest Public Radio, ParentMap, Sounds Fun Mom, South Sound magazine, Tacoma Weekly, Weekly Volcano
Social Media Sponsor: ARCADE

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Now on view! Seventh episode of Tacoma’s ‘artTown’ TV show

6 Jan
30 Americans at Tacoma Art Museum

30 Americans at Tacoma Art Museum

The City of Tacoma’s Media and Communications Office – in partnership with the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality – has released a new episode of artTown, a cultural documentary-style TV initiative exploring Tacoma’s emergence as a major creative hub in the Pacific Northwest.

Dancers Kate Monthy and Joel Myers perform

Dancers Kate Monthy and Joel Myers perform

In this episode:

  • Learn about the critically acclaimed exhibition 30 Americans, which made its West Coast debut at Tacoma Art Museum and showcases an influential group of prominent African American artists who have emerged as leading contributors to the contemporary art scene in the United States and beyond
  • Explore how Symphony Tacoma brought Tan Dun’s groundbreaking and challenging Water Passion to life
  • Visit the shared studio of printmaker Dorothy McCuistion and ceramicist John McCuistion and learn how they work together
  • Catch Kate Monthy and Joel Myers as they discuss their dance careers and the dance scene in Tacoma
  • Take a look at the inspiration behind the curious paintings and illustrations of Michaela Eaves
  • Find inspiration and joy in the playful mobiles and found object sculptures of the late Randy Jones

Launched in 2013, the series has earned numerous awards and features diverse perspectives on a variety of creative disciplines. Offering a more holistic look at creativity in Tacoma, artTown stretches beyond what people might traditionally think of as “creative” – such as fine art, music or dance – to spotlight other creative areas of interest that have flourished in Tacoma like fashion, innovative education practices, architecture and more.

Online viewing:
Watch “artTown” anytime at cityoftacoma.org/artTown

YouTube:
Watch segments or the full episode anytime on the City of Tacoma’s YouTube Channel

Symphony Tacoma performs Water Passion by Tan Dun

Symphony Tacoma performs Water Passion by Tan Dun

TV Tacoma air times:
Mondays at noon
Tuesdays at 1 a.m.
Wednesdays at 8 a.m.
Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 5 p.m.
Sundays at 5 a.m.

TV Tacoma is aired on both the Click! and Comcast Cable systems. On Click!, TV Tacoma can be seen on Channel 12 within Tacoma City limits and in Pierce County, with the exception of University Place, where TV Tacoma can be found on Channel 21. On Comcast, TV Tacoma can be seen on Channel 12 within Tacoma city limits and on Channel 21 in Pierce County. TV Tacoma is not on the Comcast system in University Place, but is accessible anywhere on the Internet at tvtacoma.com.

2016 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 9

12 Oct

Still looking for something to do this weekend? Join us for the Tacoma Studio Tour! Visit, see, learn, create, shop. It’s free and for all ages.

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.

Or, sit back and let the ART BUS do the driving while you enjoy a guided tour of 6 artists’ studios plus lunch. The ART BUS tour will run on October 15, 11 am – 3 pm. Find out more about the ART BUS Studio Tour here and purchase a ticket here.

Here are this week’s highlights:

Katie Dean
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Katie Dean’s recent work focuses on floral and nature themes. She loves studying, experimenting, and exploring unique combinations of color. She enjoys technical challenges and working with her hands so letterpress printing has become a perfect medium for her. She begins with a detailed sketch of her idea and then hand-carves the detailed line work into a linoleum block, which allows her to experiment with color ideas before settling on a direction for each piece. Each color is separated onto its own linoleum block for printing.

Joe Becker, Seldom Seen Photography
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Joe Becker is a freelance photographer and author living in Tacoma. A Washington state native, Joe’s photographic skills are largely self-taught; his formal education is in geology. His photography has won both local and international awards and has been published by National Geographic, Northwest Travel Magazine, and Washington State Tourism, among others. His first book, Scenic Seattle: Touring and Photographing the Emerald City, was published in 2016.

Dorothy McCuistion
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Dorothy McCuistion uses a variety of printmaking techniques to layer shapes, textures, and colors, creating a place where they merge. She makes monotype prints, small print editions, and handmade books. Fusing the local with the foreign or the personal with the universal, her artwork comments on topics ranging from human environmental impacts to the fusion of cultures in contemporary society.

Yoshiko Yamamoto, The Arts & Crafts Press
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Yoshiko Yamamoto is known for her Japonesque blockprints and letterpress note cards. She always admired the artistry and craftsmanship of traditional woodblock prints of Japan, where she grew up. Her other influence – the Arts & Crafts Movement in England and America from the 1900s – continues to inspire and challenge her to make “objects of functional beauty.”

Lisa Kinoshita, Moss + Mineral
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Lisa Kinoshita is a Tacoma artist whose mediums include live plants (moss) and raw gemstones (mineral). Currently, she is exploring the possibilities of interactive projects that connect people from different parts of the world. Lisa is an independent curator who specializes in unusual sites (e.g., Tacoma Food Forest, Seymour Botanical Conservatory, Foss Waterway Seaport museum) and subject matter.

Nadine Hamil, Artful Dreamers Studio
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Nadine Hamil creates sacred space for adults and children to dive into their creativity with joy and have fun in her expressive arts workshops. Intuitive painting classes are a favorite. She loves creating art with paint, wire, crystals, beads, and discarded treasures. Magic happens at Artful Dreamers Studio!

Check out these other artists on the tour:

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


Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!

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Make sure to have your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio location you visit this weekend. Once you’ve collected at least 8 stamps, send us the page and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of several fabulous prize packages containing artwork hand-crafted by a selection of artists on the tour including:

RR AndersonTacomic drawing kit
Joe BeckerNotecards
Shirley BentonAbstract painting
Bill ColbyFramed print
Kris CrewsPhoto cards
Ann Darling – Gelatin printed clutch purse and hair clips
Katie DeanPrint and greeting cards
Michaela EavesGreeting cards
Jennifer EnglishCeramic sculpture
Lynne Farren – Painting, collage, and cards
Becky FrehsePainting
Marie FriddleArt tin
Nadine HamilWire heart
Henry HanedaPhoto print
Hilltop ArtistsGlass beads or marbles
Mark HudakMug
Marie JensenPunk doll
Randy Jones – Mobile
Fumiko KimuraCards and matted artwork
Lisa KinoshitaPendant
Gina KlingRaku pottery
Lyz Kurnitz-ThurlowCrystal-beaded necklace pendant
Mark LarsonPrint
Steve LawlerBox or magnet
L. Lisa LawrenceBowl
Dorothy McCuistionHandmade book
John McCuistionSet of tiles
Naarah McDonaldClutch purse and gift certificate
Chandler O’LearyNotecards
Reid OzakiVase
Karen Perrine – Marbled mirror
Claudia RiedenerTile
Jessica SpringTacoma stamps
Lorraine TolerSigned print
Elayne Vogel – Pair of earrings
Yoshiko YamamotoMatted note card
Lois YoshidaBox of hand-painted cards

The Tacoma Studio Tour Passport can be found in the Tacoma Studio Tour brochure (available at all studio locations during the tour and at many cultural institutions ahead of time) or download and print your own Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.


Tacoma Arts Month Sponsors

Premier Sponsors: Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Media Sponsors: Crosscut, KNKX, Northwest Public Radio, ParentMap, Sounds Fun Mom, South Sound magazine, Tacoma Weekly, Weekly Volcano
Social Media Sponsor: ARCADE magazine

2015 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 2

26 Aug

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

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.

And, something new this year – your Tacoma Studio Tour Passport! Collect a stamp at each studio location you visit and 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 the tour including: David Bader, Terry A Bader, Ann Darling, Michaela Eaves, Anne Elrod, Jennifer English, Lynne Farren, Maeve Harris, Hilltop Artists, Fumiko Kimura, L. Lisa Lawrence, Roberta Lowes, Dorothy McCuistion, John McCuistion, Chandler O’Leary, LeeAnn Seaburg Perry, William Turner, Elayne Vogel, Yoshiko Yamamoto, and Lois Yoshida.

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

Here are this week’s highlights:

Mark Hoppmann
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Mark Hoppmann has always been curious. That curiosity has resulted in an eclectic accumulation of bric-a-brac, memories, experiences, and books, all which, in turn, inspire his art. With apologies to Rudyard Kipling, his intent is to design illustrated books for those “with satiable curtiosity.” Simple and sometimes unadorned, but thoughtfully creative book designs hide a treasury of illustrations within.

Bill Colby
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Bill Colby uses woodcut blocks with oil inks and watercolor in bright colors to create expressive or emotional landscapes. Birds on branches in a variety of landscapes are featured in his newest work.

Terry A Bader
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Terry Bader has painted for over thirty years. She works in her home studio and specializes in realistic watercolors of Northwest scenes with people and objects that have compelling lighting. Terry experiments with collage in her work and enjoys pastel as well. She has won numerous awards at the Washington State Fair and sold through several local galleries.

David Bader
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David Bader is an art teacher and student. His work is assembled from found objects and repurposed materials found locally and created in his studio. David is a native of Tacoma and enjoys referencing images and ideas in his work.

Dorothy McCuistion, Designs Two
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Dorothy McCuistion uses a variety of printmaking techniques to layer shapes, textures, and colors of plants, animals, and places to create images where they merge. She creates both monotypes, print editions, and handmade books. Fusing the local with the foreign, the personal with the universal, her artwork comments on topics ranging from human environmental impact to the fusion of cultures in contemporary society.

Lorraine Toler & Benjamin Davis
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Ben Davis and Lorraine Toler call the second floor of their east Tacoma home Sweetrain Studios. It is a place where they work on individual pieces and collaborate on others. Lorraine mainly paints with acrylics and Ben often uses oils although both artists paint, draw, sketch, jianzhi, street chalk, take photos, and use many mediums.

Juan La Torre, La Torre Art Studio
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Juan La Torre is an award-winning artist who believes that creativity, organized through art, can help the world heal. Art is not just a momentary creation, it comes from our past and continues to create awareness of who we are into the future. Juan comes from the South American country of Peru and has lived in the United States for the last 18 years.

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
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, South Sound magazine, and ARCADE.

2013 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 3

24 Sep

This is part 3 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:

Dorothy McCuistion

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Dorothy McCuistion uses a variety of printmaking techniques to layer shapes, textures, and colors of plants, animals, and places to create a place where they merge. Fusing the local with the foreign, the personal with the universal, her artwork comments on topics ranging from human environmental impact to the fusion of cultures in contemporary society.

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.

Marit Berg

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Marit Berg has been a working artist in Tacoma for over 15 years. Her primary discipline is painting, working in both oil and water media. In addition, she is a printmaker. Most recently she has focused on small detailed etchings exploring the natural world. Marit teaches art at Tacoma Community College.

Lynn Di Nino, Di Nino Fabrications

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Lynn Di Nino’s artwork is all over the map. She’s known for her expertise in specialized concrete yet she also loves working on the sewing machine, her most recent preoccupation. Her love of recycling coupled with her wearable art background results in coats anyone would love wearing every day of the week. Now that she’s lived in Tacoma for twelve years you could call her a permanent fixture.

Vanessa Vancuren, 6th Ave Photography Studios

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6th Ave Photography Studios is a 5,000 square foot facility from which photographer Vanessa Vancuren is working to launch her artistic career. Formerly the Sunset Theater, Ms. Vancuren is pleased to finally bring the arts back to the space after a four decade absence. 6th Ave Photo Studios supports local artists of all mediums, and works to foster an environment in which artists can gather, create, and showcase their works.

Tacoma City Ballet

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Tacoma City Ballet has been providing excellent comprehensive classical ballet instruction and creating accessibility to the performing arts for 58 years. As a resident arts organization of the Broadway Center, Tacoma City Ballet presents an annual performance season including The Haunted Theatre, The Nutcracker, Mid-Winter Masquerade Ball Soiree, and Storybook Ballet Theatre Fairy Tale Tea Party and Traditional Performance.

Diane Hansen & Lesli Jacobs-McHugh, bellaballs, Inc.

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bellaballs are hand-blown glass floats individually made by artisans in Tacoma. Diane Hansen and Lesli Jacobs-McHugh decided to take the simple glass float, with its powerful history, and elevate it to a level of great importance. Each bellaball is not only beautiful in its own right, but serves to remind both the giver and the receiver that living beautifully is a choice. Through weathering the storms of life, we each become more beautiful.

Check out these 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, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma Weekly, and Premier Media Group.

Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 1

12 Sep

As we head into fall, our minds are abuzz about Art at Work: Tacoma Arts Month. What is Art at Work Month? It’s the entire month of November chock-full of hundreds of arts and cultural activities for you to participate in. Art at Work Month is dedicated to showing off the very best about our community and we want you to be a part of it.

One of the signature events that takes place in November is the Tacoma Studio Tour. This year’s tour features 55 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 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!

Stay tuned as we’ll be bringing you a series of weekly posts featuring sneak peak samples of art from each of the participating artists! Here is this week’s highlight:

John McCuistion
  

A recent invitational show with a botanical theme challenged John to take his work in a new direction. He decided to focus on flowers, hand-building and then raku firing them. The first, second, and third firings were total failures. The forms evolved and opened up and he added glaze chips to the wet clay and then glass chips. After three months of trial and error he discovered the joy of successful work.

Dorothy McCuistion
  
Sea shells have been a recurring image in Dorothy’s artwork for several years. Growing up in southern California, shells resonate with vivid memories of trips to the ocean, but in the book “Shell Games” their pristine world is changing. Will the shells and the creatures that live inside them survive or will human-created pollution, symbolized by increasing bits of plastic trash, overwhelm their environment and doom them to extinction?

Diane Hansen & Lesli Jacobs-McHugh: bellaballs
  
Bella Balls are hand-blown glass floats, individually made by artisans in the Pacific Northwest, the designs originating from Diane Hansen and Lesli Jacobs-McHugh. Each Bella is made in the ancient tradition of Japanese fishing floats. These floats were used since the mid-1800s to hold up fishing nets cast in the Pacific Ocean, however, a special few floated off to world beaches, and we take this as proof that the ordinary can become an extraordinary treasure.

Pat Haase
  
Pat Haase started sculpting in 1994, carving directly into wood. Figure sculptures which convey a specific personality, mood, and setting delight Pat. Her awareness of posture and anatomy comes as much from teaching Yoga for 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.

Jessica Spring: Springtide Press
  
Jessica Spring is the proprietor of Springtide Press in Tacoma, where she designs, prints, and binds artist books, broadsides, and ephemera incorporating handmade paper and letterpress printing. Small finely-crafted editions consider historical topics and popular culture from a unique perspective. Jessica has an MFA from Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts and teaches at Pacific Lutheran University.

Juan La Torre
  
Juan La Torre, a Peruvian fine artist, works with both figurative and abstract art while trying to explore new media and techniques that inspire others to create. Juan says, “To say something with art is very important. Tell a story with it. Your art can inspire the imagination of more than one, with that you can change reality for something even better…Art is a shared experience.”

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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