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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

2017-18 Arts Anchor Fund and TAIP Recipients Announced

22 Mar

Hilltop Artists Team Production student, Dawntae, marvering hot glass. Photo courtesy of Hilltop Artists

10 Arts Organizations and 18 Artists Funded by Tacoma Arts Commission

The Tacoma Arts Commission has awarded $255,000 to 10 Tacoma-based arts organizations through its Arts Anchor Fund program, and $45,000 to 18 Tacoma artists through its Tacoma Artists Initiative Program. The Arts Anchor Fund program awards range in value from $20,000 to $33,000 each, and the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program awards are $2,500 each. Funding for both programs is for the 2017-2018 biennium.

“Tacoma’s arts community is thriving,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Mike Sweney. “With these grants, we are honored to support our major arts institutions and independent artists in engaging, enlightening, and inspiring their communities as well as audiences from the Puget Sound and beyond.”

Arts Anchor Fund Program Awards

From Tacoma Opera’s production of The Magic Flute. Photo courtesy of Tacoma Opera.

The 2017-2018 Arts Anchor Fund program award recipients are: The Grand Cinema, Hilltop Artists, Museum of Glass, Northwest Sinfonietta, Symphony Tacoma, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Little Theatre, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma Opera, and Tacoma Youth Symphony Association.

In 2016, nine of these organizations served 506,909 people, provided free admission to 130,181 people, and generated an estimated $9.67 million for the local economy.

The Tacoma Arts Commission established the Arts Anchor Fund program in 1995 to provide financial support to major local not-for-profit arts organizations that significantly improve the quality of life for Tacoma. These arts organizations serve Tacoma’s community through regularly scheduled performances, exhibits and events, and school and outreach programs.

Tacoma Artists Initiative Program Awards

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public performance-installation by Anida Yoeu Ali. Photo courtesy of Anida Yoeu Ali.

The 2017-2018 Tacoma Artists Initiative Program funded artists are: Anida Yoeu Ali, Travis Barker, Priscilla Dobler, Daniel Garcia, Antonio Gomez, Mark Hoppmann, Maria Jost, Anne Lyman, Kevin Miller, Elise Richman, Mauricio Robalino, Jessica Spring, Nicholas Stokes, Kenji Stoll, Masahiro Sugano, Qin Tan, Collin Veenstra, and Ben Wildenhaus

Funded Tacoma Artists Initiative Program projects include: production and screening of a live action short film; production of two music albums paired with public performances and a workshop; writing a book-length poetry manuscript with an accompanying reading; writing and staged reading of a one-act play; music performances on a portable stage; an exploration of the intersection of music and culture, including a bilingual workshop; a multi-media performance of early music; three multimedia temporary public art installations; and the creation and exhibition of visual art including a series of handmade books, illustrations, paintings, mixed-media pieces, letterpress art, and poster art.

From DUELS, by Nick Stokes, directed by José Amador. Pictured: Daniel Christensen and Carter Rodriquez. Photo by Andrea Sassenrath.

The Tacoma Artists Initiative Program was established in 1999 to assist artists with the generation of new work, and to share their talent with the public in a free and accessible format.

The Arts Anchor Fund program and Tacoma Artists Initiative Program are two of three funding programs administered by the Tacoma Arts Commission. For a complete listing of funding programs and information about the Tacoma Arts Commission, visit cityoftacoma.org/arts.

2016 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 2

24 Aug

This is part 2 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!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Lucia Harrison
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Lucia Harrison’s handmade paper, drawings, paintings, and artist books focus on an appreciation for the natural and human history of South Puget Sound. Most recently she has been collaborating with Deborah Greenwood making paper from local plants.

Reid Ozaki
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For forty years, Reid Ozaki has been creating finely crafted work in clay, influenced by the ceramic traditions of Japan. From very early in his life, he was surrounded by the traditional Japanese arts. His strongest influence was his grandfather’s love of Bonsai, gardens, and plants. When he started his ceramic career, this very naturally led to an interest in the art of Ikebana (flower arranging) then to Chanoyu (tea ceremony). The study of tea and the making of the utensils are the key to the aesthetic he is trying to understand.

Jessica Spring, Springtide Press
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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.

Henry Haneda
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Henry Haneda has received international awards and invitations for his art and craft works. He uses metal, composite, and wood, which convey detailed craftsmanship to the highest quality products. He has been a world-renowned rod and knife maker since 1980.

Mark Hudak, Throwing Mud Gallery
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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.

Karen Perrine
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Adding color to fabric and paper has been Karen Perrine’s life-long joy, and she currently is exploring the magical art of marbling paper. The sheets become art objects, coverings, and ingredients of collage. Each sheet is unique. She retails art books, bookmarks, picture frames, mirrors, and cards with the papers she embellishes.

 

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 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

Third episode of Tacoma’s own ‘artTown’ TV show now available

6 Oct

 

Guitarist-singer-songwriter Nolan Garrett and the legendary Jerry Miller.

Guitarist-singer-songwriter Nolan Garrett and the legendary Jerry Miller.

The City of Tacoma’s Media and Communications Office – in partnership with its Community and Economic Development Department’s Arts Program – are proud to announce the launch of a new episode of “artTown,” a cultural documentary-style TV initiative exploring Tacoma’s emergence as a major creative hub in the Pacific Northwest.

This episode features:

  • Viewpoints and musical riffs from emerging guitarist-singer-songwriter Nolan Garrett and the legendary Jerry Miller, one of Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest guitarists of all time
  • A look at Tacoma’s hot metal arts scene with Amy Reeves of Tacoma Metal Arts Center, John Simpkins of Fort Nisqually, Ed Kroupa of Two Ravens Studio, and Saign Charlestein
  • An exploration into letterpress arts with Jessica Spring of Springtide Press, sweet pea Flaherty of King’s Bookstore, and Margaret Bullock of Tacoma Art Museum
  • A visit to the working studios of local artists Angela Rockett, Lynne Farren, Lynn Di Nino and Mauricio Robalino
  • music composed by Isaac Solverson
Hot off the press at Springtide Press.

Hot off the press at Springtide Press.

Launched in October 2013, the quarterly series 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 food, fashion, innovative education practices, architecture and more.

Those who want to immerse themselves more fully in Tacoma’s creative community are invited to participate in Tacoma Arts Month, which features hundreds of events held throughout the entire month of October.

Online viewing:

Watch “artTown” anytime at cityoftacoma.org/artTown.

Saign Charlestein at work in his metal arts studio.

Saign Charlestein at work in his metal arts studio.

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.

Future episodes will be produced in part based on some of the audience feedback culled via social media, email at maria.lee@cityoftacoma.org or phone at (253) 591-2054.

2014 AMOCAT Arts Award winners announced

5 Sep

The Tacoma Arts Commission has announced this year’s AMOCAT Arts Award winners: ArtsFund (Arts Patron), Asia Pacific Cultural Center (Community Outreach by an Organization), and Jessica Spring (Community Outreach by an Individual). The AMOCAT Arts Awards honor those who provide distinctive contributions to the arts in Tacoma.

The cast of HAIR The Musical. Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. Photo Courtesy of Broadway Center.

The cast of HAIR The Musical. Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. Photo Courtesy of Broadway Center.

Arts Patron – ArtsFund

This award goes to ArtsFund for their work to strengthen the community by supporting the arts through leadership, advocacy and grant making. ArtsFund has been directing funds to Pierce County arts organizations since its inception in 1969, and has invested over $6.5 million in grants into the arts sector in Pierce County.

“ArtsFund grants are a stabilizing force in our arts community, providing a reliable source of funding and support for the operating costs of our organizations,” said David Fischer, Executive Director of Broadway Center for the Performing Arts.

ArtsFund is committed to helping develop the next generation of community and civic leaders, and offers a nonprofit board leadership training course as well as ongoing meetings for the cultural sector. Through ArtsFund’s policy and advocacy efforts, Building for the Arts, a statewide capital grant program, has distributed $5,323,675 to Pierce County arts organizations. And, through one of its newest initiatives, power2give.org/PugetSound, a regional arts crowdfunding platform, ArtsFund is generating new support for an increasingly broad range of arts organizations.

Performers at APCC's annual Asia Pacific New Year Celebration.

Performers at APCC’s annual Asia Pacific New Year Celebration.

Community Outreach by an Organization – Asia Pacific Cultural Center

This award goes to Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) for their deep and ongoing commitment to developing a greater understanding and appreciation of the diversity of Tacoma and vibrancy of Asia Pacific cultures. APCC represents 47 countries and cultures of Asia Pacific, offering programs and services that honor the distinct artistry, business protocols, history and social practices of each.

Established in 1996, APCC’s mission is to bridge communities and generations through arts, culture, education, and business. APCC serves over 40,000 people annually through multiple community-based programs including the annual Asia Pacific New Year Celebration.

APCC is active in many school districts throughout the Washington, teaching students in grades Pre-K through 12th grade about the Asia Pacific countries, their people, cultures, languages, foods, arts, crafts, geography, and history. In addition, APCC administers the only Asia Pacific Youth Program in Tacoma-Pierce County to address the needs of hard-to-reach Asia Pacific youth who are failing academically due to a lack of culturally competent services for students and families.

On a daily basis, APCC presents a diverse array of culturally-focused programs including tea ceremonies and classes on language, cooking, dance, music, martial arts, wood carving, storytelling, and crafting. APCC has an on-going partnership with JBLM, presenting cultural demonstrations on the bases and providing basic cultural training to military service members before they deploy to Asia Pacific countries.

Jessica Spring's, 'You’ll Like Tacoma' prints.

Jessica Spring’s, ‘You’ll Like Tacoma’ prints.

Community Outreach by an Individual – Jessica Spring

This award goes to Jessica Spring for her commitment to bringing the art of letterpress to Tacoma. She started setting cold type on a phototypesetting machine as an undergraduate English major, beginning a lifelong interest in typography. She learned to set metal type in 1989 and has been a letterpress printer since. Her work at Springtide Press—artist books, broadsides and ephemera—is included in collections around the country and abroad. Collaborations are an important part of her work, either printing for other artists or teaching students traditional letterpress printing, typography and book arts. She has a master’s degree in fine arts from Columbia College Chicago.

“Though I’ve been printing for a long time, the past 12 years in Tacoma have provided a fantastic community in which to grow as an artist, teacher and collaborator,” said Spring.

Spring is deeply committed to sharing the craft and history of letterpress printing and believes that is best done hands on, as evidenced through her work in helping found and sustain Wayzgoose, Tacoma’s own letterpress and books arts festival, for the past 10 years. She has taught printmaking, run the Elliott Press at Pacific Lutheran University for a decade, and is half of the creative duo behind the Dead Feminists broadsides, a series of letterpress prints highlighting historical feminists.

Awards Celebration

Awardees will be honored at the annual Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party on Oct. 2, from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Tacoma Post Office Building (1102 A St.). Mayor Marilyn Strickland will present the awards starting at 7:45 p.m.

In addition, there will be live entertainment at this event that includes music by Speed Queen and Okinawa Taiko Drums, Trash Fashion Runway by Tinkertopia and Friends, theater performance by Working Class Theater, poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo, and a tintype photo demonstration by Kyle Dillehay. Attendees can explore an exhibition of work by Jessica Spring and The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s Foundation of Art Award Exhibit. The newly-renovated building will also host a series of pop-up art exhibits by Beautiful Angle, Alice Di Certo, Isaac Olsen, Jeremy Gregory, Kristin Giordano, the C.L.A.W., and Poly Rev. Resident artists Abby Kok, Alana Tamminga, and Katlyn Hubner will open their studios to the public for the evening. There will also be screenings of short films by Kat Ogden, Nick Butler, Kris Crews, Kate Walker and The Grand Cinema. The event will include appetizers, dessert and a no-host bar.

This free public event is presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma and is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Tacoma Weekly, Northwest Public Radio, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Premier Media Group, and Exit133.

2013 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 5

8 Oct

This is part 5 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this November.

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

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

Here are this week’s highlights:

Charles Knigge

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

 

Angela Rockett, StudioTenshi

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

 

Rusty George, Rusty George Creative

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

 

Jessica Spring, Springtide Press

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

 

Roxane Stoner

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

 

Pat Haase

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

 

Karen Utter

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

 

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

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

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.

Mind Your Ps and Qs at the Circus

18 Apr

If you thought you were too old for picture books, think again. The work of Jessica Spring, matriarch of Tacoma’s letterpress community, is just begging to be read, admired, visually perused, and played with. Jessica’s work employs text and images, using a variety of “old-fangled technologies from papermaking to letterpress printing” to delight people of all ages, even those that can’t read yet.  

Detail from "Printer's Blocks" artist book by Jessica Spring. Photo by Tim Allen.

Jessica will be presenting a talk, “Minding Your Ps and Qs”, on April 25th at 7 – 8:30 pm in the Collins Library, room 020. The talk coincides with an exhibit of her work, “Circus Libris”, which runs through May 14 at Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound.

Jessica is the proprietor of Springtide Press where she crafts small limited edition letterpress pieces that consider historical topics and popular culture from a unique perspective. In 2011, she was awarded the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s fourth annual Foundation of Art Award. Jessica’s work has been exhibited in many local and regional exhibits. She frequently collaborates with other artists and founded the letterpress and book arts event in Tacoma known as Wayzgoose.  Jessica earned her MFA from Columbia College Chicago Center for Book & Paper Arts and teaches book arts at Pacific Lutheran University. Her books are part of many collections including the British Library, Northwestern, University of Washington, Yale, the Ringling School of Art & Design, and the Collins Memorial Library.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support Jessica’s work though Tacoma Artists Initiative Program funding. 

Detail from "Printer's Blocks" artist book by Jessica Spring. Photo by Tim Allen.

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