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2013 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 1

10 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 including music, dance and theater performances; visual art exhibits; literary readings; lectures; workshops; film screenings and cultural events. 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. Come see how the arts are at work in Tacoma!

One of the signature events that takes place in November is the Tacoma Studio Tour. 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.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 39 studio locations around Tacoma
When: November 2 & 3, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Stay tuned as we’ll be bringing you a series of weekly posts featuring sneak peek samples of art from each of the participating artists. Here are this week’s highlights:

Jennevieve Schlemmer
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Jennevieve Schlemmer is a fiber artist and sculptor. When not creating small sculptures out of wool, she creates large mosaics out of glass. Her most recent mosaic mural was created this year for the new Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital expansion in Tacoma.  She is constantly inspired by the natural beauty of the flora and fauna, landscape, and weather of the Pacific Northwest. Color, whimsy, and animals are major themes in her work.

Elayne Vogel
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Unusual materials have almost always guided the imagery in Elayne’s artwork. Her series of necklaces combines humor and fashion in entirely wearable and durable jewelry. Elayne received a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington and has exhibited in solo shows and numerous group exhibitions.

 Jim Oliver, Jim Oliver Photography
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Jim is a fine art photographer, known for capturing natural and urban landscapes in a variety of photographic styles. His work has been in 53 exhibitions since 2007. The studio walls and floors are used as staging grounds for selecting images. A bit of clutter is common. With his background in providing adult education, he truly enjoys discussing photography, and helping people improve their skills.

Mark Hudak, Throwing Mud Gallery
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Functional decorative pottery has been Mark’s passion for almost 30 years. His intent is to make creative pottery to be enjoyed and used in daily living. He loves to share his passion for making ceramic art with others through pottery classes at his studio, Throwing Mud Gallery.

Annie Wright Schools
The Annie Wright Schools ceramic studio is part of a comprehensive integrated visual arts program that supports the Day School PYP students in Kindergarten through 5th grade and middle years students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Upper School students in grades 9-12 may choose art as an activity or pursue an International Baccalaureate degree in Visual Arts.

Lois Yoshida
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Lois is intrigued and challenged by the process and beauty of sumi art, which seeks to capture the essence or spirit of a subject in as few spontaneous brush strokes as possible. She continues to explore mixed media, incorporating sumi (ink), watercolor, and handmade papers. The juxtaposition of shapes and colors, discovering what combinations appeal to her visually and emotionally, is a wonderful adventure.

Lynne Farren
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For as long as she can remember, Lynne has been making art in a variety of mediums including paper, paint, fabric, metal, and found materials. Her studio is filled with paintings, collages, photo montages, and assemblages. Nothing is safe from being made into art.

 

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

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Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 6

17 Oct

As we head into fall, our minds are abuzz about Art at Work 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. You can ask questions and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. And every studio 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 custom tour course.

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

Here is this week’s artist sneak peeks:

Karen Doten

Karen Doten received her MFA in painting and printmaking from the University of Iowa in 1999. Since, she has taught and exhibited her work at various universities and spaces across the country. Karen’s work explores the theme of landscape through an observational, remembrance, and ephemeral process. Her art uses layering to show multiple spaces at once, allowing landscapes to condense into the center of the frame and consolidate space so that they become abstractions of places seen.

Becky Frehse

Becky’s mixed media work incorporates reclaimed “treasures” with carving, mosaic, modeling compounds, and heavily textured painted surfaces. She often collaborates with other artists to create pieces inspired by music, poetry, and travels abroad.

Nancy McLaughlin

    Nancy shares a studio with several other artists on the 3rd floor of the Jet Tioga Building, enjoying great views of the city and mountains beyond. She is currently portraying colorful abstract landscapes in acrylic on canvas, and pastel on paper. She starts with a simple arrangement of shapes, then works loosely to let the medium help dictate the final outcome. During the tour, she will be demonstrating her techniques and welcomes conversation.

Jim Oliver

     Jim is a fine art photographer known for his nature and urban landscapes as well as for flower, waterfall, and marine images. His work has been in 22 juried exhibits and a total of 53 exhibitions since 2007. With his background in providing adult education, he truly enjoys facilitating “On Location” photography classes and offers day trip photographic tours under the name “The View From Here” Photographic Tours.

Victoria Johnson

Victoria’s oil paintings are about an exploration and a practice. Arching curves occupy the canvas panel to define overlapping planes while in the act of motion painted in a palette of enigmatic colors. She is thrilled to be in her new studio having recently relocated to Tacoma from Seattle. Victoria is currently preparing for a fall exhibition at Lisa Harris Gallery.

Ken Marks
 
Ken Marks has been taking photographs for over 25 years. He started his photography business during the past two years and focuses on people, architecture, events, and natural places in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. He is currently developing a body of work that portrays unique aspects of Tacoma and the Puget Sound region, displaying the rich diversity of areas in which he has been fortunate to travel.

Check out other artists on the tour:
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

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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