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2017 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 5

6 Sep


This is part 5 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:

Leah Fitts, Leah Fitts Art
  
Leah Fitts is an abstract painter who uses acrylic paints, charcoal, graphite, and oil pastels in her original paintings. Inspired by mid-century design, natural elements, and rich urban textures, Leah’s abstract paintings are often multi-layered, brightly colored and reminiscent of nature. Leah’s primary reason for painting is the joy of connecting with others through her art. Visit her light-filled studio to see her latest works.

Sylvia Omero-Rogstad
  
Sylvia Omero-Rogstad has been passionate about creating various art forms from an early age. She studied under William A. Phillips and at Northwest Encaustics in Seattle and received a grant from the Art Institute of San Francisco. She’s been a participant in open studios and continues to experiment in various forms of art including painting, photography, jewelry design, and encaustic.

Karen Utter
  
Karen Utter, originally from Vancouver B.C., graduated from the Evergreen State College with a B.A. in Fine Art. Although landscape is a primary theme in her work with pastels, Karen recently decided to try a new medium – cold wax and oil paints. These new works are atmospheric, and though presented in a small format, surprisingly they appear very open and expansive.

Michaela Eaves
  
Michaela Eaves grew up in the wilds of Montana, surrounded by nature and animals, and spent most of her free time drawing and reading all the best fantasy books the small town and school libraries could provide.  The combination continues to heavily influence her art and writing. In her free time, she mountain bikes, spends time with her Rottweiler, and volunteers with the Washington State Animal Response Team.

Lorraine Toler
  
Lorraine Toler’s work has been influenced by Edvard Munch’s depiction of life, death, and family. Lorraine’s work is usually narrative in nature and has included the Last Queen of Korea and the Sea Stars of the Pacific Northwest. Lorraine is also an avid gardener and a dog lover and most recently enjoys painting dog portraits.

Penny Russell, Cosmic Spark Designs
  
Penny Russell creates art because it makes her heart sing with possibilities, soothes her soul to feel beauty, and quiets her mind to hear wondrous possibilities and inspirations. The vibrant colors and different curves and textures within the items are sometimes very challenging to overcome, which is a lot like life. Practice and patience are important steps in the mastery of anything.

Cheryl De Groot, De Groot Design
  
Cheryl De Groot has been designing and creating jewelry and wearable art since 1987. She hand-fabricates her pieces using sterling silver, gold, and mixed metals. Cheryl’s design sense is, to some extent, architecturally informed. Her chief goals are simplicity and casual elegance. Cheryl believes a successful design is one that dresses up everyday wear yet also compliments more formal apparel. Comfort, light weight, and ease of care are all important considerations.

 

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


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 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 – 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.


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2015 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 1

19 Aug
Lois Yoshida demonstrates sumi painting for visitors during the Tacoma Studio Tour.

Lois Yoshida demonstrates sumi painting for visitors during the Tacoma Studio Tour.

It might be hard to convince you on a day like today but fall is a little over a month away and that gets our minds thinking about Tacoma Arts Month. What is Tacoma Arts Month? It’s the entire month of October 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. Tacoma Arts 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 October is the Tacoma Studio Tour. 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!

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:

Leah Fitts
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Inspired by natural elements, mid-century design, and rich urban textures, Leah Fitts creates original paintings using acrylics, charcoal, and other mixed media. She paints to express herself and forge connections with those who view her work. Allowing spontaneity and intuition to guide her, Leah’s abstract paintings represent a personal journey – thoughts and emotions captured on canvas and expressed through bold color, strong composition, and interesting textures and shapes.

Anne Elrod, Anne Elrod Studio
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Anne Elrod has been creating art for the last 20 years. Her work is in private collections in Washington, California, Hawaii, Alabama, and Norway. Her passion is color, texture, and what if? One of her axioms is painted on her studio wall: “I’ve never met a color I didn’t like”, along with Winston Churchill’s wise quote: “never, never, never give up” and Goethe’s: “begin!” Anne believes that creativity is in everything and everyone.

Lisa Lawrence, Phoenix Rising Pottery Studio
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“Out of the ashes and forged by flame… Art is created and life reclaimed” L. Lisa Lawrence fell in love with the way fire transformed earth and minerals into pottery, glaze, and glass in art class in Junior High School. Located in a once-abandoned 100-year-old home on Tacoma’s Hilltop, Phoenix Rising Pottery Studio is now an urban farm helping to feed the local community and an art studio where earth and minerals are reborn into art.

Ann Darling, Kennedy Road
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Ann Darling is an award winning, but not famous (outside of clients, family & friends!), custom clothing and accessories maker. After working in the health care field for many years she delights in walking into her studio each day to create items people can wear. Recently, a foray into computer printing images on fabric has opened new avenues for adventures with fabrics created from her own designs.

Retha Hayward
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Retha Hayward owns and manages three of the studios at Manitou Art Center, operates the White Dove Gallery, teaches fused and stained glass and mosaics, is Artist in Residence for Empty Bowls, and serves on the Lakewood Arts Commission. She shares her passion for art with the community, promoting and showcasing local artists and serving as adviser/instructor to many organizations.

Karen Utter
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Originally from Vancouver, B.C., Karen Utter has always lived in the Pacific Northwest. The area has strongly influenced her imagery and color choices. Karen works in several mediums but recently chose to make a series of collages, some with Asian-style imagery and others based on nature and music. Painted and handmade papers, linocuts, charcoal, ink, and oil pastels will be featured during the Tacoma Studio Tour.

 

 

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 2

20 Aug

This is part 2 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.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 37 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 11 & 12, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Jennifer Chin
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Jennifer Chin was born in Seattle. Her primary focus is painting which is inspired by materials, prototypes, and directed play. She frequently uses gravity and controlled chaos as key influences in the final work. In 1995 Jennifer completed a BA in Art from the University of Washington and she graduated from Artist Trust’s EDGE program in 2014. Her paintings and prints are included in private collections in Arizona, California, Idaho, Texas, and Washington.

Amy Reeves, Tacoma Metal Arts Center
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Amy Reeves has been designing and making jewelry for over 20 years. She holds a BFA in Metal Design from UW and divides her time between teaching jewelry making classes and working on her own designs. In December 2009 she opened Tacoma Metal Arts Center (TMAC), a fully equipped jewelry making and metal crafting studio. TMAC offers classes, private lessons, and studio rental opportunities to a community of jewelers.

Mark Larson, Larson Fine Art
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Mark Larson’s current body of work revolves around the theme of disintegration. As a result of experiments submerging reference photos in water until the emulsion disintegrates, Mark has used these deconstructed images as a starting point for new work. The resulting fragmentation and abstraction speaks to temporality, positive transformation, and the process of disintegration and regeneration found in nature.

Roxann Murray, A Touch of Wanderlust
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Roxann Murray is an award-winning artist. She uses her camera almost daily and also works with collage, colored pencils, ink, and paint. Her photographs are focused on nature as well as her travel adventures in the Philippines, the Marshall Islands, Costa Rica, and the Southwest part of the U.S. She grew up in Graham, WA and, as a result, developed a strong bond with the natural world. Roxann graduated from UW Tacoma in 2009 with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences.

Seabury Middle School
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Seabury Middle School’s program is founded on the belief that students learn and grow most deeply when they are engaged in projects that are relevant, challenging, and meaningful. Working in collaboration, not only with other middle school students, but with community organizations and local experts, Seabury students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, participate in community service, and engage in rigorous studies that truly make a difference in their own lives and in the community.

Karen Utter
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Karen Utter is originally from Vancouver, B.C. and has always lived in the Pacific Northwest. The beauty of nature is strongly reflected in her paintings. Colorful and stylized birds, animals, and landscapes predominate. Her new series of pastels is an homage to Point Defiance Park, specifically some of the interesting and sometimes hidden rock formations.

Jenifer Davis, Jenifer Davis Pottery
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Tacoma based potter Jenifer Davis’ passion is to create irreverently shaped functional sculptures and pots. Jenifer offers both custom works, which she throws by hand in her studio one at a time for private clients, and classes. The hand-thrown process leaves a good deal of the outcome to fate. She also loves the randomness of the transformation in the firing process. From adding glass to finding a new beautiful glaze combination, the best part is seeing what emerges after the kiln is opened.

 

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, 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 8

31 Oct

Still looking for something to do this weekend? How about the Tacoma Studio Tours! 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:

Lance Roberts
 
Manitou Art Center is a group studio where Roberts works and teaches. His work is hand-thrown and hand-painted and uses porcelain through high and reduction based firing. His work has an Asian feel of simplicity and grace with a western twist.

Chandler O’Leary
 
Chandler O’Leary is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and is the proprietor of Anagram Press, allowing her to make a living by drawing pictures and lettering by hand. She is one half of the collaborative team behind the “Dead Feminists” letterpress poster series, and the playing card designer of the Tacoma Card Deck created by Tacoma Makes. Visit Chandler’s studio to print a small keepsake on an antique Kelsey platen press.

Toni Snyder

Toni is primarily self-taught and only began her artistic journey 10 years ago. She renders primarily oil paint landscapes. She also enjoys drawing in the classical style using charcoal pencils. Sharing her love of painting and drawing with others allows her to share a part of who she is and how she sees the world around her.

Mark Sigafoos – Tacoma Glassblowing Studio
 
Tacoma Glassblowing Studio was established in 2006 by husband and wife team Mark and Jeannine Sigafoos. This state of the art glassblowing studio and glass gallery offers visitors a close view of how hand-blown glass is made and gives guests the opportunity to try it for themselves. This facility also offers classes, group events, corporate gifts, and features very talented local glass artists in their gallery.

Sharon Styer

Sharon’s love of warehouses, abandoned buildings, and alleyways is evident in her urban photography which plays heavily with lights and shadows. There is a quickness to her work, like a moment caught out of the corner of your eye before it is gone. Visit Sharon’s studio and try out her digital “darkroom”. Sharon will have a selection of unedited photos for you to try your hand at manipulating; make yours as creative, funky, or sophisticated as you want. Finished piece will be emailed to you.

Susan Thompson

Susan Thompson is drawn to traditional and functional shapes as well as the idea that pottery is used in the rituals of daily living. It is her hope that pieces she makes will be passed around the table, or be used in some way with enough frequency that they become part of life and, with time, become artifacts that hold echoes of the past. During the tour, visitors can make a slab tray for a small fee (includes glazing and firing.)

Lorraine Toler

Lorraine Toler is a Korean-American and was born and raised in Tacoma. Her paintings are story boards and recount personal, familial, and historical stories through her various series. Lorraine paints with her fellow artists in the JET Tools building.

William Turner

William Turner’s recent works are his elaborations on the work of two Master Painters, El Greco and Velazquez, merging his abstract style with classic themes. He focuses on the great Velazquez painting “Las Meninas” and El Greco’s “Vincenzo Anastagi”.  Working from scant facts about these two artworks, Turner is creating a visual fiction filling in the imagined events of his life.

Karin Williams

Karin’s “Bones” series has developed out of the encouragement of several local physicians. These paintings create visually pleasing compositions using unusual subject matter. Abstractions of bones and joints are made with an interesting color palette and “tongue-in-cheek” titles.

Karen Utter

Originally from Vancouver, B.C., Karen has always lived in the Pacific Northwest. The stunning natural beauty of the area is a profound influence on her work. With a preference for pastels, Karen works in a colorful, expressionistic style. Her subject matter is landscape, and is often populated with a variety of Northern Wildlife, including wolves, foxes, deer, bears and birds. Her most recent pastel series focused on topiary in a mid-century modern setting.

Tacoma Community College

Tour TCC’s metal casting, ceramics, and printmaking studios. See the latest student artwork and try your hand at making your own creation. Join TCC instructor Kyle Dillehay to cast and take home your own iron scratch block tile ($10). Interested in ceramics? Join Rick Mahaffey in decorating and raku firing pottery ($10). TCC is a community college facility providing a diverse selection of art classes for the community of Tacoma.

Betty Sapp Ragan

Betty Sapp Ragan has exhibited in regional, national, and international exhibitions. She completed her MFA at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and moved to Tacoma to teach at the University of Puget Sound. She is interested in architecture as it relates to the land and the culture. Betty is fascinated with the questions of why we build what we do, and why we place these buildings in their specific locations.

Steve Lawler

The furniture Steve designs and builds incorporates two passions: The first being the creative process itself; the second is the thoughtful and respectful use of our planet’s resources. Creatively, he strives to apply equal weight to form and function. Using recycled and repurposed materials is both a push and a pull, it forces him to find a unique expression for these sometimes odd and limiting pieces of raw material. It is at the same time challenging and incredibly stimulating.

Check out other artists on the tour:
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

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.

Plans for the Weekend?

8 Mar

We’re being bombarded with announcements for art events this weekend, and have art alerts up the proverbial yin-yang. So if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, search no further – pencil in a date night, speed dial the sitter, or better yet, pick an activity the whole family can get excited about – from lush chorale music to a reading by a punk poet, Tacoma is flush with choices.

1. Distinguished Writers Series: John Burgess, March 9 at Kings Bookstore
Next up in Kings‘ series of talks by writers of note is Seattle poet John Burgess. A board member at Hugo House and co-conspirator with the Band of Poets, Burgess has published books including Punk Poems, A History of Guns in the Family, and Graffito (all Ravenna Press). He was a Jack Straw co-founder of Burning Word Festival, and is currently editor for the online lit journal Snow Monkey. Burgess grew up in upstate New York, and migrated to Seattle in 1985. He’ll read March 9, 7 pm, at Kings Bookstore, 218 St. Helens. Info at 253.272.8801 or http://www.kingsbookstore.com.

A scene from the rehearsal of "Rabbit Hole." Photo courtesy of Pacific Lutheran University

2. Down the Rabbit Hole Opening at Pacific Lutheran University, March 9
On Friday, PLU presents the opening night for Rabbit Hole, the third event in its School of Arts and Communication (SOAC) 2011-2012 Focus Series which addresses one theme through different disciplinary lenses. This year’s theme is compassion, and a panel discussion and reception will take place prior to Rabbit Hole‘s opening curtain. David Lindsay-Abaire’s play, which won a 2007 Pulitzer Prize, is a story of loss, heartbreak and forgiveness as a family attempts to move on after a life-shattering accident. This night of drama is presented by SOAC and the PLU Department of Communication and Theatre:
5:30 pm – Theatre Alumni Panel in Ingram 100
6:30 pm – Reception with light refreshments
7:30 pm – Rabbit Hole in the Studio Theater
Other performances March 10, 16, 17 at 7:30 pm; March 18 at 2 pm. For tickets, call 253.535.7150. Tickets are $8 general admission; $5 students with PLU identification. Directions and information: http://www.plu.edu/soac/focus-series/rabbit-hole.php. Information on the 2011-2012 Focus Series: http://www.plu.edu/soac/focus-series/. Continue reading

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