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2016 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 1

17 Aug
Dorothy McCuistion demonstrates printmaking techniques for visitors during the Tacoma Studio Tour.

Dorothy McCuistion demonstrates printmaking techniques for visitors during the Tacoma Studio Tour.

It may only be August but our minds are abuzz about Tacoma Arts Month. What is Tacoma Arts Month? It’s the entire month of October filled to the brim with hundreds of arts and culture events, exhibits, and workshops for you to participate in. There is something for everyone to enjoy: music, dance and theater performances; hands-on experiences; visual art exhibits; literary readings; lectures; workshops; film screenings; and cultural events. This is your chance to enjoy culture, explore Tacoma, and connect with your community.

One of the signature events is the Tacoma Studio Tour, a once-a-year opportunity when 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!

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 34 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 15 & 16, 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:

Lois Yoshida
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Lois Yoshida is intrigued and challenged by the process and beauty of sumi painting, which seeks to capture the essence or spirit of a subject in as few spontaneous brush strokes as possible. She also explores Asian brush calligraphy as well as incorporating sumi (ink) with watercolor and handmade papers. Searching for the juxtaposition of shapes and colors that appeal to her visually and emotionally continues to be a wonderful adventure.

April Sanders, SPUN – Clay Arts Studio and Gallery
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April Sanders fell in love with clay when she was 15 years old, starting with sculpture and quickly moving to the pottery wheel. Since then, she’s been experimenting with form and texture and pushing the limits of the medium. April creates interesting angles and shapes and concentrates on design and emotion in each of her pieces.

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. His work has focused on nature for over five decades. Birds on branches in a variety of landscapes are featured in his newest work.

William Turner, Turner Designs
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William Turner’s paintings create an energetic art with expressive images that are charged with color and contain landscape, interior, and figurative metaphors from his world of spontaneous improvisation. His aim is to create paintings that have a sense of presence, sharing with the audience the sensation he experiences in the creation of the work – drawing the viewer in as participant in a mystery or delight.

Mark Larson, Larson Fine Art
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Mark Larson is an international award-winning artist who creates thought provoking paintings and prints that reflect on the dialectic between humanity and the environment, while also challenging the status quo and our current realities. With an etching press, he will be printing a newly created drypoint print just for the studio tour.

L. 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 transforms earth and minerals into art. Her studio, located in a once-abandoned 100-year-old house in Tacoma’s Hilltop, rises from the ashes. Phoenix Grove is now an urban farm and pottery studio where earth and minerals are reborn into art.

 


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

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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 6

17 Sep

This is part 6 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October.

This year’s tour features 61 artists and collaborative studios and allows the general public the opportunity to see the spaces in and tools with which local artists create their work, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full list of artists, schedule, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 37 studio locations around Tacoma – map your course at TacomaArtsMonth.com
When: October 11 & 12, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Michaela Eaves
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Michaela’s childhood set up her adult life to be rich with a love of animals and nature, two themes present in her artwork. She pieces her professional life together with design work, fantasy and horror illustration, and traditional stylized painting. She is the illustrator and author of 42 Sketches and is featured in the red deck of Tacoma playing cards. In her free time, she plays with her rescued Rottweilers and volunteers for non-profits.

Betty Sapp Ragan
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Betty Sapp Ragan continues to develop images related to her new focus in architecture – architecture as it relates to the land and the culture. She researches the landscape of a building site and paints an acrylic landscape of the site. Then a digital outline of the building is attached to the landscape. Her studio, located in Nalley Valley, includes a large area for painting and tables for student lessons.

RR Anderson, Tinkertopia, LLC
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RR Anderson draws The Tacomic hyper-local political cartoon occasionally on Tuesdays at feedtacoma.com  and also with sidewalk chalk on Fridays at Frost Park (9th and Pacific Ave.) He also works full time as Tinker Patrol Deputy for his boss Ms. Darcy at Tinkertopia, LLC.

Lynn Di Nino, Di Nino Fabrications
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Lynn Di Nino has been firmly planted in the Tacoma art scene for about twelve years now. She has an A-type personality and cannot focus on any one given medium. Consequently she has created sculpture in concrete, small wall-hung found object pieces, community-driven performance art pieces, and now sweatercoats utilizing recycled sweaters.

Juan LaTorre, LaTorre Art Studio
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Juan LaTorre heralds from Guadalupe, Peru. He has been working with various mediums including clay, charcoal, oil and acrylic paints, wood, stone, bronze, and jewelry from quite an early age. Since coming to Tacoma, he has shown work in several galleries and art shows and has artwork displayed in many parts of our small world.

Mauricio Robalino, Artpeople Studio
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Mauricio Robalino discovered art by creating objects that seem to tell stories. He paints many of his stories with glass mosaics. He also uses metal and even combines the two. He is intrigued by the complexity of life and the simplicity with which it flows. He is also happy making public art that paints the stories that others want him to paint with his experience and ability.

L. Lisa Lawrence, Phoenix Rising Pottery Studio
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L. Lisa Lawrence is in love with the way fire transforms earth and minerals into glass, glaze, and stoneware. She draws her inspiration from nature; the mountains, ocean, and trees of the Pacific Northwest are her muse. Located in a 100-year-old home reclaimed from gangs and violence on Tacoma’s Hilltop, Phoenix Rising Pottery Studio is now an urban farm, art studio, and the realization of a life-long dream.

 

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

Studio Tour Preview: Part 5
Studio Tour Preview: Part 4
Studio Tour Preview: Part 3
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2
Studio Tour Preview: Part 1 

Tacoma Arts Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Northwest Public Radio, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma Weekly, Premier Media Group, and Exit133.

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