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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.

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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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