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2019 Arts Anchor Fund and 2019-2020 TAIP Recipients Announced

20 Mar

10 Arts Organizations and 24 Artists Funded by Tacoma Arts Commission

Hilltop Artists team production students working at Museum of Glass.

The Tacoma Arts Commission has awarded $130,000 to 10 Tacoma-based arts organizations through its Arts Anchor Fund program, and $60,000 to 24 Tacoma artists through its Tacoma Artists Initiative Program. The Arts Anchor Fund program awards range in value from $10,000 to $16,000 each and the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program awards are $2,500 each.

“We are excited and honored to support furthering the arts in our community. From large organizations, to groups and individual artists, our city benefits from projects and events that encourage dialogue between one another, foster engagement and expand our understanding of one another.” – Heather Conklin, Tacoma Arts Commission Chair

Arts Anchor Fund Program Awards

The 2019 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 2018, these organizations served 525,375, provided free admission to 136,816, and generated an estimated $14.5 million in collateral spending 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 Musical Playhouse’s CampTMP Youth Honor Camp performers in a production of A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Tacoma Artists Initiative Program Awards

‘Micro Spill’ by RYAN! Feddersen

The 2019-2020 Tacoma Artists Initiative Program funded artists are: Kristina Batiste, Dionne Bonner, Gabriel Brown, Sarah A. Chavez, Kim Davenport, Alice Di Certo, Kyle Dillehay, RYAN! Feddersen, Erin Guinup, Chad Hagedorn, Lucia Harrison, Fumiko Kimura, Nori Kimura, Lisa Kinoshita, Sasha LaPointe, Melinda Raebyne, Elizabeth Reeves, Brian Robinson, Jeanette Sanchez-Izenman, Jamika Scott, Kenya Shakoor, Sharon Styer, Wendy Wahman, and Anique Zimmer

Funded Tacoma Artists Initiative Program projects include: production and screening of short films and a virtual reality project; writing, recording, and performing of music; a theater production; writing and reading of a poetry chapbook, memoir, and zine with accompanying writing workshops; writing and illustrating books; a lending library of handmade pottery; a glass arts residency; and the creation and exhibition of visual art with accompanying workshops focused on photography, artist books, illustrations, paintings, recycled media, Sumi-e and haiku paintings, jewelry and terrariums, mixed-media, and collage.

Student electronic e-waste mandala workshop led by Gabriel Brown.

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.

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Studio Tour Highlights: Group Studios

9 Oct

Featured Studio Groups

Tacoma artists are collaborative people who will open up their spaces to other artists to share in creative processes, showcase diverse techniques and forms of art, and celebrate community. This blog showcases some of the Studio Tour Groups that are hosting three or more artists in the space.

In addition to these studio groups, there are 47 total studio locations to visit. In every place you go, you’re bound to meet some fantastic artists and learn about their creative process. You might just take home some artwork with you, too!

Tacoma Studio Tour
47 locations around Tacoma
October 13 & 14
11 am – 5 pm

FREE!

 

 

 


Studio Groups – Saturday Only

Cake stand in white. Ceramic and glaze. By Jennifer English (Studio #18).

Studio #18, SPUN Clay Arts Studio & Gallery (1307 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Saturday Only)
Artists: April Sanders, Jennifer English, Amy Lewis
Activities: Wheel-throwing and hand-building clay demonstrations; marker/pen portrait demonstrations

Studio #34, North Union Ave Studio (3402 N Union Avenue, Saturday Only)
Artists: Lavonne Hoivik, George Hoivik, Barbara Patterson, Christine Parent, Jeanette Otis
Activities: Jewelry bead painting; bronze demonstration; pendant-making; ceramic push molds demonstration.

Studio Groups – Sunday Only

Still Clutching Maps. 2017. Poetry written and published by Christina Butcher of Blue Cactus Press (Studio #2).

Studio #2, Real Art Tacoma (5412 South Tacoma Way, Sunday Only)
Artists: Elizabeth Reeves, Blue Cactus Press, Creative Colloquy, Teens in Tacoma, Write253
Activities:  Chapbook and zine-making; woodburning demonstration; open mic and pop-up literary readings

 

 

 

 

Studio Groups – Saturday and Sunday

Rockin Mobile. Sterling, bronze, polka dot mokume earrings. By Cheryl De Groot (Studio #7).

Studio #7, F.S. Harmon Building (2926 S. Steele Street)
Artists: Cheryl De Groot, Lynn Di Nino, Becky Frehse, William Turner
Activities: Sculpt-it molding, bead and leather jewelry-making; flat-feld seam demonstration; undercoat painting demonstration.

Studio #8, The Arts & Crafts Press (2515 B South Tacoma Way)
Artists: Yoshiko Yamamoto, Lyz Kurnitz-Thurlow, Reid Ozaki
Activities: Holiday printing block art activity; beading and sewing demonstration; learn about the process of ceramic firing.

Studio #10, Jet Artist Cooperative (1901 Jefferson Avenue #300)
Artists: Jennifer Chin, Michaela Eaves, Jennevieve Schlemmer, Toni Snyder, Lorraine Toler
Activities: Artist book/zine-making; postcard coloring; loom weaving demonstration; painting demonstrations; pet portrait demonstration

Golden Calf: Seattle. Bronze and 24k gold-leaf ring. By Lisa Kinoshita (Studio #14)

Studio #14, MINKA (821 Pacific Avenue)
Artists: Lisa Kinoshita, Paula Shields, Snow Winters, Lauren Boilini, Sonja Bergstrom
Activities: Jewelry-making demonstration

Studio #16, Merlino Art Center (508 6th Avenue)
Artists: Fumiko Kimura, Alex Lee, Beverly Naidus, Audrey Tulimiero-Welch, Lois Yoshida (and more)
Activities: Mixed media collage; mixed media and painting demonstrations; interactive photo collage; paint layering demonstration; hands-on sumi painting.

Studio #21, Centro Latino (1208 S 10th Street)
Artists: Dionne Bonner, LaQuita Thurman, Gerardo Peña, Charlice Bradford

Conversation. Watercolor. By Terry Bader (Studio #47).

Activities: Print transfer on wood; hands-on mixed media activity; jewelry-making demonstration

Studio #47, Bader Studio (4907 N Lexington Street)
Artists: Terry Bader, David Bader, Sylvia Omero-Rogstad
Activities: Mini water color paintings; found objects assemblage activity; encaustics demonstration.

 

 

 

Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full artist roster, schedule, and an interactive map where you can plan your own custom tour course.


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.

 

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 Sponsor: Click! Cable TV
Media Sponsors: ARCADE, KNKX, Northwest Public Broadcasting, Macaroni Kid, ParentMap, Preview, Sounds Fun MomSouth Sound magazine, Tacoma Living Local, Tacoma WeeklyWeekly Volcano

2016 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 9

12 Oct

Still looking for something to do this weekend? Join us for the Tacoma Studio Tour! Visit, see, learn, create, shop. It’s free and for all ages.

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!

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.

Or, sit back and let the ART BUS do the driving while you enjoy a guided tour of 6 artists’ studios plus lunch. The ART BUS tour will run on October 15, 11 am – 3 pm. Find out more about the ART BUS Studio Tour here and purchase a ticket here.

Here are this week’s highlights:

Katie Dean
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Katie Dean’s recent work focuses on floral and nature themes. She loves studying, experimenting, and exploring unique combinations of color. She enjoys technical challenges and working with her hands so letterpress printing has become a perfect medium for her. She begins with a detailed sketch of her idea and then hand-carves the detailed line work into a linoleum block, which allows her to experiment with color ideas before settling on a direction for each piece. Each color is separated onto its own linoleum block for printing.

Joe Becker, Seldom Seen Photography
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Joe Becker is a freelance photographer and author living in Tacoma. A Washington state native, Joe’s photographic skills are largely self-taught; his formal education is in geology. His photography has won both local and international awards and has been published by National Geographic, Northwest Travel Magazine, and Washington State Tourism, among others. His first book, Scenic Seattle: Touring and Photographing the Emerald City, was published in 2016.

Dorothy McCuistion
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Dorothy McCuistion uses a variety of printmaking techniques to layer shapes, textures, and colors, creating a place where they merge. She makes monotype prints, small print editions, and handmade books. Fusing the local with the foreign or the personal with the universal, her artwork comments on topics ranging from human environmental impacts to the fusion of cultures in contemporary society.

Yoshiko Yamamoto, The Arts & Crafts Press
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Yoshiko Yamamoto is known for her Japonesque blockprints and letterpress note cards. She always admired the artistry and craftsmanship of traditional woodblock prints of Japan, where she grew up. Her other influence – the Arts & Crafts Movement in England and America from the 1900s – continues to inspire and challenge her to make “objects of functional beauty.”

Lisa Kinoshita, Moss + Mineral
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Lisa Kinoshita is a Tacoma artist whose mediums include live plants (moss) and raw gemstones (mineral). Currently, she is exploring the possibilities of interactive projects that connect people from different parts of the world. Lisa is an independent curator who specializes in unusual sites (e.g., Tacoma Food Forest, Seymour Botanical Conservatory, Foss Waterway Seaport museum) and subject matter.

Nadine Hamil, Artful Dreamers Studio
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Nadine Hamil creates sacred space for adults and children to dive into their creativity with joy and have fun in her expressive arts workshops. Intuitive painting classes are a favorite. She loves creating art with paint, wire, crystals, beads, and discarded treasures. Magic happens at Artful Dreamers Studio!

Check out these other artists on the tour:

Studio Tour Preview: Part 1
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2
Studio Tour Preview: Part 3
Studio Tour Preview: Part 4
Studio Tour Preview: Part 5
Studio Tour Preview: Part 6
Studio Tour Preview: Part 7
Studio Tour Preview: Part 8


Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!

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Make sure to have your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio location you visit this weekend. 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 AndersonTacomic drawing kit
Joe BeckerNotecards
Shirley BentonAbstract painting
Bill ColbyFramed print
Kris CrewsPhoto cards
Ann Darling – Gelatin printed clutch purse and hair clips
Katie DeanPrint and greeting cards
Michaela EavesGreeting cards
Jennifer EnglishCeramic sculpture
Lynne Farren – Painting, collage, and cards
Becky FrehsePainting
Marie FriddleArt tin
Nadine HamilWire heart
Henry HanedaPhoto print
Hilltop ArtistsGlass beads or marbles
Mark HudakMug
Marie JensenPunk doll
Randy Jones – Mobile
Fumiko KimuraCards and matted artwork
Lisa KinoshitaPendant
Gina KlingRaku pottery
Lyz Kurnitz-ThurlowCrystal-beaded necklace pendant
Mark LarsonPrint
Steve LawlerBox or magnet
L. Lisa LawrenceBowl
Dorothy McCuistionHandmade book
John McCuistionSet of tiles
Naarah McDonaldClutch purse and gift certificate
Chandler O’LearyNotecards
Reid OzakiVase
Karen Perrine – Marbled mirror
Claudia RiedenerTile
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

2015 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 3

2 Sep

This is part 3 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 35 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 17 & 18, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

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. 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:

Diana Leigh Surma
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Diana Leigh Surma received her B.A. in Visual Art from Hunter College. Her passion for community engagement earned her a place on the Tacoma Murals Project artist roster as well as a nomination for the 2015 Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s Foundation of Art Award. Her collaborative new media installation, ColorBox, was featured in Storefronts Seattle’s summer 2015 exhibition and a larger version will be installed in partnership with Spaceworks Tacoma in 2016.

Mark Hudak, Throwing Mud Gallery
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Mark Hudak has been a full-time studio potter in Tacoma for over 30 years. Functional pottery has been his passion and he loves to make items that people use in their daily living. Mark also teaches six pottery classes each week in his studio.

Claudia Riedener, Ixia Tile Tacoma
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Claudia Riedener at Ixia Tile Tacoma, focuses on handmade architectural ceramic installations for public art, private, and commercial commissions. The creative process includes carving, sculpting, molding, extruding, and hand building from slabs. All clays and glazes used are made in Tacoma. Public art installations in Tacoma include Manitou Trestle, Hops Arbor at Point Ruston Waterwalk, McCarver Park, South Tacoma Public Library, Multi-Care TreeHouse, Masa Restaurant and Bellarmine School.

Susan Blais
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Susan Blais works out of the Jet Artist Cooperative and her work can also be seen at the 253 Collective gallery just downstairs. This was her first year of participating in the “42 sketches” challenge, in which artists attempt to complete one sketch daily for the first six weeks of the new year. The challenge is designed to jump start a habit of making time to work on art. Stop by Susan’s studio to see how the challenge worked for her.

Lisa Kinoshita, Moss + Mineral
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M+M is a design store where art, mid-century modern design, and unusual plant terraria bliss out together in an integrated one-room environment. Owner/artist Lisa Kinoshita curates the space as a thematic one-room vignette. Also featuring contemporary jewelry by regional artists.

Maeve Harris, Ruby Rose Maeve Harris Studio
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Maeve Harris is an abstract painter whose work investigates color and light. Influenced by natural and organic forms, her paintings reveal a focus on the medium itself. She mixes her own pigments and uses multiple layers of color and metallic to suggest the passage of time. Her approach to traditional subjects such as landscapes, figurative, or animals is met with experimentation of form, material, and technique.

Todd Jannausch, Feast Arts Center
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Todd Jannausch is a sculptor, installation artist, and co-founder of Feast Arts Center. Between 2010-2014 he created a series of installations that allowed artists to interact with the community and show art in new ways. His work has been shown at Frye Art Museum, Bellevue Art Museum and he was the recipient of a 2015 Artist Trust Fellowship. He has spent the last five years working as a program manager and art instructor at Pratt Fine Arts Center.


Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!

New this year! 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 this tour including:

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.


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

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 5

10 Sep

This is part 5 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
When: October 11 & 12, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

William Turner, Turner Designs
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William Turner’s paintings create an energetic art that draws on the wide legacy of West Coast Abstraction. His images are expressive, 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.

Becky Frehse
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Becky Frehse creates mixed media paintings and constructions using repurposed musical instruments. Her installations often include an ensemble of pieces such as a “prepared” piano, flamenco guitar, violins, and handmade instruments purchased from buskers around the world. Her work is inspired by the patterns visible in musical scores and abstractions inherent in musical sounds.

Pat Haase, Pat Haase Sculptor
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The human body has sustained Pat Haase’s attention and interest throughout her life. She started sewing theater costumes and clothing, then had a 25 year medical career as an Internal Medicine Physician who also taught Yoga. In the past dozen years she has been creating realistic figurative sculptures, concentrating on nuances of posture to create empathetic awareness. The posture, gesture, and facial expressions on her sculptures convey personality, attitude, and mood and also suggest a narrative about what just happened, or what may soon happen.

Lisa Kinoshita, Moss + Mineral
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M+M is a design store where art, mid-century modern design, and unusual plant terraria bliss out together in an integrated one-room environment. Owner/artist Lisa Kinoshita curates the space as a thematic one-room vignette. Also featuring contemporary jewelry by regional artists.

Sharon Carr, Sharon Carr Studio
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Sharon Carr began painting as a diversion from her counseling practice, fell in love with paint, and retired to paint full time. She is primarily interested in color and shape. Her work is spontaneous, vibrant, and celebratory. Her colors often advance beyond form to a place where color and form trade roles and make her pieces come alive. She is especially inspired by the synergy and critique of the Wednesday Atelier.

Ralph Renick, Earth Signs Glass Etching
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Marily and Butch Renick are glass etch artists at 253 Art Collective. They enjoy picking out special glass pieces that they find locally and creating hand-etched and sand blasted art. Butch has enjoyed recreating some of the beautiful crop designs that are found yearly, mainly in the United Kingdom crop fields. Marily enjoys doing more traditional varieties of subjects and custom etching.

Roberta Lowes, Fibers Etc
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Fibers Etc produces handwoven, hand dyed, hand knit, and stitched one-of-a-kind and limited edition wearables and accessories: scarves, hats, shawls, vests, jackets, and sweaters. Blankets, table mats, and runners are also part of the work. Like many artists, inspiration comes from the natural world and Roberta’s emphasis is on color and texture. Her textiles are made from primarily natural materials.

 

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 

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 8

29 Oct

Still looking for something to do this weekend? How about 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. 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 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:

Janet Marcavage

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Marcavage’s screenprints reference the topography of lines following the form of fabric. In this work she draws relationships between the process of weaving and the underlying construction of line-mapped imagery. She is interested in visual language throughout the history of printmaking, particularly where discreet visual units such as lines and dots are used to build imagery and create ocular effects.

Retha Hayward

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Retha owns and manages three studios at Manitou Art Center; operates 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, promotes and showcases local artists, and serves as adviser/instructor to many organizations.

Holly A. Senn

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Using discarded library books, Senn creates sculptures and installations in which she explores the life cycle of ideas – how they originate, get dispersed, and whether they are remembered or forgotten. Her work is informed by her ‘day job’ as a librarian. As she rips, aligns and glues, she reflects on each new generations’ erasure of some of the past and its casting of new ideas into the future.

Victoria Bjorklund

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Victoria Bjorklund is a photographic artist and creates work at her home studio in Tacoma. She is a graduate of the Fine Art Certificate program in Photography at Rockport College in Maine and a 2009 recipient of TAIP funding from the City of Tacoma. Her work has been exhibited locally at the Tacoma Art Museum and nationally in San Francisco, Portland, Colorado, and Minneapolis.

Natalie Oswald

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Natalie Oswald’s oil and acrylic paintings combine block printing with traditionally rendered oil techniques. She creates a fantastical world of pattern and decoration with repeated imagery and metallic surfaces. These printed backdrops act as a stage for her subject matter – flora, fauna, and botanicals of all sorts that inhabit the work. A personal cabinet of curiosities; these paintings are a record of the artist’s most visceral visual interactions.

Diane Hansen

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In 2004, after attending Pilchuck Glass School and Pratt Fine Arts, sculptor Diane Hansen moved to the Tacoma area for the arts community. Diane’s work is strongly influenced by the Rococo period, featuring heavily adorned and gilt pieces. She recently began working in the field of public art, and has integrated metal and automobile enamels with her glass work to create large-scale interactive work.

Lisa Kinoshita, Moss + Mineral

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Moss + Mineral is a botanical gallery where vegetation and jewelry make strange bedfellows. Artist and green thumb Lisa Kinoshita promises a humid experience in the heart of downtown, featuring the unusual curation that attracted visitors to her original gallery, Mineral.

Betty Sapp Ragan

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Betty Sapp Ragan completed an MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn with an emphasis on photography and printmaking and worked in the southeast as an art photographer before moving to Washington. From her hand-colored photo collages to her acrylic landscapes with digital outlines of the buildings at those sites, all of Betty’s work involves architectural imagery and questions why we build what we do where we do.

Check out these 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, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma Weekly, and Premier Media Group.

The Bridle Show

24 Dec

IMG_5811What: Artist Talk by Lisa Kinoshita
Where: Fulcrum Gallery, 1308 South, MLK Street  Tacoma, WA 98405
When: Friday, December 28, 2012 at 5 pm
Cost: Free

Lisa Kinoshita’s Bridle Show explores the vanishing art of horsehair hitching, a traditional Western art whose most skilled practitioners are amongst the inmates at Montana State Prison (MSP). Kinoshita traveled to the prison to interview inmates who are making horsehair art, and she took up the parallel art of leather braiding and knotting, a time-honored practice of vaqueros, American Indians and cowboys, to collaborate on a single horse’s bridle which demonstrates the beauty of a functional art form revered in centuries past.

Since the 1800s, inmates at MSP have kept this incredibly intricate and increasingly rare art alive inside prison walls, passing on their knowledge from hand to hand (mostly) under supervised conditions. Hitching exists at other prisons, in Washington (Walla Walla), Wyoming, Colorado, and Arizona, but none surpasses the quality of work coming out of Deer Lodge, MT. Observers say this practice has been shown to help reduce tension in the prison environment and build inmates’ self-confidence, while also contributing to victims’ restitution. Inmates are allowed to sell their finished pieces, such as horsehair bridles, for up to thousands of dollars in the prison gift shop. In the process, they are keeping alive a skill that few modern artisans have the time or patience to master.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to help fund this project through the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program.

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Hitched horsehair reins by MSP inmate. Unlike braiding, hitching consists of thousands of miniscule half-hitch knots, tied 5-10 hairs at a time.

Dedicated to Public Art

6 Nov

Sedum plants blanket this sculpture’s 6ft. diam. canopy which is insulated with roofgarden materials.

What: Dedication of Sempervivum
Where: STAR Center, 3873 S. 66th Street, Journey Hall
When: November 10, 2 pm
Cost: Free

Inspired by the natural history of Metro Parks’ STAR Center, Tacoma’s newest public art piece, Sempervivum by local artist Lisa Kinoshita, will receive its formal dedication on November 10. The Tacoma Arts Commission and Metro Parks invites anyone who is interested in learning more about this piece to meet the artist at this free, public event.

“My outdoor art installation pays tribute to the wetlands that existed in the area during its early-20th century heyday,” said Kinoshita. “This sculpture trilogy seeks to link the past to the future, celebrates South Tacoma’s fascinating natural heritage and highlights the sensitive balance between humans and their surroundings.”

Botanist Keith Shawe and fabricator Quinn Honan break ground for the Sempervivum sculptures at the STAR Center. Photo courtesy of Metro Parks.

Sempervivum, Latin for ever + living, consists of three large forms combining steel, live plants, and green roof technology, and pays homage to the natural history of STAR Center’s site. The area, which originally was covered by extensive wetlands, was home to elk and flocks of migratory waterfowl and was affectionately known as “The South Tacoma Swamp”. But, as the region industrialized and became an important commercial link for the railroads, the wetlands were filled in.

“It has been rewarding to work with the City of Tacoma’s Arts Program on this project, helping to increase public art opportunities for Tacoma artists and to increase art in our parks for everyone to enjoy,” said Tareena Joubert, manager of Cultural and Community Services for Metro Parks. “Lisa has been a delight to work with and her zest to create amazing and meaningful artwork for this community is impressive.”

Sempervivum, a $25,000 commission, was made possible through a partnership between Metro Parks and the City of Tacoma’s Public Art: In Depth (PA:ID) program which trained a group of professional Tacoma artists on best practices and provided hands-on experience for working in public art. Artists in the PA:ID program had the opportunity to compete for public art projects with Metro Parks, Sound Transit and the City of Tacoma. Continue reading

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