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2017 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 3

23 Aug

This is part 3 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:

Mauricio Robalino
  
Mauricio Robalino learned to paint on an ocean voyage in 1964. He always drew in school, and chose art as a career while attending business school. These days Mauricio paints and makes huge mosaics and sculptures for many public spaces. All this happens in a humble two-car garage behind his home, where he lives with his family!

Lynne Farren, Lynne Farren Designs
  
Lynne Farren is always on the lookout for odd or unwanted materials to turn into mixed media collage and assemblage. While they may seem casually put together, her artworks are actually well thought out and arranged with attention to detail. They tell a story, and the story can be invented by the viewer.

K.C. Bacon
  
While K.C. Bacon has shown work at various venues in the Pacific Northwest, his primary outlet is his home gallery, in operation since 2003. K.C. works almost exclusively with oil on board. While he generally begins a painting with an image, the act of painting is frequently his theme. He intends his paintings to illustrate a human touch – emotion deriving color, thought attending line.

Mark Hudak, Throwing Mud Gallery
  
Mark Hudak has been a full-time studio potter for over 30 years. Functional, decorative pottery has been his passion and he loves to make items that people use in their daily lives. Since opening Throwing Mud Gallery in 2011, he has been able to share this passion with others.

Tacoma City Ballet
  
Tacoma City Ballet nurtures the intellectual mind and the physical being of developing young artists as they study the art of classical ballet, and creates an environment which furthers artistic development and the growth of the human spirit. They continue to create innovative, artistically excellent ballet productions for the community which are family oriented and financially accessible.

Chuck Knigge
  
Chuck Knigge is a freelance illustrator and software designer. His work includes games for the PlayStation 4 and logos for local coffee shops. In his free time, he loves drawing superheroes and portraits.

Claudia Riedener, Ixia Tile Tacoma

  
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. The artist finds inspiration in the natural world. Native flora and fauna make frequent appearances in her creations. All clays and glazes used are made in Tacoma.

 

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


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 matted 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.


Tacoma Arts Month Sponsors

Premier Sponsors: Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Media Sponsors: KNKX, Northwest Public Radio, ParentMap, Sounds Fun Mom, South Sound magazine, Tacoma Weekly, Weekly Volcano

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2016 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 5

14 Sep

This is part 5 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October.

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.

Here are this week’s highlights:

Jeff Libby & Adrienne Wicks, birdloft
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Birdloft creates sustainable, modern designs from wood, steel, and air. The wood is almost exclusively reclaimed old growth fir, salvaged from deconstructed barns and warehouses in Tacoma, Seattle, and the Puget Sound environs. The sourced steel, for its part, is estimated at 89.5 percent recycled content, about three times the recycled content as most steel commercially available in this country. And the part about the air – every piece of birdloft furniture is meant to breathe, to compose a small amount of space in a given room, help create sanctuary at home.

K.C. Bacon
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Other than select classes at Seattle Fine Arts Academy, K. C. Bacon is a self-taught artist working with oil on board. He works with landscape, portrait, and in the abstract. He operates a studio and separate gallery in the back of his home in the Proctor district.

Becky Frehse
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Becky Frehse’s work revolves around her exploration of musical themes as they suggest visual patterns of rhythm and tempo as notation marks and shapes. Color relationships suggest pitch and modulations. Often a musical staff is the underlayment for many layers of highly textured modeling compounds and paint that build up multifaceted surfaces. Repurposed musical instruments are sometimes integrated together with collage and painting.

Shirley Benton, Shirley Benton Art
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Shirley Benton is a self taught artist. Her creative production revolves around exploring emotion and expression through color and form. By applying and blending multiple layers of paint, her creative process takes on an energy and motion of its own. Staying in the moment, with very little planned ahead, this inward journey provides a way to express a range of emotions, from playfulness to deeper complexity, in her abstract art.

Lynne Farren
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Make art! That is the theme in Lynne Farren’s studio. It’s a place of organized clutter. New and unexpected art is made from collected elements. Order is created out of chaos.

Lorraine Toler, Sweetrain Studios
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Lorraine Toler creates paintings that are sequential in nature. Each painting is part of a larger story. She is currently working on a series that highlights the sea stars of Puget Sound who are suffering from a strange wasting disease. Her studio is the upper level of her home shared with her partner, fellow artist, Benjamin Davis.

LeeAnn Seaburg Perry
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Each stone contains a new and exciting puzzle that LeeAnn Seaburg Perry delights in solving. Her work has sprung from the pure white of marble, the beige of alabaster, and the green in soapstone. From featureless stone she frees a beautiful image that lasts through time.

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 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

2015 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 4

9 Sep

This is part 4 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:

Lynne Farren
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Art making fills the inside of Lynne Farren’s studio. Step inside to see paintings, assemblages, collages and totem dolls. Art work will be spilling out into the hallway too.

Nadine Hamil, Artful Dreamers Studio
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Nadine Hamil works with acrylic paints and is a master expressive arts and intuitive painting facilitator. She runs Artful Dreamers Studio, an ideal place for people to enhance creativity, find new inspiration, explore their spirit, and play with vibrant colors. Through workshops, Nadine helps guide her students to discover the magic of their spontaneity and the power of their intuition. She is a Creatively Fit creativity coach.

Fumiko Kimura, Kimura Studio
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Fumiko Kimura earned a Masters in Art Education from the University of Puget Sound in 1977 and continues to volunteer-teach, paint, and exhibit. Her main medium is Asian sumi brush painting and calligraphy, traditional watercolors and mixed media collages, abstracts, and absolute art. Her innovative and experimental works are inspired by nature motifs using various materials.

Kyle Dillehay
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Kyle Dillehay has been fascinated by photography but, with the introduction of the digital camera, it became too predictable for him. He turned his focus on the roots of analog photography, not just by recording the image itself, but by being an active participant in the entire photographic process. This brought Kyle back to the photo processes of the mid-19th century, using “simple” chemicals to create highly detailed photographic plates.

Chandler O’Leary, Anagram Press
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Chandler O’Leary is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and the proprietor of Anagram Press-a small business specializing in lettering and illustration. Chandler is the author/artist of the illustrated travel blog, “Drawn the Road Again,” and one half of the collaborative team behind the “Dead Feminists” poster series. She has lived and worked in Tacoma for seven years.

Henry Haneda, Archistrial Design
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Henry Haneda has, for decades, received international awards and invitationals for his art and craft works.  Henry uses medium and large format films, which convey detailed impressions to large prints. He has also been a world-renowned rod and knife maker since 1980, using metal, graphite fiber, wood, and recycled paper composites, which convey detailed craftsmanship to the highest quality products. Visit the machine shop studio on Saturday to see his processing. Visit his studio on Sunday to see his photography.

K.C. Bacon
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Largely self-taught, except for drawing instruction at the Seattle Academy of Realist Art, K.C. Bacon works almost exclusively with oil on board. His range of subjects include landscape and portraiture, emphasizing Expressionism. The studio is well-lit and spacious, with a wood stove to ensure winter comfort. A separate gallery features an open beam interior, skylights, museum quality lighting, tatami mats, and a comfortable leather bench seat for restful viewing.

 


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
Studio Tour Preview: Part 3

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.

Third episode of Tacoma’s own ‘artTown’ TV show now available

6 Oct

 

Guitarist-singer-songwriter Nolan Garrett and the legendary Jerry Miller.

Guitarist-singer-songwriter Nolan Garrett and the legendary Jerry Miller.

The City of Tacoma’s Media and Communications Office – in partnership with its Community and Economic Development Department’s Arts Program – are proud to announce the launch of a new episode of “artTown,” a cultural documentary-style TV initiative exploring Tacoma’s emergence as a major creative hub in the Pacific Northwest.

This episode features:

  • Viewpoints and musical riffs from emerging guitarist-singer-songwriter Nolan Garrett and the legendary Jerry Miller, one of Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest guitarists of all time
  • A look at Tacoma’s hot metal arts scene with Amy Reeves of Tacoma Metal Arts Center, John Simpkins of Fort Nisqually, Ed Kroupa of Two Ravens Studio, and Saign Charlestein
  • An exploration into letterpress arts with Jessica Spring of Springtide Press, sweet pea Flaherty of King’s Bookstore, and Margaret Bullock of Tacoma Art Museum
  • A visit to the working studios of local artists Angela Rockett, Lynne Farren, Lynn Di Nino and Mauricio Robalino
  • music composed by Isaac Solverson
Hot off the press at Springtide Press.

Hot off the press at Springtide Press.

Launched in October 2013, the quarterly series features diverse perspectives on a variety of creative disciplines. Offering a more holistic look at creativity in Tacoma, “artTown” stretches beyond what people might traditionally think of as “creative” – such as fine art, music or dance – to spotlight other creative areas of interest that have flourished in Tacoma like food, fashion, innovative education practices, architecture and more.

Those who want to immerse themselves more fully in Tacoma’s creative community are invited to participate in Tacoma Arts Month, which features hundreds of events held throughout the entire month of October.

Online viewing:

Watch “artTown” anytime at cityoftacoma.org/artTown.

Saign Charlestein at work in his metal arts studio.

Saign Charlestein at work in his metal arts studio.

TV Tacoma air times:

Mondays at noon
Tuesdays at 1 a.m.
Wednesdays at 8 a.m.
Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 5 p.m.
Sundays at 5 a.m.

TV Tacoma is aired on both the Click! and Comcast Cable systems. On Click!, TV Tacoma can be seen on Channel 12 within Tacoma City limits and in Pierce County, with the exception of University Place, where TV Tacoma can be found on Channel 21. On Comcast, TV Tacoma can be seen on Channel 12 within Tacoma city limits and on Channel 21 in Pierce County. TV Tacoma is not on the Comcast system in University Place, but is accessible anywhere on the Internet at tvtacoma.com.

Future episodes will be produced in part based on some of the audience feedback culled via social media, email at maria.lee@cityoftacoma.org or phone at (253) 591-2054.

2014 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 1

13 Aug
Studio visitors try their hand at a sample project during the Tacoma Studio Tour.

A visitor tries her hand at a sample project during the Tacoma Studio Tour.

Today’s overcast weather is reminding us of fall 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 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!

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:

Tacoma City Ballet
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Founded in 1955, Tacoma City Ballet School provides excellent comprehensive classical ballet instruction for dancers in the Puget Sound region. A Resident Arts Organization of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Tacoma City Ballet has presented an annual performance season since 1955 and is proud to preserve and perpetuate a legacy filled with a rich history that has touched thousands of lives with the beauty of a classical art.

Lucia Harrison
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Lucia Harrison’s handmade paper, drawings, paintings, and artist books focus on appreciating the natural and human history of South Puget Sound. She hopes to inspire conservation of nature and an appreciation of the cultural history and contemporary conservation work of the peoples of South Puget Sound. Most recently she has been collaborating with Deborah Greenwood making paper from local plants.

Patty McPhee
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Asking Patty McPhee why she creates is like asking her why she breathes. She sees art in every aspect of existence. It is transcendent and embracing, like glue holding our world together, holding us together. Patty finds in stone sculpture a way for her to explore “the interdependent web of existence,” the invisible threads connect us and she wants to explore that in whatever way that she can.

Lynne Farren
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Lynne Farren’s studio is filled with art – paintings, collage, assemblage, fiber, paper, and totem dolls. Art is everywhere and art is made with everything.

LeeAnn Seaburg-Perry, Sculpting In Stone
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Since LeeAnn Seaburg-Perry transformed a piece of rubble, pilfered from the Danby Marble quarry, into the amazing modern Buddha Of Pumpkin Hollow, tons of stone in various stages of metamorphosis have accompanied her in her travels, leaving a trail of stone dust from Massachusetts to Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Cleveland and finally home to Tacoma. Her work is the creative expression of her emotions in a moment of time, transformed into a permanence to be shared with generations to come.

Sharon Styer, Styer Arts Management
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Sharon Styer is a street photographer. She speaks of getting a distinct awareness when she comes upon something she should photograph. She pays attention, turns around, and really looks at what’s before her. The scope of Styer’s work has changed through the years – from abandoned spaces and night shots of Tacoma; to burlesque, circus, and carnival folk worlds; to foggy landscapes; and most recently to a series of street portraits that include a short conversation about the subject’s life.

 

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 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.

Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 7

24 Oct

We are exactly one week away from our favorite time of year – 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:

Jennevieve Schlemmer

Jennevieve Schlemmer is an artist that believes discovery and delight are the most important aspects of being creative. With a background in sculpture and mosaic art, Jennevieve has recently been obsessed with creating sculpture and wearables with wool through both traditional wet felting and more contemporary needle felting techniques. During the studio tour, she will be demoing needle felting techniques and anyone over 10 is welcome to try too!

Mark Hudak – Throwing Mud Gallery

Bringing beauty into peoples’ lives with his pottery has been Mark’s interest for over 30 years. His intent has been to make creative functional 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. During the studio tour, Mark will be demonstrating wheel throwing and hand building techniques.

Lynne Farren

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.

Retha Hayward

Retha owns and manages three of the studios at Manitou Art Center; operates the White Dove Gallery; teaches fused glass, 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 advisor/instructor to many organizations. During your Studio Tour visit make glass holiday ornaments and small clay projects.

Jenifer Davis
   
Potter Jenifer Davis’ passion is to create irreverently shaped functional sculptures and pots. The hand-thrown process leaves a good deal of the outcome to fate and Jennifer revels in this serendipity stating, “the clay is happy in its natural state, with a tender yet firm hand you can convince it to do what you want.”  Randomness is part of the transformation, and the best part is seeing what emerges after the kiln is opened.

Roberta Lowes – Fibers Etc.

Fibers Etc. produces one-of-a-kind textiles that are a response to both the color and texture that surround us in our lives and the fine textile traditions of other cultures. The result has been a blending of hand dyed, hand-woven and hand-knit fabrics with other beautiful fabrics from around the world. The line includes wearables such as vests, jackets, coats and accessories of all kinds including scarves, shawls, hats, and bags.

Check out other artists on the tour:
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

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