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2017 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 5

6 Sep


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

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 42 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 14 & 15, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

You are invited inside the working studios of 70 local artists to learn about the artistic process, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. Plus, you can even win some fabulous items hand-crafted by a selection of artists on the tour just for getting your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. It’s family friendly and free!

Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full list of artists, schedule, your Tacoma Studio Tour Passport, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

Here are this week’s highlights:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
Studio Tour Preview: Part 1
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2
Studio Tour Preview: Part 3
Studio Tour Preview: Part 4


Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!

Make sure to have your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. Once you’ve collected at least 8 stamps, send us the passport and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of several fabulous prize packages containing artwork hand-crafted by a selection of artists on this tour including:

Grace Amundsen – Acrylic ornaments 
Terry Bader – Small watercolor painting 
Joe Becker – Set of notecards 
Carolyn Burt – Small scratchboard artwork 
Bill Colby – Small framed woodcut 
Kris Crews – Mini photo cards 
Ann Darling – Textile piece 
Katie Dean – Collection of greeting cards and a small print 
Alice Di Certo – Pair of earrings 
Kyle Dillehay – Alternative-process photograph 
Michaela Eaves – Greeting cards 
Lynne Farren – Painting, cards, bracelet 
Becky Frehse – Small framed painting 
Deborah Greenwood – Handmade cards 
Henry Haneda – Small color print 
Hilltop Artists – Glass beads, glass marbles, small blown glass pieces 
Han-Yin Hsu – 3D printed nylon earrings 
Mark Hudak – Pottery bowl 
Marie Jensen – An 8 x 10 print 
Fumiko Kimura – Greeting cards 
Juan La Torre – Thank you cards 
Roberta Lowes – Cards or small scarf 
Dorothy McCuistion – Small handmade book 
John McCuistion – Set of 4 coaster tiles 
Naarah McDonald – Upcycled fingerless sweater gloves, small tote bag, reversible apron 
Dane Meyer – Small framed print 
Roxann Murray – Save the Bees sticker 
Chandler O’Leary – Tacoma temporary tattoos & Tacoma coloring cards 
Sylvia Omero-Rogstad – Set of cards 
Reid Ozaki – Vase 
Karen Perrine – Set of marbled paper collage cards 
Liz Pulos – Small tapestry 
Claudia Riedener – 5 small handmade tiles
Mauricio Robalino – Small wall hanging mosaic
Penny Russell – Set of 4 Blooming Wine Glasses
Jessica Spring – Small book or print
Susan Thompson – Mug
Lorraine Toler – Signed print
Helen Tran – Washington shaped soap bar and greeting card
Audrey Tulimiero Welch – Small painting on paper
William Turner – Set of 5 art cards
Karen Utter – Handmade book
Elayne Vogel – Pair of earrings
Jeff Libby & Adrienne Wicks – Pair of reclaimed wood and steel book ends
Snow Winters – Small cross stitch lamp
Yoshiko Yamamoto – 2018 calendar
Lois Yoshida – Box of hand painted cards

One entry per person. The Tacoma Studio Tour Passport can be found in the Tacoma Studio Tour brochure (available at all studio locations during the tour and at many cultural institutions ahead of time) or download and print your own Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.


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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Now on view! Seventh episode of Tacoma’s ‘artTown’ TV show

6 Jan
30 Americans at Tacoma Art Museum

30 Americans at Tacoma Art Museum

The City of Tacoma’s Media and Communications Office – in partnership with the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality – has released a new episode of artTown, a cultural documentary-style TV initiative exploring Tacoma’s emergence as a major creative hub in the Pacific Northwest.

Dancers Kate Monthy and Joel Myers perform

Dancers Kate Monthy and Joel Myers perform

In this episode:

  • Learn about the critically acclaimed exhibition 30 Americans, which made its West Coast debut at Tacoma Art Museum and showcases an influential group of prominent African American artists who have emerged as leading contributors to the contemporary art scene in the United States and beyond
  • Explore how Symphony Tacoma brought Tan Dun’s groundbreaking and challenging Water Passion to life
  • Visit the shared studio of printmaker Dorothy McCuistion and ceramicist John McCuistion and learn how they work together
  • Catch Kate Monthy and Joel Myers as they discuss their dance careers and the dance scene in Tacoma
  • Take a look at the inspiration behind the curious paintings and illustrations of Michaela Eaves
  • Find inspiration and joy in the playful mobiles and found object sculptures of the late Randy Jones

Launched in 2013, the series has earned numerous awards and 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 fashion, innovative education practices, architecture and more.

Online viewing:
Watch “artTown” anytime at cityoftacoma.org/artTown

YouTube:
Watch segments or the full episode anytime on the City of Tacoma’s YouTube Channel

Symphony Tacoma performs Water Passion by Tan Dun

Symphony Tacoma performs Water Passion by Tan Dun

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.

2016 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 3

31 Aug

This is part 3 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:

Steve Lawler, rePly Furniture
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At rePly Furniture Steve Lawler creates unique, hand-crafted furniture from salvaged plywood collected from local cabinet shops. Through a process established over several years, the plywood is shaped, sanded, and put together in a number of different ways to create one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly, heirloom quality pieces extolling plywood’s unique and normally unseen attributes.

Chuck Knigge
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Chuck Knigge is a Northwest illustrator and game designer. He mainly works digitally but has been known to dabble with paints. By day, he works as a UI Designer and Artist for Sucker Punch Productions, making games for the PlayStation 4. By night, he draws superheroes, monsters, portraits, and nostalgia pieces.

Claudia Riedener, Ixia Tile Tacoma
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Claudia Riedener is a ceramic tile maker, artist, and plant enthusiast. Her love for nature is apparent in her work. Riedener is a self-taught ceramic artist and creates ceramic tile and tile murals for private, commercial, and public installations. Riedener is deeply involved with the Tacoma arts community and has organized and curated many events, shows, and permanent installations over the last 15 years.

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

Kris Crews, Crews Creative
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Kris Crews is an independent filmmaker, photographer, and multimedia artist specializing in documentary film and music video production. Kris works closely with Spaceworks Tacoma and several independent artists, as well as community organizations, to promote art in Tacoma via video and photography. His work has been featured at a variety of local venues including The Grand Cinema, Fulcrum Gallery, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, the Tacoma Film Festival, and Seattle Art Museum.

Jennifer English, SPUN – Clay Arts Studio and Gallery
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In 2014, through Spaceworks Tacoma, Jennifer English and her longtime friend, April Sanders, started SPUN. As a potter, Jennifer explores the connections between heart, hands, and clay bodies. She enjoys making pottery accessible to the people in her community through SPUN. Whether it’s on the wheel or sculpting by hand, she loves trying new clay techniques and experimenting with glazes.

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 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 6

23 Sep

This is part 6 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:

Lucy Nilan
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Lucy Nilan is a Tacoma-based potter with a passion for the wheel. Always an animal lover, her current farm-to-table series explores the creatures that live in both our rural and (now) urban farms. She is exploring the porcelain form with animal portraiture through simple lines, color, and clean illustration.

Michaela Eaves
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Michaela Eaves bases her fantastical illustration-style artwork on animals and the natural world. Her influences include her upbringing in Montana and the time she spends with her dogs. She finds extra inspiration in mountain biking, music, and impending deadlines.

April Sanders, SPUN – Clay Arts Studio & Gallery
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The potters wheel, sculpting, and ‘getting dirty’, became a passion of April Sanders from early on. She spent many years studying under local potters in their studios, but she always had a desire to open her own. Along with her longtime friend, Jennifer English, she made her dream a reality in SPUN. April provides her students with hands-on instruction and a fun, easy-going atmosphere. You’ll notice a love of clean lines and vibrant colors in April’s work.

Ann Stockdale
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Ann Stockdale “bonds with unseen beneficial forces to let the Universal Energy align her with the joy of her Creator.” She believes in flowing with the Spirit and color. Music and rhythm are her most important elements. She has had a one woman show at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle and her work has been sold on the Princess Cruise Line and seen in many hotels in Miami, L.A., and Mexico.

Jo Geron
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Jo Geron’s work is a series of very large, androgynous, and veiled human figures tenderly and realistically rendered in graphite. Her work asks questions about gender, relationships, and intimacy. The coverings and figures are a personal reaction to covering and uncovering within relationships and some of her works explore the experience of growing up in Israel. Jo’s work forces the viewer to tolerate discomfort with gender ambiguity and fluidity.

LeeAnn Seaburg Perry, Sculpting In Stone
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The human figure is what LeeAnn Seaburg Perry most often finds in the stones she carves. She studies the rock until she sees some part of the stone’s shape that gives a hint at who is inside. Her initial cuts release the head from the stone. With the head identified, the lines of the body emerge. Often, part of the surface remains untouched and occasionally she adds texture to combine with smooth planes and lines to arrive at the strongest possible image.


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
Studio Tour Preview: Part 4
Studio Tour Preview: Part 5

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.

2013 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 6

15 Oct

This is part 6 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:

Becky Frehse

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Becky’s eclectic creative work is dramatically revealed to intrepid visitors when they enter her busy studio. She paints, draws, cuts and pastes, and assembles images that range from underwater gardens to Indonesian Shadow Puppets. Musical instruments hang about waiting to be included in the next scenario.

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.

RR Anderson, Tinkertopia, LLC.

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Tinkertopia is a destination for teachers, students, artists, crafters, inventors, makers, hackers, and tinkerers (of any age) in search of unusual materials for any creative venture. Tinkertopians work with local businesses, capturing safe, reusable materials from the waste stream, and reimagines these as unusual arts and craft supplies for kids, teachers, makers and tinkerers.

Roberta Lowes, Fibers Etc.

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Fibers Etc. is a working fiber art studio that has been located in downtown Tacoma for many years. Roberta Lowes focuses on hand-woven, hand-knit and hand-dyed wearables and accessories. Her designs are always classic but color is her specialty. Roberta also produces some home decor items such as blankets, throws, placemats, and runners.

Chandler O’Leary, Anagram Press

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Chandler O’Leary is an illustrator and lettering artist, and a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She is the proprietor of Anagram Press, the illustrator behind the ‘Dead Feminists’ poster series, and the designer of the Tacoma Playing Cards. Her latest project is an illustrated travel blog called Drawn the Road Again.

Roxann Murray, A Touch of Wanderlust

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Roxann is a photographer and mixed media artist. She uses her camera almost daily and also works with collage, colored pencils, ink, and paint. Although she does not limit herself to what she photographs, she enjoys capturing her travels and nature the most. Roxann uses art to heal; carrying a camera is like a prescription for her. Shooting photographs makes her feel safe and normal in a changing, fast-paced society.

Jenifer Davis, Jenifer Davis Pottery

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The process of transforming mud into art has captured every ounce of Jenifer’s being. Sharing her love of clay with kids fills her with accomplishment. Though she works quite deliberately, intentionally using both traditional and innovative techniques, her subconscious guides the direction of every piece. The concrete, repetitive nature of her work frees her imagination and provides many opportunities for surprises to influence the finished product.

Bill Colby

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Bill Colby’s current working theme is water and rocks. Color woodcuts with watercolors and acrylics are supported by sumi watercolors of waterfalls, streams, and beaches – both representational and abstract.

 

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

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 5

10 Oct

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

The Tacoma Studio Tour will feature 55 artists and collaborative studios and will allow 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 tour course.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 37 studio locations around Tacoma – map your course at ArtAtWorkTacoma.com
When: November 3 & 4, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here is this week’s artist sneak peeks:

Bill Colby
Bill has always used nature as the origin of his work. This year he continues to use the forest bough of 2011, and presents it simply, rather than complexly, with bird flocks and sun rays. The tree core (soul) is used in slight abstraction for a new series he will begin.

Kerry Cole
Since studying Fashion Design at Portland State University, Kerry has developed her distinctive style and reputation through a series of commercial successes, which include representation within Barney’s of New York, Pulp! ( L.A.),  Russian Hill Bookstore (San Francisco), logos, CD jackets, magazine covers, and commissioned works. Visit Kerry’s studio during the tour and add your own artistic magic to a collaborative painting which Kerry will finish and auction off to benefit a program for underprivileged youth.

Michaela Eaves
    
Michaela Eaves traded her youth for three magic beans and some time in art school in Savannah. She grew up in Montana, where the natural scenery and animals she was surrounded by have saturated her mental landscape and work ever since. She also works as a designer, volunteers for an animal response technical rescue team, and fosters Rottweilers in memory of her dog Buck.

RR Anderson
     Author of “The Tacomic”, RR Anderson is one of the most curious underground political cartoonists in FeedTacoma.com history. He fought bizarre underground beings in the lava tubes of Juneau, Alaska; was wounded by a laser before it was invented; and was a founding father of the Cartoonists League of Absurd Washingtonians (C.L.A.W.). Seek him drawing at Friday’s Frost Park Chalk Challenge in downtown Tacoma. Visit RR’s studio during the tour to learn secrets of sidewalk chalking and to stamp local currency.

Leah Fitts
From her light-filled downtown studio, Leah Fitts creates abstract paintings using acrylics and oil pastels. Her original paintings on canvas are inspired by mid-century and modern design, as well as her love of nature. By combining modern design with natural aspects, Leah strives to create original, textured, and vibrant works of art that will add energy and harmony to any space.

Angela Wales Rockett
A spiritually inspired artist, Angela Wales Rockett paints expressive abstracts that soothe the soul with rich colors and texture that invite the viewer to take part in precious moments of introspection. Her artwork has been included in solo and group exhibits across the United States, from New York City to Seattle, and is included in many private collections.

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

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