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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.

Murals Project Update: Dometop Mural is Complete!

2 Aug

The mural on the retaining wall of the 3200 block of East L Street in Tacoma is complete!  The wall, once totally neglected and covered in moss and dirt, has been transformed into a playful and vibrant mural reflective of the adjacent community garden.  The imagery is youthful and curious in the depiction of rain water spilling down a flight of stairs and flooding on the plants and insects that lay below.  The base of the wall has been painted blue and has green grass streaming upward in which snails, potato bugs, caterpillars, butterflies, and other insects frolic and buzz with excitement.

With the help of the Dometop Neighbors; lead artists Rachael Dotson and Jeremy Gregory; and artist team members Yvette Simone, Chelsea O’Sullivan, and Natalie Oswald, the Dometop mural is sure to become a landmark in Tacoma that mirrors the curious and adventurous nature of our community.

Here’s some photos of the completed mural. But, for the best experience, go visit the site yourself.









Tacoma Murals Project Update: Cloverdale Park

2 Jul

Besides the five main mural sites that are undergoing transformation this summer as part of the Tacoma Murals Project, there is one additional smaller-scale mural project you will want to keep an eye on. Cloverdale Park Neighbors submitted an application to have a series of cement Eco-Blocks painted on Tacoma’s east side. Four artists, Janice Lee Warren, Natalie Oswald, Yvette Simone, and Kate Cendejas, volunteered to take on these challenging sites.

In May, the artists met with members of the community to talk about the mural. At that meeting themes began to surface including the diverse multi-cultural make up of the neighborhood, the desire to engage and inspire youth, and the hope of conveying ideas such as peace, growth, achievement, and leadership.

Natalie, Yvette, and Kate  are teaming up to affect 11 Eco-Blocks at East 56th and Pipeline and 4 Eco-Blocks at East 58th and East “Q” Street. Their proposal includes a puzzle-piece pattern merged with imagery depicting the social activities of area residents. Encouraging and inspirational words will be interspersed throughout the design, which will be painted in colors that pull from the track at the adjacent  First Creek Middle School. 

Before: East 56th and Pipeline site

Mock up of mural proposal by Natalie Oswald, Yvette SImone, and Kate Cendejas

Janice will be painting 5 Eco-Blocks at East 57th and East “S” Street. Her proposal revolves around  “gift wrapped” blocks, painted with patterns inspired by cloth designs from around the world.

Before: East 57th and East “S” Street site

Mural proposal by Janice Lee Warren

On June 27, the artists presented their mural proposals to the Cloverdale Park Neighbors group. Both proposals were embraced with enthusiasm. The neighbors have prepared the sites, trimmed away overgrowth, pressure washed the blocks, and primed. Next step – painting!

We’ll  bring you more images as the projects progress.

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