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2017 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 9

4 Oct


This is part 9 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:

Roberta Lowes, Fibers Etc
  

As for many artists, inspiration for the work of Roberta Lowes is taken from the colors of nature and is translated into textiles that are both practical and beautiful. Wearables that are hand-dyed, hand-knit, and hand-woven include scarves, shawls, hats, vests, and jackets. Home decor items such as blankets, placemats, and table runners are also part of the collection.

Reid Ozaki
  
For more than forty years, Reid Ozaki has been creating finely crafted work influenced by the ceramic traditions of Japan combined with his interest in the natural world. His work endeavors to synthesize both using Western materials and techniques.

Chandler O’Leary, Anagram Press
  
Chandler O’Leary is a RISD graduate and the proprietor of Anagram Press, specializing in lettering and illustration. Chandler is the author and artist of the illustrated travel blog, Drawn the Road Again, and one half of the collaborative team behind the Dead Feminists book and broadside series. She is currently working on her next book, an illustrated atlas of the West Coast, to be published by Sasquatch Books in 2019.

Helen Tran, Wasoap
  
Helen Tran was making Washington shaped soap bars for her visiting relatives and friends in 2016. The Washington shaped soap bars were a hit. After countless hours of testing and experimenting, Helen developed a recipe and techniques to make glycerin soap with decorative designs. Helen also makes greetings cards.

William Turner
  
Native Tacoman William Turner studied with Bill Colby, Jacob Lawrence, Alden Mason, and Michael Stafford, and has also been influenced by Deibenkorn and Matisse. His works are in local, national, and international collections. Rising early in the morning, he paints daily spending mornings and afternoons in his studio with dogs Buttons and Charlie, then returning home to have lunch and garden. His upcoming exhibits include Ryan James, Kirkland & Art Spirit Gallery, and Coeur d’Alene.

Dorothy McCuistion
  
Dorothy McCuistion uses a variety of printmaking techniques to create monotype prints, small print editions, and handmade books. She layers the personal with the universal, the local with the far-flung, and the mundane with the exotic. Observational drawings, random marks, and images captured in photographs are all grist for her art making. Her artwork comments on topics ranging from human environmental impacts to the fusion of cultures in contemporary society.

Kris Crews, Crews Creative
  
Crews Creative assists local businesses and independent artists in the creation and delivery of digital media including photography, video production, and web design. Kris Crews is an independent filmmaker, photographer, and multimedia artist. His work has been featured at a variety of local venues including The Grand Cinema, Fulcrum Gallery, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Tacoma Film Festival, Tacoma Art Museum, and Seattle Art Museum.

 

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
Studio Tour Preview: Part 6
Studio Tour Preview: Part 7
Studio Tour Preview: Part 8


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 – Ice dyed silk and linen scarf 
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 painting 
Deborah Greenwood – Handmade cards 
Henry Haneda – Small color print 
Hilltop Artists – Glass bowl and glass plates 
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 – 2 handmade books
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
Social Media Sponsor: ARCADE

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2016 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 8

5 Oct

This is part 8 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:

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 series. Signed copies of the new Dead Feminists book, published by Sasquatch Books, will be available at the Studio Tour.

Fumiko Kimura
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Fumiko Kimura’s works are centered around Asian-influenced paintings of flowers, animals, and landscapes, as well as mixed media collages based on an experimental approach to decipher originality. She particularly enjoys finding new images from “no thought” or the intuitive spread of ink or colors on the surface of papers, and develops images to tell the story.

Roberta Lowes, Fibers  Etc.
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Roberta Lowes produces handwoven, handknit, and hand-dyed wearables and accessories of primarily natural materials. She also makes some items for home decor such as blankets, placemats, towels, and containers. The work will always feel wonderful and is enriched by color.

Juan La Torre, La Torre Art Studio
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Juan La Torre is a Peruvian award-winning artist residing in the United States around 19 years. Juan believes that art is the best path to learning of any field. He is intrigued how art has been used throughout human evolution and how currently, art helps us through the new information era to meet, know, and understand each other and the human condition.

RR Anderson, Tacomic Cartoon Funnies
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RR Anderson has been self-publishing hand-drawn, underground, hyper-local, political cartoons since 2007 a.d. Once they were published in the Weekly Volcano and that was real nice. Ultimately his work is about friendship, need, and other timeless values.

Mark Hoppmann
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Mark Hoppmann has always been curious. That curiosity has resulted in an eclectic accumulation of bric-a-brac, memories, experiences, and books, all which, in turn, inspire his art. With apologies to Rudyard Kipling, his intent is to design illustrated books for those “with ‘satiable curtiosity.” Simple and sometimes unadorned, thoughtfully creative book designs hide a treasury of illustrations within.

Lyz Kurnitz-Thurlow, Lyz and Jewel
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Lyz and Jewel primarily work with kimono and haori (shorter jackets). Garments are embellished with beads and embroidery to enhance their patterning. Lyz and Jewel also make fabric wall hangings, using Japanese fabrics, Latin-American milagros, or Indonesian batiks.

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
Studio Tour Preview: Part 6
Studio Tour Preview: Part 7


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. 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
Roberta LowesHandpainted silk scarf

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 5

16 Sep

This is part 5 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:

Nancy McLaughlin
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Nancy McLaughlin’s paintings and drawings portray whimsical landscapes sometimes verging on non-objective abstraction. She combines the visible with the imaginary and invisible. She strives to give color and shape to an elemental structure which courses through things that are both tangible and yet to be. Our eyes respond to an infinitely varied visual reality, yet there is so much we can’t readily see, though we are immersed in it. Nancy describes the visible and the unseen as they interact and collide.

Pat Haase
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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 and also taught Yoga. In the past dozen years her attention has turned to creating realistic figurative sculptures, concentrating on nuances of posture to create empathetic awareness. Her sculptures convey personality, attitude, and mood and also suggest a narrative about what just happened, or what may soon happen.

Hilltop Artists
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Hilltop Artists started in the summer of 1994 with just 20 students. Since then, Hilltop Artists has expanded into 9 different programs that serve over 500 students each year. Ages 12 to 20, Hilltop Artists students have the chance to explore the glass medium through fusion, mosaics, flameworking, and glassblowing. All of Hilltop Artists programs are tuition-free. “Using glass art to connect young people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds to better futures.”

Randy Jones
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Randy Jones’ passion is to put discarded items back to work. Randy’s sculptures have personality – they are whimsical and playful – belying the precise attention to mass and movement. Such work requires a great inventory of items and about 60% of Randy’s studio is an organized library of found objects. The rest of the space is open to creative construction. Here, Randy arranges objects, tells stories, and draws plans for his next inspiration.

Roberta Lowes, Fibers Etc
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Fibers Etc has been a resource for those interested in textiles, both for handwoven and knit products but also for the knowledge that is shared through classes and workshops. Roberta Lowes creates fashionable hand dyed, hand woven, hand knit, and stitched natural fiber wearables and accessories. Inspiration comes from the natural world and Roberta’s emphasis is on color and texture.

Lucia Harrison
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Lucia Harrison grew up on Cooper Point in Olympia, roaming the forests and shores of Puget Sound. Now she is an emeritus faculty from The Evergreen State College. While team-teaching with scientists, she developed the practice of field journaling as inspiration for her paintings, drawings, and artist books. Her works reflect observations of nature and the inspiration she finds there. She hopes her artworks inspire viewers to deepen their own interest in the natural and cultural history of South Puget Sound.

Elayne Vogel
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Unusual materials have almost always guided the imagery in Elayne Vogel’s artwork. Her one-of-a-kind necklaces are meant to combine humor and fashion in entirely wearable, durable jewelry. In addition to working in her studio, Elayne enjoys collaborating with artists making art for public sites and events. She received her B.A. degree from the University of Michigan and her Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington.


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

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.

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

31 Mar
Stan Shaw and Michael Sullivan discuss Samuel Dashiell Hammett’s The Flitcraft Parable

Stan Shaw and Michael Sullivan discuss Samuel Dashiell Hammett’s The Flitcraft Parable

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

Tacoma Symphony Orchestra music director Sarah Ioannides

Tacoma Symphony Orchestra music director Sarah Ioannides

In this episode:

  • Get to know music director Sarah Ioannides and learn how her past experience is influencing her work with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra
  • Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo explores our history and future at the Chinese Reconciliation Park
  • Historian Michael Sullivan and graphic artist Stan Shaw take an in-depth look at Samuel Dashiell Hammett’s The Flitcraft Parable and how it was influenced by Hammett’s time in Tacoma
  • Pianist Kim Davenport finds inspiration and contemplation at Thea’s Park
  • The 6th Avenue Yarn Bomber, Russell Valentine, Gwen Demarest, and Roberta Lowes give us a humorous look at knitting culture in Tacoma
Stan Shaw illustrates Samuel Dashiell Hammett’s The Flitcraft Parable

Stan Shaw illustrates Samuel Dashiell Hammett’s The Flitcraft Parable

Launched in October 2013, the 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.

Online viewing:

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

Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo at the Chinese Reconciliation Park

Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo at the Chinese Reconciliation Park

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 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 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 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

Art at Work Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Washington State Arts Commission, Weekly Volcano, and Premier Media Group.

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