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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

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