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2015 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 3

2 Sep

This is part 3 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:

Diana Leigh Surma
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Diana Leigh Surma received her B.A. in Visual Art from Hunter College. Her passion for community engagement earned her a place on the Tacoma Murals Project artist roster as well as a nomination for the 2015 Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s Foundation of Art Award. Her collaborative new media installation, ColorBox, was featured in Storefronts Seattle’s summer 2015 exhibition and a larger version will be installed in partnership with Spaceworks Tacoma in 2016.

Mark Hudak, Throwing Mud Gallery
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Mark Hudak has been a full-time studio potter in Tacoma for over 30 years. Functional pottery has been his passion and he loves to make items that people use in their daily living. Mark also teaches six pottery classes each week in his studio.

Claudia Riedener, Ixia Tile Tacoma
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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. All clays and glazes used are made in Tacoma. Public art installations in Tacoma include Manitou Trestle, Hops Arbor at Point Ruston Waterwalk, McCarver Park, South Tacoma Public Library, Multi-Care TreeHouse, Masa Restaurant and Bellarmine School.

Susan Blais
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Susan Blais works out of the Jet Artist Cooperative and her work can also be seen at the 253 Collective gallery just downstairs. This was her first year of participating in the “42 sketches” challenge, in which artists attempt to complete one sketch daily for the first six weeks of the new year. The challenge is designed to jump start a habit of making time to work on art. Stop by Susan’s studio to see how the challenge worked for her.

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.

Maeve Harris, Ruby Rose Maeve Harris Studio
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Maeve Harris is an abstract painter whose work investigates color and light. Influenced by natural and organic forms, her paintings reveal a focus on the medium itself. She mixes her own pigments and uses multiple layers of color and metallic to suggest the passage of time. Her approach to traditional subjects such as landscapes, figurative, or animals is met with experimentation of form, material, and technique.

Todd Jannausch, Feast Arts Center
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Todd Jannausch is a sculptor, installation artist, and co-founder of Feast Arts Center. Between 2010-2014 he created a series of installations that allowed artists to interact with the community and show art in new ways. His work has been shown at Frye Art Museum, Bellevue Art Museum and he was the recipient of a 2015 Artist Trust Fellowship. He has spent the last five years working as a program manager and art instructor at Pratt Fine Arts Center.


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

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.

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2014 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 3

27 Aug

This is part 3 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:

Retha Hayward
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Retha owns and manages three of the studios at Manitou Art Center, operates the 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, promoting and showcasing local artists, and serving as adviser/instructor to many organizations. During your visit make glass holiday ornaments and small clay projects and select small gifts to purchase.

Susan Blais
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Susan Blais is primarily a painter working in oil, acrylic, and pastel.

Fumiko Kimura
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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 major medium is Asian sumi brush painting and calligraphy, traditional watercolors and mixed media collages, abstracts, and absolute art. Her innovative and experimental works in a series of subjects are inspired by nature motifs using various found materials.

Diane Hansen, Metropolitan Glass, Inc
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Diane is a sculptor who has been working in glass for the past 24 years. She was part of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s training program entitled PA:ID, which trained studio artists to work in the Public Art field. Currently she is practicing as both a studio and public artist. She created a public art piece for Sound Transit in 2013 called “Lock-On Tacoma” which encourages visitors to attach padlocks and make a wish, mark an occasion, or profess a love.

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 work in watercolor and 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, has been a wonderful adventure – a grand journey.

Henry Haneda
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Henry Haneda has, for decades, received international awards and invitationals for his photography and designs. Henry uses medium format or 4×5 films, which convey detailed impressions to large prints. He has been a world-renown rod and knife maker since 1980.

Mark Hoppmann
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Mark Hoppmann’s studio, like his work, is an invitation to those (with apologies to Rudyard Kipling) with “satiable curtiosity”. In addition to his original work created with a variety of mediums including watercolor, India ink, and graphite, he often works in themes which are then digitally scanned from original renderings and assembled into handmade books created from a variety of materials including leather and wood.

 

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
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.

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