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2014 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 4

3 Sep

This is part 4 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:

Lance Roberts, Lance Roberts Pottery
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Lance Roberts has been working in the Northwest as a potter for 35 years. He received his BFA in Ceramics from the University of Washington in 1986 and has been showing in galleries in the Northwest and traveling to art shows locally and as far out as Chicago and San Francisco and many points in between for those 35 years. He also enjoys sharing his knowledge and is currently teaching at both the Kirkland Arts Center and Manitou Art Center.

Kerry Cole, The Blue Octopus
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Kerry Cole is a ‘seer’. She talks to ghosts and furniture and paints what she feels coming from others. Whether they be actual people, people she sees in her dreams or senses around her coming through other dimensions-their energies are ever present. Kerry largely paints figurative/portraiture, but will escape to abstract compositions for emotional relief. An abstract piece provides respite from the intensity of feelings created during those figurative ‘discussions’ and provides a technical work space to play with form and color.

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.

Mark Hudak, Throwing Mud Gallery
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Mark Hudak has been a full-time studio potter in Tacoma for over 30 years. All of the work is hand thrown or hand built by Mark in his studio at Throwing Mud Gallery. Functional pottery has been his passion and he loves to make items that people use in their daily living.

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,” the designer of the Tacoma Playing Cards, and one half of the collaborative team behind the “Dead Feminists” poster series.

Hilltop Artists
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“Using glass art to connect young people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds to better futures.” Established in 1994 with the help of Dale Chihuly, Hilltop Artists is a 501(c)3 non-profit glass arts program that provides classes and individualized instruction for over 500 students each year. Hilltop Artists provides youth, ages 11-20, with hot glass instruction, related arts training, and adult mentors focusing on increasing students’ academic and interpersonal success.

 

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

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2013 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 1

10 Sep

As we head into fall, our minds are abuzz about Art at Work: Tacoma Arts 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 including music, dance and theater performances; visual art exhibits; literary readings; lectures; workshops; film screenings and cultural events. 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. Come see how the arts are at work in Tacoma!

One of the signature events that takes place in November is 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, 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.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 39 studio locations around Tacoma
When: November 2 & 3, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Stay tuned as we’ll be bringing you a series of weekly posts featuring sneak peek samples of art from each of the participating artists. Here are this week’s highlights:

Jennevieve Schlemmer
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Jennevieve Schlemmer is a fiber artist and sculptor. When not creating small sculptures out of wool, she creates large mosaics out of glass. Her most recent mosaic mural was created this year for the new Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital expansion in Tacoma.  She is constantly inspired by the natural beauty of the flora and fauna, landscape, and weather of the Pacific Northwest. Color, whimsy, and animals are major themes in her work.

Elayne Vogel
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Unusual materials have almost always guided the imagery in Elayne’s artwork. Her series of necklaces combines humor and fashion in entirely wearable and durable jewelry. Elayne received a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington and has exhibited in solo shows and numerous group exhibitions.

 Jim Oliver, Jim Oliver Photography
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Jim is a fine art photographer, known for capturing natural and urban landscapes in a variety of photographic styles. His work has been in 53 exhibitions since 2007. The studio walls and floors are used as staging grounds for selecting images. A bit of clutter is common. With his background in providing adult education, he truly enjoys discussing photography, and helping people improve their skills.

Mark Hudak, Throwing Mud Gallery
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Functional decorative pottery has been Mark’s passion for almost 30 years. His intent is to make creative 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.

Annie Wright Schools
The Annie Wright Schools ceramic studio is part of a comprehensive integrated visual arts program that supports the Day School PYP students in Kindergarten through 5th grade and middle years students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Upper School students in grades 9-12 may choose art as an activity or pursue an International Baccalaureate degree in Visual Arts.

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 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, is a wonderful adventure.

Lynne Farren
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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.

 

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

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