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2014 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 9

8 Oct

Still looking for something to do this weekend? How about the Tacoma Studio Tour! 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 – map your course at TacomaArtsMonth.com
When: October 11 & 12, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Deborah Greenwood
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There is an element of joy in repurposing objects. Deborah Greenwood loves old post cards, letters, catalogs, encyclopedias, charms, and dried pressed plants. As time travelers, some of the dust and experience these items have left behind still clings to them. She also enjoys making paper from discarded garden plants. Composing artist books begins with a visit to her stash of ephemera and hand made papers, where a color, theme, or image will inspire her and carry her through the planning and implementation.

Leah Fitts
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From her light-filled studio, Leah Fitts creates abstract paintings using acrylics, graphite, charcoal, oil pastels, and other mixed media. Her original paintings on canvas and wood are inspired by mid-century and modern design, as well as her love of nature. By combining modern design with natural aspects, Leah creates original, textured, and vibrant works of art.

Bill Colby
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Bill Colby has always used nature as a source of inspiration for his work. Water, rocks, and bright colors are featured in his new woodcuts with watercolor.

Jan Karroll, KarrollART
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Jan Karroll is a multimedia artist who creates unique wooden jewelry embellished with vintage buttons. The pieces are completely hand crafted from selected wood and finished to enhance the qualities of both the wood and the buttons. The fasteners are fabricated of shaped and sharpened brass wire. Each piece is mounted in a custom frame.

Lorraine Toler and Ben Davis
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Ben Davis and Lorraine Toler met, painted, and fell in love at the Jet Artist Cooperative in downtown Tacoma. They formed Sweetrain Studios (basically just a name for the second floor of their east Tacoma abode) in January 2014. Lorraine mainly paints with acrylics and Ben mainly uses oils although both artists paint, draw, sketch, street chalk, take photos, and use many mediums.

Elayne Vogel
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Unusual materials have almost always guided the imagery in Elayne Vogel’s artwork, thus “mixed media” usually describes her medium. In recent years she has painted in encaustics and fabricated one-of-a-kind necklaces, which she calls “Unusual Adornments.” These necklaces are meant to combine humor and fashion in entirely wearable jewelry.

Ms. Darcy Anderson, Tinkertopia, LLC.
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Tinkertopia, LLC. works with local businesses to capture safe, reusable materials from the waste stream, and reimagines these as unusual arts and craft supplies for kids, teachers, makers, and tinkerers.

 

Check out these other artists on the tour:

Studio Tour Preview: Part 8
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 

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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2014 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 6

17 Sep

This is part 6 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 – map your course at TacomaArtsMonth.com
When: October 11 & 12, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

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.

Betty Sapp Ragan
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Betty Sapp Ragan continues to develop images related to her new focus in architecture – architecture as it relates to the land and the culture. She researches the landscape of a building site and paints an acrylic landscape of the site. Then a digital outline of the building is attached to the landscape. Her studio, located in Nalley Valley, includes a large area for painting and tables for student lessons.

RR Anderson, Tinkertopia, LLC
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RR Anderson draws The Tacomic hyper-local political cartoon occasionally on Tuesdays at feedtacoma.com  and also with sidewalk chalk on Fridays at Frost Park (9th and Pacific Ave.) He also works full time as Tinker Patrol Deputy for his boss Ms. Darcy at Tinkertopia, LLC.

Lynn Di Nino, Di Nino Fabrications
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Lynn Di Nino has been firmly planted in the Tacoma art scene for about twelve years now. She has an A-type personality and cannot focus on any one given medium. Consequently she has created sculpture in concrete, small wall-hung found object pieces, community-driven performance art pieces, and now sweatercoats utilizing recycled sweaters.

Juan LaTorre, LaTorre Art Studio
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Juan LaTorre heralds from Guadalupe, Peru. He has been working with various mediums including clay, charcoal, oil and acrylic paints, wood, stone, bronze, and jewelry from quite an early age. Since coming to Tacoma, he has shown work in several galleries and art shows and has artwork displayed in many parts of our small world.

Mauricio Robalino, Artpeople Studio
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Mauricio Robalino discovered art by creating objects that seem to tell stories. He paints many of his stories with glass mosaics. He also uses metal and even combines the two. He is intrigued by the complexity of life and the simplicity with which it flows. He is also happy making public art that paints the stories that others want him to paint with his experience and ability.

L. Lisa Lawrence, Phoenix Rising Pottery Studio
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L. Lisa Lawrence is in love with the way fire transforms earth and minerals into glass, glaze, and stoneware. She draws her inspiration from nature; the mountains, ocean, and trees of the Pacific Northwest are her muse. Located in a 100-year-old home reclaimed from gangs and violence on Tacoma’s Hilltop, Phoenix Rising Pottery Studio is now an urban farm, art studio, and the realization of a life-long dream.

 

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 

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

Sun Rocks, 2013. 14 x 13. Woodcut, watercolor  Waterfall, 2013, 20 x 91/2, Woodcut, acrylic, watercolor  Blue  Water, 2013, 26 x 17, woodcut, watercolor, acrylic
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.

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