[Tacoma Arts Month 2023]
October 8, 2023
22 Years of Tacoma Arts Month!
Explore the Tacoma Studio Tour this upcoming weekend!
Join us October 14 & 15 for the Tacoma Studio Tour. This is your chance to meet Tacoma artists, learn about their creative process, and even try your own hand at creating. October is packed with loads of local arts happenings just waiting for you!
Tacoma Studio Tour
[Collage of photos from previous Studio Tour showing people interacting with artists and art work]October 14 & 15
11 am – 5 pm
Various locations around Tacoma
Free and for all ages
You are invited inside the working studios of 79 Tacoma artists to learn about the artistic process and purchase one of-a-kind creations. All studios will have a demonstration or hands-on activity for visitors. This is a self-guided tour.
Visit the Tacoma Studio Tour Webpagehttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/tacomaartsmonth.org/studio-tour/__;!!CRCbkf1f!V4vmFz3DY5RytduHmXsEPc-vD4pZgsCF8Gz4JaqxfVUY-WrbyR-c-5qkNHV4istlrTxg8x-bqKhZDtVku1A-8MCUVZJYp_aEfXESHAiYtQ$ for all the details including your Tacoma Studio Tour passport and an interactive map so you can plot your own custom tour course.
Enjoy this opportunity to connect with these Tacoma artists: Kelsey Alger, Mici Baker, Julie Baldock, Burl Battersby, Marit Berg, Alyssa Bergstrom, Adam Blankenship, Dionne Bonner, Jasmine Brown, Marci Carlson, In Memory of Bill Colby, Tom Comstock, Breyahna Coston, Taylor Cox, Craig and Crimson Cross, Chelsea Currah, Lisa Daniel, Laurie Davenport, Jenifer Davis, Cheryl DeGroot, Lynn Di Nino, Jennifer English, Heidi Erdmann, Lynne Farren, Jill Goodman, Steven Grice, Rich Hall, JW Harrington, Lisa Hasegawa, Hilltop Artists, Mark Hoppmann, Mark Hudak, Daniel Hunter, Hans Iverson, Sabrina Johnson, Gwen Jones, Jaymes Junio, Beautiful Angle, Diane Katz, Jane Kenyon, Blake La Rue, Juan La Torre, Amy Lansford, Amy Lewis, Drew Lindgren, Roberta Lowes, Mary Mann, Dorothy McCuistion, John McCuistion, Darrell McKinney, Michal Muehlheim-Peterson, Beverly Naidus, Yoshi Nakagawa, Andrea Newell Greenfield, Gillian Nordlund, Michelle Osborne, Kelsey Parkhurst, Mary Patton, Ronda Peck, Karen Perrine, Judith Perry, Mary Peterson, Yuka Petz, Terri Placentia, Mauricio Robalino, Tessa Rodgers, April Sanders, Bearded Seamstress, Toni Snyder, Jessica Spring, Nicole Turner, Elayne Vogel, Lloyd Warnes, Jennifer Weddermann, Cora Wells, Julia White, and Write253.
Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!
Stamp your Studio Tour Passporthttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/tacomaartsmonth.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Studio-Tour-Passport.pdf__;!!CRCbkf1f!V4vmFz3DY5RytduHmXsEPc-vD4pZgsCF8Gz4JaqxfVUY-WrbyR-c-5qkNHV4istlrTxg8x-bqKhZDtVku1A-8MCUVZJYp_aEfXFtwivN1Q$ at each studio address you visit. Collect at least 7 stamps, send us the page by November 5, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of several packages containing artwork hand-crafted by a selection of artists on this tour. One entry per person.
Studio Tour Artist Hilights
[Jasmine Brown's Paintings]
Jasmine Iona Brown
Tacoma Studio Tour, Studio #6
One of the artist's studios you can visit is Jasmine Iona Brown's work gives light to the "tragic narrative of marginalized people" while portraying the spirit and beauty of those affected. To find a community in action through her work would be an understatement, as her paintings are the essence of resilience, resistance, and power.
[Gillian Nordlund]Gillian Nordlund
Tacoma Studio Tour, Studio #32
Gillian Nordlund's playful designs are not only fun, quirky, and colorful, they look like they are built for comfort, light on a dark day, and pure joy. If it rains during the Studio Tour, or even if the sun is shining, you are bound to come away with a sense of wonder, ease, and love of life.
Tacoma Studio Tour, Studio #42
Yoshi Nakagawa is a Tacoma-based visual artist and gardener. Specializing in printmaking since 1999, she pulled her first print at the University of Puget Sound, and continued her craft in Seattle and Oaxaca, Mexico. Her artwork is influenced by patterns of the natural world and Japanese textiles, along with her experiences living in Oaxaca and Japan. She has exhibited and taught workshops in the US, Mexico, Canada, Japan, South Africa and Honduras.
AMOCAT Arts Awards Spotlight on Reid Ozaki and Kristina Batiste of the Tacoma Pottery Salon
[Tacoma Pottery Salon]
The Tacoma Pottery Salonhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.tacomapotterysalon.org/__;!!CRCbkf1f!V4vmFz3DY5RytduHmXsEPc-vD4pZgsCF8Gz4JaqxfVUY-WrbyR-c-5qkNHV4istlrTxg8x-bqKhZDtVku1A-8MCUVZJYp_aEfXFaHU8E6A$ is a monthly art gathering that serves as a platform for potters to connect, share their work, and foster a sense of community. It was born out of a desire to preserve the values of “shokunin,” a Japanese term that represents not just craftsmanship but also a commitment to social consciousness, honoring traditions, and passing on knowledge. The concept of the Tacoma Pottery Salon arose from the closure of significant pottery hubs in the Pacific Northwest, leading to a lack of spaces for potters to gather and exchange ideas. As the pottery world shifted toward online learning and private studios, the opportunity for informal, face-to-face interactions and intergenerational connections began to fade.
Reid Ozakihttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.instagram.com/reidozaki__;!!CRCbkf1f!V4vmFz3DY5RytduHmXsEPc-vD4pZgsCF8Gz4JaqxfVUY-WrbyR-c-5qkNHV4istlrTxg8x-bqKhZDtVku1A-8MCUVZJYp_aEfXF1EhFmXQ$, a seasoned potter with 50 years of experience, and Kristina Batistehttps://urldefense.com/v3/__http:/www.juniper-clay.com/media.html__;!!CRCbkf1f!V4vmFz3DY5RytduHmXsEPc-vD4pZgsCF8Gz4JaqxfVUY-WrbyR-c-5qkNHV4istlrTxg8x-bqKhZDtVku1A-8MCUVZJYp_aEfXG81E9TMw$, a passionate advocate for pottery education, joined forces to create a solution. They envisioned a series of six events held in a welcoming, informal setting, offering socialization, show-and-tell sessions, retrospectives from guest potters, and, of course, snacks. Their aim was to keep it free, open, diverse, and educational.
The salon’s debut featured Loren Lukens, who shared stories from his lifelong journey in pottery, providing insights into the challenges, successes, and evolution of his craft. The salon continued to host a remarkable lineup of guest potters, thanks to Reid’s extensive connections in the pottery community. The events also introduced a creative game called “Potle,” akin to Wordle, which allowed the audience to guess the identity of a mystery potter based on their work, fostering a deeper understanding of pottery through a visual perspective.
The Tacoma Pottery Salon has succeeded in its mission to build a community, provide educational opportunities, and preserve the history of pottery. It has created a space where potters of all backgrounds and experiences can come together, exchange ideas, and celebrate the diversity of the craft. Feedback from attendees reflects the positive impact of the salon, with participants appreciating the chance to connect, learn, and expand their pottery horizons. The salon’s success has grown, attracting more participants and guest potters, which presents a new challenge of maintaining its intimate atmosphere while meeting the increasing demand. Kristina Batiste was awarded funding to support the 2023-2024 season through the Tacoma Arts Commission’s Tacoma Artists Initiative Program.
The Tacoma Pottery Salon is not just about crafting pottery but also about crafting a collective of potters who embody the shokunin values by sharing their best work, respecting traditions, and passing on their knowledge to future generations. It stands as a testament to the importance of community in the world of pottery.
Looking for something to do this October?
[Tacoma Arts Month Calendar Snapshot]Find an Event
Visit the Tacoma Arts Month Events webpagehttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/tacomaartsmonth.org/events/__;!!CRCbkf1f!V4vmFz3DY5RytduHmXsEPc-vD4pZgsCF8Gz4JaqxfVUY-WrbyR-c-5qkNHV4istlrTxg8x-bqKhZDtVku1A-8MCUVZJYp_aEfXEsBx9wlg$ where you can find a calendar full of arts and culture events happening throughout the month. Browse all events in the calendar, search by a specific date, or use the search or filter functions to look for specific programs. New events are being added all the time.
Add an Event
Have an arts or culture event, activity, class, workshop, or exhibit that is happening in Tacoma this October that you’d like included in this calendar? Click here to add an eventhttps://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/app.time.ly/signup?calendar_id=54705487__;!!CRCbkf1f!V4vmFz3DY5RytduHmXsEPc-vD4pZgsCF8Gz4JaqxfVUY-WrbyR-c-5qkNHV4istlrTxg8x-bqKhZDtVku1A-8MCUVZJYp_aEfXGEeQLrDw$ to the Tacoma Arts Month calendar. If you need assistance, please follow these step-by-step directionshttps://cms.cityoftacoma.org/CEDD/TacomaCulture/arts/TA_TAMonth_AddingEventsToCalendar.pdf.
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