Erika Rier is a fine artist and illustrator. She learned to sew when she was 6, crochet when she was 7, knit when she was 8, embroider when she was 10, and weave when she was 16. She works in textiles regularly and they feature heavily in her work. Writing was her first love and although she no longer writes poetry, she still secretly writes young adult fiction. Erika now resides in Tacoma with her husband, daughter, cat, and two dogs, after having lived in Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, NYC, and Arizona.
Gabriel Brown is an artist, garbologist, and shoe cobbler from Spokane, Washington. As an artist, Brown has exhibited at the Northwest Museum of Art & Culture, Redline Art Center Denver, Korea National University of the Arts, and throughout community centers, street corners, and public restrooms. As a garbologist, Brown has conducted a ten-year artistic examination on garbage and consumerism, leading workshops, lecturing, and enacting satirical street performances. As a cobbler, Brown took his very first job in a shoe repair shop, shining shoes at the age of 15. He slowly learned the skills of the trade, and continues the practice to this day. Brown holds a Master's Degree in Fine Art from Washington State University, and has taught visual arts courses at Washington State University, Kaplan University (online), and Seabury Middle School. Currently he works for Spaceworks Tacoma, a program that fills vacant spaces with art and creative enterprise in Tacoma, Washington.
Tacoma native Jeremy Gregory was born an artist. Ever since graduating from the Art Institute in Seattle, his art has only grown. Jeremy’s passion involves embracing a wide range of media, creating for any type of inspiration or application. Currently, Jeremy is involved in a few stop-motion projects with his pose-able puppets called “The Believables”, as well as showing illustrations at various venues. In between studio time, volunteer time, and eating to survive time, Jeremy can be found teaching graphic arts in downtown Tacoma at School of the Arts (SOTA). As time presses on, Jeremy continues to grow within the art community.
“Every aspect of my life revolves around art. Doing what I love and being able to stay in a child-like frame of mind while creating professional level work is what I strive for,” shares Jeremy.
Daniel Martin is a cross-disciplinary artist and community organizer who has designed and executed many campaigns of guerrilla and commissioned street-based art. He has sold artwork in galleries and at fundraiser auctions, and has been featured in group exhibitions throughout the Puget Sound area. The site-specific and temporary nature of some of his work has gone viral and has been embraced both locally and internationally. His installations use approachable and unexpected materials to bring moments of connectivity, vibrancy and mystery to public spaces that are forgotten or underutilized. By dispersing variations on a general theme throughout an area, the work reveals itself to the public like a colorful city-wide art-filled Easter egg hunt. The overall theme and drive behind Daniel's public expression is to enhance the viewer's sense of larger patterns and currents of transformation in community and environment.
Originally from Tacoma, Karen has taught and exhibited her work at a wide range of locations, both locally and nationally. Her exhibitions include a solo show at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in California, and group exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Catherine Persons Gallery, Sande Webster Gallery in Philadelphia, SCA Contemporary in New Mexico, and a forthcoming exhibition at Arts West in Seattle. Between 2000 and 2014 she taught courses ranging from foundation level classes to advanced painting and art history at various colleges and universities across the country including: Tacoma Community College, University of Puget Sound, Olympic College and Philadelphia University. She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa, where she graduated with a degree in painting and printmaking, and a BA in painting from Central Washington University.
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