Filed Under: Art - Posted @ 2:58pm
Kassie Mitchell is a 55-year- young Tacoma native. She attended the local schools of Point Defiance, Truman and Stadium. After raising three children in Tacoma, she attended Bates Technical College where she earned her Associates Degree in Dental Lab Technologies. Kassie is currently employed full-time at Custom Dental Aesthetics in University Place and works part-time at Artco Crafts and Frames in Tacoma. In addition to her work, she makes and sells hats—each adorned with her own unique tag. In Kassie’s earlier years she was an advanced potter at Stadium, winning ‘runner up’ for Best of Show in the Tacoma Links Art Show. She also enjoys working with paint and mosaics to repurpose old furniture. Kassie currently keeps her passion for the arts alive by “yarn bombing” her neighborhood and a few others with colorful user friendly bike rack covers.
Filed Under: Art - Posted @ 2:48pm
Benjamin Cobb first started working with glass in his hometown of Newport, Rhode Island. In 1997, he attended the School for American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology. While working on his BFA, he continued his education with classes at The Studio in Corning, New York.
Filed Under: Art - Posted @ 11:33am
Tim Norris likes things that are simple and stories that are complex. In addition to just being human, he is also a serial creative entrepreneur, an award winning designer, a minimalist furniture maker, and sought-after data artist. Tim has lived in four countries and ten cities. This is partially why a lot of his work has to do with the subject of "place." As a creative person, Norris creates art for people and places. Most of his work looks at places in a way that is simple and accessible for people. Norris is interested in the democratization of art and design. The materials he works with are paper, plywood, ink, and open source and public domain data. He uses a combination of robots and hand craft to make things. What Norris does and how he does it is constantly evolving although what doesn't change is his vision to see creativity unleashed in communities in a way that empowers people. Creativity for the people, by the people.
Filed Under: Art - Posted @ 11:31am
A’Donna Richardson was born and raised in the Tacoma area, leaving in 1976 to serve the military. In 2001, after her 25 year long career as a Budget Analyst in the Air Force, Richardson retired. In 2003 she moved back to the city she left long ago, as a disabled veteran. She continued to work as a civilian employee in the Federal Government until retiring again in 2014. While she enjoys designing her own art quilts and quilt patterns, the preservation of the social, cultural, and artistic significance of quilts and quilt-making traditions is Richardson’s passion. Through study, collection, exhibition, and lecture she aspires to document and preserve quilt history. So much so, she has dedicated her time to earning a graduate certificate in Quilt History from the University of Nebraska and in continuously piecing together the history of Washington state quilt making for her Washington State African American Quilt Documentation Project.
Filed Under: Art - Posted @ 10:35am
Asia Tail grew up in the Pierce County arts community and graduated from Tacoma School of the Arts in 2009. She attended the Cooper Union School of Art in New York on a four-year full-tuition scholarship and graduated with a BFA and a prize for Excellence in Painting in 2014. Her practice focuses on oil painting but also includes collage, digital media, sculpture, and installation. Asia's work has been shown in New York and Washington, and she has an upcoming show in Canada. Currently, she is working at the Tacoma Art Museum and continues to practice as an artist with a studio in Spaceworks’ 1120 Creative House. She is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
Filed Under: Art - Posted by Hayli Walker @ 10:34am
Nothing brings together a more diverse group of individuals quite like art. Art welcomes everyone to come and explore all that it has to offer. Art allows you to feel and experience. It is open to interpretation and begs the question: what is art?
Filed Under: Art - Posted @ 2:56pm
We are pleased to share that Shaun Peterson, our 2013 Foundation of Art Award winner, has been selected by the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture for an art commission on the new Seattle Waterfront. Peterson, of Milton, WA, is a member of the Puyallup tribe and a prominent figure in Coast Salish art traditions. His work can be seen all throughout the Northwest on buildings and street corners alike merging the traditional art with a contemporary feel.
Filed Under: Art - Posted @ 2:24pm
Cities are built on the bones of trees
timbers and joists,
intersections that join the beams
leaves peppering the walkways,
porches resting on cemented posts.
Filed Under: Art - Posted @ 2:33pm
Elise received her MFA from American University in 2001. She has exhibited her work in numerous galleries on both coasts and today is an Associate Professor at the University of Puget Sound. Her paintings, in ink, acrylic, and liquefied pigment mixed with powdered gum arabic, "embody an integral connection between process and form" which mirrors the natural world and social dynamics. At the community level, Elise is involved in the University of Puget Sound Race and Pedagogy Initiative, sustaining important reciprocal relationships with community members and organizations being a part of her role.
Filed Under: Art - Posted @ 1:00pm
A graduate of UC Berkeley, Holly has worked in corporate and academic libraries since 1992. Her medium is books, the torn pages of which she uses to explore the interconnectedness and fluidity of ideas. Holly creates sculptures that are experiential, giving viewers "reprieve from modern distractions." As a member of the community, Holly makes a point of maintaining a regular presence and engaging in dialogue through her involvement in the arts, LGBTQ and educational communities. Currently Holly is a librarian at Pacific Lutheran University.
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