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Tacoma Studio Tour 2017- Spaceworks Participants

12 Oct

On October 14 & 15, 2017, you are invited inside the working studios of 70 local artists to learn about the artistic process, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. Plus, you can even win some fabulous items hand-crafted by a selection of artists on the tour just for getting your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. It’s family friendly and free!

Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full list of artists, schedule, your Tacoma Studio Tour Passport, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

Pick up your passport at Spaceworks Gallery, or any Studio Tour locations. You’ll find artist details, and contact information, as well as Studio Tour Passport. Get 8 or more stamps to enter drawing for prizes made by local artists.

Studios are open 11am – 5pm. We encourage you to bring cash or check for any purchases you would like to make.

Here’s a short list of some of the artists and entrepreneurs that have worked with Spaceworks over the years, although there’s much more to see:

Alice Di Certo

My America by Alice Di Certo

Di Certo’s photography Artscape in the Woolworth Windows

Sunday – As an artist, Alice Di Certo is interested in photography, jewelry, and sculpture. Through art she explores social and environmental issues as well as her personal view of beauty. In jewelry she experiments with different techniques and materials including natural objects and spices instead of traditional gems. During the studio tour she will show her jewelry and photographs.

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Enter through alley, second garage on right.

Kyle Dillehay

Kyle Dillehay

Dillehay’s photography Artscape in the Woolworth Windows

Sunday – Kyle Dillehay finds alternative historical processes and the objects they produce totally seductive. They have aura, they make him think of alchemy and how it influences the often unpredictable results in image making. He has a renewed interest in tactile, permanent stuff in the face of ephemeral digital culture. Alternative processes reignite some of the magic of photographic objects that the massive volume of digital imagery can cause us to forget.

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Enter through alley, second garage on right.

Chandler O’Leary – Anagram Press

Chandler O’Leary, “Berry Basket”, Ten life-sized paper strawberries in a found berry basket; from the “Farm to Table” series (2016)

Chandler O’Leary, “Berry Basket”, Ten life-sized paper strawberries in a found berry basket; from the “Farm to Table” series (2016)

Saturday & Sunday – Chandler O’Leary is a RISD graduate and the proprietor of Anagram Press, specializing in lettering and illustration. Chandler is the author and artist of the illustrated travel blog, Drawn the Road Again, and one half of the collaborative team behind the Dead Feminists book and broadside series. She is currently working on her next book, an illustrated atlas of the West Coast, to be published by Sasquatch Books in 2019.

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Use front door. Reserve driveway for visitors with mobility issues.

Susan Thompson – Susan’s Kiln

potluck casserole

Art for everyday by Susan Thompson

Saturday & Sunday – Susan Thompson’s fully functioning pottery studio is set up in the basement of a private residence in the North End. Susan is a retired school teacher who makes functional pieces for others to enjoy in their home.

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Jessica Spring – Springtide Press

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“Do You Feel Lucky Tacoma?” Letterpress print by Jessica Spring

Saturday & Sunday – Springtide Press was founded in 1999 by proprietor Jessica Spring, who designs, prints, and binds artist books, broadsides, and ephemera incorporating letterpress printing and handmade paper. Small, finely-crafted editions and one-of-a-kind books explore historical topics, popular culture, and typography from a unique perspective. The shop motto, “where we always print damp” recognizes the Pacific Northwest as a fine place to print, where the damp climate helps make a good impression.

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Katie Dean – Little Green

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Steamroller, woodcut print by Katie Dean

Saturday & Sunday – Katie Dean is a letterpress artist who focuses on multi-layered linoleum block printing. Mainly using floral and nature themes, she enjoys studying, experimenting and exploring unique color combinations. A sketch of her idea starts the process and she hand carves the design into a linoleum block. Each color requires a separate block and most of her work is printed with a Chandler & Price 10×15 letterpress.

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Steve Lawler – rePly Furniture Co.


Lawler’s furniture in process, inside his woodshop.

Saturday & Sunday – Steve Lawler’s furniture incorporates two passions: the first being the creative process itself, the second is the respectful use of our planet’s resources. Steve strives to apply equal weight to form and function. Using recycled materials is both a push and a pull, it forces him to find a unique expression for these sometimes odd and limiting pieces of raw material. It is at the same time challenging and incredibly stimulating.

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Jeff Libby & Adrienne Wicks – birdloft

Adriene Wicks, co-owner of Birdloft, varnishes a Nimbus Cloud Coffee Table at her workshop

Adriene Wicks, co-owner of birdloft, puts another coat of varnish oil on a Nimbus Cloud Coffee Table at her Tacoma home studio, Tuesday, March 29, 2016. The Western Red Cedar piece was for a customer in Seattle. (Photo by Patrick Hagerty)

Saturday & Sunday – Jeff Libby and Adrienne Wicks design and make custom furniture with reclaimed wood, steel, and air. They produce a handful of pieces each year, nearly all of them made-to-order, for people who have sought them out with a piece in mind. It’s a pragmatic way to create a small amount of sustainable, functional art in the world.

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Jennifer English – SPUN Clay Arts Studio & Gallery

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Ceramic coral vase by Jennifer English, co-owner of SPUN Clay Arts Studio & Gallery

Saturday – Jennifer English explores the connections between heart, hands, and clay bodies. Since starting with sculpture at the age of 15, she likes to mix wheel-thrown and hand-built techniques in order to create fun and exciting pieces. SPUN celebrated its three year anniversary this August and is proud to be on the studio tour again this year.

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April Sanders – SPUN Clay Arts Studio & Gallery

April Sanders pottery

Ceramic pots by April Sanders, co-owner of SPUN Clay Arts Studio & Gallery

Saturday – April Sanders is a ceramic artist from Tacoma. She spent her earlier years on charcoal portraiture, acrylic paintings, and sculptures. In 1998, she studied ceramics at the Seward Park Clay Studio in Seattle and has spent the years since concentrating on mastering techniques for wheel throwing and teaching.

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Naarah McDonald – Revisioned, an Urban Boutique & Productivity Parlour for Artful Living

Entrepreneur Naarah McDonald in Period Style Dress she designed and made

Naarah McDonald as queen. Photo courtesy of The Unicorn Files

Saturday & Sunday – Naarah McDonald has produced costumes and clothing for 30 years. Her studio is an active learning textile maker space, in addition to a personal work space. From contemporary clothing and historical costumes to cloth accessories, she offers a wealth of experience and resources for developing skills or commissioning custom work. Offering classes and alterations, the studio complements the retail space.

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Kris Crews – Crews Creative

Saturday & Sunday – Crews Creative assists local businesses and independent artists in the creation and delivery of digital media including photography, video production, and web design. Kris Crews is an independent filmmaker, photographer, and multimedia artist. His work has been featured at a variety of local venues including The Grand Cinema, Fulcrum Gallery, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Tacoma Film Festival, Tacoma Art Museum, and Seattle Art Museum.

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Located inside 1120 Creative House, Studio #208. Take elevator or stairs to 2nd floor.

Becky Frehse

Becky Frehse

Becky Frehse talks to visitors about her work during the Tacoma Studio Tour.

Saturday & Sunday – Becky Frehse’s mixed media paintings explore musical themes as they suggest visual patterns and color relationships. Many layers of textured modeling compounds and paint create luscious, colorful surfaces – sometimes on repurposed musical instruments.

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Inside F.S. Harmon Building, 2nd Floor. Steele St. accessed only from Center St. Enter through yellow door on east side of building

Yoshiko Yamamoto – The Arts & Crafts Press

Yoshiko Yamamoto, The Arts & Crafts Press

Yoshiko Yamamoto of The Arts & Crafts Press, Spaceworks Participant since 2014. Photo by Patrick Hagerty

Saturday – Yoshiko Yamamoto has been making woodblock prints and letterpress greeting cards for 20 years. Yoshiko was inspired by both the historic Arts & Crafts movement that advocated the importance of handwork in everyday life, and the beauty and craftsmanship in traditional Japanese woodblock prints. Lover of outdoors and gardening, her inspiration comes from her daily walks, occasional hikes with her family, and the time spent in her garden.

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Enter through red door on right side of building

Jason Sobottka

Jason Sobottka studio at 1120 Downtown

Jason Sobottka in his painting studio at 1120 Creative House. Photo by Kris Crews

Saturday – Jason Sobottka’s current work, Adventures Through the Anthropocene, depicts multiple organisms in a mutually beneficial relationship. Symbiotic mutualism rather than parasitism. Flora and fauna work so closely in tandem that they nourish or protect each other. His illustrative and ornamental work focuses on detailed figural renderings, often shifting in between different dimensions. Often the drawings gradate from detailed naturalism towards abstraction. While there is great whimsy there is also dark humor.

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Located inside 1120 Creative House, Studio #207. Take elevator or stairs to 2nd floor.


NEW THIS YEAR! Tacoma Satellite Studio Tour

Add the Satellite Studio Tour to your Tacoma Arts Studio Tour! Several artists grouped at four core Tacoma locations will show work on the same dates/times as the main tour.

Christopher Paul Jordan and Kenji Stoll (1212 S. 11th Street)

Kenji Stoll Artscape 2012

Kenji Stoll’s Artscape in progress in the Woolworth Windows, Fall 2012

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Lisa Kinoshita and Nicholas Nyland (MINKA, 821 Pacific Avenue)

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Minka Tacoma during Theater District Art Walk, September 2017. Photo by Kris Crews

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Dion Thomas, Umi Wagoner, and Perris Wright (eTc, 907 Pacific Avenue)

eTc Streetware Boutique

Umi Wagoner and Perris Wright in their boutique eTc. Photo by Patrick Hagerty

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Ed Kroupa, Carolyn Osborne, Sharika Roland, and more (Creative Forces at Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway Plaza)


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Deadline Approaching to Apply to Creative Enterprise Tier I

14 Jun

Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise invites talented individuals from Tacoma with fresh ideas for products and services such as designers, crafters, consultants, organizations, community groups (non-profit or for-profit) and others to apply to the program to build sustainable, profitable businesses.

Deadline is approaching for the next round of applications for Fall 2017 cohort of the training program, called Creative Enterprise Tier I. The deadline is June 29th, 9am, to apply, visit our guidelines and application page.

Twelve participants will be selected to receive not only training, but also individualized coaching and mentoring. They also become a part of the entrepreneurial support network and gain additional visibility through Spaceworks promotions. Find out more at our upcoming Info Session with program coordinator Gwen Kohl:

Creative Enterprise Info Session
Thursday, June 22, 2017

5:00-6:30 PM
Asia Pacific Cultural Center
4851 South Tacoma Way
Tacoma, WA 98409

This training program consists of 14 classes that include topics like market research, legal issues, accounting and financials, visual merchandising, branding and marketing and more.

The participants are partnered with coaches to strategically build their individual business plans. At the end of the program, each business pitches their plan to a panel of experts at Fish Tank, to receive feedback and get a first chance to publicly present their brilliant ideas. Continue reading

5 Creative Ideas For a Romantic Date in Tacoma

9 Feb
Tim + April Norris, Tacoma Heart Map

Tacoma Heart Map by Tim + April (Available in their Etsy Shop)

We know that Tacoma is full of talent and quirky places where you can have fun with friends. However, there are also many sweet spots where you can get creative with a special someone.

We’ve compiled a list of 5 businesses in Tacoma that can offer a new way of connecting with each other. These Spaceworks participants all have a creative spin on activities from card making, to pottery, to the classic gift of chocolate candy.

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Photos from High Five!

15 Sep

Photo: Spaceworks Tacoma

Thanks to everyone who came out last Saturday for High Five!, Spaceworks’ fifth anniversary community celebration!

Artists, creative entrepreneurs and community members like you have made Spaceworks possible over the last five years—and we are truly grateful! Thank you, too, to everyone who pitched in to make High Five! possible: Spaceworks’ alums, volunteers, steering committee members and attendees! High five to you!

The following is a series of photographs of the event from Kris Crews of Crews Creative.

If you attended and took photos, we’d love to see them! Tag Spaceworks on Facebook and Instagram or send them via email to gabrielb@tacomachamber.org or heatherj@tacomachamber.org.

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Art + Films at High Five! on Sept. 12

9 Sep

We’re less than a week away from High Five, our Sept. 12 community celebration on Hilltop! Just in case you need more reasons to attend, here are details about the GREAT art and film highlights!

If you haven’t already had a chance to RSVP for the event or sign up to volunteer, now’s the time!

During High Five!, you'll find special art displays and performances in the businesses across from People's Park and an outdoor movie theater in the backyard behind SPUN. (Shown here is the backyard party space during last year's Quadruple Grand Opening.)

During High Five!, you’ll find special art displays and performances in the businesses across from People’s Park and an outdoor movie theater in the backyard behind SPUN. (Shown here is the backyard party during last year’s Quadruple Grand Opening.)

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Performances + Activities at High Five! on Sept. 12

2 Sep

Our Sept. 12 community celebration on Hilltop is coming up fast, and we’ve got more details to share about the fabulous lineup of performances and activities.

If you haven’t already had a chance to RSVP for the event or sign up to volunteer, now’s the time!

Image: Video still from Crews Photography & Video,

High Five! Spaceworks’ Community Celebration will take place in People’s Park and the 900-block of MLK Jr. Way. Image: Video still from “Spaceworks Tacoma, new building on MLK” by Crews Photography & Video, Sculpture: “Mystery Exists Within the Void” by Douglas Granum

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High Five! Spaceworks’ Community Celebration on Sept. 12

13 Aug

Spaceworks is turning five years old, and we’re throwing a community celebration on Hilltop!


September 12, 2015, 4-11pm
People’s Park & 900 Block MLK

Also… unlimited high fives!


Since its founding in 2010, Spaceworks has been busy transforming empty storefronts and vacant space in Tacoma—activating 43 underused properties, assisting 73 creative businesses, and exhibiting 106 large-scale art installations.

“The artists and creative businesses that participate in Spaceworks often tell us that what they’ve done wouldn’t be possible without us,” says Heather Joy, Spaceworks Manager. “But we know that without their incredible talent and commitment, plus the support of our community, Spaceworks itself wouldn’t be possible. This party is a chance for us all to celebrate the creativity that makes Tacoma great.”

Here’s how the party will play out:

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Thank you, Compass Rose, and happy birthday!

24 Jul

A big “Thank You!” goes to Compass Rose for inviting us to be part of their 2nd birthday party last Saturday!

We had a fabulous time, met new folks and got to talk about what Spaceworks is doing in the community. Plus, Compass Rose generously gave us 10% of the day’s sales!

Here’s a photo recap of some of the fun that was had:


Party out back! Bean bag toss, arts and crafts, hot eats, cool treats!

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Shop for Spaceworks this Saturday

17 Jul

We can’t wait to celebrate Compass Rose’s birthday on Saturday, and you should join us!

Even though it’s their party, Compass Rose Tacoma is generously giving us a gift: 10% of the day’s sales will go to Spaceworks! Wow—thank you!

Party Details

What: Compass Rose Tacoma’s Second Birthday Party

Where: 3815 N 26th St, Tacoma, WA 98407

When: Saturday, July 18 from 10 am – 4 pm

CR birthday simple flyer

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The Monkeys are Out! Well, Goats Rather… and Sheep!

20 Feb
a kiln full of monkey shines! Made by SPUN

A kiln full of Monkey Shines made by Spaceworks participants SPUN Clay Arts Studio & Gallery

The monkeys are out!

This year (year of the Goat/Sheep) the infamous, super-secretive, coveted, and competitive Monkey Shines project included over 3,000 art pieces of many mediums hidden all over Tacoma for anyone to find. In the past, a majority of the pieces were handmade glass, and letterpress posters. This year saw the addition of  numerous other mediums from various groups around town. Spaceworks is at liberty to share at least one of those… SPUN Clay Arts Studio & Gallery. SPUN made vibrant, glazed ceramic pieces embossed with a ram’s head (pictured above). Look for these around town, tucked away in nooks and crannies. Many already have been discovered, but no doubt some still remain at large.


Two examples of what you might find, and where you might find them.

Because the project has existed for twelve years, and gone through all the signs of the Chinese Zodiac, it just may be the final year. However, rumors already are spreading of similar projects popping up.

For instance, if I were you, I would look along the 6th Ave. business district this Saturday (2/21/15) for some very interesting, locally made buttons…

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