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Mercer Island artists open studio in Pioneer Square

By REPORTER STAFF
Mercer Island Reporter Staff
February 20, 2013 · 10:23 AM
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Claudia Zimmerman’s piece, ‘Early Bird,’ is part of Studio 103, the new gallery in Pioneer Square. Several Mercer Island artists are showing their work at the new gallery. / Contributed Art

A team of artists has opened a studio in historic Pioneer Square.

Three members of the Mercer Island Visual Arts League have partnered with two Eastside artists to create Studio 103, a show and workspace. Mercer Island artists include Claudia Zimmerman, painter; Zeynep Banu Alev, printmaker; and Doris Kleemann-Fischer, photographer. The Eastside artists are Joy Hagen, encaustic painter; and Suzanne Tidwell, site-specific fiber artist.

The artists’ desire is to be in direct contact with the public and to provide emerging artists with an opportunity to exhibit their work.

In the summer, the studio will host “Around the Square,” a show of 12-by-12-inch 2-D and 3-D original artwork. This event, held in June, is attended by aspiring artists and has garnered a large viewing audience in the past with a variety of local disciplines.

Studio 103 is located in the Tashiro Kaplan Building (TK) art complex at 306 South Washington Street.

The TK building is comprised of studios, art galleries and artist residences.

Regular studio hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 12 to 5 p.m., and every first Thursday for the Art Walk from 5 to 9 p.m.

Below, MIVAL artist Claudia Zimmerman’s 12-by-12-inch oil painting on panel board, titled, “You’re the Dream, Alice.” The painting is on display at Studio 103.

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