Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Getting it Made: A free artist workshop

Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, city of Seattle

Public artists can gain insights into the fabrication process at a free workshop, “Getting it Made,” 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Ave. N.W.

“Getting it Made,” presented by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, is part of a new workshop series designed to offer emerging and experienced artists a chance to network and gain insight into the public art process. The workshop is free. However, advance registration is required. To register, contact Eleanor Beerman at or (206) 233-3930.

Three seasoned public art professionals will talk about the ins and outs of employing a fabricator to help see a project from concept to construction. Public artist Pam Beyette, fabricator Larry Tate, and public art conservation specialist Tiffany Hedrick will share tips about how to select and work with a fabricator to create a lasting public artwork.

Pam Beyette is a nationally recognized public artist and art planner whose artworks have been incorporated into schools, parks, libraries, universities, transit stations and justice centers. Her inspiration is sourced from environmental, historical and cultural experiences to create site-specific artwork that defines a unique sense of place.

For more than four years, Tiffany Hedrick has facilitated and performed conservation for the city of Seattle’s public art collection, which is comprised of more than 2,600 portable artworks and nearly 360 permanently sited works. Hedrick has a background in art history and is completing a master's degree in preventive conservation.

Larry Tate is president and co-founder of Fabrication Specialties, Limited (FS, Ltd.), a nationally and internationally recognized artwork fabrication company that specializes in large-scale collaborative projects. FS, Ltd. typically works with artists during all phases of artwork fabrication and installation. Tate has a Master of Fine Arts from University of Washington and has conducted sculpture workshops, lectured and served on nonprofit boards.

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