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2012 Bainbridge Island Studio Tour is this weekend

Cecil Ross produced this impressive piece from wood. - courtesty of Bainbridge Island Studio Tour
Cecil Ross produced this impressive piece from wood.
— image credit: courtesty of Bainbridge Island Studio Tour

The annual Bainbridge Island Studio Tour showcases the wealth of artistic talent in and around the island.

“When you go to one of the studios you see a variety of artists,” said Dinah Satterwhite, manager of the studio tour. “You can shop local and buy things that are handcrafted.”

Hard work from Northwest artists, most of whom have an island connection, are on display and for sale. The art is unique, one-of-a-kind, local, and can be purchased directly from the hands that crafted it.

Unlike other similar tours through the arts, the studio tour brings people to an artists’ place of work, often at their homes.

“You are outdoors, you are seeing people’s gardens which are beautiful,” Satterwhite said.

“They are in people’s homes, not in downtown or in a commercial district,” she added.

Each studio will host up to 14 artists. This year there will be seven studios featured in the tour: Hidden Cove Pottery & Tile; Mesolini Glass Studio; Cecil Ross Studio; Siebert Pottery Studio; Ohio Design studio; Dancing Spirit Studio; and Perhacs Studio.

A map of the self-guided tour’s locations, along with other information, is available in a brochure found at a variety of businesses on the island. The map is also online at the tours website www.bistudiotour.com.

In addition to the variety of arts and crafts featured at the studios, local musicians will also be present adding a little background ambiance.

The island event has grown in popularity over the years it has been offered. It began as a winter event leading up to the holidays — and now has 29 winter tours under its belt. Twelve years ago the summer tour started and was a hit.

Satterwhite said that it isn’t just because of the unique art and the community’s support for local artists, but also because of the bond among artists.

“The camaraderie of the other artist; it’s cool to be around people with a positive energy and love what they do,” she said

For Satterwhite, it is also enjoyable to find all the latest work and the newest artists entering the scene.

“It’s fun to see the new artist come out of the woodwork,” she said.

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