The Bainbridge Winter Studio Tour will celebrate 35 years of awesome art this season, with a bounty of artists set to show their works at studios around the island.
The tour is Friday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 2. Studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Fifty-nine artists will be showing off their creations at eight separate studios during this beloved annual free, self-guided tour which celebrates original hand-crafted artwork with a juried art show that requires the “hand and spirit” of the artist be evident in the work.
Each artist must pass a jury process to participate, so quality and craftsmanship are most definitely on the menu, said tour manager Dinah Satterwhite.
Free refreshments will be available, as well as live musical entertainment at the studios.
Lots of art.
There is a large variety of mediums on display this year, Satterwhite said. Guests can expect to see items like jewelry, pottery, paintings, fiber, mixed media, photography, glasswork, furniture, scenic encaustics, wearables, pottery, beadwork, abstract collage on boards, watercolor married to India ink, and Jimi Hendrix as a Christmas nutcracker.
The eight studios and locations in this year’s winter event include: Robert Spangler Studio, Ferrier Studio, American Legion Hall, Filipino-American Hall, Masonic Lodge, Sylvia Carlton’s Studio, Grange Hall, and Hidden Cove Pottery & Tile. The brochure with a complete listing of artists at each studio, addresses and a map can be found at several local stores, and the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, or downloaded from www.bistudiotour.com.
For more information, call Satterwhite directly at 206-842-0504.
There are many new artists in the tour this year, she said, along with some favorite regulars.
The Masonic Lodge features several new artists this year, including Deborah Rhee’s abstract oils. Her works on canvas are a “very intuitive process,” as she puts it, revealing and concealing many layers as she works on each piece, enjoying both the archival and sculptural properties.
Another new artist at the lodge is Linna Lawrence, who brings her own groupies along: Jimi, The Queen, and a few dozen Seahawk linebackers.
Her famous nutcrackers will crack you up, no doubt, with their intense details and the sheer variety of options. She restores once unloved nutcrackers from the ground up.
The American Legion Hall has some lovely pottery by new artist Rita Mandoli.
“I create shapes which are pleasing to the eye and hand, in profile and color, balance and function,” she said.
Mandoli offers a variety of pottery for everyday use, with combinations of colors and glazes.
Woodworker Simon Jeker is also new to the tour this year, and will likewise be at the American Legion Hall with his tables and wine racks. Having grown up in Switzerland, he enjoys living here in the Pacific Northwest, he said, and is inspired to make his furniture in a sustainable way, using reclaimed and locally sourced wood whenever possible.