The 18th annual Bainbridge Island Summer Studio Tour will return Friday, Aug. 10 through Sunday, Aug. 12, giving art lovers a sneak peek behind the scenes at the process and technique of some of the most renowned artists around — and the chance to pick up pieces straight from the source.
Nearly 40 artists will be showing work this year in five different studios, all open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Artists in the event have to be juried, so the artwork is high quality, original, hand-crafted, and shows the “hand and spirit of the artist,” tour manager Dinah Satterwhite said.
There will be a wide variety of work on display, including jewelry, pottery, watercolors, mixed media, metal art, garden art, wearables, fiber art and photography.
The Bainbridge Island Summer Studio Tour is a free, self-guided tour. Patrons can get original hand-crafted art directly from the artist, grab a cool lemonade and stroll through the artists’ studios and gardens.
The studios are: Ferrier Studio (5578 Lynwood Center Road NE); Dancing Spirit Studio (7021 Fletcher Bay Road NE), Sylvia Carlton’s Studio (1245 Grow Avenue NW); Weissman Studio (10149 NE Roberts Road); and Hidden Cove Pottery & Tile (7176 NE Hidden Cove Road).
New to the tour this year is artist Barbara Ferrier, owner of Ferrier Studio. Her vivid acrylic paintings include landscapes, waterfalls, people and waves, all stylized in a very dynamic and unique way.
“My paintings are windows into the wilderness, from my heart to yours,” she said. “I re-create these experiences as landscapes from my imagination. They are a composite of many places. Painting allows an opportunity to invent new places we’d all like to visit.”
Other artists showcased at her studio include fiber artist Hollie Clark, potter Kaaren Brooks, jeweler Ellen Corke, encaustic artist Evy Olsen Halvorsen, and mixed metal jeweler Jennifer Horner.
Many other new artists have joined the tour as well, Satterwhite said, set to show alongside “seasoned” artists at each of the studios.
Satterwhite said that the new faces worth seeking out included Deborah Nelson, a glass artist at Dancing Spirit Studio; Len Eisenhood, a paper marbling and painter/collage artist at Hidden Cove Pottery; and Linda Ricci, a painted porcelain artist.
For a complete roster of participating artists, photos of each artist’s work and bios, along with a map of the studios and event details, visit www.bistudiotour.com.
Brochures can be downloaded, or found at the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce as well as several regional stores.
For more information or to receive a brochure in the mail, call Satterwhite at 206-842-0504.