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Find your way to the Summer Studio Tour: Island art scene staple returns for 14th season
There are 48 reasons for art lovers to hit the road this weekend during the 14th annual Bainbridge Island Summer Studio Tour, some already familiar and many more waiting to be discovered.
That’s because, in addition to some returning favorites, among this year’s artist roster are some new names.
All of this season’s featured craftspeople will have their works on display throughout five island locations: Dancing Spirit Studio (7021 Fletcher Bay Road NE), Sylvia Carlton’s Studio (1245 Grow Avenue NW), Oho Design Studio (259 Ferncliff Avenue NE), Siebert Pottery Studio (9766 NE Valley Road) and Hidden Cove Pottery & Tile (7176 Hidden Cove Road).
Mediums on view will include a variety of hand-crafted work, including watercolors, jewelry, pottery, furniture, metal art, garden art, mixed media, fiber art and photography.
“I’m kind of excited we have five studios,” explained returning event coordinator and participant Dinah Satterwhite. “That’s a little more than usual. I think this is one of our best mix of mediums so far.”
The Studio Tour is a free, self-guided event where art lovers visit the featured studios to meet and talk with the local artists, as well as have the opportunity to buy works directly from their creators.
The summertime tour began as an answer to the increasingly popular Bainbridge Island Studio Tour, which takes place in the winter. Originally begun in 2001, the Summer Tour continues to showcase local artists’ hand-made works.
“The Summer Tour came by request of the customers who didn’t want to wait a whole year,” Satterwhite explained.
Faced with weddings, birthdays and anniversaries, she said, art buyers were insistent that they needed a second chance to purchase truly local artworks throughout the year.
The Summer Tour was born.
Each season’s featured artists are selected from an application through a juried process. Event coordinators look for professional work, designed and crafted by the artist with original designs and quality craftsmanship. A jury process reviews the work of all potential artists. All current artists must re-jury every three years and if their work or media changes dramatically. Artwork mass-produced with the use of commercial kits or molds, pre-fabricated forms or imported items are not eligible.
The Bainbridge Island Studio Tour also has very strict requirements for their participants in terms of residence, ensuring only truly local artists are included each year.
Both Studio Tours are open to Bainbridge Island residents. Non-island resident participation is limited to artists living full time in Washington state within the boundaries of Kitsap County, Clallam County, eastern Jefferson County, the northern part of Mason County, and the northern part of Pierce County; Gig Harbor and the Key Peninsula.
This year, there are 10 new artists on the tour including Joanne Schoener Scott, whose acrylic work is featured on the cover of this season’s event brochure.
Other first-time participants include James S. Adams (mixed media), Bonnie Block (photography), Steve Parmelee (assemblage works from found items), Wanda Garrity (ceramics), Bob Kimball (stainless and glass), Michael Green (leather and canvass) and more.
Perhaps most importantly, the Studio Tour gives art lovers a chance to discover these new talents and meet with artists before purchasing a piece, Satterwhite said.
“It kind of enriches the idea of buying art,” she said. “It’s really neat for customers to kind of do that second take.”
All five studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8 and Saturday, Aug. 9 as well as from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10. Refreshments will be available at each studio.
For details including a complete list of studios, artists, photos, and a tour map, visit www.bistudiotour.com.
Brochures can be downloaded from the event website and also picked up at the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce (395 Winslow Way East).
Summer Tour Details
What: 14th annual Bainbridge Island Summer Studio Tour.
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8 and Saturday, Aug. 9 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10.
Where: Five art studios around the island.
Admission: Free (tour is self-paced and not guided).