The 22nd annual Summer Studio Tour on Bainbridge Island takes place Aug. 12-14, and 38 artists will be on hand showcasing their work in four local artists’ studios.
The free self-guided tour offers original, hand-crafted art. Each artist had to be juried, so the art is high quality and original, reflecting the “hand and spirit of the artist.” And each artist is present, so visitors can get to know them and hear about their techniques, style and inspiration. Plus, many artists offer custom work, sizes and themes.
Look for a wide variety of work, including garden art, watercolors, jewelry, pottery, fused glass, wearables, metal sculpture, India ink, mixed media, photography and more.
Tour manager Dinah Satterwhite said: “We have such resilient artists in Washington, dealing with two tough years. I’m always inspired when I see the new artists’ work and see our past artists with new pieces.”
Satterwhite said she hears so many compliments from tour participants. “Functional, or decorative, we have a great variety. And meeting the artists in person is the icing on the cake, for sure.”
One of the new artists to the tour is Corissa Lynn Helm, with very whimsical pottery. Her hand-sculpted work includes functional mugs, planters, bowls and yarn bowls with a facial twist. She said, “I create functional pottery with facial expressions because I love creating artwork that makes people happy and starts conversations.”
“Two Birds in a Pod” is a husband-wife duo. Doug West makes birdhouses using reclaimed wood, driftwood, tree branches, twigs, rocks, natural moss, fungi and lichen that are responsibly harvested and naturally preserved. Bianca West upcycles used burlap coffee sacks into beautiful market totes, pillows and art.
Other new artists include Dominica Lord-Wood, with beautiful hand-woven baskets; Cody Manual, with metal art; Kathy Barrett with blown and fused glass; and many more.
The four studios on the tour are: #1, Theresa Killgore’s “Peaceful Spring Designs Studio” next to Lynwood Center; #2, Elemental Furnishings on Vincent Road by the recycle center, owned by Kathy Lafond and George Brooks; #3, Danna Watson’s “Dancing Spirit Studio” on Fletcher Bay Road; and #4, Barbara Weissman’s studio close to Rolling Bay just off of Valley Road.
The studios are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. that Friday and Saturday, and closing an hour earlier that Sunday.