The free 38th annual Winter Studio Tour on Bainbridge Island takes place Dec. 3-5.
With 40 juried artists, the event offers quality, hand-crafted art where you can meet the artist and buy directly. The self-guided tour takes place in six local studios and community halls.
The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Mediums include jewelry, pottery, paintings, fiber, mixed media, photography and glass. Some of the unique artforms include: detailed paper cut designs, whimsical fairies and frogs, Nuno felted wearables, tall metal water towers, steam-bent wood and repurposed metal yard art.
Brochures can be found around town, and details are on the Studio Tour website. The site includes a Featured Artist page with interviews, videos and behind-the-scenes photos of artists in their studios. It’s a great way to see and hear what the artists are thinking and what inspires them. Each week a new artist is featured.
The artists offer one specially selected piece for sale on the Spotlight Page, and these are often a one-of-a-kind deal.
Dinah Satterwhite, tour manager, said: “I am always amazed to find new artists, right in our own backyard. And I love seeing the regular artists and their latest creations. These past two years have really pushed everyone to new heights.”
Sandi Bilinski is new to the tour and works with acrylics. Her style is so smooth and almost illustrative in nature. She said: “My expressionistic painting style is inspired by nature, by its changing colors and light, its mood, its organic movement, and its composition. The physical landscape draws my eye away from the concrete world. It brings peace and a sense of calm and wonder.”
Another new artist, Erin DeLargy, creates unique sterling silver jewelry. “Vibrant colors are special to me; I am often struck by the amazing hue of a flower, or the incredible tone of the sky. Complementary and contrasting colors play a big element in my pieces, and I choose stones and metals that create dynamic expression and vibrancy.”
For details on each artist and the studios, including a map, check out the brochures at the BI Chamber of Commerce, or call to request one by mail. Satterwhite can be reached at 206-842-0504 or www.bistudiotour.com.