Spring Studio Tour: Cycles of Life!


Spring Studio Tour is coming up once again and the artists are preparing for visitors. There will be 26 participating studios and galleries this season showing the work of over 75 artists! Visiting the studios offers a chance to talk to the artists, learn about the processes, and buy direct! Here are a just a few highlights of this Spring Tour:

Lisa Betz Art is studio#1 on the Tour (let’s start at the South end!) Lisa is a mosaic artist who deftly arranges her handmade ceramic flowers with bits of vintage china and found objects, creating warm , lovely and meaningful compositions-with -a-message. Leather and mixed metal jewelry, too!

Valerie Willson will be showing her exquisitely arranged and skillfully executed still life photographs at her Quartermaster Dr studio (#5) as well as an exciting new series of prints and paintings.

At Judd Creek Ranch (#10) Eric Nelson will be showing minimalist hydrocal sculpture as well as wood fired ceramic sculptures. Hans Nelson offers fine wood crafted furniture and sculpture. Connie Conrad will show transparencies and Kari Rowe, foraged jewelry collection. All this in the newly renovated Judd Creek Ranch barn-come-studio/gallery space. Celebrate!

At Quartermaster Press Studio(#14), located at the historic Beal Greenhouses, art lovers can find beautiful new works by member artists and learn about the array of processes involved. Concurrently, at the Koch Gallery at VCA (#12 on the Tour) the 31 year retrospective of this fluid group is beautifully documented and includes works for sale as well as pieces borrowed from collections. The VCA show will be open through the month of May.

Gather Vashon(#16) is “a gallery of fine and fun jewelry and art in all mediums”. Check it out! Elaine Summers’ colorful mosaic ukuleles will be featured for Studio Tour. That artist will tile anything!

The women who compose Studio V (#18 on the Tour) have been working together for a long time. Their studio is a veritable feast for the senses, offering hand-dyed silk clothing, and handbags and accessories made from richly patterned fabrics and found materials.
Pam Ingall’s show at The Hardware Store(#19) is titled “Teen Spirits—Facing Vashon’s Teenagers”.  Pam is well known for her portrait shows which build connections between artist, subject and viewer, helping us to really see each other!

At Britt Freda’s studio(#21) on the west side, visitors will be drawn in to visually dynamic acrylic and graphite paintings. The pieces often focus on endangered animals, from local (bees) to faraway (rhinos). This articulate artist is always aware that humans cause environmental changes and are ourselves endangered. As a mother of two, another current theme is children, who remind us again and again that we have to keep asking questions.
All this and more! Pick up a Tour brochure, available at most island businesses, or go online to www.VIVArtists.com for a color map, and descriptions of the 26 stops.  Invite a friend or two and do the Art Tour!