If you think you’ve seen it all, think again! This season’s Vashon Island Visual Artists Studio Tour will feature work by 112 artists at 45 locations! Spread your visits out over the two weekends, Dec 7-8 and 14th-15th, from 10am-4pm. Pick up a brochure/map at most Island businesses, or go online to VIVArtists.com to plot your course.
For many local artists, the Art Studio Tour is an important and consistent vehicle for presenting their latest body of work in a venue that is self determined and personal. The artists depend upon the local community to provide a direct market for their ongoing work.
For the public, the Art Studio Tour provides a unique opportunity to share in the development of artists who we have seen grow over time…and, the chance to meet some artists who are new to the Vashon art scene…
The concept of selling art directly from the studio offers a fascinating and educational experience for visitors, who will be interested to see the artists’ tools and workspaces, and learn about the processes involved.
It’s always fun to check out Studio V (#26 on the Tour), a sewing workshop uptown. That group of women will be offering a great selection of very hip hand bags and jackets that are pieced and embellished, as well as layered silk clothing in richly dyed colors.
At Moonlight Bay Studio (#7), visitors will find wonderful collaged nightlights by Janice Mallman, as well as watercolors by Penny Grist and jewelry by Larry.
Pottery by April Dalinis (#5 in the Tour) is functional and beautiful. Check out her lovely lamps! Heart House wooden puzzles and ornaments will be shown here, too.
Old friends, Rose Belknap and Irene Otis (#11) will pair up for this Tour. Visitors will find rich, beautiful landscapes and cityscapes as well as “tiles with a message” which make wonderful holiday gifts.
New on the Tour at studio #38, Nile Fahmy creates silver, copper and bronze sculptural vessels which have been hammered into one-of-a-kind vessels. Check it out!
WabiSabi Studios (#29) features Jean’s appealing wood block prints and Alex’s concrete sculptures for the garden.
Littlest Bird Studio is a collective of women artists working in encaustic, acrylic, wood and fiber arts. This group will be showing at the old Zarth farm. Head north on 115th SW to check it out! (studio #36).
Outstanding In Its Field Gallery is another new location on the tour (#20). Celtic and nature themed bronze sculptures created in an island foundry, nature themed water color and fiber portraits. Great name!
With 45 stops on this season’s Tour, and two weekends to attend, there will definitely be something interesting and exciting for everyone!
The artists welcome you!