New last year, the 2017 Anacortes Artist’s Studio Tour will be twice as large this year - featuring the artwork of over 40 artists at 30+ venues within the 98221 Zip Code. This major fall art event for Anacortes is scheduled for October 21-22, with studios open from 10 am to 5 pm both days. Maps for the free self-guided tour around Fidalgo Island will be available at all participating studios, local galleries, the Depot Art Center and the Croatian Cultural Center.
“We are thrilled by this year’s response,” said Lisa Rhoades, the member of the Anacortes Arts Commission who chairs the event. “And we know local art supporters will appreciate the added energy and diversity of this year’s tour,” she said.
The behind-the-scenes aspect of the studio tour, with time and opportunities to talk to artists and watch them at work, attracted good turnouts both Saturday and Sunday last year. Art sales were strong and local businesses joined the effort to welcome visitors who came from throughout the region and from Canada. All three downtown galleries will be open again this year with working artists at each venue.
“The welcome mat will be out to everyone interested in our local artists,” Rhoades said. The community of artists is strong and growing in Anacortes, Rhoades pointed out. “It’s exciting to discover all that’s happening here,” she said - from a bronze sculpture studio to a letterpress shop to many glass, ceramic and fiber artists. Painters and photographers will offer a wide array of examples — from very well-known local artists to emerging artists who make Fidalgo Island their home.
Watch for additional information about the participating artists and venues as they are finalized. For further information, contact Rhoades or her co-chair, Anacortes Arts Commission member Terry MacDonald, at email@example.com Information will also be available at the Anacortes Arts Commission website - anacortesartscommission.com.
by Laura Hamilton
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