A new studio tour to showcase artists who live and work in the 98221 Zip Code is planned by the Anacortes Arts Commission (AAC) this fall for the weekend of October 22 and 23.
Anacortes and Guemes Island artists working in all mediums — painters, sculptors, photographers, ceramists and jewelry-makers as well as artists who work in metals, glass, fabric, wood or stone — are invited to participate by opening their studios to visitors or displaying their work at the Depot Art and Community Center at 622 R Street during the free, two-day tour.
“The natural beauty of Fidalgo and Guemes Islands attracts so many talented, creative people who produce outstanding art here. This new event will increase a wareness of local art and artists and will add a new, fall event for art-lovers in this area and beyond,” said Anacortes Arts Commission member Lisa Rhoades who is chairing the studio tour committee, assisted by Terry MacDonald who is also an AAC member.
“We believe that meeting artists, watching them work and, especially, visiting their studios really helps create support for our local artists and our local arts community,” Rhoades added.
By focusing on 98221 artists, the drive between studios on Fidalgo Island, or the 8-minute ferry ride and drive to Guemes locations, will be shorter and easier to find than other studio tours in the region. The self-guided route will be appealing as an autumn outing and will be well-signed for easy access. Maps and the ferry schedule will be provided.
For artists who are not set up for studio tours, exhibit space will be available at the Depot on both days. “This will add variety and will make the tour even more inclusive,” Rhoades said. Artists will be present to talk about their art at the Depot exhibit.
Hours for the studio tours will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Some artists may share studio space to show their work.
Guidelines for interested artists are available at the Anacortes Arts Commission website or by contacting Rhoades or MacDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available from Mary Snyder at Anacortes City Hall, 293-1918. The deadline for applications will be Friday, July 15 at 4 p.m. Snyder can also process requests to be added to future Calls For Art issued by the AAC.
The First Annual 98221 Studio Tour will complement Gallery 98221, the bi-annual art exhibit coordinated by the AAC for local artists. Artwork is exhibited at the City Hall in the main hallway and in the council chambers. The current exhibit will remain hanging until December.
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