If it’s October — It’s time for the 98221 Artist’s Studio Tour in Anacortes and around Fidalgo Island.
On the weekend of October 20-21, the 2018 studio tour celebrates its third year and, “Once again, we’ll be able to offer a fascinating mix of artwork as we invite art enthusiasts to meet our local artists and to learn about their work by offering opportunities to talk to them directly,” said Lisa Rhoades, the Anacortes Arts Commissioner who chairs the event.
“We believe it’s this kind of personal interaction that’s made the tour so successful,” she added. The Studio Tour will feature 30+ artists at over 20 venues this year. Watch local media and the anacortesartscommission.com website for a complete listing of artists and studios on this year’s juried tour.
The 98221 Studio Tour will introduce “new faces, new techniques and new perspectives in fiber art, photography, painting and jewelry-making,” Rhoades said. Many “familiar favorites” will also be back, she said, “inviting you to step behind the scenes and watch them at work.”
A preview of the tour's artwork will be offered at the Depot Art Center on Friday, October 5, during the Downtown Art Walk from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. All participating artists are invited to show a sample of their work that evening.
Maps for the self-guided route will be available at all participating studios, downtown Anacortes art galleries, at the Depot Art Center and the Croatian Cultural Center. Hours for the free tour on both days will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The annual Studio Tour helps visitors gain a clearer understanding of what it takes to be an artist — the tools, the skills, the materials — everything that goes into the creative process. The tour also helps local artists increase their work’s visibility in the community while they receive feedback and candid reactions to their art from local and visiting art lovers.
Plan to join the “conversation” on October 20 and 21.
If you love living in Anacortes, and if there’s a place, quality, person or reason that makes you feel that way — you may want to participate in the new project - “Post-Art to Anacortes.”
On a blank postcard, you’re invited to “Get creative,” and do some doodling or draw a picture, write a poem, compose a song or create a collage — and then send it to a growing collection of postcards that will be shared with the whole community. Your card will show up online, and perhaps also in a display or in print somewhere in town.
“You can keep it simple, or go into detail — but by putting what you want to share about Anacortes on the project's postcards - it will become part of an effort for both residents and visitors to look at our community in a new way,” according to Zachary Wight, the creator of the Post-Art to Anacortes project. The project grew after Wight presented his idea to the Anacortes Arts Commission and then began implementing some of the commissioners' advice.
The cards are free and available at locations around town. The mailing address is already printed on the card — “All you need to do it put a stamp on it and send it on its way,” Wight said.
Some cards are already posted online at postarttoanacortes.com (or on Instagram or Facebook). You can look there for some inspiration, or dream up your own way of illustrating something you love about Anacortes. Wight predicts that the on-going project will, “create points of interest, strengthen our sense of place and foster creativity in Anacortes.”
As an artist and small business owner himself, Wight believes that "Post-Art to Anacortes is meant to show that everyone can create something that will make a positive difference in another person's life. Anacortes, with its focus on the arts is the perfect place and has the perfect community to do this." Both locals and visitors are invited to participate. Each card is numbered as a way to help the donor keep track of his or her postcard entry by recording the number before it’s mailed.
You can find Post-Art to Anacortes cards at the following locations: How It Works, Rockfish Grill, Scott Milo Gallery, Johnny Picasso Coffee Shop, Pelican Bay Books, The Good Stuff Arts, Watermark Books and Burton’s Jewelry.
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