In spite of rainy weather both days of the weekend tour, attendance was reported to be greater this year by artists who opened their studios to local and visiting art lovers.
In its fourth year, the tour drew many return visitors along with new visitors from Seattle, Canada and many towns closer to Anacortes. “Our goal is always to provide opportunities for artists to explain their art and to show how they create their works of art - and we definitely met that goal again this year,” said Lisa Rhoades, Anacortes Arts Commissioner who chairs the event with co-chair Terry MacDonald. She was also happy to report “strong sales” by the artists who already look forward to the fifth annual tour in 2020.
“We already have some ideas to enhance next year’s tour and we already know of some artists who will join us for the first time,” Rhoades reported. At the “wrap-up” meeting of the artists who participated, they told of visitors who were shopping for art for new homes, those looking for gifts and others who were just curious about techniques and processes used by the artists. At the Samish Nation’s carving shed, visitors lingered to watch the carvers and artisans at work and numbered more than 100 both days.
Artists new to the tour in 2019 were pleased with the turnout - Jon Schmidt, stone carver/sculptor, opened his new workshop/gallery with “great” attendance both days. Mark Gardner and Dona Reed saw lots of traffic at the couple’s combined gallery downtown at 1009 Sixth St. that showcased his photography and Dona’s decorative gourds, assemblages and art prints.
Winners of the four gift baskets will be announced at a later date. The event is organized by the Anacortes Arts Commission that thanked the sponsors of the fourth tour: Anacortes Brewery, Rockfish Grill, the Croatian Center, Anacortes Arts Festival, Scott Milo Gallery, Majestic Inn and Spa, Derek Damon Orthodontics, Mountain View Dental Center, Bank of the Pacific and How It Works.
Local artists participating in the 98221 Artist's Studio Tour for 2018 met for an organizational meeting at the Depot in September. In its third year, the studio tour is scheduled for the weekend of October 20--21.
Front Row, left to right: Anne Martin McCool, Cathy Schoenberg, Tara Gilhuly, Heidi Klepper, Dona Reed, Anne Schreivogl, EJ Toovey, Kristen Stewart, Jill Mix, Annette Tamm, Cynthia Richardson, Denise Ford, Kathy Khile.
Back Row, left to right: Terry Mc Donald, Lisa Rhoades, Ruth Dorsey, Gloria Shelton, Heidi Klepper, Al Currier, Doug LeClair, Pat Dunn, Diana Dunn, Carla Seaton, Darlene Klister, Paul Thorne, Mikki Slivinski, Anita Luvera Mayer, Jann Rummig Hunt, Heidi Brewer Peters, Marcel Schwarb, Jennifer Bowman. In front of the group: Harley the Dog
Not pictured: Marius Hibbard, Bob Hogan, Michael LaBoon, Jill McDougall, Suzanne Powers, Peggy Woods, Dederick Ward.
Arts Commission announces local artists set to participate in 2018 Studio Tour
New and returning artists who will participate in the 98221 Artists’ Studio Tour set for October 20-21 have been announced by Lisa Rhoades, Anacortes Arts Commissioner and co-chair of the event.
“We’ll have over 40 artists in the tour this year — another increase in the number of Fidalgo Island artists who will be part of the studio tour — now entering its third successful year,” Rhoades told the artists who recently gathered for an organizational meeting at the Depot. “That means this year’s studio tour will be bigger and better than ever, thanks to your interest and support for this event,” she told the assembled artists who work in many mediums at their studios - all located in the 98221 Zip Code.
In addition to 23 studios that will be open to the public, artists will also welcome visitors at the Depot Arts & Community Center (3) and the Croatian Cultural Center (4). Downtown galleries — Scott Milo and Good Stuff Arts — will also be open for both days of the free, self-guided tour with artists present. Hours will be 10 to 5 both days. Artists at all locations will be demonstrating their work and answering questions from visitors.
New to this year’s tour will be: Diana and Pat Dunn - cedar bark baskets, hats, jewelry and rattles; Jan Rummig Hunt - beaded Kumihimo jewelry; Darlene Klister - wire and metal art; Doug Le Clair - Photography; Jill Mix - mixed media, watercolor/ink drawings; Dona Reed - gourds, printmaking, mixed media; Janis Bailey and a number of other Samish Nation Coast Salish carvers, including Bill Bailey (Tsul-Ton, resident carver) and other carvers at the Beaver Lodge carving shed in Anacortes; Marcel Schwarb - acrylic, oil and pastel painting; Mykki Marshe Slivinski - texture glazed acrylic and oil paintings.
Returning artists for the 2018 studio tour, organized and presented by the Anacortes Arts Commission are: Jennifer Bowman, Heidi Brewer-Peters, Alfred Currier, Ruth Dorsey, Denise Ford, Tara Gilhuly, Marius Hibbard, Bob Hogan, Kathy Khile will host artists Leo Osborne, Lanny Bergner, Elizabeth Ockwell, Lewis Jones, Dederick Ward and Les Eelkema at Scott Milo Gallery, Heidi Klepper, Michael Laboon, Jill McDougall, Terry McDonald (co-chair of the AAC event, hosting in her home/studio), Anita Luvera Mayer, Anne Martin-McCool, Kat Peterson, Suzanne Powers, Cynthia Richardson, Cathy Schoenberg, Anne Schreivogl, Carla Seaton, Gloria Shelton, Kristin Stewart, Annette Tamm, Paul Thorne, EJ Toovey, Peggy Woods.
Front row: (left to right) Jann Rummig Hunt, Dona Reed, Jill Mix. Back row: Diana Dunn, Darlene Klister Marcel Schwarb, Mykki Marshe Slivinski, Doug LeClair.
Woodcut, Etching & Screenprinting on Evolon; Screenprinting on metal leaf-laminated Japanese papers.
In the mid 1980’s, exploratory drilling began in the remote wilderness area where I was born, have lived and worked since childhood. Residents later discovered that mineral rights in this sensitive region had been sold and exploration activities had begun. The terrain where these large mineral deposits exist sits upstream of the inhabited areas of the region: the rivers that host the world’s largest salmon runs. Regional and Global awareness of the potential implications to the region went largely unmentioned for over two decades. More recently, the profiles of some of these potentially devastating development projects have risen, due to their staggering scope. The specter of large scale extraction in the wilderness weighs on my mind and inspires an urgency to protect the watershed that is so precious to me.
I am working on a series of large woodcut panels that each depict one of the rivers that feed Bristol Bay. The rivers are depicted as iconic figures--large, dramatic maps that are meant to personify the power and significance of each body of water. I am reversing the usual pattern of visual cultural appropriation by using western religious symbols to point out the spiritual importance of these rivers. I use prints as elements in outdoor installations, and would like to develop several ways to show the rivers in distinct environments to diverse audiences. Because printed images such as these, which are made of woodcuts, etching plates and screenprints, can be formally explored over and over again, The work is exhibited in new formats as it develops. One staircase iteration of this installation was exhibited at Print Austin, February 2018. This chapel like version was awarded an honorarium by the Anacortes Arts Festival. This body of work has also recieved public funding from the Arts of Office and Culture in Seattle, as well as, being a 2017 award recipient of the GAP Grant. A large scale staircase installation is planned for the University of Wyoming later this fall. To follow my installation work, visit my websites,
www.margotbmyers.com and www.runaway.press.
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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