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.
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