DATES OF EVENT: October 21 & 22, 2017
The 2017 Anacortes Artist’s Studio Tour will be twice as large as last year’s inaugural event. Presented by the Anacortes Arts Commission, this year’s tour will feature 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, The Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, plus many other establishments throughout the area. The brochure will also be on the Anacortes Arts Commission website: www.anacortesartscommission.com.
“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 tour will be an art educational experience as well as a show of some of Fidalgo Island’s best art works.
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, Scott Milo, Acme Creative, and The Good Stuff, 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, carving 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.
A preview of the tour will be available at First Friday Art Walk, October 6 & 7 at the Depot in Downtown Anacortes. Most of the participating artists will have one or two works on display.
The 98221 Studio Tour is sponsored by Rock Fish Grill, H2O, Bank of the Pacific, Majestic Inn and Spa, Croatian Cultural Center, Derek Damon Orthodontics, How It Works, Mountain View Dental Center, Jillian G Salon, and Scott Milo Gallery.
For further information:
Lisa Rhoades, Chair, 360-202-6890
Terry MacDonald, Co-Chair, 360-460-8531
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