Annual Edmonds Art Studio Tour arriving Sept. 21-22
Last updated 9/5/2019 at 12:15pm
Have you ever wondered how local artists create their work? Wished you could peek into their private studios? Wanted to meet the creator of your most recent art purchase?
You’ll have your chance with the Edmonds Art Studio Tour, where artists in and around Edmonds open their studio doors for the 14th annual Edmonds Art Studio Tour Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22. Studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
The free self-guided event, sponsored in part by the Edmonds Arts Festival, provides an exclusive glimpse into 19 private art studios showcasing the work of 36 local artists.
The tour offers patrons an opportunity to meet professional artists, see how they create their work, and purchase pieces directly.
Visitors will see paintings, sculptures, jewelry, wood pieces, glasswork, pottery and more.
Connect and chat
“Nothing makes me happier than to talk about art in general and my art in particular with people who are interested in discussing art,” said painter Sue Robertson, one of the event’s founders. “The Studio Tour provides the opportunity to do just that with hundreds of visitors. In particular, I enjoy talking with young people who are creating art and asking questions about how to get their art seen or about my studio set up. It is a joyful weekend for me.”
Painter Angela Bandurka agrees.
“This is the best opportunity for me to meet with collectors and artists in an informal setting,” she said. “Usually as an artist, you're alone in your studio day after day and, while I love the quiet time. It's great to talk to folks about art and the process of making it.”
“The Tour is a weekend of fun and friends,” said Janis Graves, a painter who has been part of the event since its inception. “It’s a time to reconnect with patrons who come every year to say hello and search for new art works, to meet people from all walks of life.”
New work and old favorites
Artists say they are excited about new work to be unveiled during the tour, as well as old favorites they’ll have available for fans and collectors.
Bandurka was named one of Southwest Art Magazine’s Artists to Watch in July. She’ll have a feature show at Edmonds’ Cole Gallery in November 2019 titled “Italy, An Artist’s Point of View,” while landscape painter Andy Eccleshall has a new show at Cole Gallery opening in October.
His show will feature beach scenes of the Northwest in all kinds of Northwest weather. His studio will have some of these new pieces in an early preview, plus some older pieces at reduced rates. At Gallery North in November, photographer Mary Bess Johnson will also have a feature show.
At this year’s Edmonds Arts Festival, five studio tour artists received special honors: Eccleshall, Lynn Garka, Barb Childs, Lynn McManus, and Bonnie AuBouchon.
As in previous years, visitors to the tour can enter a drawing to win a gift basket filled with art from the tour artists.
Edmonds was recently awarded the status of the state’s first Creative District, an area where art and culture combine with social and economic activity.
“Whenever you get a large group of artists in a town, art businesses begin to appear,” Robertson said. We have galleries, an art supply store and a performing arts center. Art classes and workshops are offered, and there will soon be a new art nonprofit appearing on Main Street. Once these things start to happen, more artists are drawn to the community and more people become supportive of the arts.”
Meredith Arnold is director and education coordinator of ArtWorks in Edmonds. As a longtime tour artist herself she agrees, calling Edmonds an “art-centric” community. “Many passionate art lovers come to see and support artists,” she said. “The community is openly supportive of artists, which is a rare and special thing.”
And that community feel extends beyond just artists and their art.
“I've seen total strangers connect and become friends on the spot through mutual love of art,” said Graves. “Most of all, there is lots of laughter. This is why I participate (in the Tour) and this is why I would encourage people to come.”
Go to EdmondsArtStudioTour.com to preview the participating artists and their work, download a map of participating studios, and find links to each artist’s website.
– This story was edited from a report from the Edmonds Art Studio Tour.