Washington’s Bainbridge Island is bursting with activity in the arts. This summer, the eighth annual Bainbridge Island Studio Tour will feature island studios and gardens hosting regional artists.
Q: I’ve been meaning to take a trip to the Northwest. How many artists will open their studios?
A: The self-guided tour will include some 50 artists clustered together at various stops, Aug. 8-10. Along the way you’ll find Dancing Spirit Studio, Fenwick Photo Gallery, Hidden Cove Pottery and Mesolini Glass Studio, among others.
Q: Does the tour include anything beyond artists’ studios?
A: The studio stops are complemented by outdoor booth displays so you can view work by several artists at each location. Live music will be played at several of the stops.
Q: Will I be able to see a variety of work?
A: Practically every medium is covered. The juried event includes jewelers, photographers, painters, ceramists and glass, wood and fiber artists.
Q: It sounds like the island is packed with fine craft. Can I make a full weekend out of it?
A: Of course! There are more than a few bed and breakfasts on the island, as well as other must-see destinations. Don’t miss Bainbridge Arts and Crafts, a nonprofit art gallery that features the work of more than 300 regional artists. It will feature a special exhibition of five ceramic sculptors, Aug. 1-Sept. 2.
Q: Can I walk portions of the tour, or should I drive?
A: Although walking would slow your tour down considerably, biking is an option. See the Seattle Bicycle Touring Club (www.seattlebiketours.com) for a map and route. You can also take a 35-minute ferry ride from Seattle to Bainbridge Island by car or bike.
Q: That sounds fantastic! Where can I find more information?
A: Visit www.bistudiotour.com or call Dinah Satterwhite at 206-842-0504.