Vashon Island is so tantalizingly close, yet most Tacomans rarely venture there, even though it is an easy ferry ride across the Dalco Passage that separates the mainland from the island. The Vashon Island Studio Tour, a two-weekend event that runs May 5-6 and May 12-13, is a great excuse to hop aboard the Pt. Defiance ferry and head over to the island for a day of exploration. Experience art up close and personal when Vashon Island Visual Artists (VIVA) collectively throw open their studio doors to the public. Paintings, fine art prints, photography, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, mosaic, glass, mixed media and more are all on display and for sale during this two-weekend Vashon Island event.
The Vashon Island Studio Tour, founded in the 1970’s by several dedicated artists, has grown to include more than 100 artists and now happens twice a year: the first two weekends in May and December. You can get a sneak preview on the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour Facebook page (fb.com/Vashon-Island-Art-Studio-Tour-175856173629/timeline/) and on the blog (vashonarttour.blogspot.com).
Ferry schedules can be found at Washington state ferry website: wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/
Brochures with maps and studio descriptions are available at most Vashon Island businesses, or you can print one out from vivartists.com/StudioTour/Spring2018/assets/map/S2018Map.pdf.
The self-guided tour runs May 5-6 and May 12-13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Galleries and studios of the tour:
1. Lisa Betz Art
Mosaic art created with handmade ceramic flowers, found objects and vintage china. Relaxed bohemian flair leather and mixed metal jewelry.
2. Brian Fisher Studio
Fisher explores myths about transformation and sacred place in his fine art prints, art cards and colorful steel art for your home and garden.
3. April Dalinis Pottery
Functional stoneware pottery with flow and intention. Everyday mugs, colanders, spoon rests, and charming pieces incorporating wooden elements.
4. Zuzko Jewelry
Delicately crafted sterling silver jewelry with emphasis on movement, natural gemstones and everyday wearability.
5. Valerie Willson Studio
Still life photos and an exciting new series of prints and paintings.
6. Cathy Sarkowsky and Iskra Johnson
Innovative, colorful paintings and mixed media prints.
7. Reimnitz Studio One Family’s Art
Vibrant watercolors, colorful monotypes and original art cards by Ilse. Oil paintings by Hartmut. Steel sculptures of Northwest wildlife by Gunter.
8. Dockton Pottery — Gale Lurie’s Studio
Raku functional pottery, stained glass, photography, oil paintings, recycled yard art, sculpture, art tiles, and night lights.
9. Morgan Brig Studio
Playful collage shadow boxes, formed copper and found objects and mixed media animals by Morgan. Luminous Island landscape watercolors by Ken Widmeyer.
10. Judd Creek Ranch
Eric Nelson, minimalist hydrocal sculpture. Hans Nelson, woodcrafted furniture and sculpture. Connie Conroy, transparencies. Kari Rowe, foraged jewelry collection.
11. Liz Lewis Pottery and Friend
Lively art to use and enjoy. Terracotta slipware decorated with sgraffito leaves and feathers. Festive painted pottery. Hot new raku pieces.
12. Koch Gallery
Quartermaster Press Studio celebrates its 25th anniversary with a retrospective exhibition that includes the printed works of 31 past and present members.
13. Matsuda Farm Group Show
Paintings, glass art, ceramics, jewelry and natural body products.
14. Quartermaster Press Studio
New works on paper — etchings, monotypes, linocuts, woodcuts and calligraphy by member artists at the Beall Greenhouse Studio.
15. WabiSabi Studios
Woodcut prints by Jean Echevarria. Hand-carved concrete Jizo and folk art images by Alex Echevarria. New garden art and pavers.
16. Gather Vashon
A gallery of fine and fun jewelry, art in all media. A dedicated, relaxing space to gather for conversation and reflection.
17. Studio V
Handbags and accessories from found materials. Hand-dyed silk Artisan made clothing.
Valise stands for Vashon artists linked in social engagement. Gallery is dedicated to presenting subjects and media that are daring, humorous, ironic and emergent.
19. Pam Ingalls at the Hardware Store
Oil portraits of Island kids. Prints and cards of still lifes, interiors and landscapes.
20. Kristen Reitz — Green and Lyle Harris
New oil paintings, mosaic and prints. Stunning woodworking by Lyle Harris.
21. Britt Freda Studio
Contemporary acrylic and graphite paintings on panel with a conceptual focus on social and environmental issues and endangered species.
22. GRB Bells
Gordon R. Barnett’s musical jewelry bells. Cast in sterling, bronze and gold, they are beautiful, wearable resonant miniatures.
23. Erin Schulz Studio
Oil paintings in the classical style. New florals and still life paintings.
24. Brian Brenno Blown Glass
With our help, you can participate in blowing your own ornament. Children welcome. Blown glass gifts for the home and garden.
25. Empty Nest Studio
Sheree: gemstone and beach glass jewelry. Tami: mosaic art. Margaret: quilt and glass yard art. David: metal yard art.
26. Jeffery Perry Jones
Northwest watercolor and acrylics that spark your memories. Small unframed and framed art and cards available. Near north end ferry.