An abundance of art
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
As the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour has grown near, organizers of the event that sees dozens of area artists opening their creative spaces for public perusal for two weekends every October have been highlighting on their Facebook page the various painters, sculptors, journal-makers, jewelers, glassworkers and photographers who will be participating in the next iteration of the popular fall fete.
In late July, they wrote of the tranquility to be found in painter Lynn Zimmerman’s work, and pointed to the “personal connection to natural landscapes” conveyed through every brushstroke. A couple of days later, they invited visitors to drop by Randy Van Beek’s space to “get lost in his lines of light and depth.”
August brought shout-outs to the mixed-media works of Nana Thebus; the functional stoneware of the aptly named Linda Stone; the “intricate and multifaceted” images by photographer Alan Sanders; Liane Redpath’s sculptural jewelry; and painters Ron Pattern, Shawn Pagel, Joy Olney, and Dave Nichols.
And in addition to a preview show that was on display at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall from early August through early September, attention has also been given to Cooper Lanza and her Fairhaven-based gallery, Gossamer Glass Studio’s Brian Kerkvliet, larger-than-life painter Lorna Libert, stone engraver Richard Bulman, ceramicist Brain O’Neill, and Anita Boyle, who “dabbles” in everything from assembleages to painting, photogrpehy and stained glass (oh, and she’s also a poet).
Although there’s not space to detail all of the 43 artists working in nearly a dozen different medias who will be showing and selling their work while sharing their creative processes with attendees, those who choose to seek out their visions should know that the 23rd annual Whatcom Artist Studio Tour encompasses four days—Oct. 7-8 and 14-15—meaning that if you can’t make it to all of the studios that draw your eye the first weekend, you can make up for it the following Saturday and Sunday.
If you’re farther south, be aware that the Anacortes Arts Commision will present a “98221 Studio Tour Preview Show” from 6-9pm Fri., Oct. 6—during the city’s monthly Art Walk—and 10am-2pm Sat., Oct. 7 at the Depot Arts Center at 611 R. Ave. An “Art from 98221” exhibit will also be on display at the Scott Milo Gallery beginning Oct. 6, welcoming Anacortes-based artists Keith Sorenson (oils), Mustafa Bilal (photo illustrations), and Lewis Jones (photographs on canvas).
The exhibits serve as a way to get visitors excited about the Oct. 21-22 event, which will feature the work of more than 40 artists at 30-plus venues within the 98221 zip code—making it twice as big as its inaugural venture in 2016. Maps to the free, self-guided tour around Fidalgo Island will be avaiable at the preview, and at participating studios and local galleries (you can also check out who’ll be where on the Arts Commission’s website).
If you’re the type to keep track of studio stats, you’ve probably already figured out that tours being tracked in the month of October will feature an abundance of creative contributions from more than 80 artists in both Whatcom and Skagit counties. And although you might not be able to find time in your schedule to visit them all, you can have a good time trying.
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