An Island Art Adventure

Drive off the mainland to the scenic island destinations of Camano Island in the Pacific Northwest. Just north of Seattle, a short trip offers locally inspired shops and restaurants, dynamic events fora variety of interests, recreation, and beach combing. Rich history and a healthy dose of local color in all medians are provided by the region’s many artists.

For two consecutive weekends on Camano Island, more than thirty local artists will open their studios and galleries from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the 21st Annual Camano Island Studio Tour.

You’ll be able to visit the artists’ in-home studios and working spaces and share the passion for art while exploring the awe-inspiring nature of the island community.

This unique event will take place on May 10-12 and May 18-19, just in time for Mother’s Day. Many artists offer demonstrations to watch and learn their processes. You will be able to speak with them directly, ask questions, get inspired, purchase gifts, and build or extend your artwork collection. The Studio Tour is free, self-guided, and features only the top artists from the island.

The tour, hosted by the Camano Arts Association (CAA), draws visitors from thousands of miles away, as well as family and friends from around the region. Art mediums include ceramics, fiber and textile wearables, art glass, jewelry, sculpture, pastels, photography, printmaking, collage, and woodworking. Tour maps can be picked up if desired at the island’s Windermere office or downloaded on Camano Studio Tour’s website.

Lodging options on the island range from nationally renowned hotels with farm-to-table dining to secret spots ideal for a quiet retreat. For more information on the 21st Annual Camano Island Studio Tour, lodging, and event calendars, visit whidbeycamanoislands.com.

MARTINA PRESTON