Blaineartist featured in Whatcom Artists Studio Tour

Published on Thu, Oct 4, 2007 by Jack Kintner

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Blaine artist featured in Whatcom Artists Studio Tour

By Jack Kintner

Blaine stained glass artist Sharon Swanson announced last week that she is one of 50 featured artists on this year’s Whatcom Artists Studio Tour (WAST).

“It’s a big deal for me,” said Swanson, who trained in architectural design in college and began working in stained glass seven years ago.

“It’s a highly competitive show and the people they jury into it are highly regarded. This is a real honor, and I’m grateful.”

The WAST began 12 years ago as a way to bring the public into working studios for a two weekend self-guided tour and sale.

“This way customers can not only purchase original works directly from the artists but they can see how they’re made, and where,” Swanson said.

Besides Swanson, the show includes artists working in a variety of media in studios mostly in Bellingham with others in Custer, Sumas and several in Everson.

Swanson, 46, has lived in Blaine for 25 years with husband Bob and their sons Sam, a student at Bellingham Technical College and Blaine high school junior Erik. She was also the featured artist in this year’s Bellingham Chalk Art Festival in downtown Bellingham.

The self-guided tour runs for four days, October 6, 7, 13 and 14, and the studios are open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Maps are available at Swanson’s studio and also at Northern Meadow Gifts & Wine at 684 Peace Portal Drive in downtown Blaine as well as at the WAST website,

Swanson’s website is located at