Studio tour travels new artistic roads

Published on Wed, May 8, 2013
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The annual Mother’s Day Weekend art studio tour in Blaine, Birch Bay and Custer will be exploring new ground this year. More than half of the 40-plus artists on the two-day self-guided tour are new, and are bringing their own vision to the festivities.

“As artists, we strive for innovation in our creations,” said Sylvia Hayden, one of the organizers. “By having so many new faces, the experience will be refreshingly novel for visitors who take the tour each year.”

The event is now being organized by Blaine Harbor Art Gallery, a group established to provide local artists with marketing opportunities and to encourage art in general. The tour is their first event and coincides with the launch of their online art gallery. 

The tour will be on Saturday and Sunday,  May 11 and 12 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 14 different sites in Blaine, Birch Bay, Custer and the surrounding area, including the Dakota Creek Winery. As in the past, the winery will be teaming up with the tour to celebrate its spring release.

“We will be open Friday, May 10, and have five new releases to sample,” said winery owner Ken Peck.

Door prizes will also be given away at the individual studio sites, but to encourage visitors to see all the sites, the organizers are offering a cash prize to folks who manage to fill out their “studio tour passports.”

“Just pick up a postcard passport at your first stop and have it stamped at each subsequent site to enter,” said artist Georgia Donovan.

Completed passports will be entered in a drawing for the $75 cash prize.

From garden art to watercolors and glasswork to acrylic, there should be something for everyone.

Maps and details on each artist are available at and brochures are available at the Blaine Visitor Information Center, 728 Peace Portal Drive, Blaine. For more information contact Neal Engledow at 360/933-4513.