Inaugural art studio tour kicks off with gala on Friday, April 29


Blaine Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural art studio tour is set to highlight Blaine and Birch Bay’s artists over three monthly events this spring and summer, starting with a semi-formal gala Friday, April 29.

The free studio tour will take over Blaine and Birch Bay for three Saturdays on April 30, May 28 and June 25.

“I’m excited to bring art back to Blaine,” event founder Kay Dee Powell said. “We have a plethora of different kinds of art and artists and a number of places where art can be seen in people’s studios and public venues.”

Event organizers encourage the public and artists to dress up in classy attire for the April 29 gala to commence the studio tour 5-7 p.m. at Blaine Harbor Boating Center, 235 Marine Drive. The free opening event will allow members of the public to get to know the artists and their work while enjoying the marina. Hors d’oeuvres will be complimentary and tickets can be purchased to sip local drinks from GLM Wine Company and Atwood Ales. “It’s a classy evening showing,” Powell said of the gala.

About 35 artists will participate in the April 30 tour, Powell said. Artists’ specialties range from abstract, jewelry, watercolor, photography, garden art and embroidery. 

Artists will display their art in studios and public venues from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the Saturday tours. Public locations include Atwood Ales, Blaine Boating Center, Blaine Welcome Center, GLM Winery, Living Pantry, Peace Arch State Park, Peace Arch Café, Semiahmoo Resort and The Vault Wine Bar. Brochures will be available with a QR code linking to maps, Powell said.

“We have a great variety and it will be all over town in different venues,” she said. “Hopefully the weather will be nice and people will want to shop and see what we have to offer in this beautiful town.”

For more information on artists and where they’ll be displaying their art, visit 


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