An artist’s studio, no matter its size, can be a sacred space for creativity. For a two-day event this weekend, the public is welcome to tour various studios around Woodinville.

The Woodinville Arts Alliance plans to host its 2021 art studio tour from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekend of Sept. 18-19. Nine studios and 18 artists will be participating this year, according to WWA President Carol Hook. 

The tour is an opportunity for local artists to display their creative process while having discussions with community members, Hook said. In a self-guided fashion, those interested can visit studios that are not typically open to the public.

“It’s a chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at the space where artists create their work,” she said. “You could talk to them directly or even purchase some art.”

The nonprofit held studio tours in 2018 and 2019 but took a break from the event in 2020 due to the pandemic, Hook said. Around 300 people attended the last studio event about two years ago, she added.

The studios lined up for the event include Kay Barnes, Susan Derrick, Ruthie Gibbs, Terri Gordon, Jamie Lightfoot, Jennifer Oak, Mike Osterling and Ron Alessandrini, John Soltys and Yuming Zhu.

Other artists will also be in attendance such as Sara Brogdon, Jennifer Graves, Katherine Holzknecht, Magali Lenarczak, Kimberly Leo, Michele Marquardt, Amanda Predmore, Joann Wadge and Teresa White.

Hook said the featured artists work with varying mediums like watercolor, oils, clay and metal.

One of the artists, Kay Barnes, is skilled in watercolor and often depicts scenes of flowers, rivers, snow-capped trees and more in her artwork. Barnes is also well-known for her art workshops on watercolor techniques.

Another artist, Jennifer Graves, will display her hand-colored resin jewelry. She sells her collection of necklaces and earring through her online shop called Lolly Jo Lolli.

Attendees have a chance to win a free night’s stay at Willows Lodge, Hook said. To enter the drawing, participants must bring a tour map to every studio and have it stamped by the artist. Then, the card must be turned into the WAA at the end of the event.

Those interested can pick up a tour map at either Marketplace Sotheby’s in Woodinville or at the first studio on the tour, she said.

“My favorite part is the interaction of the people and the artists,” Hook said. 

The WAA is a nonprofit serving both artists and art-lovers in the Woodinville area. When the alliance first formed in 2017, Hook said, a studio tour event was always on the group’s radar.

To learn more about the WAA art studio tours, visit woodinvilleartsalliance.com/studio-tour/.

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