Washougal, WA — Washougal area artists are once again opening their studio doors to offer a fascinating and art-filled family outing for Mother’s Day weekend. The 2019 Washougal Studio Artists Tour, to be held May 11-12 from 10 am to 5 pm, will include 11 stops and features 19 local artists representing a vast array of creative works and mediums.
“We were delighted with the success of our first tour last year,” said Angela Ridgway, mixed media metal artist and event coordinator. “We received great interest and support from the local community and welcomed many visitors from the Portland area and beyond. Some on the tour were discovering Washougal for the first time.”
The Washougal area has long been a hidden wealth of high-quality professional artists.
“I was thrilled last year that so many artists wanted to participate in the tour,” Ridgway said. “Being invited into an artist’s studio is a wonderful way for the public to see where the magic of creating art happens and learn about both the art and the artists.”
The tour route, which winds along the scenic Washougal River and through the Washougal foothills, is nearly as beautiful as the art found in the studios.
“We heard many compliments from visitors last year on how scenic the tour drive was,” said Ridgway. “Washougal is such a beautiful place that it is no wonder it attracts and inspires so many talented artists.”
Adding to the tour experience, many artists will be conducting demonstrations of their artistic process. A list of participants and a schedule is located on the event website at www.WashougalStudioArtists.org
Featured tour artists are: Angela Ridgway, mixed media metal; Anna Norris, oils and acrylics; Anna Wiancko-Chasman, clay/mixed media; Anni Furniss, acrylic painting; Char McHugh, ceramics; Charlene Hale, glass, ceramic, pen and ink; Chris Brodigan, functional ceramic art; Cyndee Starr, mixed media; Deborah Roberts, watercolor, colored pencils, pastels; John Furniss, woodworking; Kathy Beckman, acrylic and multimedia on canvas; Kathy Marty, handwoven eco-friendly rugs; Katy Fenley, sterling silver, glass, and gemstone jewelry; Sharon L Ballard, acrylic paintings; Shirley Bishop, fused glass; Suzanne Grover, pastels, watercolor, mixed media; Tamara Dinius, mixed media; Toni McCarthy, original beaded jewelry; Tracy Simpson, encaustic, oil, jewelry.
Preview their work and see the tour map on the Washougal Studio Artists website. You may also follow them on Facebook and Instagram. Participating artists will also have copies of the map available, as well as many local businesses.
Washougal Studio Artists Tour is sponsored in part by the City of Washougal hotel/motel tourism tax fund.