It would be quite a trip if there were an office building portal that led to the inside of a working artist’s head. A journey through would likely yield colors of all kinds, light rays, reflections, nature, rock and roll and all sorts of crazy combinations of any number of interesting things.
But, until the fiction of “Being John Malkovich” becomes reality, starts turning a profit and is mass distributed, most will not get that opportunity. Luckily, Bainbridge Island’s annual Studio Tour offers something close with no price of admission.
The Tour’s summer installment will be this weekend, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 10-12.
Though there will be no inter-dimensional portals setting up, or signing up for the self-guided tour, it does offer the opportunity for viewers to step inside artists’ studios and perhaps even pick their creative right brains a bit.
Five different stops scattered across the breadth of Bainbridge — with two centered in the Winslow district — will host 45 different artists, both newcomers and those regionally known.
“The 2007 Summer Tour studios are as varied as the artists who will fill them,” the Tour’s release read. “Yet they all beckon with the lusciousness of spacious summer lawns and gardens, morning sunlight and afternoon shade provided by mature firs and rhodies.”
Each studio will be somewhat of a melting pot of artistic wares, ideas and knowledge, ranging from fleece botanical art tiles to push tote bags and black and white photographs. And that’s at the No. 1 stop alone — Dancing Spirit Studio, 7021 Fletcher Bay Road.
Poulsbo-based mixed media artist Carrie Gollier will be there with her paintings while Shane Miller, a jeweler out of Port Townsend will be crossing the canal with his photo-etched sterling silver jewelry and Diana Cronin, a sculptor from Chimacum, will be bringing light-hearted playful porcelain. And that’s just at No. 5 — the Mesolini Glass Studio at 13291 Madison Avenue.
Brochures detailing the route to all five stops are available at each studio as well as at the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce — 590 Winslow Way and Online at www.bistudiotour.com.
The entire event is free.
The Five Stops on the 2007 Bainbridge Summer Studio Tour
1. Dancing Spirit Studio — 7021 Fletcher Bay Rd.
2. Fenwick Photography Gallery — 292 Erickson Ave. NE
3. OHO Design Studio — 259 Ferncliff Ave. NE
4. Cecil Ross Studio — 12851 Madison Ave. NE
5. Mesolini Glass Studio — 13291 Madison Ave. N
Info: www.bistudiotour.com or (206) 780-3528