After a two-year hiatus, Vashon’s Artist Studio Tour is back

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After a two-year hiatus, Vashon’s Artist Studio Tour is back

The tour includes 36 studios and galleries representing 90 artists and artisans.

After remaining in obscurity for two years due to the COVID pandemic, Vashon Island Visual Artists (VIVA) will offer its Spring Studio Tour on May 7-8, continuing on May 14-15. The visit is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. , bringing together 36 workshops and galleries representing 90 artists and artisans.

Brochures with the tour map can be found at Vashon restaurants and estate agencies, and on vivartists.com, which offers an interactive online map with details about each studio or gallery. Sights are spread throughout the island community, from downtown to farms and outlying shores, providing a true trek through Vashon for urban visitors.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring back this tradition that began over 30 years ago,” said Marla Smith, President of VIVA. “Our artists finally have an outlet for all the art they’ve created since the pandemic began.”

Several locations include the works of several artists. All items are available for sale, giving attendees the opportunity to purchase unique pieces to brighten up their home or find the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

The tour’s creations run the gamut from functional items to those that are decidedly decorative, featuring artists of all persuasions – painters, potters, engravers, photographers, jewellers, glass artists, fiber artists, mosaic artists , sculptors, carpenters and soap makers .

New to the tour this year is a partnership with Vashon Adventures. If tour participants are renting e-bikes to take the tour, Vashon Adventures will pick up any large or breakable items that are difficult to bike into their special “SWAG Wagon” and then store them safely for visitors. In addition, a portion of each bike rental will be donated to VIVA. Reservations can be made at vashonadventures.com.

The tour will follow all CDC and state COVID guidelines. Some studios or galleries may require visitors to show proof of vaccination and/or wear a mask. For more information, visit vivaartists.com.

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