BAINBRIDGE ISLAND WINTER STUDIO TOUR – An island tradition gone virtual!
Celebrating 36 years, this new website is a great way to showcase the 2020 winter artists.
The Winter Studio Tour is excited to announce an online, virtual experience this year with a brand new, fresh, and innovative website. Visitors will connect with regional artists in new ways that were not previously available. The event technically takes place throughout December; however, the website is already up and ready for visitors.
Wonderful ideas, such as jewelry, pottery, art prints, photography, cards, mini paintings, and much more are on the menu.
- Unique and specially selected artwork from nearly 40 artists on the Spotlight
- The Gift page offers items in categories “Under $50” and “Under $100.”
Connecting with Tour artists in person is always a special experience, as such, the Tour has created a Featured Artist page on the new website with artist interviews, videos, and behind-the-scenes photos of the artists in their studios, hard at work, showing their raw materials, and procedures. It’s a rare look into the world of the artists, and a really nice way to enrich your experience. Each week a new artist will be featured, so look for your favorite artists, or check out a fun new artist. In addition, you can view their archives for past interviews and videos!
“It has been so wonderful creating the new website and working with the artists to collect their interviews and videos. I’m so impressed with the videos, and have learned a lot myself! There’s nothing like a tour of someone’s studio, and hearing them talk about their passion – seeing their tools, their inspirations, it inspires me to be a better artist.”
– Tour Manager, Dinah Satterwhite
Another fun addition to the website is a gallery of Customer Photos. The Tour collected photographs from customers, showing the art they have displayed in their homes and offices, as well as jewelry and pottery that they own. As Dinah explained, “it was very interesting to see the different color combinations of wall art and wall colors that people have in their homes, for example. Things that I would not have thought of, looked so striking and gorgeous!” Customers can send in their own photos of Tour art (details on the website).
A “News and Events” calendar is now available, with listings of Tour artists’ activities, which includes other shows they are involved in, teaching gigs, demonstrations, gallery exhibits and activities.
Fans of the Studio Tour can visit the “Shop” where comfy t-shirts can be purchased with the Tour heart logo on it. Women’s, Men’s, and Children’s sizes are available in several cool colors—they’re a fun holiday gift idea! In addition, the Shop offers specially designed t-shirts with artwork by five Tour artists. The designs include a beautiful combination of colors and art, using an animal theme with a koi block print by Yoshiko Yamamoto, and a horse painting by Danna Tartaglia, among others.
Artists in the Winter Tour this year include many familiar faces, along with some fantastic new additions. Robert Niclas Jr. is a new artist who works with wood. He hand-crafts beautiful full-sized canoes, violins, furniture, and more. Having lived in the Middle East, Europe, Scandinavia and traveled in the Far East, his inspiration from the sculptures, art and woodwork transfers to his current work.
Another new artist, Gigi Godfrey, creates her paintings using oil and gouache. “My artwork seems to be an expression of my inner feelings ranging from contemplation to whimsy to just pure joy. I am drawn to subjects displaying some sort of rhythm—whether in the way the light patterns form, the shapes link together, or the weaving of color harmony.” Check out her lovely paintings, where she uses brushes, palette knives, and scrapers to work interesting textures into the final design, and as she puts it: “push boundaries.”
Tour postcards with listings of the artists and photos are available in regional shops. They can also be found at Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, or call to request one by mail. For more information contact Tour Manager Dinah Satterwhite at 206-842-0504. www.bistudiotour.com.
A special thank you to our Studio and Tour Sponsors: Eleven Winery, Hear for Life Audiology, Modern Collision rebuild & Service, Diane Sugden – Windemere Real Estate, Bainbridge Lending Group, Buckley & Buckley – Windemere Real Estate, Thuy’s Restaurant, Westside Pizza, Churchmouse Yarns & Teas, Scrappy Art Lab, Starbucks Coffee, Bon Bon, Classic Cycle, Artistedge.com, Via Ross 11, The Marshal Suites, Guy W. Dunn CPA, PS, Inc., Fairbank Construction Company, Quality Inn & Suites, Lila June Skincare& Nail Studio, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Tartaglia Fine Art, The Island Gallery, ZBones, and Front Street Gallery
In addition, the Tour would like to thank their community partners, Arts & Humanities Bainbridge, The Bainbridge Island Downtown Association, and the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce.
*Images, logo and content provided by, and used with permission by Dinah Satterwhite, Tour Manager of the Bainbridge Island Winter Studio Tour