Vashon Island Holiday Tour 2023
December 2-3 & 9-10, 2023
Saturdays & Sundays, 10 am – 4 pm
The Vashon Island Holiday Tour 2023 features 40 studios and galleries representing over 100 artists on the tour.
You can download a pdf of the tour brochure here.
Click or tap on a dot on the Vashon Island map below for details about that location.
PLEASE NOTE: The tour will follow all CDC and Washington State COVID guidelines. Individual studios or galleries may require visitors to wear a mask.
40. Handmade On Vashon
10744 SW 110th St.
Join us at the Handmade On Vashon Studio to see the collection of art representing 18 island artists! Works span fine art to the whimsical, from original artwork to limited-run reproductions, from beautifully crafted ornaments to unique giftables that will appeal to a range of budgets. We LOVE the Studio Tours as we get to take our online store www.handmadeonvashon.com and bring it to you live in our studio on the North End of the island... Stop #40 this year! It's a great way for you to see multiple artists' works all in one stop. Look for the Handmade On Vashon "Open Studio" signs on Vashon Hwy SW as you are exiting the north end ferry and on 103rd Ave SW. We are right up at the top of the hill on SW 110th Street just above the north-end ferry.
Works include beautifully crafted original artwork and limited prints, photography, greeting cards, handcrafted soaps, hand-painted ornaments, etc.
You can check out our online store to get a preview of the items we'll have live at the Studio Tour. Hope to see you there and Happy Holidays to you!
Featuring 15+ Vashon artists:
Brian Fisher: Prints & Cards
Ann Spiers: Vashon Trail Guide Book
Annette Messitt: Prints & Cards
Yuchen Lin: Handmade Soaps
Michael Darr: Cards
Lynn McClain: Cards & Prints
Michael Elenko: Photography
Pamela Wickard: Mixed Media
Danny Kopsak: Cut Paper & Cards
Brooke Gassiot: Original Paintings & Cards
Michelle Friars: Prints & Cards /
Gale Lurie: Jewelry
Molly Green: Baby Booties & Toddler dresses
Jen Huntley: Prints & Cards
Pam Ingalls: Cards
Stevee Duber: Original prints
1. Lisa Betz Art
12931 SW 300th St.
This world can be serious, sad, scary, but also amazing, beautiful, kind!!
Every day I’m excited to create pieces that bring out the happy in the lives of others.
Working with color and bits and pieces has always fascinated me. As a young mom mosaic came into my life as a surprise when friends came over for a Christmas craft day. We hot-glued colorful candy onto styrofoam cones, later I realized that was mosaic...I LOVED it! Now those bits and pieces have spilled over into my love for creating jewelry and most recently collage and painting.
My customers really seem to enjoy coming to the studio and just wandering. My collection of found objects and other "necessary" supplies has gotten a bit out of control, there's lots of eye candy for sure, I would love for you to come and see for yourself!
2. Brian Fisher Studio
23520 147th Ave. SW
Welcome to Brian Fisher Studio, where you will find original fine art prints, paintings and sculpture.
This Holiday Art Tour, Brian explores pattern in a series he calls- “Magic Carpet Ride”. Inspired by his armchair travel through the ancient cites of the Middle East, the images were first printed as monotype papers, then cut and collaged in compositions that play with color and shape.
Also on display are his “Leo and Lang” series of linocuts and etchings based on an imagined same sex puppet relationship and his ongoing “Sacred Circle” series, of original digital prints.
Outside his studio you will find cut steel sculpture to take home for your own home and garden.
Brian often says, “The next best thing to making art is talking about art!” He encourages questions about process and the story behind each image.
Check it all out at Brian Fisher Studio!
3. S. Marotta Pottery
13710 SW 220th St, Vashon, WA 98070
S.Marotta Pottery, Wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery, porcelain, and stoneware
Be sure to stop by S. Marotta Pottery at our new location in the lovely Lisabeula neighborhood! Nestled on a beautiful farmette, you can tour the studio and then shop in the new retail space located in a quaint red barn. This new location is easy to get to and has plenty of parking.
S. Marotta Pottery is a collection of ‘Unique Pottery to Enjoy Every Day’. Functional Wheel thrown and hand built pieces that are sure to find a place in your home. Kitchenware, tableware and garden decor are featured in the collection. Made of Stoneware and porcelain clay bodies, Stephanie’s work is durable, dishwasher and microwave safe.
S.Marotta Pottery also accepts commission work. Be sure to ask about custom tableware and kitchen sets. During your visit, sign up to be on our mailing list! You will receive emails to learn about studio updates and upcoming classes and workshops.
4. Bergstrom Studios
12814 SW 220th St.
sheepPAL function not only as a “special pal” to you or your loved ones, but is also a functional foot stool or ottoman and can be used as a creative addition to your living space.
ceramicART studio creates pieces that are made by a special porcelain slip casting process. It is a color marbling technique or multi-layer carving design. They are functional pieces from vases, cups bowls and more.
Both products, sheepPAL & ceramicART, are handcrafted by Sonja Bergstrom from bergstrom studios.
5. Donnelly-Austin Photography
21820 Vashon Hwy. SW
Mary Liz Austin and Terry Donnelly are professional photographers specializing in the landscape and its inhabitants. Their work has been published and exhibited widely over the past 30 years.
They open their studio to the public just twice yearly for the Vashon Art Studio Tour providing a rare opportunity to view a curated collection of Master Prints selected from their massive library of images. Austin and Donnelly’s archival photographic prints are offered affordably as matted or unmatted prints as well as in traditional fine art gallery frames. Select images are offered in larger sizes (24x30 and up) on canvas. Prints are also available mounted on wood panels which are both affordable and ready to hang on the wall without the problems of glass reflections.
6. Zuzko Jewelry
23707 Vashon Hwy. SW
Zuzana Korbelarova, sterling silver and gold jewelry
ZUZKO’s handcrafted sterling silver and gold jewelry is designed and fabricated from beginning to end by a small family team, right here on Vashon.
The kinetic designs are inspired by simple modern lines, different textures of hammered metal and handpicked gemstones in multitude of colors. Movement and wearability are at the core of each design.
Zuzko has been selling to museums and galleries around the country for the last 10 years and you can find something for every budget and occasion.
To see the newest designs and gems come visit the studio…there is always a special selection of designs and gems that are not available at the galleries or online!
7. Wm Henri
23830 Vashon Highway
Working studio and gallery featuring contemporary leather sculptures and fine leather fashion accessories. Leather is my main medium - it tells me a story, and I bring it out.
My new studio is the old Burton Post Office, where I'm creating leather-based sculpture and assemblage, as well as other leather goods based on decades working in the medium. A passion for history and the cowboy period in the American West initially drew me to the techniques and aesthetics that are the foundation of my work. My commercial designs have been used in fashion, advertising, television and film; other creations are in private collections and museums. This new body of work is a true departure for me and a real joy...no boundaries and 35 years of technique I can run with. I'm having a blast with these sculptures. And they seem to appeal to the hearts and sense of humor of those who stop by to see them.
8. H.A. & Co.
24012 Vashon Hwy. SW
H.A. & CO is a modern mercantile with an eclectic west coast artisan feel, light infused with bursts of color, and bohemian vibes. Located on Vashon highway in the neighborhood of Burton, the store features an eclectic mix of local artists with ceramics made by Heidi Anderson, illustration by Kate Endle, as well as jewelry by Susan Meir, Grace Gow and Margo Tantau. You will find a curated collection of apparel, apothecary and home goods from artisans and designers we admire, offering goods that focus on beautifully crafted hand made products and stocked with textiles, baskets, jewelry, clothes, candles, wood works and art. We like to think of ourselves as a gathering space not just a store and first Friday events are often part of the mix, with food made to order by Old Chaser Farm and seasonal cocktails on offer. If you're in the neighborhood, stop by and say hi.
Waterworks is, for many, the beginning of Christmas from the music to the fire and refreshments to the Christmas tree and ornaments. But most importantly, are the 18 fabulous artists offering jewelry, textiles, home decor, fine panting, ceramics, soaps and so much more. There's something in every price range to stuff those stockings. Please join us for the preview Dec 1 from 6:00 on and celebrate with us.
7012 SW 240th
10 Rose Belknap Studio
10039 1/2 SW Dock St.
Oil Paintings, depict the light of the Northwest, whether coming through the trees, bouncing off the water or coloring the sky. I try to capture the light and the stunning scenery of this region.
Handmade sterling silver jewelry. Each piece is crafted with a sense of fun, and elegance. Adapting traditional weaving and chain maille patterns to new forms, adding gemstones to accentuate the beauty of the pieces.
11. Dockton Pottery
25913 99th Ave. SW
We have a great variety of beautiful, handmade items for you. You’ll find lovely functional and decorative pottery and jewelry by Gale Lurie, gorgeous stained glass window hangings holiday ornaments, nightlights, bowls and steppingstones by Gail Hapeman, great wooden cutting boards by Ralph Moore, beautiful photographs by Peter Hapeman. amazing origami pieces by Alice Larsen and stunning felted scarves, hats, slippers and more from Yulia Ivaschenko.
It’s easy to find a gift or something for yourself here. We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones at Dockton Pottery.
12. L Witherspoon Jewel Box Studio
9925 SW 260th St.
Lisa Witherspoon - Metal wire and Czech glass beaded jewelry, decoupage, painted wooden mushrooms
Take yourself on a walk through a dreamy, miniature garden and visit the tiny Jewel Box Studio. You will be treated to a trove of baubles and beads inspired by nature's own creatures, big and small. The moment you walk in, until the moment you leave, you will find treasures in every nook. From glass beaded jewelry to hand painted wooden mushrooms, decoupaged seashells, and more. Come be dazzled in the Jewel Box Studio.
13. Reimnitz Studio One Family's Art
23514 Kingsbury Rd. SW
Ilse Reimnitz watercolor, printmaking, original art cards
Hartmut Reimnitz oil paintings
Gunter Reimnitz metal sculptures
Three large studio - exhibition rooms right on Kingsbury Road. Through several outdoor sculptures in a beautiful garden setting you enter the first space filled with metal sculptures of North-west wildlife, house and garden railings, garden gates, window - door and fireplace covers. Adjoining room is Hartmut's studio filled with vivid colorful oil paintings. The third room features Ilse’s vibrant watercolors and monotype prints.
14. Cathy Sarkowsky Studio
23115 Kingsbury Rd. SW
Paintings, prints, ceramics, cards, scarves
Cathy Sarkowsky Studio is filled with a wide and accessible price range of colorful paintings and prints, as well as gorgeous hand built ceramic mugs, bowls and vases, scarves made from digital images of Sarkowsky's paintings and other gift items such as art cards and tote bags.
Sarkowsky is a professional, well established and highly regarded visual artist who has been showing and selling her artwork for over 30 years in galleries and exhibitions. Her work is in many private and public collections.
A visit to this light filled studio situated in a beautiful garden setting on the shores of Quartermaster Harbor is always a delight.
Come meet the artist, who loves chatting about her art practice and process. Enjoy some hot cider, gather with other art lovers, see your friends and neighbors, meet someone new.
15. MiniHarbor Studio
8215 SW 216th St
Welcome to MiniHarbor Studio by solo artist Cheryl Muonio. I experiment with a variety of mediums, my current love being mixed-media acrylic paintings. I started painting in 2018 and delight in witnessing the evolution a painting takes from start to finish.
I’m self-taught and paint intuitively. I view my work as a conversation infused with love and care, each piece being an open-hearted dialogue – an invitation to bring your own emotions, memories, and experiences to the conversation or reflection. On my textured canvases you’ll find layers of affection, fragments of personal stories, and echoes of our shared love for the natural world – all waiting for you to explore and connect with.
I also delight in working with natural materials like wool and tussah silk to create both wet felted and needled felted fiber works.
Located facing Tramp Harbor, pop in to MiniHarbor Studio to enjoy both the view of the water and the art, share some conversation, and peruse the items I have for sale – including both original works and high-quality giclée prints.
16. Vashon Center for the Arts
19600 Vashon Hwy SW
VCA’s 17th Annual Miniature Show is a unique collection of over 100 pieces, all in small form; 2-D art must be no larger than 36” square inches (including frame) and 3-D work is limited to a similar size. Gallery visitors will see works by beloved Vashon artists, PNW artists they may not know, and even artists from out of state. The collection is as varied as the artists showing. All art is hand-crafted original pieces which are perfect for a holiday gift or that special nook in your home. Art is available to take home once you have purchased it (after opening weekend), just in time for your holiday gift giving.
Vashon longtime resident and fine jewelry craftsman Eric Heffelfinger showcases his work in VCA’s Gift Shop. The collection includes earrings, bracelets, chains and pendants. He works with a variety of stones including include diamonds, jade, red coral, turquoise, pearls, lapis, and many others. “I cast my first piece of jewelry when I was 15 years old. Now, some 55 years and over 5,000 pieces of jewelry later, I get the same sense of excitement as the centrifuge spins the molten metal from the crucible into the mold as I got those many years ago, casting my first piece of jewelry. The basic technique I have used is lost wax casting. Fabrication, when needed, is done afterward. The goal of my designs is to be fluid rather than sharp edged. To be water rather than rock.”
17. Holden, Barry & McMullen
20103 Vashon Hwy SW #D
Acrylic Painting & Mixed Media
A native Californian, I’ve made the Northwest my home for many years. Drawn to island living after years of urban life with a background in design, I work both in my studio as a painter and as a transformational coach in private practice. Working primarily with mixed media and acrylic, I’m drawn to shape, color and layered, abstract compositions that speak to the transformative nature of how we experience things over time.
I grew up in an artful family so my education and love for art and design comes directly from them. When ceramics found me, it was a revelation. I was swallowed whole by the idea that I could tell stories through ceramic work and I truly have been immersed since.
I make boldly feminine gemstone jewelry as the designer behind Commune Jewelry. My designs utilize the juxtaposition of metal and stone, simple and ornate, feminine and bold by using sterling silver, gold-fill, and precious rose-cut gemstones. Like cut gemstones, our identities are multifaceted, each facet reflecting a unique aspect of ourselves. I craft each piece with the belief that jewelry is more than adornment; it's a reflection of your authentic self. My designs invite you to embrace your complexity, celebrating your unique story. Each creation is a cherished treasure, a symbol of self-expression and empowerment, reflecting your multifaceted nature.
18. Willingham Weavery
10315 SW 204th St.
Visit us to find all kinds of fiber items - hand-weaving, knitting, ornaments, millinery, hand-spun yarns, and more.
Handweaving: Nancy van Roessel, Robin Webber, Patricia Wronsky, Sue Willingham, Sharon Schoen
Knitting and ornaments: Myra Willingham
Spinning and weaving: Lisa Brown,
Millinery: Jan Frost
Handweaving and bags: Kelli Brooke
19. La Biondo Farm
20602 111 Ave SW
3 Creative Women !
Patricia Toovey - Reddings Beach Botanicals- Good for your body, heart and soul- Vashon grown herbs, herbal teas and salves.
Monica Wilson - Solidago- symbolizes growth, encouragement, and good fortune.
natural dyer by way of a passion for plants, color, and sewing - offering scarves, bags and more
Karen Biondo - La Biondo Farm- goat milk soap, encaustic goose egg ornaments, direct print botanicals from the garden
206 795 2532
20. Roots & Dreams Studio
12028 SW Cemetery Road
Renée Marceau is an artist, farmer, and seeker of patterns. By exploring and making connections between seemingly unconnected objects through shape, color, texture and pattern, she reveals the hidden threads and symbols that dwell just beneath the physical world. Her assemblages elevate these connections and strive to capture the tension between nature’s vulnerability and it’s strength while reflecting its symbolism in our lives. Like nature, we face the tenuous edge of vulnerability and impermanence. In her view, we are not separate from nature. We are nature.
Estavan Roaché began his journey with clay at age five on a sunny day as he was unknowingly initiated into his future life through the alchemy of tasting the clay earth. After completing his MFA in Ceramics at the UW, he launched his professional career of teaching, making an artistic tile line, completing multiple public art mosaic installations, and creating sculptures and pottery. The process of working with clay and being guided by dreams and imagination are what ignites Estavan’s creative spirit. His sculptural work explores dream characters and often leads to new stories and insights into his personal and the collective mythology. His interest in tracking clay from its earth origin to finished product, fuels his artistry in traditional clay processes from throwing tea bowls to making bricks.
Estavan and Renee built Roots & Dreams Studio on their property to house each of their creative endeavors and to manifest a lifelong dream of both independent and collaborative artistry.
21. 3 Potters Studio
12714 SW Cemetery Rd.
Working together for many years, we fill the studio with ceramic art, each potter with our own style.
Liz throws colorful pots as mugs, cups, pasta bowls, plates, serving bowls, teapots, and on, and builds bowls and cups.
Karen throws classic stoneware tableware and builds her garlic-keeps.
Marla continues to hand-build porcelain ware, oven-to-table servers, and stoneware lanterns.
Our ceramic art is art to be used every day, made by serious potters who make art functional.
22. Fletcher Studio & Friends
18528 Westside Hwy SW
Work featured includes Terri Fletcher's miniature, gestural, whimsical madrone twig sculptures and hand-dyed and stitched fabric pieces, along with Jean Emmons's world-renowned botanical watercolors and prints. Additional featured work includes Elaine Summers' popular finely crafted mosaic tile sculptural and functional pieces, and Julie Thurber's rust dyed, stitched and embellished miniature dresses.
23. Ravensong Farm Studio
12202 SW 153rd St.
Lynanne Raven - Printmaker
I am a printmaker focusing on the process of drypoint printing , by which an image is incised into a plate with a sharp pointed needle. The ink is then rubbed into the incisions and the plate is run through a printing press. This technique allows me to create a highly detailed print. As an artist and gardener, I draw inspiration from both my farm on Vashon Island and from the beauty and diversity of the Puget Sound region.
24. John Woodard's Studio
11619 SW Cove Rd.
The shingle shake house is John Woodard's studio. Please park in the driveway next to the house or the next driveway on the left. The house is filled with oil pastel and watercolor resists, oil paintings and drawings. A Vashon artist since 1977, John and his wife, Martha, welcome you to the studio. From the main highway, follow SW Cove Rd., crossing 115th, the third house on the left.
25. Earth/Sky Studio
16631 Vashon Hwy
At Earth/Sky Studio Donna Caulton will have a selection of original paintings, giclee prints and cards. Her work focuses on balance in the natural world: plants and animals who depend on one another for survival and habitat well-being. The images are colorful with high contrast. Donna uses patterning and repetition to represent natural cycles. Her love of nature is evident in every piece, and each piece tells a story.
The studio is at the very top of the driveway and in front of her cottage. Please drive all the way to the top for visitors with disabilities.
Donna Caulton, Earth Sky Studio
26. Raven's Nest
17508 Vashon Highway SW
Raven's Nest Native Art & Gifts owned by Sue & Israel Shotridge is a hidden gem on Vashon Island that celebrates the rich tapestry of Native American culture and art. This charming gallery is a sanctuary of indigenous craftsmanship along with an array of Native designed gift options, where the spirit of the Pacific Northwest's native traditions and heritage comes to life.
As you step inside Raven's Nest, you'll be greated by Art Gallery Director/Jewelry Designer Sue Shotridge who has headed the Shotridge business for the past 35 yrs. You will be captivated by the diverse array of Native artistry, from intricate Native jewelry to wonderfully designed NWC Native imagery in limited edition art prints, all thoughtfully curated to showcase the talent and creativity of a select group of museum quality indigenous artists. Raven's Nest is the home for the complete Shotridge Collection: A series of quality reproductions and gift items designed by Alaskan Tlingit Master Artist Israel Shotridge. Israel and Sue have made Vashon their home & art studios on Vashon Island for the past 25yrs. The store's warm and welcoming ambiance makes it a perfect place to explore, learn, and appreciate the profound cultural significance of these creations.
Discover a carefully curated selection of handmade Native American jewelry, woven tapestries, limited edition art prints, apparel, holiday ornaments, art cards and much more that reflects the beauty and spirituality of the Native American way of life. Each piece tells a story, connecting you to the traditions, beliefs, and history of the indigenous people of the Northwest Coast.
The passionate and knowledgeable staff at Raven's Nest are more than eager to share the stories behind each piece, making your visit a truly enriching and educational experience. Whether you're seeking a unique gift, a symbol of respect for indigenous culture, or simply a slice of Vashon Island's rich history, Ravens Nest Native Art & Gifts is the place to find it. It's a sanctuary for both art enthusiasts and those looking to deepen their understanding of the vibrant traditions of the Pacific Northwest's Native American communities.
Both Sue & Israel Shotridge will be exhibiting their newest works of art and jewelry during the tour and will be available to discuss their work.
27. Studio V
17600 Vashon Highway SW (back deck entrance)
Eclectic, accessories and textile arts. We are a diverse collective of gorgeous colors,textures, and imaginations.
Dorothy presents vivid hand-dyed silk clothing.
Roxy gives us upcycled cashmere hats and scarves.
Sally has silk spirit wall sculptures.
Nancy brings handbags, gloves, and Japanese Market bags all from 2nd use materials.
We are many years a diverse collective of color, texture, and creativity from each member.
206 963 8599
28. Swiftwater Gallery
17600 Vashon Hwy SW Vashon, WA 98070
Swiftwater Gallery is a Vashon-Maury artists collective located in the heart of town with close to 50 island artists. The gallery showcases a wide variety of beautifully crafted, original paintings, prints, etchings, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, mosaics, and photography, among diverse additional mediums. Some of our artists can only be seen at Swiftwater while others are also on tour at different studios, come see them all!
The gallery is centrally located in the heart of downtown near many shops, restaurants, and cafes. Swiftwater Gallery is fully run by our artists and provides a dynamic marketplace for Island artists to showcase their art year-round.
To see our list of artists please visit swiftwatergallery.com
29. Outstanding In Its Field Gallery
10524 SW 188th St.
- Barbara Benedetti Newton creates still-life scenes and landscapes, in either oil, acrylic or pastels.
- Lynn McClain offers mono prints and linocut prints reflecting the natural world of Washington state.
- Celtic and nature-themed bas-relief bronze sculptures and etched glass vessels by Lindsay Hart and Jeff White.
- Ceramics by Kedar Mankad
- Woven tapestries and baskets by Barbara Gustafson
30. Pam Ingalls @Dig Deep
19028 Vashon Hwy SW
Oil paintings, prints and cards are showing in Dig Deep Gardens’ beautiful greenhouse gallery. I have always been interested in painting things that we usually take for granted - like sunlight on a cup, or a kitchen sink. Lately I’ve also been interested in landscapes and city scapes - especially when there is water involved. I’ve had the opportunity to travel quite a bit this year, so this exhibit features paintings of European cities like Venice and Amsterdam.
There are amazing things to notice everywhere. After traveling to other countries, I see my home in Vashon with new eyes. Painting gives me a great excuse to stop time for a little while, and explore the splendor around me.
I hope my work inspires people to look twice at the beauty around them...and to find their own way to express that.
Raised in Spokane, Washington, Pam Ingalls was first inspired by her parents, artists Richard and Marjorie Ingalls. She studied art at the Accademia Di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy and earned an art degree from the art department that her father began at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.
After exploring a few side paths—among them, walking 7000 miles for peace and building a house—Pam returned to her painting passion under the mentorship of Russian Impressionist, Ron Lukas. Her widely collected, award-winning work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa, and juried into more than 125 national and international shows.
31. Quartermaster Press
18531 Beall Rd. SW
Lisa Guy - monoprint Collages
Christina Nichols – collagraphs, etchings, monoprints
Deborah Taylor – etchings, serigraphs
Valerie Willson - collagraphs
Quartermaster Press is a 10-person collective printmaking studio operating on Vashon Island since 1993, making fine art prints on a Ray Trayle etching press. Please stop by to see our hand-pulled prints, serigraphs, cards and calendars, all made with lots of color, creativity and love. There are myriad options for wonderful gifts, just in time for the holidays. Our one-of-a-kind prints are created using a variety of printmaking techniques, including collagraphy, copperplate etching, plexiglass intaglio, linocut, monoprint, screenprinting and collage. We’re always delighted to talk with you about how we make our art!
32. Studio 23
18531 Beall Rd SW
Studio 23 is located in the historical Beall Greenhouses. Located next to the well-known Quartermaster press, this is the first debut of this studio on the tour.
Located deep within an industrial wasteland of abandoned greenhouses, come be surprised by the delights in this hidden jewel box.
Jennifer Hawke will be featuring her large scale assemblage work of beach trash & vintage detritus evocative of Rauschenberg and DuChamp. The textures and patina of her work suspend time and place with the poignant use of object & surface. Also included will be the island favorite Bearded Lady Road Report T-shirts, and travel mugs.
Rachel LordKenaga will be showing her abstract paintings: rich fields of color floating in oil paint reflecting a complex interior world. Her small intimate sculptures speak of whimsical architecture and personality. Textile mobiles and nature inspired cards will also be on hand.
This working studio is packed with oddities and wondrous ephemera. A curio cabinet mixed in amongst the tools, works in progress, all bathed in the warm light from the clerestory above. A working woodstove to toast your toes, and a feast for your eyes.
33. WabiSabi Studios
17913 McLean Rd SW
Jean Echevarria - Reduction Woodcut Prints and Alex Echevarria - Sculpture
WabiSabi Studios is the home base of artists Jean and Alex Echevarria. Influenced by Asian aesthetics, their work will charm your home and garden. Jean's work includes reduction woodcut prints and cards. Alex creates sculptural creatures, small pavers, and other garden art.
34. Erin Schulz Studio
14122 Glen Acres Rd. SW
I will have several oil paintings, from small to large, available at this year's Holiday Tour. The paintings encompass a variety of subjects including still life, animals, people, landscape, and narratives.
A native of Washington, I began studying art at an early age in Yakima. Ironically, I was first exposed to the classical approach to painting and atelier style education at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing China (‘88-‘89) where I had private instruction in portraiture. I furthered my studies at the Gage Academy in Seattle, Grand Central Academy in New York, and Florence Academy of Art in Italy.
I continue to apply traditional techniques to modern narratives that explore the intersection of people and nature.
In the last several years I have gained national momentum with features in Southwest Art Magazine, American Art Collector and showings at the Haggin Museum (CA), the Tucson Desert Art Museum (AZ), RS Hannna Gallery (TX) and a regular among finalists in the International Art Renewal Center (ARC) Salon.
35. Brenno Studio
9850 SW 148th St.
BrennoStudio combines the blown glass work, and tin can pieces of Brian Brenno and the ceramic work of Tara Brenno.The artists met while attending California College of Arts and Craft in 1985. In 1997 they started Brian Brenno Blown Glass on Vashon Island, Washington. In 2005 they built a glass / ceramic studio where they both could work. Since then they have exhibited together as BrennoStudio, each developing their own lines of work. Brian’s blown glass work includes his Lollipop Flowers, Garden Flowers, and his recycled glass Garden Pendants adding year round color for the home or garden. Brian’s tin can pieces depict local scene’s made from cut up pop and beer cans. Tara’s hand-built ceramic bowls and vases include intricate, vibrant hand glazed patterns and colors. Her sgraffito style vases evoke images of nature and birds. During studio tour we will be offering “Blow your own Christmas ornament”, you choose style and colors and help us blow your own ornament, fun foe kids and families.
36. Weeping Birch Studio
14021 Old Vashon Hwy SW
Chuck Bonsteel, ceramic sculpture
At Weeping Birch Studio you will find a selection of raku fired ceramic sculpture ranging from small bodhisattvas to life size owls and ravens. In addition to these original sculptures you will also find raku fired decorative platters. Raku firing is an ancient Japanese technique developed to produce one of a kind cups for tea ceremonies. It is an unpredictable process during which the piece is pulled from the kiln while still hot, covered in sawdust and then removed to be quenched in cold water making the glaze on each sculpture or platter entirely unique.
37. Michelle Bates Photography
13408 Vashon Hwy SW
Michelle Bates presents photographic prints from her decades of exhibitions. Her darkroom prints of images made with an analog plastic Holga camera cover a wide range of subjects, from quirky carnival rides to moody nature scenes in black and white, and festivals like the Fremont Summer Solstice Parade in color. Also presented are photos (with other types of cameras) from Burning Man, the “After the Fire” series made on Vashon Island, images of beloved local performers, and other unique pieces from her archive, not available elsewhere.
Peruse the many sides of Michelle’s photography, take home a copy of her book, “Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity” or a postcard, or just stop by to chat about photography.
11420 99th Ave SW
RicWoodworking is located on the island’s north end at 11420 99th Ave SW; halfway up the ferry hill.
They make handcrafted wooden bowls, plates and vessels for functional and decorative use. Most of the wood Ric uses comes from island timber and is often given in exchange for a bowl made for the owner.
Ric began woodturning during the pandemic and now sells his pieces through SAW Gallery on Vashon, Vashon and Ballard Farmers Markets, and travels to numerous Art Fairs during the year.
Ric may also be showcasing some select images from his photo career and gallery, prior to woodworking during the studio tour weekends.
Demonstrations may also occur during the tour, rough turning, finish turning, sanding and oiling newly finished wood pieces.
For me woodturning is an art, a craft and an act of recycling. Creating a functional form in a bowl for serving, eating, collecting, storing, is craft. Trying to create beauty in form, function, design, shape, texture and visual aesthetic is art. Utilizing trees that have been downed for numerous reasons and re-purposing that wood into a functional art form is recycling and preserving one of nature’s great gifts. This work for me is the intersection of natures’ beauty being used for function and decoration in everyday life.