In the same way that farmers markets and wineries offer the public a chance to meet the people who grow, raise and ferment the vegetables, meats and wine placed on dining room tables, studio artist tours offer a chance to meet the artists who paint, sculpt, fuse, hammer and weave beloved pieces of artwork.
Last year, Washougal artists banded together to create the inaugural Washougal Studio Artists Tour and give the public a glimpse inside Washougal area art studios.
Washougal mixed-media metal artist and tour coordinator Angela Ridgway said the 2018 tour attracted visitors from Camas-Washougal as well as from “the Portland area and beyond,” including several folks who were visiting Washougal for the first time.
“We were delighted with the success of our first tour last year,” Ridgway said. “Being invited into an artist’s studio is wonderful way for the public to see where the magic of creating art happens and learn about both the art and the artists.”
The public has another chance to meet Washougal artists over Mother’s Day Weekend, at the second annual Washougal Studio Artists Tour. This year’s tour will feature 19 local artists at 11 art studios. The self-guided tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12, throughout Washougal.