I had the fortune of marrying someone with a multi-generational legacy on Camano Island. Over 70 years ago, my husband’s great-grandfather built a home on the bay, which continues to be loved by someone in the family nearly every weekend, regardless of the season. We gather for holidays, birthdays, graduations…even last minute sunset dinners. We can always find a reason to visit ‘the beach.’
Camano Island, is by far, one of our happiest places on Earth. Which is why I must share it with you. But for this post, we’re dusting off the sandy toes and getting to know the art centric side to the island. Something that draws in visitors from all over the world, where an eclectic community of artists share their work inspired by the salty landscape.
You may recall my girls and I visited the Camano Island Studio Tour last year hosted by the Camano Arts Association. They just finished up this season’s tour, though there are still plenty of creative things to do and see on the island that showcase the ingenuity of the local makers.
Here’s a few ideas to help plan an art-inspired day trip to Camano Island!
Matzke Fine Art Gallery & Sculpture Park
The Matzke Fine Art Gallery & Sculpture Park is currently exhibiting more than 75 works of art. Step into another world as you enter the ten acre grounds, nestled among evergreen trees and the natural northwest fauna, the diversity and quality of the three-dimensional works are of world class significance. Sculptures by prominent and emerging American and international artists, utilizing bronze, stainless steel, stone, wood and glass. It’s open through June 17th, Friday – Sunday, 11am-5pm.
Introduction to Glassblowing Workshop at Glass Quest: Work alongside the glassblowers, Mark & Marcus, as you handle hot glass on the end of a blowpipe. Design & create your own custom glass float as a memento of your glass blowing experience. $80 a person for a two hour session, price includes personally designed float and taxes. Sessions available Monday through Friday.
Forte’s Art Gallery
Forte’s Art Gallery represents 8 artists of various mediums, open Sundays 1pm – 5pm. Chris Tuohy’s drawings, paintings, photography & mixed media are also on display.
Private Class with Nicki Wight Watercolors
Learn how to watercolor with Nicki Wight in a private or group lesson taught in her private studio on Camano Island.
Thompson Art Studio
Thompson Art Studio is right next to the Camano Island State Park. Contact the studio for a tour.
Sunnyshore Studio is open most Saturdays, 10:00am – 5:00pm. Typically a family member will be painting in the Studio or teaching an art class.
Art in Public Places
Camano Art Association members regularly showcase their artwork in public locations like the Camano Island Community Center, the Stanwood Public Library, Island County’s Four Springs House and Lake Preserve, and sometimes at the Island’s elementary schools – Utsalady and Elger Bay.
You can also find artwork displayed at local businesses and restaurants with artist and purchasing info.
If you’re in the market for coastal-inspired artwork in a variety of mediums, make sure to check out the Camano Arts Association member gallery and never hesitate to email the artists for a visit! #ShopLocal
*Photos by Jasmine Klein Photography
Disclosure: Camano Arts Association graciously sponsored this post. The opinions expressed here represent my own, which I take great pride in providing pure honesty…because I’m OBSESSED with sharing the Good!