For Artists – Winter Tour 2021 Information
2021 WINTER TOUR: December 3 to 5
New artists: Please read the information below and application form for complete details before applying. You do not need to own a studio on Bainbridge Island to apply or participate. We are looking for regional artists with original work, professional quality, and items that are designed and crafted by you! Participation in the events is required – our customers love to meet you and get to know you. We work hard to promote the Tour through the website, ads, brochures, banners, social media, etc. and ask that you do your part as well. As a result, we have been a success for over 36 years now! There is no commission on sales. You pay a registration fee, and $25 jury fee once every three years. And every artist has a small volunteer job (or you can pay to opt out if you wish). We hope that you will join our family of artists, and look forward to hearing from you soon!
Returning artists: Welcome back! We’re excited about 2021, and look forward to a wonderful year! Please complete the application form, submit new photos, and pay the fees as usual.
All artists: We have extended the deadlines for you as long as possible, so we can work with the Covid vaccines and try to predict the nature of the August venue. There is a bracket of planning time that we need on our end to do this, so rest assured that we will keep you updated once you have registered. Note: If we end up having a virtual Tour for the summer and/or winter, you will have the option of a reduced fee to participate, or forwarding the funds to a future event.
|Feb 1||Applications Now available (website and BI Chamber of Commerce)|
|March 31||Early Bird deadline (Summer and Winter Tours)|
|May 15||Applications due: Summer and/or Winter Tour|
|May 29||Jury: Summer Tour|
|June 2||Juried artists notified|
|Aug 13-15||Summer Studio Tour|
|Aug 23||Applications due: Winter Tour|
|Sep 4||Jury: Winter Tour|
|Sep 8||Winter Juried artists notified|
|Dec 3-5||Winter Studio Tour|
|Jan 29, 2022||Annual Membership Meeting|
Thank you for your interest in the Bainbridge Island Studio Tour. Applications to participate are open to Bainbridge Island (BI) residents and non-island residents as detailed on the application form. As a juried venue of artwork, we look for professional work, designed and crafted by the artist, with original designs, and quality craftsmanship. Artists do not need to have their own studio to participate.
When applying to the Studio Tour, you can apply electronically, by snail mail, or a combination of both. A hard copy of the application is always available at the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, or one can be mailed to you.
Click below for tips on taking photos and writing your Bio for the Tour Application.
As “members” of the Studio Tour, we support each other and work together to organize and operate the event. While a paid Tour Manager and a Board of four artists make the day-to-day decisions regarding the tours, participating artists also contribute time and energy to make each Tour a success. Each artist chooses a small volunteer job such as distributing posters around town, or setting up road signs near their studio. We also contribute to a local charity through a group donation, which is given by the artists as a 1% optional donation after each Tour.
Summer: The “Summer Studio Tour” is a festive outdoor event held the second weekend in August. Local artists open their studios while other artists join them in garden settings with live music to create an inviting marketplace of fine art. Bainbridge Island and off-island visitors anticipate this enjoyable event, which has been held since 2001, and attendance is growing. Limited indoor display space may be available.
Winter: The annual Bainbridge Island “Winter Studio Tour & Sale“ is the original Studio Tour and has been a mainstay since 1984. Held on the first weekend in December, it offers an opportunity to purchase fine arts and crafts for the holidays and is a well-established, well-attended tradition. The Winter Tour is held in both artist’s studios and community halls.
ORIGINAL WORK, JURY PROCESS
As a juried venue of artwork, we look for professional work, designed and crafted by the artist, with original designs, and quality craftsmanship. A jury process reviews the work of all potential artists. All current artists must re-jury every three years. If a current artist’s work or media changes dramatically, they too will need to be re-juried. Artwork mass-produced with the use of commercial kits or molds, pre-fabricated forms, or imported items are not eligible.
There is currently no booth sharing, and you are expected to be present at your booth throughout the show.
Off-island artists are welcome to apply – please see our application form for residency notes. You do not need to own a studio, or live on the island to participate. Active off-island participants prior to January 2012 are grandfathered in and may continue to participate and jury like any artist regardless of residency, so long as they remain active in the Tour at least once every two years.
Click here to read the Studio Tour Bylaws. (Password required).