For Artists

WINTER TOUR 2020

The 2020 Winter Tour will be a virtual event, not a physical event in studios and community halls like in past years (due to the rise in COVID cases in our area).

We are planning ahead, and have a wonderful event planned for you and our customers. The Tour will be promoted as an event throughout December. There will be significant advertising through traditional methods, social media, and some new creative ways! We are very excited about this new format, and have researched other similar events to see what looks good (or not), and have designed some of our own features.

  • Artist Spotlight - each artist has a section with their art, name, medium, choice of 2 or 3 links to their website/phone/blog/.
  • Featured Artists - a weekly* look behind the scenes at artists, in their studios, with works in progress, and short interviews
    (*one or more artist per week)
  • News & Events - a calendar with Tour artist events, gallery shows, teaching links, exhibition listings, new releases, etc.
  • Customer's Gallery - a photo gallery of customers' Tour art, showing where Tour art ends up! Pottery, jewelry, paintings, anything purchased at the Studio Tour.
    (If you have photos of customers with your art and wish to submit a photo(s), please get permission from your customer if their face or any identifying feature is in the photo. Then send jpgs to info@bistudiotour.com. Names will not be posted. The artwork should be obvious in the photo, and has to be Studio Tour artwork and appropriate for public viewing.)
  • Video Interviews - I will host brief video interviews with artists who wish to participate, and include those on the featured artist pages.

The website is being completed re-vamped, and will have a brand new look, and be responsive (adjust well to cell phones and other devices). It will also reflect the new pages mentioned above.

Artists will pay a reduced fee as compared to previous Tours: $125 for the Winter Tour. $25 is the jury fee if you are a new artist, or are due to jury.
Jurying will be online this fall, and will still take place on the dates listed below.


There is still no commission for sales.




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 and later on this page. 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.

The application form for the 2020 Winter Tour is available below. 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.

Bainbridge Island Studio Tour 2020 Application Form

If you wish to submit your application electronically, please download and complete the form, then save it and email it to the Studio Tour Manager. Be sure to include all required materials, such as artist’s statement and photos (in the proper format: name, size, etc.).

If you need help filling out this form on your computer, download our short instruction sheet: Online Application Form Instructions.

2020 Winter Tour Fees

New artists, please read the “Overview” below.

2020 Calendar

  • February 1 – Applications available (website and BI Chamber of Commerce)
  • March 15 – Early Bird deadline (Summer and Winter Tours)
  • May 15 – Applications due: Summer and/or Winter Tour - deadline has passed
  • May 2May 23 – Jury: Summer Tour
  • May 7 – Juried artists notified
  • Aug. 7–9: Summer Studio Tour - now a Virtual Event!
  • August 22 – Applications due: Winter Tour
  • Sept. 5 – Jury: Winter Tour
  • Sept. 10 – Winter Juried artists notified
  • Dec. 4–6: Winter Studio Tour - now a Virtual Event!
  • January 30, 2021 – Annual Membership Meeting

PHOTO TIPS: Click here for helpful tips on photographing your artwork.


ARTIST'S BIO TIPS: Click here for some great ideas when writing your artist's bio or “artist's statement.” This PDF file is available to both active and non-active artists, with no password required. We hope the tips will be helpful.


OVERVIEW

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

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.


BYLAWS

Click here to read the Studio Tour Bylaws. (Password required).