SpringFestfeatures 20 local artists

Published on Thu, May 11, 2006 by ack Kintner

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SpringFest features 20 local artists

By Jack Kintner

The Sweet Road Artisans Alliance is offering their first annual Mother’s Day studio tour this weekend.

Called SpringFest, it runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at six locations, most of which are on or near Sweet Road. Maps are available around town at various businesses that have signed on as sponsors as well as at the first tour stop, Northern Meadows Specialty Gifts and Wine at the corner of H Street and Peace Portal Drive. The shop displays the work of nearly 20 local artists and will open at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday to accommodate early patrons.

The next stop is the subtropical looking Tom’s Bamboo at 1346 Blaine Avenue, just a short block north of Peace Portal Drive. Proprietor Tom Burton, a self-described “recovering politician” (he’s a former mayor of Blaine), will demonstrate building a bamboo fence.

Continue south on Peace Portal to Hughes Avenue where the route turns east and, at the city limits, where Hughes becomes Sweet Road. The third tour stop is marked by a small red stable at 4200 Sweet Road. A quarter of a mile off the road to the left is Kay Rose’s home and studio where she will demonstrate how she makes her Handmade by Kay Rose hemp clothing, embroidered linens, quilts and knitted clothes. It’s also the first of three stops where you’ll find alpacas.

The main road turns but continue straight ahead on Sweet to the next stop, number four, at Kelly and John Wood’s Wildwood Dream Alpaca ranch. With over 100 head of animals the Woods have a ready supply of Alpaca fiber, both unbelievably soft and a better insulator than wool, for hand-knit and woven designs plus skeins of alpaca yarn in various colors, handmade soap and more.

Two other artists will also be working and selling at Wood’s. Donna Charbonneau works with glass making lampwork beads and jewelry, and also crafts hardshell gourds into various useful and decorative items.

Candle maker Kathryn Wiens will show her individually hand-poured Native Spirit Prayer Candles, each of which is unique. She also has a popular line of plant containers decorated with found objects and creates unique photo memory albums from a loved one’s old clothes.
About a mile farther east as Sweet Road begins to climb into the hills, stop five can be found a quarter of a mile up a well-marked unpaved driveway on the left at the Circle of Trees Art Studio owned and operated by Cathy Taggett and her husband, broom squire Ron Snyder. Taggett creates evocative watercolor landscapes of the northwest and other places she’s visited and will have originals as well as prints and cards available.

Circle of Trees Studio is also hosting local free-lance photographer Jack Kintner who will have limited edition prints of both scenic northwest subjects as well as from his recent visit to China. Some images will also be printed as cards and fridge magnets as well as small framed accent photographs that can be used to decorate spaces in a home or office where a larger image wouldn’t fit.

Sweet Road continues east and then turns north, becoming Valley View, and shortly brings you to the sixth and last stop at the Allie Ryser Glass Studio, again about a quarter mile off the road to the left. Aside from showing her work, Ryser is also hosting two nationally known glasswork artists, Sharon Swanson and Karla Eames. Swanson’s prize-winning work has been used for lighting fixtures, doors in antique china cabinets as well as in windows.

Door prizes will be awarded in the week following the tour. Prizes from Nature’s Path, Pizza Factory, Curves Gym, the Great Northern Cafe, Bow Wow & Woofs, Bellingham Harley Davidson, the Hair Shop, Beth the Barber, the Seaside Bakery & Cafe, a “Mr. Beer” beer making kit from Pacific Building Center and gift certificates from Fourth Corner Quilts, Marilyn’s Yarn, Hank & Bolt, NW Handspun Yarn and Three French Hens.

For more information on the SpringFest studio tour please call the Circle of Trees Art Studio at 332-8082.