Springfest showcases more than 25 local artists

Published on Thu, May 5, 2011 by Tara Nelson

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Handmade jewelry, knitted hats, stained glass works, photography, paintings and decorated functional ceramicware are just a few of the crafts visitors will find at the Springfest art studio tour in Blaine and Birch Bay this weekend.

The two-day, self-guided tour is scheduled between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, at more than 15 locations throughout the area including Loomis Hall Gallery, Birch Bay Hostel and Dakota Creek Winery.

Loomis Hall will host more than 10 artists including painter Matt French. Birch Bay Hostel at 7467 Gemini Street will be hosting the works of four muralists, photographs by two photographers and sculptures by Jim Agnello. Dakota Creek and Glacial Lake Missoula wineries have also scheduled a wine tasting of two new vintages.

Anne Abrams, one of the organizers of the event, said the event provides an opportunity for individuals to get to know the artists in their community and have a deeper understanding of their work.

“Artists love to discuss their work, and a studio tour takes it one step farther,” Abrams said. “People who visit an artist’s studio have the opportunity to see where it all begins and establish an emotional connection to the artist.”

Visitors will also be treated to unusual surprises, such as two new baby goats at The Circle of Trees Homestead and art studio on Sweet Road owned by artist Cathy Taggett and Ron Snyder.

“The diversity of art is definitely represented in this tour. We have a lot of diversity among artists, including painters, quilters, woodworkers and iron workers,” said Diane Major, whose husband, Brian, is featured in the tour. “There is so much talent within this beautiful community of northern Whatcom County, it’s bursting at the seams. These local artists have just come forth to make this happen and make it a well-organized event.”

In addition, Glacial Lake Missoula Winery will host their spring release event from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 6, 7 and 8, at 1625 Boblett Street in Blaine.

The event will feature the unveiling of their experimental “Enrobed “ Marsanne,  2008 Harbor Light and 2007 Deluge with Malbec.

Peg Cutting, who owns Tabletop Shoppe, said she will open the retail section of her new store at 862 Peace Portal Drive, suite 102, during the event, where she’ll be offering samples of her food items and unveiling new products.

Cutting will also be featuring the work of four artists, including her own mixed media fiber art, photography by Sheila Say, resin polymer infused glass jewelry by Jane Mills and contemporary semi-precious stone jewelry by Jan Brunson.

Springfest studio tour brochures are available at the Blaine Visitor Center at 728 Peace Portal Drive and various Blaine and Birch Bay businesses, as well as online at www.blaineartists.com.