Preparations are well underway for Blaine’s ninth annual Springfest Art Tour. The tour, which falls on Mother’s Day weekend, will showcase the work of 36 local artists and artisans at several venues in and around Blaine.
This year the majority of exhibitors will be featured either at Dakota Creek Winery or Semiahmoo Resort and Spa.
Blaine Primary School artists will display their work at The Pizza Factory and Paso del Norte in downtown Blaine while
Bayside Treasures will host a sculptors showcase. The tour includes artists from many disciplines: painting, fiber art, photography, jewelry, stained glass, woodwork, pottery, pet portraits and sculpture.
One Blaine Springfest artist, Deborah Haggman, was recently chosen as one of the 62 artists selected for 74th annual International Open Exhibition in Tacoma. Her watercolor painting, “Fishing Buddies,” which features a man and his dog fishing from a small boat was judged one of the best of the 487 entries. The contest juror, Donna Zagotta, called Haggman’s work “simply fabulous.”
“I was thrilled to have my work selected,” Haggman said. “I focus on local northwest scenes and a man fishing with his dog is a fairly typical sight around here.”
During the Springfest show Haggman’s work will be on display at the Semiahmoo Resort.
In addition to painting and being a managing member of the online Blaine Harbor Art Gallery, Haggman teaches watercolor classes at the Jansen Art Center in Lynden.
For its first eight years, Springfest was a tour with many sites in and around Blaine, Birch Bay and Custer, but this year, with the addition of the Semiahmoo Resort and Spa as a major co-sponsor of the event, organizers are able to consolidate the tour and provide a venue for nearly half the artists.
“This should take the angst out of selecting which artists to see and which not,” spokesperson Helen Worley said. “They are fairly evenly divided between the two locations, with bonus sites in between.”
One suggested itinerary begins with a brunch at the resort followed by a stroll through the art show where you can purchase from the artists directly. The next stop is the children’s display at the Pizza Factory and Paso del Norte. On the way to sample wine and be inspired by art at the Dakota Creek Winery, stop at “Recycled, Renewed and Reappointed,” at Bayside Treasures.
Maps are available online at blaineharborartgallery.com or at the chamber of commerce and many local businesses.