Event organizers looking for artists for chamber’s first art studio tour this spring and summer


Artists will have the opportunity to showcase their art in Blaine and Birch Bay during the Blaine Chamber of Commerce’s first art studio tour. The tour will be spread across three days on April 30, May 28 and June 25.

“The idea is to bring art back to Blaine,” said Kay Dee Powell, participating artist and studio tour founder. Powell submitted the proposal to the chamber in hopes of bringing people into the Blaine area to eat, buy, explore and populate the area with creativity. Now, Powell and the chamber are working together to put on the event.

Powell said it is not necessary for participants to live in Blaine, and that they will put on the studio tours in Blaine, Semiahmoo and Birch Bay. The public will be able to view art at the artists’ homes, as well as the Blaine Community Center Pavilion, Blaine Welcome Center, Peace Arch Cafe, Beach Cat Brewing and Semiahmoo Resort and Spa.

Artists must register by Monday, April 4. A $75 application fee covers all three showings. Artists can also join the chamber as a Level 2 member for $50, instead of paying the $75 application fee.

In the application, artists should send three JPEG images of example art that is appropriate for families. At least 12 artists have registered for the studio tour, ranging from jewelers, oil painters and sculptors.

“This is a really fun way for people to show their art,” Powell said. “They have the opportunity to do all three or any tours, gain experience and get to meet lots of new people.”

There will be an exclusive “meet the artists” gala the night before the first tour, Powell said. It’s a semi-fancy cheese-and-wine event that will give participants a chance to introduce themselves to attendees.

Both the art studio tour and gala are open to the public. 

To register, go to blainebythesea.com/arttour. People with questions should contact Sheila Wood at info@blainechamber.com, or Kay Dee Powell at


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