Skagit galleries open their doors for weekend tour

Check out Skagit County’s vibrant arts scene this weekend when 16 studios open their doors to the public.

Skagit Artists Together is an organizations of artists who are sponsoring the tour for the first time.

Visitors will be able to meet the artists and see their studios and galleries in communities throughout the Skagit Valley, from Mount Vernon to La Conner, Anacortes to Sedro Woolley.

“This is a unique opportunity to learn more about a number of the excellent artists working in stone, metal, glass, wood, photography, ceramics, fiber, paint and other media in the valley,” said Lin McJunkin, who operates an art-glass studio in downtown La Conner.

McJunkin Glass Studio and On the Edge Fine Art Gallery feature glass, mixed-media work by Audrey Roll, woodturning by Michael Werner and photography by Ilene Ellickson.

The stops on the tour range from the NW Stone Sculptors annual exhibit near Lake McMurray to the Madrona Gallery on the south end of Guemes Island, which is showing paintings by Susan Ferrel.

All venues will have refreshments and some will have demonstrations of art techniques, including metal working and glass fusing, McJunkin said.

The tour is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Maps are available at Chamber of Commerce offices and at all stops, which will be marked by signs.

Coming from Snohomish County, visitors can stop at The Otherside Roadside Attraction Gallery at 18791 Cedardale Road, Mount Vernon. Take I-5 exit 221, then take the first left after the freeway entrance onto Cedardale and proceed 1.5 miles to the gallery.

Information, 360-466-0290.

Sculpture Walk: Northwest Stone Sculptors Association presents its 2004 Sculpture Walk from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Camp Brotherhood south of Mount Vernon.

It’s a chance to enjoy the open air while viewing the most recent works by many of the Northwest’s talented sculptors.

Camp Brotherhood is on Highway 9 nine miles north of Arlington, south of Lake McMurray.

In the galleries: An exhibit of works by Christine Awad Schmalz goes on view Thursday at the Marco Polo Restaurant Gallery, 204 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo.

A recent transplant from Dallas, Texas, the artist paints in an abstract style, and her work has been shown in galleries in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. There’s an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the restaurant gallery. The show continues through Sept. 2.

Win Bainbridge is the featured artist this month and next at the Main Street Gallery, 116 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. The gallery is open daily; 425-774-1813.

Ann Cronin’s oil paintings are on display through July 31 at the Edmonds Public Library, 650 Main St. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

“Mauve Comet,” Lin McJunkin, foiled glass mosaic

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