For Artists

Welcome to the 2015 Bainbridge Island Studio Tour!

The 2015 applications are now available to download. You can apply electronically or by snail mail (or a combination of both). A hard copy of the application form is always available at the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, or can be mailed to you.

Download 2015 Application Form here. If you wish to submit your application electronically, download and complete the form, save it and e-mail it to the Studio Tour Manager (attaching any required photos and other documents). A helpful 1-page instruction sheet is provided for filling out this form on your computer.

Download 2015 Online Application Form Instructions here. Click here for helpful instructions on completing the PDF form and submitting it electronically.

Submit payments here, after you’ve completed the application form. For opt out fees, you will need to do a second/separate payment. If you do not see your payment option listed, please call the Tour Manager, or mail a separate check.

2015 Fees

New artists, please read the “Overview” below.

2015 Calendar

  • February 10 – Application forms available (web site and B.I. Chamber of Commerce)
  • March 15 – Early Bird deadline (Summer and Winter Tours)
  • April 15 – Applications due (Summer and/or Winter Tour)
  • May 9 – Jury: Summer Tour
  • May 16 – Juried artists notified
  • July 31 – Winter Tour deadline
  • Aug. 7–9: Summer Studio Tour
  • Aug. 22 – Jury: Winter Tour
  • Aug. 29 – Winter Juried artist notified
  • Dec. 4–6: Winter Studio Tour
  • January 30, 2016 – Annual Membership Meeting

PHOTO TIPS: If you are an active artist on the Studio Tour, click here for some cool tips on photographing your artwork. A password is required, which you would have been provided by the Tour Manager. If you forgot it, please send Dinah an e-mail.


OVERVIEW

Thank you for your interest in the Bainbridge Island Studio Tour. As “members” of the Studio Tour, we support each other and work together to organize and operate the event. While a paid Tour Manager and a Board of four artists make the day-to-day decisions regarding the tours, participating artists also contribute time and energy to make each Tour a success. Each artist chooses a small volunteer job such as distributing posters around town, or setting up road signs near their studio. We also contribute to a local charity through a group donation, which is given by the artists as a 1% optional donation after each Tour.

Summer: The “Summer Studio Tour & Sale” is a festive outdoor event held the second weekend in August. Local artists open their studios while other artists join them in garden settings with live music to create an inviting marketplace of fine art. Bainbridge Island and off-island visitors anticipate this enjoyable event, which has been held since 2001, and attendance is growing. Limited indoor display space may be available.

Winter: The annual Bainbridge Island “Winter Studio Tour & Sale” is the original Studio Tour and has been a mainstay since 1984. Held on the first weekend in December, it offers an opportunity to purchase fine arts and crafts for the holidays and is a well-established, well-attended tradition. Located in artist’s studios and community halls, we typically host about 70 artists.


ORIGINAL WORK, JURY PROCESS

As a juried venue of artwork, we look for professional work, designed and crafted by the artist, with original designs, and quality craftsmanship. A jury process reviews the work of all potential artists. All current artists must re-jury every three years. If a current artist's work or media changes dramatically, they too will need to be re-juried. Artwork mass-produced with the use of commercial kits or molds, pre-fabricated forms, or imported items are not eligible.

There is currently no booth sharing, and you are expected to be present at your booth throughout the show.


OFF-ISLAND ARTISTS

The Studio Tours are open to Bainbridge Island (BI) residents. Non-island resident participation is limited to artists living full time in Washington State within the boundaries of Kitsap County, Clallam County, eastern Jefferson County, the northern part of Mason County, and the northern part of Pierce County (Gig Harbor and the Key Peninsula). Non-island participants prior to January 2012 living beyond these boundaries are grandfathered in and may continue to participate and jury like any non-island artist, so long as they remain active in the Tour at least once every two years. The same is true for non-island participants that were founders of the Tour (see Bylaws). Non-island artists may apply, with the understanding that preference will be given to BI artists in the event that space is limited.


2015 BYLAWS

Active artists only: Click here to look at the current set of Studio Tour Bylaws. Password required.

2015 Summer Studio Tour: August 7, 8 & 9
2015 Winter Studio Tour: December 4, 5 & 6

Questions? Call 206-842-0504, or e-mail us at: info@bistudiotour.com.

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