Thank you for your interest in the Bainbridge Island Studio Tour. Applications to participate are open to Bainbridge Island (BI) residents, and non-island residents as detailed on the application form and later on this page. As a juried venue of artwork, we look for professional work, designed and crafted by the artist, with original designs, and quality craftsmanship. Artists do not need to have thier own studio to participate.
The application form for the 2016 Summer and Winter Tour is available below. You can apply electronically, by snail mail, or a combination of both. A hard copy of the application is always available at the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, or can be mailed to you.
If you wish to submit your application electronically, please download and complete the form, then save it and email it to the Studio Tour Manager. Be sure to include all required materials, such as bio, and photos (in the proper format: name, size, etc.).
If you need help filling out this form on your computer, download our short instruction sheet: Online Application Form Instructions.
Submit payments using the form below after you've completed the application. 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.
New artists, please read the “Overview” below.
- February 1 – Application forms available (website and B.I. Chamber of Commerce)
- March 15 – Early Bird deadline (Summer and Winter Tours) - deadline has passed
- April 15 – Applications due: Summer and/or Winter Tour - deadline has passed
- May 7 – Jury: Summer Tour
- May 11 – Juried artists notified
- July 31 – Applications due: Winter Studio Tour - deadline has passed
- Aug. 12–14: Summer Studio Tour
- Aug. 27 – Jury: Winter Tour
- Aug. 31 – Winter Juried artists notified
- Dec. 2–4: Winter Studio Tour
- January 28, 2017 – Annual Membership Meeting
ARTIST'S BIO TIPS: Click here for some great ideas when writing your artist's bio or “artist's statement.” This PDF file is available to both active and non-active artists, with no password required. We hope the tips will be helpful.
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.
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.
Click here to read the Studio Tour Bylaws. (Password required).