Annual Mother's Day Event features 43 Northwest artists
The 12th annual Kirkland Artist Studio Tour (KAST), one of the largest studio art tours in Western Washington, will be held Mother's Day weekend (May 9 and 10) from 10am-6pm.
KAST 2015 will showcase 43 artists at 21 home studios, local businesses and galleries. Almost half the artists are new to participating in this event, and most are residents in King and Snohomish counties.
The artists, selected by the Kirkland Arts Center, work in a variety of media, including pottery, painting, jewelry, sculpture, photography, glass, printmaking and mixed media. During the weekend, artists will be on site working in the studios, offering visitors a chance to watch demonstrations, ask questions, purchase art directly from the artists or just soak up the inspiration.
The best places to start the self-guided tour are at the Kirkland Arts Center (620 Market Street) or the KAC Store (336 Parkplace Center), where free maps are available. Many studios are within walking distance of each other so you can stroll from one location to the next or hop on a bike. Add in brunch or lunch at a Kirkland restaurant, and you've just created a fun, memorable Mother's Day activity.
Join the artists and their families at a special preview party at the KAC Gallery on Friday, May 1st from 6-8:30 p.m. This KAST-Off event is free and open to the public. It's an opportunity to see and choose your favorite among a selection of the artwork in advance while enjoying free appetizers and $2 beer and wine.
Art activities for kids, May 9
There will be free art activities for youngsters at the KAC Skylight Studio on Sat and Sun, May 9th -10th, from 12 - 3 p.m. Youngsters love the hands-on activities, and moms love the personal touch. Free; no sign-up needed.
The Kirkland Artist Studio Tour would not be possible without the support of local Community partners and Sponsors including:
The City of Kirkland, Talon Private Capital, Realogics Sotheby's International Realty, Haystack Home, Crush Footwear, Coralyn W Whitney Designs, and The Grape Choice