Art and Colour

About Us

The studio tour concept was started 6 years ago by the Sweet Road Artisans Alliance to offer people a place to view artists in their natural habitat. They noticed that there were few studios open to the public, but there were many artists that lived in this area. The tour started with 5 studios in the Sweet Road area, east of Blaine. It now has evolved to over 32 artists showing at 19 locations on the Art Studio Tour of Blaine and will continue to grow. The tour now encompasses Blaine, Custer, Birch Bay, and the surrounding area.

Among the 19 studio sites in the 2012 tour, there are 2 especially memorable locations. Number one site on the map is the 2012 Peace Arch International Sculpture Exibit, Located at the 4th busiest US/Canada border crossing - between Blaine, Washington, and Surrey, British Columbia - more than 500,000 people visit the historic site and International Peace Park each year.  A full color self guided artwork tour brochure accompanies the exhibit.  Number eight on the map is the award-winning Dakota Creek Winery, specializing in producing limited quantities of premium wines made with hand- picked grapes from premier vineyards in Eastern Washington. Dakota Creek Winery will be having it's Spring Release Weekend the same weekend as the Blaine Art Tour.  Many new vintages will be available for sampling.

So ~ instead of a toaster oven, give Mom a great day out and a say in picking a truly special gift for Mother’s Day this year. The annual Blaine Art Studio Tour provides the opportunity to explore beautiful northern Whatcom County and exposure to the creative efforts of the area’s premier artists.

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“Artists love to discuss their work, and a studio tour takes it one step farther,” says Anne Abrams, organizer of this year's event, “People who visit an artist’s studio have the opportunity to see where it all begins and establish an emotional connection to the artist.”


“Blaine has become an art destination,” says Diane Major, who was instrumental in the expansion of the tour. Her husband, Brian, recently staged a highly successful one-man show of his paintings and sculpture at Loomis Hall. “We hope people who missed the show – or would like to see where Brian finds his muse -- will come enjoy some Blaine hospitality,” says Diane.



Yard art by Bayside Treasures 2012