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Art Everywhere: Doors open at local studios
The two-weekend spring Art Studio Tour began last Saturday, when a slate of Vashon artists opened their doors to meet visitors, show works in progress, discuss their craft and sell art.
Kristen Reitz-Green, a popular painter known for her colorful paintings of animals and food, transformed her Dilworth home studio into a small gallery for the tour, pictured at right. “I really love talking to people and getting to meet people that at normal shows I might not,” she said.
Reitz-Green said last weekend wasn’t as busy as some years, but many artists are hoping for high traffic next weekend during Mother’s Day and the annual Chicken Coop Tour. New on the tour this year is that many participants have invited guest artists to join them in their studios, and a group of artists is displaying work together at the north-end Grange Hall.
Reitz-Green noted that art is often offered at discounted rates during the tour and more goes directly to the artists, rather than a gallery, so it’s a good time to pick up a gift.
“Mother’s Day is always really sweet,” she said. “People bring their moms and say pick something.”