The return of the Camano Studio Tour, thanks to dedicated volunteers


CAMANO ISLAND – Volunteers are in the spotlight for this year’s Camano Studio Tour.

As such, there are no less than five poster artists for the 22nd tour: Amy Martin, Kathy Dannerbeck, Sally Chang, John Hadley and Mary Simmons.

“We decided to celebrate the volunteers,” said Mary Simmons, who is also the tour director. “All the poster artists are doing a lot to make the studio tour happen. ”

The Camano Arts Association has scheduled a modified June 25-27 tour of Camano and the Stanwood area. The event drew more than 5,000 people to Camano Island over two weekends – but due to the pandemic this year is just a weekend away.

More than 30 artists in 16 studios and four galleries will present their work during the tour competition, including sculpture, photography, textiles, ceramics, jewelry, paintings and glass.

“I love going on these tours because I love seeing the studios,” Simmons said. “You can see where the art is created and what inspires them to make their art. You can spend the day exploring the island and admiring the fine art.

An old white glaze ceramic mug and bottle by Sally Chang.

Tour Studio # 6 is Sally Chang Designs. Chang, who received a Masters of Arts from Washington University, has been making pottery for about 35 years.

“I like to say my style is completely flawed,” Chang said. “I’m not looking for perfection because I let my hands and the clay reach some kind of agreement.”

She finds her inspiration on the island of Camano. It offers ceramic tableware and garden art – jugs, bowls, plates, colanders, cups, vases, pitchers, tiles and containers.

Chang has a pottery technique that she calls “smashing” in which she takes leftover clay and crushes them together to create a new work with a unique texture.

Amy Martin ?? s ?? Twilight Fishing ??  in oil is based on an old photo of his father.

Amy Martin’s “Twilight Fishing” in oil is based on an old photo of her father.

Tour stop # 8 is at Amy Martin Studio, which recently moved from Juniper Beach to Madrona Beach on Camano. Martin, who paints primarily in oils, served in the United States Army for eight years as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot.

“I spent a lot of time looking at the ground from above,” said Martin, who received a minor in painting from the University of Edinboro in Pennsylvania. “It really fed into the way I look at it, so a lot of times I paint from that perspective.”

She paints still lifes, landscapes, aerial views and portraits – but whatever her subject, her vibrant signature is there. Now that she has a job with the Camano Island Fire & Rescue Administration, she paints an aerial view of Camano Island from a firefighter’s perspective.

Because oils take a long time to dry, Martin enjoys working on two or three paintings at a time. In addition to the flaming antenna, she also paints a portrait of her mother at the beach.

Kathy Dannerbeck makes necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings.

Kathy Dannerbeck makes necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings.

Kathy Dannerbeck will be in studio # 11. Dannerbeck, who owned the Beads & Beyond bead and button store in Bellevue, has been making jewelry for about five decades.

You’ll find her handmade necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings at LeMaster Studios. New this year, Dannerbeck will also be offering jewelry made from salmon skin leather and recycled dictionaries.

Dannerbeck, who is known for her woven metal chains and pierced beach stone pendants, took art classes at the University of Puget Sound, the University of Washington, and the University of Western Washington.

Her jewelry is influenced by her international travels. She visited Kenya, Mexico, Turkmenistan, Morocco and Zimbabwe, among others.

“I really love all the jewelry from the Middle East,” Dannerbeck said. “I have a planned trip to Uzbekistan. Unfortunately this has been postponed due to COVID-19 so hopefully I will go next year. ”

?? Mt.  Baker Road ??  in acrylic by John Hadley.

” Mount. Baker Hwy. in acrylic by John Hadley.

Stop # 16 is at the John Hadley Studio. Despite being a longtime Camano Arts Association volunteer, Hadley is new to the tour this year.

He holds a BA in Studio Art from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and a BA in Architecture from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

After practicing architecture for 50 years, Hadley rediscovered her love of painting four years ago.

He paints impressionist landscapes and seascapes in acrylic. When he goes out for a row or for a walk, he takes his smartphone with him to take pictures for inspiration. More than painting what he sees, he paints what he feels.

“It’s a very easy transition from architecture to art,” said Hadley, who also draws in pen and ink. “I like the freedom to paint with emotions rather than understanding the engineering and the cost of it. I stand in a zone and say ‘OK, Hadley. Dark.’ Then I paint.

Mary Simmons specializes in molten and poured glass.

Mary Simmons specializes in molten and poured glass.

Simmons’ studio is # 17 on the tour. At Camano Island Art Glass, which recently moved to Camano from La Conner, you will find light fixtures, glass tables and benches, platters, bowls and platters, as well as wall decorations.

After working at Boeing for 25 years, Simmons found a second career in the art of glass.

Simmons, who specializes in molten and poured glass, has been a two-time artist in residence at Pilchuck Glass School, which has a 54-acre campus northeast of Stanwood. She trained with glass artists such as Steve Klein and Richard Parish. His work was also featured on the rue des rêve when the new homes showcase was in Woodinville.

She is inspired by the beauty of the sea. Her art incorporates kelp, water, fish, dragonflies, canoes and kites. Nicknamed “The Kelp Lady,” Simmons has been working on a series of glass kelp for the past five years.

“It’s like a forest underwater,” Simmons said. “Kelp beds are so essential to our ecosystem. Unfortunately, our kelp beds and forests are sensitive to changes in our climate and environment. Many are disappearing.

Simmons said the tour included 17 performers taking sabbaticals this year – they pulled out of the tour over security concerns related to COVID-19.

The Camano Studio Tour was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. Simmons said changing the tour to only last one weekend instead of two, as well as following COVID-19 rules and regulations, makes for a safer event this year.

“We are really excited to be open again and share our art,” she said. “It’s been two years – a lot of artists did a lot of creation during that time out. I can’t wait to see what they have come up with.

If you are going to

A modified Camano Island Studio Tour is scheduled for June 25-27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Camano and the Stanwood area. More than 30 artists in 16 studios and four galleries will present a variety of works on this year’s free, self-guided tour. Visit for more information.


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