TOKELAND, Wash. Fifteen artists from the beaches near Tokeland, Wash., will be showing new work at the seventh annual Tokeland/North Cove Studio Tour, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 20. This much-anticipated event is headquartered at the historic Tokeland Hotel and at three nearby artists studios. A variety of art in different mediums will be presented, including painting, pottery, jewelry, woodworking, native carvings and assemblage.
The studio of Knock on Wood will showcase driftwood furniture and sculpture by nationally recognized artist Jeffro and wood carvings by Shoalwater Bay tribal artist Earl Davis.
The Mann Studio features landscape paintings and pastels by Wally and Marlene Mann.
Judith Altruda Jewelry will display Altrudas recent explorations of ancient metalworking techniques combined with sea glass and diamonds.
On the Tokeland Hotel grounds, first-time Tokeland/North Cove Studio Tour artist Senja Antilla will show reclaimed wood collages and furniture, made from wood salvaged from homes that have been abandoned on nearby Washaway Beach in North Cove, Wash. Antillas art is a tribute to the devastation and loss of homes that occurs each winter. In this way, it is also a reminder of the strength of Mother Nature and the impermanence of all things, she says. All of her pieces are one-of-a-kind in design and limited to the materials that she finds. She began collecting ocean-tumbled, perfectly distressed wood in 2008 and started creating artful objects in 2012.
Inside the hotel, Marcy Merrill will be signing copies of Dogs Tell Their Stories, her book with author Rex Martin.
The work of painters Barbara Sampson, Marsha Gonzales and Bev King Lufkin provide lively impressions and scenes of pristine local beauty. Pen and ink sketches by Pete Andriesen, jewelry by Connie Newton and ceramics by Kimmi Kerns and Kennedy Creek Pottery round out the offerings with must-see fine art and craft.
A bit further down the road, Nelson Crab Cannery has added a gallery and gift shop that features choice prints and original artwork by area artists.
Pick up a free map with all locations and artist info at the Tokeland Hotel, Nelson Crab and other local businesses. The event is sponsored by the Tokeland/North Cove Chamber of Commerce.
To see images and get updates, join the Facebook event page Tokeland/North Cove Studio Tour. For more info, call 360-267-2326.