Submitted by Rene Carroll

Washougal area artists, representing a vast array of creative works and mediums, are opening their studio doors to offer a new family outing for Mother’s Day weekend, May 12-13, 201810 a.m. – 5 p.m.  The first Washougal Studio Artists Tour includes 10 stops and features 18 artists.

Angela Ridgway, mixed media metal artist, is the event coordinator and was thrilled and even a bit surprised to find so many high-quality artists in and around Washougal wanting to participate.  “I knew we had a hidden wealth of artists living and working in Washougal, and I’m excited that so many want to open their studio doors to the public,” she said.  “Studio tours are a wonderful way to see where the magic of creating art happens and learn about both the art and the artists.”

Much of the tour route is along the scenic Washougal River and through the Washougal foothills.  “It’s no wonder this area attracts such talented artists with so much natural beauty all around us,” she said. “It will also be a great way for tour visitors to discover some of that beauty in Washougal.”

According to Ridgway, other regional studio tours seem to be more centrally located in the Vancouver area, so it is more difficult for Washougal artists to be showcased.  “But with a concentration of artists in Washougal, and a shorter tour route, it will be easier for these amazing artists to be accessible to tour visitors.”

Featured Washougal artists are: Angela Ridgway, mixed media metal; Anna Wiancko-Chasman, clay and  wood; Anni Becker, acrylic and watercolor; Char McHugh, ceramics; Chris Brodigan, ceramics; Charlene Hale, fused glass and ceramics; Cyndee Starr, mixed media doodles; Deborah Roberts, colored pencil and acrylic; Jean Hauge, watercolor and pastel; John Furniss, wood; Kathy Beckman, acrylic; Lori Horner, oil and acrylic; Ryan Boomhower, tattoo and oil painting; Sharon Ballard, acrylic; Shirley Bishop, fused glass; Suzanne Grover, pastels and mixed media; Tamara Dinius, mixed media; and Toni McCarthy, jewelry.

Preview participating artists’ work and see the tour map on the Washougal Studio Artists website at   You may also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.  Participating artists will also have copies of the map available, as well as many local businesses.

WSAT is sponsored in part by the City of Washougal hotel/motel tourism tax fund.

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