The Camano Island Studio Tour is one of the most established art studio tours in the Pacific Northwest. The free self-guided tour builds upon the tradition of art that has grown in the community.
Carefully juried artists, galleries and studios are selected each year and represent diverse mediums and styles. There is truly something for everyone to see, including ceramics, glass, jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture, textiles, and mixed media.
The Camano community is excited to welcome you to be a part of the nature and art that inspires those who live there.
About Camano Island
Located about 60 miles north of Seattle, west of I-5 on WA-532, the unique appeal of Camano Island is that it offers visitors a real-life island experience — without the hype. Don’t expect trendy tourist traps.
About 15,600 permanent residents living on Camano Island. There are a few restaurants, a handful of country-style grocery stores, bed and breakfast facilities, and intriguing art galleries. Camano Island also offers year-round fishing: Salmon in the Winter, Spring and Summer; Lingcod, Dolly Vardens & Cutthroat in May/June; and year-round flounder, bottomfish and Sturgeon.
Camano Island has a colorful history. Native Americans first fished, clammed, and picked berries on the hillsides. In the 1700s Europeans, mapped and (re)named many places in the area (Native Americans had names, of course, but Europeans put their rendition on maps–sometimes retaining native names, often not). The island takes its name from an early Spanish explorer. The Douglas firs became very desirable for shipbuilding. By the 1800’s Camano Island was a bustling community with mills, homes, and schools.
Camano Island Studio Tour
The Camano Island Studio Tour attracts thousands of visitors. You are rarely more than half a mile from one studio to the next studio or gallery. There is a variety of eateries, quaint shops, family-centered parks, inviting bed and breakfasts, and an eighteen-hole golf course right on the Tour Route. The Studio Tour boasts the best of big city style in the presence of small-town charm. And because there is no need to take a ferry to the island, the studio tour is all the more inviting for those who don’t want to worry about schedules or timetables.
Your visit to the Studio Tour takes place on one of the most beautiful islands in the Pacific Northwest. Camano’s beaches, bluffs, and overlooks of Port Susan Bay, Utsalady Bay and Saratoga Passage are truly breathtaking. Camano Island has stately evergreen forests filled with a mixture of native vegetation, and wildlife. Camano Island State Park and Cama Beach State Park are marked with hiking and walking trails, where you can enjoy beach combing, kite flying, bird watching, and botanizing.
2019 Art Studio Tour
The Camano Island Studio Tour takes place every year on Mother’s Day weekend.
When: Friday-Sunday, May 10-12, 2019 and the following weekend Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19. The tour is available from 10am to 5pm each day of the tour.
Where: From I-5, take Exit 212 and head West to Stanwood. Watch for signs in Stanwood to visit studios there. Then proceed to Camano Island on SR 532 to Terry’s Corner. As you approach the area watch for signs to find the artists.
Studio maps: Google tour map: https://camanostudiotour.com/map/. A billboard map featuring the location of island studios is located just off of SR532 at the Gateway.
Children will especially love Freedom Park and the adjoining playground located just west or behind the billboard map with play structures built completely from donated time and materials. There’s also a picnic area, large sculptures, and plenty of room to roam.
Heritage Park and Church Creek Park are located in Stanwood. More places to stretch your legs and capture a few photos.