Presented by Guemes Island Community Center Association (GICCA)
“Enriching and Connecting our Island Community”



SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2024, 10 AM TO 4 PM

The Summer Guemes Island Art Market and Studio Tour will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It will have a FRESH new approach with two group locations as well as selected studios around the island.  We want you! A small table of original treasures or an art-filled tent… there is a place for every island artist. Those with lots of art or those just getting started are invited to participate.

Indoor and outdoor booths will be gathered at Guemes Island Community Center and at Paradise Pottery Company offering fine arts and creative crafts. A wonderful eclectic combination of jewelry, décor, yard art, pottery, paintings and more… offered by Guemes Island artists of all ages. The traditional self-guided studio tour will have fewer locations with a focus on high quality original art. Paintings, wood working, luminaries are among the studio offerings. 


Space is still available for island artists to join in the Art Market on Saturday, June 8.  The two wonderful Art Market Locations are the Community Hall and Paradise Pottery Studio. Reach out to “” for more information.


7549 Guemes Island Rd

7611 Guemes Island Rd

5684 Paradise Lane

7609 Holiday Boulevard

7875 Shaw Street

7534 Holiday Boulevard


*Click on each studio number to view the artists at that location. Hover over the images for the artist’s name, items they are selling, and a link to their artist page or personal website if available.*


Article written by Libby Boucher

The 2024 Summer Artist Studio Tour is only a week away and more artists are still being added! It will be like a game of Where’s Waldo to see if you can find those added after we “go to press”. We do know about these four additions:  Kathy Whitman, Sam DeCroes, Carol Steffy, and Janette Flowers Keller. Carol and Janette will be part of the Spirit of Guemes Art Gallery and will feature acrylic & watercolor painting and quilts, respectively. The quilt proceeds will benefit the Historical Society and Library. Sam DeCroes will be situated at the Paradise Lane locale. You definitely need to swing by his shop to add some of his “Welcome to Guemes” shirts and totes to your collection. Last, but certainly not least, is Kathy Whitman. In addition to organizing this whole tour and the Guemes Island Art Initiative, Kathy is an amazing artist. Her framed watercolors will be joining Chris Shuman at Channel Lights Studio on Holiday Boulevard. By the way, if you like to dabble with watercolors and want to learn more, Kathy shares her knowledge and techniques at the Drop-In Painters workshops held on the first and third Thursdays of the month at the Community Center. Bring your projects and paint away from 11:30-2:00.


Last month’s article is below so you can refresh your memory of the participants we already knew about. We hope to see you on Saturday, June 8th!


The 2024 Summer Artist Studio Tour will soon be here and even though it’s one of our bigger tours, with 39 artists, it will be easier than ever to see them all. The majority will be at two “Art Markets” located within walking distance of the ferry. The Community Center and surrounding area will play host to a whopping 27 artists. The Spirit of Guemes Gallery will again be at the church and will feature a photography show of the Island Explorers Summer Camp along with a Guemes History presentation. Just up the road, on Paradise Lane, the second Market will be at last month’s Artist of the Month’s studio and will feature nine artists, including the four youngest participants. In addition to these locations, there will be three individual studios open for business.


In my humble opinion, the best place to start your day is the Community Center so you can take care of your tummy with some coffee and home-baked treats, the sales of which will benefit GET – the Guemes Emergency Team. If tasty sweets aren’t your jam, you can also support GET by having Mary Lascelles take your portrait for only $5! Mary has traveled the world beautifully documenting the people and places she visits, and you won’t be disappointed by what she does for you.


While you circle the Hall, be sure to swing into the library. They will be selling a variety of items including the Riff Raff t-shirts by Slow Loris; hats and aprons designed by Jan Ebersole; greeting cards by Cathy Schoenberg, Devon LeBoutillier, and Chris LeBoutillier; coaster sets and bookmarks by Mitercraft; and maybe some other last-minute surprises. All profits here will benefit the library.


Cathy Schoenberg

To round out your opportunities to have your purchases support Island organizations, be sure to hit the twelve artists who are working to support the Guemes Island Ferry Trail. You’ll be tempted by the animal feed bags (perfect for carrying everything you buy!), note cards, pocket purses, and driftwood art. Artists contributing to this area are Mari Walsh-Smith, Maryam Schutz, Mary Heath, Nancy Liggett, Katie Johnson, Bonnie Olpin, John Strathman, Deb Strathman, Edie Clark, Lorrie Steele, and Dave Shill. Deb Strathman and Christy Simonton will also be putting together baskets for a raffle.


Karen Lamphere

The Community Center hub will be a delight to the eyes and has the potential to make a big dent in the pocketbook!  Michael Hilliard and Karin Mellskog have been working on their Dogs of Dog Island project for almost a year and they will be there selling their book that’s filled with gorgeous portraits and stories of our island pooches. Emily Y. Horton will offer her nature-inspired mixed media prints. Her work with sumi ink will be sure to impress. With paper for her foundation, Dana Bettinger’s abstract watercolors and mixed media is not to be missed. We will have three artists who work with dyed fibers. Angela McLean will share her towels, totes, napkins and more. She has dyed these items with natural materials, many of which were sourced on Guemes Island! Sequoia Ferrel will again offer her botanically dyed yarn and sheep products along with paintings and prints. Frea Gladish has also returned with her indigo fabric; a must-have if the color blue pleases your eye. Speaking of blue, Karen Lamphere has been perfecting her craft and the work she’s now doing with her wet cyanotype has grown considerably. Stop by her booth to learn about the cyanotype process, one of the first photography techniques, and be amazed at her finished products.


Susan Brendon

If you want to decorate your body instead of your walls, you need to stop and visit Susan Brendon and Laura Ferguson. They both make jewelry that ranges from the more whimsical to the locally sourced. They both also offer items to adorn your home with drink vessels, suncatchers, and other décor. Last, but certainly not least, is Donna McCord of Beacon Glass. Her blown glass can be found all over the island, from surprise feathers on the Guemes Mountain Trail to Cedar Berries hiding in the trees in the Dog Woods forest. Donna has been a favorite on the Studio Tour and will certainly add a splash of color to your home.


Jennie Mimnaugh

Our Artist of the Month for April is a busy mom who miraculously squeezes in enough time elbow deep in clay to produce plenty of items to sell. Jennie Mimnaugh is opening up her pole barn for the second time and if this tour is anything like the one in December, you will find shelf upon shelf of her clay masterpieces. Jennie is graciously hosting eight other artists for the tour. Danielle and Riley Petrich will both be selling bookmarks and marbled mugs. Additionally, Danielle will offer watercolor greeting cards and Riley will have jewelry. Riley is the youngest artist on the tour and will have just turned 8 one month before the tour. The talent present in the youth of our island knows no bounds as will be evident when you step up to the Horneman table. Scarlet and Violet are seasoned Studio Tour professionals and will have available their clay earrings, ornaments, hand-drawn coloring books, and watercolor magnets. Not to be outdone by her daughters, Mom (Shauna) will also be there with her handmade soaps. Three more artists will round out the Paradise Pottery location. Heidi Brewer-Peters is the creator of a variety of items that include mixed media, garden art, watercolor, wooden signs, prints, and collage. If  mixed media is your thing, you will also be treated to the work of Diane Rosellini whose pieces are created with oils and cold wax. Acrylic is the forte of artist Sarah Roare and she is the final artist you will find at this location. With everything from Sarah’s contemporary pieces to pottery that you can use every day, you’re sure to find something that tickles your fancy on Paradise Lane.


The final three artists have all participated in the Studio Tour before and they will all be located at their own studios.  Marietta Harrigan, owner of Channel Lights Studio, works with oils and will have her colorful pieces that are a mix of the human figure and beautiful landscapes, many of which will be very familiar to those who live on Guemes. Chris Shuman dabbles in a wide variety of artwork so you should be able to find something that speaks to you. You will have the opportunity to walk away with painted canvas and sail cloth bags, bike inner tube jewelry, or small framed digital art and photos. The last of our artists is David McKibben of Shavings and Sawdust Studio. David has been a part of the Studio Tour from the get-go and it’s obvious why he’s a favorite stop. His woodworking skills are very impressive, and his pieces include turned bowls, charcuterie boards, and clocks to name a few. 


June 8th is coming up quickly, so be sure to download your map from the Guemes Island Art website and mark your calendars so you don’t forget this favorite island event. The fun begins at 10:00am and will continue until 4:00pm.