Arts Lives on Camano Island and Stanwood

Photos shared by Camano Arts Association. Photos featuring artwork from Tasha Smith, Mark Ellinger and Matzke Sculpture Park.

For over 23 years, the Camano Arts Association (CAA) has hosted the Camano Island Studio Tour. As one of the biggest tourist art events in Stanwood and Camano, art lovers can experience a wide variety of art, including glass, ceramic, jewelry, painting, mixed media, woodworking, textile, leather, and more. Featuring over 24 studios, 30 artists and five galleries, including the renowned Matzke Gallery and sculpture park owned by CAA co-founder Karla Matzke, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

As a self-guided tour, visitors can navigate the stops along the tour using the interactive map or a printed brochure. The 2022 cover artist for the brochure is first-time participant, Tasha Smith. 

Through live demo’s, visitors have behind the scenes access to see where and how the art is created, immersing oneself in the inspiration behind the art and the artist. The Studio Tours provide a unique experience to participate in the creative process of the many local artists of Stanwood and Camano.

“It’s always a thrill to see new artists join the tour as our community continues to grow as a destination for artists,” Mary Simmons, tour director and glass artist said, “By connecting our established artists with those new to either Camano Island or Stanwood or to the Camano Arts Association (CAA), we offer a truly unique experience for tour visitors every year who have grown to trust that this juried event truly represents the best artistic talent in the region.”

The Studio Tour begins on Mother’s Day Weekend, with an encore weekend the following week. Explore the many local artists that Stanwood and Camano have to offer on May 6-8, 2022 from 10am-5pm and May 14-15, 2022 from 10am-5pm.

Learn more about the Studio Tours and the Camano Arts Association (CAA) here. 

Camano Arts Association

Camano Arts Association, or CAA, began in 1999, as the brainstorm of island artists seeking a venue in which to showcase their work.  Decades later, the success of that first art studio tour, has created a mecca of talented fine artists, living and working on the island. On beautiful, bucolic Camano Island, Washington,  CAA artists are inspired every day to make art, while also providing arts advocacy, art education, and holding the successful annual art studio tour, drawing thousands of visitors.


The vision of CAA is that Camano Island will become recognized as a major cultural center for the Visual Arts in the Pacific Northwest. 


CAA enriches its community and deepens relationships by increasing the awareness, appreciation, and education of art.
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