About KAST: Kirkland Artist Studio Tour
KAST began in 2004 when a small band of artists decided it was time Kirkland had its own artist studio tour. The artists open their studios once a year on Mothers Day weekend to give the public a rare opportunity to see artists create in their studios. Kirkland Arts Center took on the management of the tour in 2008 as part of new programming initiatives designed to support the arts within the community. 2017 is KAST’s 14th year.
A wide range of artwork will be on display and available for purchase among the various studios: Jewelry, Glass Art, Paintings, Photography, Garden Art, Sculpture, Furniture, Fiber Arts, and more! Grab a map and do the Tour. Search the artist pages of this website to further inform you about tour artists, see additional images of their works, and to find out which studios will be offering artist demonstrations throughout the weekend.
KAST 2017 Q&A
Is KAST still a “Studio Tour”? While we hope to have as many home and professional artist studios as possible, we do partner with local businesses to fill the gap of artists without spaces. In 2015, over 40 artists were featured in 21 sites: home studios, businesses and galleries. KAST is also open to local residents AND non-residents of Kirkland. We do this to be as inclusive as possible and encourage Eastside and regional artists to participate.
How can individual artist’s help improve KAST? As in prior years, KAST artists and studios commit to ALL the policies and responsibilities as described in the Artist Guidelines. This includes distribution of marketing materials, hanging day-of signage, finding Tour sponsors and advertisers, sending personal invitations to networks, attending KAST meetings and more. To encourage partnership and communication between the KAST artists and KAC, we are also creating a new KAST Steering Committee, where the artists will have a voice and participate in making the tour a success. We strongly encourage new and returning KAST artists to consider this opportunity! (Added bonus: A 50% reduced application fee! See description above for details)
What does your application fee go towards? Your fees help cover the tour’s administrative & marketing costs. KAC was awarded a grant through the City of Kirkland’s Tourism Development Committee to help produce KAST, which covers only a portion of the tour’s marketing and administrative costs. Please contact Jennifer Gill for a detailed description of the KAST 2017 projected income and expenses.