Welcome to the 17th annual Camano Island Studio Tour
The 43 artists, 30 studios and 3 galleries on this year’s tour are thrilled that you have chosen to experience art with us this weekend.
The Camano Island Studio Tour is one of the oldest free self-guided tours in the Pacific Northwest and features highly accomplished juried artists practicing in diverse mediums.
This year’s cover artist, John Ebner, is one of the most prolific painters on the tour whose water colors are collected nationally. Whether you are inspired by paint, glass, wood, fabric or photography, we hear from veteran tour visitors every year that they always find something new that reconnects them with their love for art.
Our featured artist, Karla Matzke, is a founder of the Studio Tour and her Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park has been a destination for years. Matzke features both an outdoor sculpture park and an eclectic collection of art from world-renowned artists. She also spotlights top local talent, including her own stunning pastel work.
Be inspired by the art. Take some time to take in the natural beauty of our island. Visit our sponsors and enjoy the hospitality of our local shops. Make memories.
We look forward to opening our studios and homes to you and sharing our passion for art.
TWO WEEKENDS, 5 DAYS
Mothers Day Weekend,
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
May 8-10 10am – 5pm
Sat & Sun
May 16-17 10am – 5pm
Follow the blue signs to the next gallery
The tour begins in
2015 C.A.A. Cover Artist
One of the few remaining founding members of Camano Arts Association, John Ebner’s iconic Camano Island scene, sailboats set in a lush watery landscape, was selected for the cover of this year’s guide.
Learn More about John Ebner
While most of his paintings are seascapes and landscapes, he does bust out now and then to paint a flower or a door, or a market at the tulip festival. Ebner studied advertising art in Portland, then worked in sales and marketing for Hunter Douglas window coverings. His wife Paula launched his second career in painting by signing him up for a watercolor class in 1973. When they arrived on Camano Island in 1998 he had signed up with Hadley House, a national publisher of fine art, and was showing his original work at Kenneth Behm Galleries and at the granddaddy of Northwest art shows, then known as Bellevue Arts Fair. Before long, he realized he should publish his own work, and now offers many of his images as limited edition lithographs and giclee prints.
In recent years he has started reproducing his art on aluminum, giving a more contemporary art look, and he’s also offering big format prints with touches of original paint. When John is not painting watercolors, he might be experimenting with acrylics, pastels, alcohol ink or landscaping. An outdoor extension of his creativity, his elaborate yard on the top of the Northwest corner of Camano features his very own waterfalls, collages of rocks, shrubs and flowers with sculptures hidden here and there, all framed by a Japanese style Tori gate and roman columns.
During the studio tour, Ebner welcomes visitors to explore his gardens, as well as his working studio. He likes to say, “When you buy a John Ebner painting, you not only buy a painting but the peace and tranquility of the Pacific Northwest.”www.JohnEbner.com
2015 C.A.A. Featured Artist
Matzke Fine Art Gallery
Matzke Fine Art Gallery features fine art exhibits surrounded by a ten acre sculpture park under a natural temperate canopy. It’s a place for artist workshops and classes, indoors or outdoors, and a designated place for art lovers to view or purchase fine art year round.
Learn More about Matzke Fine Art Gallery
Our goal is connecting artists and collectors through our special events, exhibits, art production, and art education programs. Nestled among evergreen trees, the gallery and sculpture park currently exhibits 75 sculptures of artists whose works are of world-class significance. We thoughtfully designed the ten acres, leaving much of the natural flora of the Northwest. Sculptures by prominent and emerging American and international artists, utilize bronze, stainless steel, stone, wood and glass.
Matzke Fine Art Gallery and Sculpture Park 2345 Blanche Way Camano Is., WA 98282 Open weekends; 11 to 5 weekdays by appointment 360-387-2759www.matzkefineart.com