Rick Klauber

Rick’s attraction to beautiful stones has been a lifelong passion. He used to collect agates and jaspers in the deserts of Southern California and eventually began making jewelry from found material. Soon Rick started incorporating his woodworking skills, and over time this hobby morphed into a fascination with collecting natural stones that could be displayed in his home and garden. His artistic inspiration stemmed from being exposed to the Masters in his travels to Europe. Asian art also attracted Rick in his time spent in the Navy and travels in the Far East. Viewing Stone art became a melding of these interests for Rick. He discovered that there is a 1500 year history in Asia of collecting natural stones and displaying them in carved wooden bases. Through a combination of reading limited English literature on the subject and seeking out like minded individuals on the West Coast he has expanded his knowledge and skill in presentation techniques. The combination of natural stone (no visible surface alteration) and wood provides Rick with a creative presentation for the enjoyment of others. He displays natural stones to be microcosms of the natural world while providing an emotional response to...

Amy Martin

Like many of the artist on the Camano Island Studio Tour, Amy has been painting and drawing her whole life. From her early years in high school when she was active in art class pursuing diverse mediums from pottery and watercolor to acrylics and oils – to her college years at Edinburough University where she majored in creative writing and minored in painting – art and the creative discipline of language and imagery has always been a part of her life. She’s focused much of her art career in metaphysical painting – studies of ghostly imagery. She’s recently also been inspired by the natural world of Camano Island and has pursued straight landscape painting. Committed to continuing her education in artistic expression, Amy is currently getting her MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College. She sees language, literature and visual art as all connected. “It’s about a lot of emotional energy – writing and painting are two sides of the same coin.” Her professional career has been as diverse as her art – an army pilot turned Microsoft manager, that creative energy has been a part of everything she does. Amy moved to Camano Island nearly seven years ago and has been working tirelessly on remodeling her home over those years. She is excited to see it complete soon and ready to share with tour visitors in her newly designed...

Stan O’Neil – Glass sculptor

Stan’s love for art and working with his hands began when he was just 14 years old. As he got older he channeled that passion into owning his own body shop, working at a foundry and even a metal shop before he got into working with glass. He first dabbled with glass art when he was making custom gates and handrails for a number of clients. Their incorporation of glass into the design gave Stan the liberty to play with this new medium and really discover his passion. The art scene of Camano Island has been a large part of Stan’s journey as he worked for five years under Dan Bergsma at the Sea Glass Gallery. He soon began landing his own glass sculptures in Dan’s gallery until he eventually branched out on his own. Today, Stan is in the process of building a house on Camano Island where his shop and gallery also reside. Glass continues to be his medium of choice although his gallery also displays pieces of bronze, metal and even paintings. Stan enjoys collaborating with other artists whenever possible and travels the country showing his pieces and gathering inspiration from different cultures and...

Camano Island Mural Designer Danny Koffman

The Camano Island Mural is made up of individual squares of (30) CM Tour artists in a variety of styles and mediums. The colorful representation is rich with texture and details and provides an overall feeling of the natural beauty and geography of Camano Island. Stop by Koffman Studio #24 to buy prints of the Mural or individual pieces. A portion of each sale benefits the CM Art Scholarship...

Linda Demetre

Linda Demetre’ s 1916 Mabana Schoolhouse has recently been designated a Washington State Heritage Historical site. The school was built in 1916 by pioneers in the logging community of Mabana near the south tip of Camano Island. At the time, there was no bridge to the island, just a wharf where boats moved more timber than people. She applied for the  heritage register to protect the schoolhouse for  future generations. Some of the most influential figures in the island’s history left their legacy there. This venerable old building is Linda’s art studio, where she spends many hours painting in oils. Her work is richly colorful and impressionistic, capturing the mood of her subject. Come visit Linda and see her beautiful artwork at the Historic Mabana Schoolhouse, a venue rich with history, art and nature, at Studio #3 on the Camano Studio...

Mary Simmons

Mary Simmons, Camano IslandArtGlass, Studio #17, Kiln Glass Residency Experience; Last fall, I was invited to participate in a professional kiln-glass residency program held at Pilchuck Glass School, which is the most comprehensive center for glass art education in the world. The theme of our residency program was Nature as Muse, and what inspiration I had. The incredible facility of Pilchuck Glass School, and surrounding natural beauty as well as the depth and scope of artists and resources, was enveloping and amazing. Spending this residency with some of the most incredible and accomplished glass artists from around the world, including Steve Klein and Richard Parrish, who led our residency, was the most rewarding and thought provoking experience I’ve ever had in my glass art career. All of the artists in our group shared, contributed and encouraged each other; all while pursuing their own investigations. I’m looking forward to further explorations from what I’ve learned and experienced at this professional kiln-glass...

New Artists For 2016

Opal Jean Cocke Fiber Artist My love of textiles and color has become my art. Coming from a long line of quilters, I have taken my fiber art in a whole new direction. My fiber pieces are functional and nonfunctional, vibrant and reflective. They will add color and whimsy to your home. This is my art. Sally Chang Ceramics Sally Chang has been washing clay off of her hands for 25+ years. Her motivations include texture, form, color and most importantly touch. Beginning with a slab of clay, each piece is molded and shaped by hand. While there is uniformity in her current line of functional ware, every piece retains its individuality. Michele Rushworth Oil I’m thrilled to be a part of the Camano Island Studio Tour for 2016. I’ve visited the artists on the tour for several years and the possibility of participating in the Tour is a big reason why my husband and I moved to Camano from Sammamish last year. It’s an honor to be among so many highly acclaimed artists in such a variety of media! I look forward to showing my Northwest landscapes in oils to the Tour visitors next spring. Naoko Yamamoto Porcelain Painting I am delighted to be a part of Camano Island Studio Tour for 2016. I paint on blank porcelain using mineral paint and fire them in the kiln. I never dreamed of this opportunity when I moved to Camano Island from Chicago 4 years ago. This is a great occasion to introduce old and new art forms to those who love the arts. Suki Gluzinski Painting I was drawn...
Marguerite Goff

Marguerite Goff

I have spent many years being delighted by what you can make with clay. From the first perfect heart as a nine year old through the wonder of making functional things we can use for our morning coffee and cereal or the joy of sculpting a salmon, I thrill to the feel of clay in my hands and the excitement of making something new. After growing up on the east coast and getting a BFA at the University of Massachusetts, I moved west. As a new landscape seeped into my bones, the natural beauty and fascinating cultural influences of this region inspired me. Functional pottery was my first focus, but my interest has expanded to exploring the pot more sculpturally and moving to tiles, wall sculptures, and public installations. My work now often involves the excitement of marrying the unpredictable effects from raku firing with realistic natural and cultural forms. I love it all: big and small, public and private. The White Salmon Day Lodge at the Mt. Baker Ski Area commissioned my first large relief tile installation. Two additional architectural pieces are large relief tile murals commissioned by Haggen Inc. for their stores in Snohomish and Olympia. The city of Arlington has two public works: ‘Council of Salmon’ on City Hall and a gateway sign. Currently Ivar’s Salmon House on Lake Union is installing several of my salmon. …..And tomorrow I will go back into the studio and dream again, and make more new things for the joy and wonder of...