2019 Tour Requirements
Please read all of these important instructions about the Studio Tour.
The Whatcom Artist Studio Tour is a free, self-guided tour occurring the first two weekends of October. The Studio Tour offers visitors insights into the creative process, work-life and work-environment of area artists and provides an opportunity for people to purchase original works directly from their makers. Established in 1995, the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour (WAST) is organizing its 25th annual tour for 2019, to be held October 5&6 and 12&13. This is a juried event.
Last year the tour featured over 40 artists, showing throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County. The tour is widely promoted in the Seattle to Vancouver BC corridor. The tour is cooperatively organized and run by the participants on a volunteer basis. In addition to the application fees, the tour obtains grant money and ad revenue from the brochure it publishes.
The promoters of the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour are making every effort to create a premier art experience for visitors, and a successful exhibiting and sales venue for artists in the Bellingham and Whatcom County areas.
Advertising and Promotion
Tour participants share in the benefits of group advertising including
A professionally designed brochure and map
Directional signs Printed promotional material
Social Media including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter availability
Coordinated press releases to area media Advertisements in periodical publications throughout Whatcom County, the Puget Sound area, and lower British Columbia.
For 2019, we plan to sponsor additional pre-tour group exhibitions at locations in Whatcom County.
Requirements for Acceptance
Standards of Work
All work submitted for jury and sold during WAST must be original works in its execution and design handcrafted by the applicant. Works that have been produced with commercial kits or prefabricated forms are not acceptable unless the end product is altered enough to be judged by the jury as acceptable. No more than 40% of works displayed may be sideline reproductions of originals.
All new artists and previous WAST artists who juried in 2014 must jury for acceptance into the tour. If you were in the Tour last year you have received an email letting you know you need to jury this year. After acceptance into the tour, each artist will be REQUIRED to jury every three years to ensure that the highest quality artwork is retained within the tour. NEW ARTISTS must fill out the application form completely for consideration to be juried into the Tour. Completed online application, images and jury fees must be received no later than midnight, April 12, 2019.
The application is completed and submitted online. New this year — All artists must apply. Gathering the digital images and studio information from all artists at this time is critical for a timely preparation of the brochure. All applications must be accompanied by 5 quality digital photographic images in high quality, JPEG format (see Image Specifications in next section). Images should be representative of the work you will be showing on the tour. You may submit an additional image of you working in your studio which may be used for promotional purposes. It is to your advantage to submit this image as we have need of them for advertising purposes.
Image Specifications & Requirements
All images must be formatted to the following specifications in order to upload successfully into our system.
Images should be representative of the work you will be showing on the Tour. If you do 3-D work, we need one shot each of your best works (not multiple views of the same piece). Only the work of participating tour artists will be used for publicity purposes.
For help with scanning photographs or slides, consult a professional photographer, digital technician or photo lab.
1920 pixels on the longest side; 300ppi (pixels per inch). Keep your images “squarish” in dimension; avoid long narrow images as they will appear small or get cropped.
Formatting Your Images
Preferred dimensions are "squarish"; 4x by 5x either vertically or horizontally is a good dimension to shoot for.
Save all images as high quality JPEGs. Do not save as a progressive JPEG. File Size: JPEGs must be no more than 2 MB. Color space: Save images in an RGB color space, preferably sRGB.
Naming Your Files
Important - you must use this naming convention to have your images upload successfully. Label each image with artist name (last name first) and number 1-5. Example: Smith_John_1.jpg
Jury Submission Fees
The jury fee is $35. You may pay online using a credit card or by check. Payments are due by April 12, 2019. All artists accepted into the Tour must pay the full participation fees by May 1, 2019 (see Studio Tour Participation Fees below). No exceptions.
The tour is for YOU and the cooperative effort from all the artists that participate each year has made this event a premier venue for Whatcom County artists. However, the tour doesn’t happen without your support. Every artist is required to contribute time doing a task or being on a committee. No exceptions.
Tasks will be clearly defined and most require no more than a couple of hours. A sign-up sheet at the first meeting will outline the tasks and estimated time required.
Each participating artist must fill out and turn in to WAST a volunteer time log and an evaluation/Tour Statistics Form at the end of the Tour (forms provided prior to the tour).
All artists must submit separate applications and fees, unless artists are applying as a team representing work that is collaboratively created. Cooperative artist studios must submit individual applications.
All artists are responsible for collecting and paying taxes to the appropriate city, county, and/or state tax agencies.
The Whatcom Artist Studio Tour does not provide any insurance. It is the responsibility of the artist to carry the appropriate insurance.
Artists’ studios must be open all days and hours of the tour. Artists must be present in their respective studios during the Tour barring extraordinary circumstances.
Artists must live in Whatcom County. WAST strongly encourages each artist to provide demonstrations and/or visual representation of their artistic processes to the public.
The studio space must be suitable to show work.
The studio must be large enough to accommodate tour visitors and to offer them parking space.
The studio must be located within Whatcom County.
During the tour days and hours, the studio must sell only work by participating tour artists who have juried, been accepted and paid the WAST application and studio fee.
Studios must include an actual art production area for each artist.
Studios that provide education or instruction as a regular course of business may display but not sell student work during the show (unless the student is a paying WAST artist participant).
Studio Tour Participation Fees
The tour fee remains the same as last year at $250. We strive to keep it as low as possible and it is directly affected by the number of artists that volunteer to help with the various tasks required to make the tour happen. If you choose to opt out of volunteering your fee is $450. These fees are per artist not per studio. Fees are due no later than May 1st, 2019
All fees may be paid by check, Credit Card or deposited into the WAST account at WECU (Whatcom Educational Credit Union. If you elect to use a Credit Card the cost of credit card processing will be added. You will be shown this cost before submitting your payment.
Mail checks to
Whatcom Artist Studio Tour
PO Box 5921
Bellingham, WA 98227
The fee includes
A website listing for each artist that includes five color photographs of work, a tag line, a studio, and an email address and a personal website link.
Placement in the tour brochure that includes a color photograph of work, name of artist and/or studio, media of work and contact information (name, address, phone & email) and a location on the map in the tour brochure.
Participation in pre-tour group shows.
Important 2019 Dates
April 12 Deadline for application. All artists must apply.
Late April Jury results emailed
May 1 Deadline for Tour Fees
To be announced
General Meeting Dates
To be announced
Studio Tour dates October 5–6 & 12–13, 2019
After Tour Wrap up pot luck (date and location to be announced)
WAST uses a website called "GroupSpaces" for publicizing information, sending emails, posting meeting times, dates and locations. It will be your responsibility to provide us with the e-mail address to be published on our website and to use this address for access to "GroupSpaces". Every participant must have a unique email address. After your application has been received and reviewed you will be notified of the next step.
The mission of
the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour organization is to produce events that arouse appreciation for our art and craft, provide a high quality sales venue and education while fostering a collaborative arts community among its participants for the benefit of Whatcom County communities.
Thank You and Welcome to our 24th Annual Whatcom Studio Artists Tour!
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