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NW Art Beat 2021 Open Studio Tour presented by Skagit Artists
1500 East College Way
Suite A, PMB 550
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
United States

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Call Type: Festivals
Eligibility: Regional
State: Washington
Entry Deadline: 2/26/21
Application Closed
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Entry Fee (Skagit Artists): $35.00

2021 NW Art Beat Open Studios Tour presented by Skagit Artists

Please read the entire call carefully before submitting.

If you were accepted into the 2020 NW Art Beat Open Studios Tour presented by Skagit Artists, you do not need to reapply this year.  

Skagit Artists, a 501 c 3 0rganization, invites artists from Skagit, Island, San Juan, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties to join our 17th annual open studios tour, July 17 and 18, 2021. NW Art Beat is a free, self-guided tour of Skagit County art studios featuring juried artists from these five counties. This event showcases the extraordinary talent of local artists and gives the public an insider view on how it all happens.

Art must be shown in a working studio or a business located in Skagit County. The artist’s studio or location used for display must be appropriate for public visitation. Active, working studios that share space with a gallery may be included, but work must be presented in the studio space itself.

Following conditions must be met to be shown in a business:  1. The business must purchase a $250 sponsorship. 2. The sponsorship must be received by April 1, 2021. 3. The artist(s) must conduct one scheduled demonstration each day. 4. The artist(s) using a Business are responsible for arrangements with that Business.  Skagit Artists is not a party to the arrangement. 5. Business sponsor used to showcase is not eligible for the Sponsorship offset described below.  6. Rented spaces will not be accepted. 

If you do not have a studio in Skagit County, or your studio is not appropriate for public traffic, please include a request to be hosted by another artist as part of your application. Skagit Artists will assist artists that request to be hosted in finding a suitable space. If your application is accepted and a suitable studio in which to show your work is not available all fees will be refunded. Artists are responsible for insuring their own work and space for the tour. 

Studio Tour dates: July 17 and 18, 2021, 10am to 6pm

Application Information:

Applicants may only submit through Café at 

Applicants submit 3 jpeg images per Café’s requirements that represent actual work that will be offered for sale. 


Non-refundable application fee for Skagit Artists members and non-members is $35. If invited, the participation fee is $175 for Skagit Artists members and $250 for non-members (plus a refundable sign fee).  Skagit Artists members may obtain a Sponsorship offset (see below) to lower participation fees. The fee for Skagit Artists membership is $55 a year and can be paid at www.Skagit  You must join prior to the Participation Fee Due date (March 31, 2021) to be considered a member for this event. Sign fee is $75 and is received in the form of a check at the time the signs are distributed.  The check is returned when the signs are returned.


Sponsorship Offset:

The cost to put on and promote NW Art Beat is approximately $350 per participant.  Sponsorship donations are needed to keep participation fees affordable. Skagit Artists members can offset participation fees by obtaining Sponsorship donations.  For each Sponsorship dollar obtained by May 15, 2021, 50 cents of the participation fee are eligible for a refund. Details on how to obtain the refunds will be provided to accepted artists. An artist can receive up to $175 refund.  Offsets are not transferable.

Required Time Commitment:

The success of NW Art Beat depends on each participant actively supporting the event.  We do not have a staff to do the work needed to have a successful event.  Each participant, Skagit Artists members and non-members alike will:

1. Collect and turn in studio visitor information

2. Provide Skagit Artists with event sales data (Data will only to be used to support upcoming grant applications.)

3. Distribute tour guides and posters (Will be available by June 6, 2021.)

4. Promote event using your contact lists and social media, and sharing NW Art Beat posts

5. Commit to a task that promotes the event in addition to those above (Sign up for tasks will be conducted via email after participation fees are collected.  A task typically requires 10 hours or less to complete.)

Important Dates and Deadlines:

Deadline for Application is 11:59 Standard Mountain Time (SMT) per Café rules, February 26, 2021.

Notifications of accepted artists will be on or before March 15, 2021.

Participation fees must be submitted by end of the day March 31, 2021 via  Link for payment will be emailed to accepted artists.

Sponsorships eligible for offset must be obtained on or before May 15, 2021.


Please select one of the following:

__ I have a studio in Skagit County, and I am willing to host another artist.

__ I have a studio in Skagit County, and I am not able to host another artist.

__ I am requesting to be hosted at a studio in Skagit County.

__I will showcase at a business in Skagit County.


Chloé Dye Sherpe

Chloe Dye Sherpe is the Curatorial Project Manager for The Lumiere Group, an art consulting company that specializes in corporate collections. Chloe manages art acquisitions and works with contemporary, emerging artists all over the world. Recent acquisitions include artworks by John Grade, Ellen Lesperance, Jennifer Zwick, and Gillian Theobald. Prior to joining The Lumiere Group, Chloe was the curator at the Museum of Northwest Art. During her three-year tenure at MoNA, Chloe either curated or coordinated over thirty exhibitions and brought over 150 artists to the museum. Chloe received her MA in Art History from the University of Florida. 

Jennifer Bowman

Jennifer Bowman is an award-winning Puget Sound artist who has exhibited professionally for 25 years. Her works appears in private, public, and corporate collections, nationally and internationally, and in various publications: Washington’s Heirloom Birth Certificate, North-light Art books and 48 Degrees North.  She has been festival poster artist for Edmonds, Anacortes, Skagit Tulip Festival 2004 and 2020, Whidbey Island Races and Anacortes Windermere Regatta. 

See for paintings, profile and complete gallery list.

Alicia Harvey

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Alicia Harvey moved to the Seattle area in the mid 1990s and was immediately swept up by the art scene swirling around her. She played for years with pottery and watercolor, before transitioning to acrylics and mixed media in 2000.

Her work has appeared in group shows around the area, including Seattle, Edmonds, and Everett. She has consistently presented demonstrations and taught workshops at Daniel Smith Artists’ Materials (both in Seattle and Bellevue), as well as at artEAST and The Workshop in Issaquah. 


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