Studio Tour

Thanksgiving Weekend 2017 ~ 10th PAA Studio Tour November 24 & 25 ~ 10 to 4 pm daily.

Thanksgiving weekend offers you a special opportunity to tour the backroads and byways of the Long Beach Peninsula. Many of the colorful local artists will open their personal studios tucked away in the forests between Willapa Bay and the Pacific Ocean. You’ll see glass art, pottery, paintings, photography, monoprints, jewelry, fabric art, metal sculpture, wood carving, repurposed art, demonstrations, and more.

If your desire is to shop small this season, or to surprise someone special (or yourself!) with a unique gift and have an adventure while you shop… this is the place to be Friday and Saturday the 24th and 25th of November from 10-4. The studio tour is a brilliant way to enjoy time with family, friends and holiday visitors.

Maps will be available online on our website at least 2 weeks in advance, on the Peninsula Arts Association Facebook page, from the Long Beach Visitors Bureau, at The Picture Attic and M&D Designs in Long Beach, Bay Avenue Gallery in Ocean Park, and the Ocean Park Area Chamber office. The route will also be well marked with “Art Event” signs.



About the 2016 Studio Tour

If you start in the south, you’ll meet Linda Marsh and Debbie Haugsten at Marsh Pottery Studio on the hill in Ilwaco. Linda makes both handbuilt and thrown pieces. You’ll find fanciful and functional items for your kitchen as well as the garden. She’ll offer demonstrations all day. Debbie re-creates her fresh and fun jewelry by taking apart vintage pieces and making them new again.

Karen Brownlee’s clay studio is just behind her house on nearby Sandridge Road. The bright colors on her stoneware emphasize both classical shapes and whimsical designs. Karen’s Raku pieces, mosaics and magical garden animals are sure to delight every visitor.

Crossing to Pacific Highway and heading north a bit, you’ll find Kristi Marshall in her studio at “Our Place at the Beach”. She enjoys creatively re-purposing vintage and other cast-off items and makes unique art, jewelry and home décor. You just might find that perfect special lamp!

The Picture Attic, a local gallery and art supply, features owner Jean Nitzel’s quirky watercolors of local birds and iconic Peninsula places. Jean’s galley has been in business over 35 years and represents 16 local artists in a variety of mediums. She also offers prints and cards of her irresistible birds and animals.

Don’t miss The Hobbit Shop, Jim Unwin’s woodcarving lair that houses his creations. Functional, fanciful and finely crafted carved wood pieces in his personal and in Northwest native style. Jim’s way of seeing the figures in a block of wood will amaze you.

Backtrack a bit and cross the peninsula on Cranberry Road and turn north to discover Penny Treat and Elizabeth Bonn-Zimmerman’s Sandridge Road studios. Penny is an established artist with a bay view studio that always has new work – these days she is hand painting on silk, and creating new woodblocks for an upcoming show. Come and see her hydrangea wreaths and topiary trees made from her garden plants.

Just up the road, Elizabeth focuses on pattern, color and printing in her studio.  You’ll find one of a kind prints and making of all sorts, including repurposed jewelry. Elizabeth’s unusual vision offers you a new way of ‘seeing’. Check it out.

Eric Wiegardt has been painting loose and fresh magic since 1985 in his great grand-father’s Victorian home turned studio gallery. His watercolors have won numerous national and international awards. Eric’s paintings reflect his European travels and are frequently inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest; the beaches, sunsets, Willapa Bay, ancient forests, fishing boats and flowers.

Weir Studios has been busy making lots of brand-new surprises for you! Andrea and Sven Weir create glass and stone jewelry and fused glass bowls and plates, as well as oil paintings and drawings.

Judith McFadden works with oils and photography to create realistic scenes. She is pleased for the opportunity to welcome you to her home and share her art with you.

Bay Avenue Gallery represents more than 50 local artists in a stunning array of mediums. Owner, artist and art teacher Sue Raymond hand builds flocks of Sea Birds and small animal characters displaying a variety of comical attitudes. Demonstrations: Friday 2-4- Holiday Animals and Saturday afternoon- potter’s wheel.

Carol Couch is a longtime resident watercolor painter and art instructor. Her popular work features interesting local subjects. The Studio Tour is Carol’s biggest party of the year complete with the best refreshments.

Judy Cox and Nancy Meyrick are co-hostessing at Carol’s studio. Judy, a popular card maker, will demonstrate and offer for sale her handmade iris fold and papercast cards as well as holiday cards and framed prints. Nancy loves to tell stories with her photography. She is by inspired by nature and by life.

Michele B. Naquaiya’s cozy studio is full of hand knit accessories like hats and scarves. She also makes mosaic art from recycled materials-offered in the form of wall plates that depict her abstract designs. Naquaiya is an artist who works in several mediums and is always inspired by the unique materials she collects, such as broken dishes, bits of mirrors or ceramic flowers, stones or broken porcelain. Giving discarded materials a new life is her motto.

Bette Lu Krause’ studio is tucked into the trees a bit north of Ocean Park. Her passion for wild places informs her work with acrylic paints on canvas. She’ll offer her art as originals and as prints, on tiles, ornaments, cards and on locally silk-screened t-shirts. Come and see the newest long-sleeved shirts just in time for the holidays! In the world, she strives to help others to embrace their home planet.

Sharing Bette Lu’s studio (she’ll be in the house) is glass artist Vickie Branch, offering handmade dichroic jewelry, handmade glass beads, glass ornaments and wind chimes.

Up on J place in Surfside, Don Perry works with a plasma cutter to hand cut his metal pieces. Fish, mermaids, symbols, sayings as well as signs and holiday trees crafted especially for the studio tour are made from recycled industrial saw blades, mild steel, stainless steel and copper. He’ll be demonstrating his unusual craft.

Our northernmost artist’s studio belongs to Betsey Nelson. An accomplished, award-winning, published artist and art instructor, Betsey works with color and atmosphere in oil, pastel, ink, gouache and graphite. She also shows and teaches in Sedona, AZ. Don’t miss this fabulous new addition to our 9th annual studio tour.


2016 Studio Map – Click Here to download and print!



From Previous Years:

Download a printable copy of the tour map 2015MAP

Download a printable list of  participating artists and venues 2015StudioTour

studiotoursigns PAA has added new signs to help you travel from one location to the next.  Our regular Art Event signs will be joined by these Studio Tour signs to announce the next spot to stop!


Previous Studio Tours

PENINSULA ARTS ASSOCIATION 4TH STUDIO TOUR – CHINOOK TO SURFSIDE! THIS ARTICLE INCLUDES SOME DRIVING TIPS Ocean Park, Washington, November 11, 2011 – There are eighteen reasons you should mark your calendar for November 25 and 26.  Eighteen is the number of private studios or galleries that will be hosting artists from Peninsula Arts Association for its 4th Annual Studio Tour.  From 10 am to 4 pm daily, the twenty-four artists sprinkled throughout the peninsula, from Chinook to Surfside, will tempt visitors with one-of-a-kind art work, holiday themed cards, prints, art cards, pottery, jewelry, photography and so much more.  There will be delicious nibbles along the way and many art demonstrations.  It is the perfect way to experience the vibrant and active art community in residence here, while touring the beauty of our location on the coast.  Plus…what a great way to start your holiday shopping!  Following is a brief overview of the tour and the artists. Beginning in Chinook, the gateway to the peninsula, M & D Designs (760 Hwy 101) is a family owned glass and bead shop with a fully equipped hot glass studio.  Terry and Vickie Branch showcase the work of over twenty glass, silver and jewelry artists including daughter and son-in-law, Marion and Patrick Ogle.  Classes and studio rental time are available and something interesting is always going on at the worktable. There are three stops on Howerton at the Port of Ilwaco, all overlooking the beautiful Ilwaco Harbor.  Don Nisbett Art Gallery (167 Howerton) offers original watercolors, acrylics, prints and cards.  A favorite theme of this ebullient artist is nautical…mermaids, crabs, ships, local scenes…it’s all here with a touch of humor thrown into the mix.  Marie Powell’s Shoalwater Cove Gallery (177 Howerton) features the work of this long time favorite local artist.  There is always something new at this prolific artist’s studio and gallery.  Rounding out the port stops is Queen La De Da’s Creative Corner (227 Howerton).  Whimsical mixed media collage, recycled art and found objects reign at this location. The next section of the tour may be accessed by traveling north on either the bay side of the peninsula on Sandridge Road, or the ocean side on Pacific Highway.  Basically, you can reach these spots coming or going. The Picture Attic (711 Pacific North, west side of highway) is artist Jean Nitzel’s playhouse.  Filled with art supplies and framing options, the gallery/shop offers classes and gatherings of artists interested in all media.  Nitzel is a paper artist, photographer and painter…a triple treat!  Hosted at this location, photographer Nancy Meyrick offers framed photos, cards and ornaments, all with her optimistic viewpoint at the fore. Continuing north on Pacific, is the workshop of Richard Schroeder (1210 163rd Place, on the west side of the highway).  Schroeder creates elegant and functional lathe-turned wood bowls.  Each is a one-of-a-kind creation and although they make fantastic gifts, it is hard to let them go.  (Please note that location # 12 on the map will not be open for the tour). If you are taking the Sandridge route north, Epinoia Studio (15915 Sandridge Road, west side of highway) is home to the printmaking and painting creations of Elizabeth Bonn Zimmerman.  Acrylic paintings, monotype and linoleum block prints reside in this peaceful studio along with a few mermaids.  Sharing the space is George Zimmerman with his hand crafted wood tables.  A bit farther north finds The Artist’s Roost, (3900 199th Court, meander in on the west side of road), home studio of clay artist Sue Raymond.  Filled with the whimsical birds and creatures of her ample imagination, there are also beautiful raku teapots and acrylic paintings on view.  Outdoor firing demonstrations are always exciting.  Hosted there is new jewelry artist Debbie Haugsten.  Working with old and new beads, bits of retro costume jewelry and resin, her work reflects both the elegance of time past and the casual beach influence of the area. Ocean Park, an area quietly assuming the mantle of a “new art destination”, has six tour locations, of which all but one is on Bay Avenue.  Traveling on Pacific, but before reaching town, you will pass the studio of photographer Peggy Bleckov (20711 Pacific Way, west side of highway).  The enchanted world of Blackwood Beach Cottages is home to Bleckov’s studio and reflects her sense of style, composition and color…all evident in her beautiful photography.  Her photograph, The Bond, won Best in Show at PAA’s recent Fall Art Show.  Specially designed holiday cards are just one of the featured treasures found here. Bay Avenue crosses the peninsula from bay to beach.  It can be accessed from Sandridge Road or Pacific Highway.  Starting from the bay side, the first stop is Wiegardt Studio Gallery (2607 Bay Avenue).  Eric Wiegardt is an internationally collected watercolor and acrylic artist and native son of the peninsula.  The October 2011 issue of Watercolor Artist Magazine has Wiegardt’s work on the cover and as featured artist.  His studio gallery, housed in the Victorian home built by his great grandfather, is filled with framed and unframed originals, prints, cards, art supplies, instruction materials and information on upcoming art classes.  On hand to answer questions and “talk art”, Wiegardt’s studio is a friendly and welcoming place. Heading towards the ocean, next is the Barn on Bay (2311 Bay Avenue).  The big red barn has ample room for photographer and putter(er) Bonnie Lou Cozby to display her work.  Eclectic by nature and attracted to rusty, shiny and neglected items, one never knows what may be on hand to consider in the barn.  Sharing the space is paper artist and fellow photographer Judy Cox.  Known for her exquisite iris-folded art cards and shadow boxes, Cox also creates hand decorated magnetic bookmarks, pins and jewelry pieces and will be doing iris-folding demos throughout the day.  Her work can be found in galleries up and down the coast. A few doors down, still heading west, in a reclaimed boat barn, is Weir Studios (2217 Bay Avenue).  Andrea Weir is an award winning stained glass artist and her beautiful and colorful work is on view at many churches and buildings throughout the peninsula.  Fused glass pendants, bowls, plates and drawings are just a sample of the artistic work offered at this stop.  Next on the north side of Bay Avenue is Naquaiya Art Gallery (1715 Bay Avenue).  Michele Beaulieu has won numerous awards for her scratchboard drawings, but there is so much more this artist has to offer.  Custom designed greeting cards, giclee prints, textiles and more all vie for space in her compact and enticing studio gallery. The last Bay Avenue stop is on the south side and closest to the ocean.  Bay Avenue Gallery (1306 Bay Avenue) was the brainchild of acrylic artist Bette Lu Krause.  Opened on April 1st, 2010, the gallery has been nobody’s fool, quickly growing to include a business partner (Sue Raymond who will be at her studio Artist’s Roost), and original art from over thirty local artists.  Krause’s work embodies her passion for and knowledge of wild places.  As a shipboard naturalist, she has first hand experience with the subjects of her paintings.  Bold use of color and palette knife bring forth the mystery, depth and freedom found in her paintings, which are also available as cards, prints and tiles.  Joining her in the gallery for the tour is fused glass artist Barbara Lester.  The delicate and colorful, hand painted or dichroic, fused glass jewelry pieces bring collectors back over and over for “just another one”.  Whether on a velvet cord or silver chain, in earring form or pin, Lester’s glass works make wonderful holiday or any-day gifts.  She will be doing demonstrations throughout the day and also offers classes at the gallery. Twisting and curving Surfside is home to the four farthest north destinations on the tour.  Easiest to access via Pacific Highway (also known as Vernon), keep an eye out for PAA Art Event signs, starting at the Joe Johns Road intersection, to lead you in.  Directional signs taking you to Andrea Traphagen’s garret studio (1503 304th Place) are the first you will come to. Traphagen was Featured Artist at this year’s Spring Art Show, having won Best in Show in the Fall Show of 2010.  Original watercolors, done in vibrant hues take you from fantasy worlds, to old world to current times all with the stroke of a brush and a vivid imagination.  Acrylic originals and prints are also available, and do notice the paint outside…the house was freshly painted just in time for the tour. Retrace your steps to 295th and head towards the ocean.  You have the choice to either follow the signs up I Street or G Street in order to move on to the last three studios.  Surfside streets stop and go, share similar names and at times seem to lead nowhere, by following the PAA Art Event signs you will find the last three studios with ease.  Choosing G Street, the closest to the ocean, head north for a bit.  There will be signs directing you to two studios along the way.  The first is Windy Meadows Pottery (815 318th Place).  Jan Richardson recently finished a dream cottage and studio at the end of this cul-de-sac and it is easy to see an artist lives here; the gardens, mosaic work and clay yard sculptures show her touch to be everywhere.  Inside the studio, all styles of fired work represent her view of the world, one slab of clay at a time.  Another Best in Show winner, Richardson also finds time to work diligently toward bringing notice to the world about the growing community of artists living on the peninsula.  Sharing space at Windy Meadows is Dani Pederson.  Pederson is a clay artist creating functional and decorative work, done in the hand built or wheel thrown styles.  Both artists will be doing demos throughout the tour. Head back out to G Street and north again to G Place via the PAA signs.  Turn right at the second G Place to Ruth Carpenter’s studio (33006 G Place).  Working in watercolor or acrylic and in conventional or abstract styles, Carpenter’s work is collected throughout the Pacific Northwest and recognizable by her color palette.  Another PAA Best in Show winner, prints and cards of some of her most popular work, including “Dancing in the Snow”, will be available along with original work, art cards. Heading north once again on G, it will turn into 338th as it curves, taking you to I Street.  Turn north, as you pass Oysterville Road keep a sharp eye out for the PAA Art Event signs that will lead you up on the ridge to the last studio on the tour.  Don Perry (34516 J Place) is a metal artist with just a little bit more.  Creating hand cut interior and exterior metal art, his work graces many homes on and off peninsula.  Bringing rainbow colors out of the metal, adding rust effects or creating schools of salmon leaping up a wall…all things are possible when Perry gets to work. Studio Tour Maps are available before the tour dates at Bay Avenue Gallery, Ocean Park Area Chamber, The Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau, Don Nisbett Art Gallery in Ilwaco and M & D Designs in Chinook, as well as on PAA’s website and at all locations during the tour.  The map will also be printed in the November 23 edition of the Chinook Observer.  As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, PAA awards an annual High School Graduate Scholarship and supports an Art Enrichment Program, bringing art and supplies into our local classrooms. 2010 STUDIO TOUR – ART IS NOT FATTENING – TOP OFF YOUR THANKSGIVING WEEKEND WITH A DELICIOUS STUDIO TOUR FROM PENINSULA ARTS ASSOCIATION Click here for full story (Word Document) A chance to see where the artists create and just how they do it! 20 locations and many more artists participate in the tour held on the weekend of Thanksgiving  weekend Located up and down the peninsula, from Chinook to Surfside, some studios house more than one artist. Demonstrations and wonderful art for sale, delicious nibbles too. The perfect way to kick off your holiday gift shopping…and what better gift than a handcrafted, one-of-a-kind piece of art or handmade card! If you have visitors in town, following the tour map is a wonderful way for them to see our beautiful peninsula. Studios open 10 to 4 pm each day… Every studio well marked with white, black & red PAA Art Event signs. FREE maps available after November 10 at these locations: The LBP VISITORS BUREAU Long Beach ~ OCEAN PARK AREA CHAMBER OFFICE M & D DESIGNS Chinook ~ DON NISBETT STUDIO GALLERY Port of Ilwaco BAY AVE GALLERY Ocean Park AND at ALL Tour Locations during the event Studio Tour maps available for pick-up after November 10. PAA tour map is copyrighted…use without written permission is prohibited.


2011 Studio Tour Artists (Click image for full-sized version)

Also on the tour but not pictured above – Tapestry Rose Yarn Shop, Jenna Austin’s Queen La De Da’s Creative Corner, Elizabeth Bonn-Zimmerman Studio, Bay Avenue Gallery, Charlie Cozby and Maxine Brown

Artists’ Websites

Jan Richardson
Sue Raymond
Bruce and Wendi Peterson
Don Nisbett
Bay Avenue Gallery
Marie Powell
Eric Wiegardt
Bette Lu Krause

2011 Studio Tour Sign


2011 Studio Tour Sign

LOOK for these signs!