Lewis County’s largest artisan gathering of the year is coming up soon, with more than 40 people showing works in their homes and studios. ARTrails of Southwest Washington’s annual Studio Tours are coming soon!
Combining art with scenic drives from Centralia to Toledo and beyond, the annual ARTrails Studio Tours offer a self-guided look at art in a variety of forms at the Exhibition Gallery in Centralia Sept. 17-25, with individual galleries open Sept. 17-18 and 24-25. Hours for all exhibits are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Centralia serves as the epicenter of the ARTrails Studio Tours, with the Opening Gala taking place Friday, Sept. 16 from 4-8 p.m. at the Exhibition Gallery at the Historic Centralia Train Depot. Every artist participating in ARTrails will have one piece of work at the gallery, so join the gala and sample what’s to come in the eight days to follow.
Hop in the car on the weekends of the 17-18th and 24-25th and head to galleries, studios, homes and more that are part of the show. Experience the beauty of our back roads as the season changes from summer to fall, with nature providing art of its own!
Bring the kids too! They’ll have a chance to create art of their own, from handmade felt to painting, sculpturing and more. Several studios will have interactive, hands-on fun activities for kids of all ages.
As for types of art, studios participating in ARTrails showcase paintings, mixed media, sculptures, photography, fabric, jewelry, wood carving and more. Personalities of the artists are creatively expressed in each installation.
ARTrails is so much more than just seeing art — you can also buy what you see at several studios too! The tours also provide a great opportunity to meet each artist and learn about how they created their work.
Although Lewis County contains most of the exhibits, some can be found in south Thurston County and north Cowlitz County (Ryderwood, specifically). The drives there offer a great opportunity to stop by a restaurant in one of our small towns — and if you can’t get through the galleries in one day, stay the night!
Visit the ARTrails website and take an in-depth look at their studio guide that offers a comprehensive preview of the event. From there, pick which events you wish to see, check out the Gala on the 17th and explore all the art there is to offer!