The Lopez Island Studio Tour is organized and presented by the Lopez Artist Guild.
The annual event happens during the Labor Day weekend and its participants are artists closely associated with Lopez Island through residency and work.
Lopez artists, Christa Malay and Corwin Martin, initiated the Studio Tour event in 1996 as a spinoff of the annual July 4th, Grayling Gallery arts festival. The Tour began with a few Lopez Island artists who all agreed to open their studios to the public on a designated weekend for the purposes of displaying and selling their work, showing the public where they worked and providing a comfortable setting for give and take among artist and the pubic alike. Known as the Lopez Island Studio Tour, it became an annual event scheduled for the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend.
In 2011, Christa and Corwin passed the organizing baton to the Lopez Artist Guild which affirmed the fundamental objectives of the Tour:
- Support Lopez Island artists by providing a structured tour event of self-elected artist studios to enable direct interaction of artists with interested members of the public (local and other), sales, commissions, and outreach. Encourage all artists to participate including new, up-and-coming artists on the Island.
- Spotlight the strength, depth and breadth of the Lopez artist community through the combination of on-site studio displays and demonstrations, publications and advertising, social media and the web.
- Serve the broader community and to call attention to the Guild's mission, website, events and artists. Tap into LAG's creative capacity as an organization and put the results into action.
- Enrich the understanding of the arts through all tour-related learning opportunities including demonstrations, artist statements, press releases and print/web materials.
- Partner with other organizations, groups, and businesses in support of the community's economy, educational environment and community well being.
- Celebrate the intrinsic value of the arts to the Lopez Island community and its artists and to personal, social and cultural life of us all.