On the Art Trail

ARTrails of Southwest Washington is an organization full of amazingly talented artists.

For the third and fourth weekends of September of each year, they open up their studios for the public to get a behind-the-scenes look at how they work their magic. This year, my friend Yolanda and I traipsed around Lewis and Thurston counties to meet the artists, see their studios, and see their artwork up close and personal.

Word to the wise… do not attempt this is one day. While it is entirely possible to drive to each studio and gallery within the allotted time (10am to 5pm), you would miss the opportunity to visit with the artists. This was the best part for me. I enjoyed listening to their stories and learning about their creative processes. What wonderful and gifted people they are!

Although Yolanda and I took two days for this unique and inspiring experience, we were still unable to get to all the studios. My sincere apologies go out to those artists we didn’t get to meet! Next year I think we’ll do a three-day tour!

For more information about ARTrails, check out their website: You can learn more about the artists, see their work, find out how to become a member, and more!