16th Annual Tour of Artists' Homes & Studios

Purchase tickets at Larson Gallery, Oak Hollow & Yakima Bindery
Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the tour at each home or studio

It’s almost that time of year—mid-May—when the Larson Gallery Guild puts on one of its most popular fund-raisers: the Annual Tour of Artists’ Homes and Studios—this year the 16th annual Tour is on Saturday May 16. Additionally, as it has in the past few years, the Tour will include collectors whose home itself is described as a “beautiful piece of art”.

Terry Abeyta and Denielle Beaulaurier will open their City Reservoir Road home, designed by Seattle architect Michael Canatsey and built in 2006. It celebrates Yakima light and landscape and showcases their fine art collection of predominantly Yakima Valley and Northwest artists. “People will flock to see it,” photographer Rob Prout says. “It has settled into its location, and blends with the basalt and shrub-steppe setting.” Their art collection includes pieces by Leo Adams, Tom Hausken, Delma Tayer, Carol Hassen, and Bob Fisher.

Says Jackie Prout, co-chair of the Tour: “This is a signature event of the Larson Gallery Guild. It grows every year and this year’s committee will grow it some more!”

As he has for all the 15 years of the Tour, Leo Adams will anchor it in his Ahtanum Ridge home and will be joined by several artists/friends for the day. His home, too, is a highlight of the Tour and is usually described as “an ongoing work of art”. Adams’ home and art were recognized in the fall 2013 book, “Leo Adams/Art.Home”. (The first printing sold out almost immediately; a second edition is now available.)

Here are the other artists on the 2015 event:

  • Timm and Sarah Wauzynski, he a sculptor in metalsmithing, she a painter in egg tempera. They have lived their entire lives in Central Washington “and have been influenced by the geography and agricultural nature of the region. Art for us captures the creative force of the artist,” they note. “That force of energy enriches, enlivens and rewards our lives. . .”
  • Dale Peterson, who creates art with found objects and also paints with watercolors.
  • Michelle Wyles and Yakima Potters’ Club, ceramics artists who will gather with their work, including yard and functional art, at Wyles’ Tieton home: Jane Gutting, Carol DeGrave, Jane Fassel, Mike Hiler, Loren Sundlee, Gary Dismukes, Janice Buckler, and Wyles.
  • John Barany, wood artist, in his new large studio on Laban Avenue, who returns to the Home and Studio Tour, and, like the other artists, will have many of “his collaborators” on hand to show their art.

Jane Gutting, president of the Larson Gallery Guild, is co-chair of the Tour with Prout and they have rounded up a corps of volunteers, as in previous years, to assist at the various homes for three- to four-hour shifts. This is the second year they have signed up “hosts/site managers” who will be in one location for the entire day: Lincoln Briney and Tom Hausken, Frank and Teresa Pritchard, Linda C. Brown, Sandy Dahl, Sue Berg, and Lucy Stevens.

All artists will have their work for sale, Prout emphasizes, and the “sales will be totally theirs—no commission, no fees. They will, as they have in past years, all have a worthwhile day with sales!”

Tickets for the Artists’ Tour—10 am to 4 pm-- are available at the Larson Gallery, Oak Hollow Frames, and The Bindery and are $20, with a special $5 fee for students. The ticket is actually a brochure with a map of the tour and complete information and pictures of the homes to visit. As always, balloons, flags, and signs will mark the street locations of the hosting homes.