Whether you admire fine art, want to watch master craftsmen at work or long to make your own creations, the Kitsap Peninsula is the perfect destination for an art-filled getaway.
The region’s natural beauty and open spaces have long inspired artists, leading to a vibrant arts scene that includes exceptional museums, galleries and art walks, as well as studios where you can watch artists at work and take hands-on classes.
“No matter what part of the peninsula you’re visiting, there is a gallery for you to see,” said Johnny Walker, owner of Almost Candid Frame & Fine Art. The Kingston gallery features internationally renowned Max Hayslette among its artists.
Brooke Dalton and Holly Duggan, co-owners of Poulsbo’s Liberty Bay Gallery, said a trip to the Kitsap Peninsula is a great way to discover interesting local and regional artists. Poulsbo’s Front Street boasts galleries that represent at least 300 artists. Among them is Liberty Bay Gallery’s Bonnie Block, a local wildlife photographer who won the national 2016 Audubon Photography Award Grand Prize.
“A lot of people come here to go shopping for art because the pricing is so good,” added Duggan.