The History of KAST

KAST began in 2004 when a small band of artists decided it was time Kirkland had its own artist studio tour. The artists open their studios once a year on Mothers Day weekend to give the public a rare opportunity to see artists create in their studios. Kirkland Arts Center took on the management of the tour in 2008 as part of new programming initiatives designed to support the arts within the community. 2016 is KAST’s 13th year.


A wide range of artwork will be on display and available for purchase among the various studios: Jewelry, Glass Art, Paintings, Photography, Garden Art, Sculpture, Furniture, Fiber Arts, and more! Grab a map and do the Tour. Search the artist pages of this website to further inform you about tour artists, see additional images of their works, and to find out which studios will be offering artist demonstrations throughout the weekend.


Kirkland Arts Center

Kirkland Arts Center (KAC) serves the Eastside arts community by providing artists and art lovers of all ages the opportunity to work together, build creative skills, and broaden their knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the visual arts. We offer classes, workshops, gallery exhibits, and special events in a unique historic setting.

Kirkland Arts Center provides exemplary visual arts education in a dynamic, community culture. The cornerstone ceramic arts program attracts artists from the Northwest and further afield who share their expertise with students and teachers, and the Galleries accessible, contemporary art exhibitions showcase innovative works that stimulate a lively public dialogue.

To learn more about us, including our classes, exhibitions, and events, visit us at www.kirklandartscenter.org