CAA’s member roster includes local artists, at all stages of their careers, residing primarily on Camano Island and in Stanwood, working in a wide variety of mediums. We are also art enthusiasts who see the benefits to promoting visual arts and art-related activities in the Stanwood-Camano Island community.
We offer an online art gallery to showcase our members work. This is particularly attractive to members who do not have their own websites. The galleries are self managed, and you can submit a brief artist statement, images of your work, and a link to your own website if applicable.
In 2023 CAA leased the Camano Gateway building at Terry’s Corner and Freedom Park. It is located shortly after entering the island where SR 532 curves to the South. It will be open year-round to encourage visitors and residents alike to stop in to see small art shows by our membership, purchase art pieces, and gather information about local arts organizations. It also hosts a virtual ‘kiosk’ from the Camano Chamber of Commerce which allows a visitor to search for info about places to stay, things to do, places to eat, etc.
Mentor Assistance Program
Participate in CAA’s newly reinstated and enhanced mentorship program, as a CAA Artist providing mentoring and art supplies to Stanwood Middle School and Stanwood High School.
Published monthly throughout the year, CAA’s newsletter is emailed to almost 2,000 opt-in readers with a steady 50% open rate. Members are asked to submit content for the newsletter such as images, description of their working process, and information about events they are participating in.
General Membership Meetings are held 6pm to 8pm on the first Wednesday of the month, August through June. Our meetings are held at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Rd. on Camano Island (time and place subject to change with advance notice). We are currently following a model of Zoom only or in-person only meetings. The first half hour is devoted to visiting and networking.
Option to Jury for Studio Tour
The annual Camano Island Studio Tour empowers and supports our local visual artists with an opportunity to meaningfully participate in the creative economy. Direct interaction between artists and sincerely interested visitors creates an affirming, memorable experience for all. To participate as an artist or venue on the tour requires being a CAA member, a visual artist, and following a jurying process which is detailed in documents available in our Member Home portal. CAA brings in jurists from outside our membership each year to jury in fine art and fine craft- please note there is no guarantee of acceptance to the tour.
Close Collaboration with Local Organizations
Joining CAA automatically connects you to our sister organization, the Stanwood Camano Arts Advocacy Commission (SCAAC). You’ll be made aware of opportunities to teach and learn with SCAAC in our member emails and from a liaison at our General Membership meetings. We lease the Camano Gateway building from the all-volunteer Freedom Park Association, blending our volunteers with theirs to maintain the grounds. The Camano Chamber of Commerce produces an annual event called Glass Quest which we participate in, and we host a visitor ‘kiosk’ at the Gateway Gallery. Being a part of a small community means we all work together.