The Long Beach Peninsula area has a reputation for drawing artists from all mediums.


Photo Courtesy Bruce Mars

Maybe it’s the scenery or the coastal lifestyle but the opportunities for groups to tour artists studios and meet the artists are bountiful! Check out these 10 influential artists to introduce your group to when visiting the area. 

1. Harmony Soapworks makes handcrafted liquid and bar soaps from essential oils and natural fragrances. Great place to visit for locally sourced gift baskets and boxes.
2. Joanne Webster who makes mixed media shrines, bespoke dolls, fairy furniture, and felt Christmas ornaments.
3. Dierdre Duewel who specializes in mosaic mirrors, birdhouses, garden globes, and glass garden flowers.
4. Bette Lu Krause who paints inner and outer landscapes who also produces prints, tiles, cards, ornaments, and silk-screened artistic t-shirts.
5. Carol Couch who has been painting the peninsula for 50 years! Check out her original northwest watercolors and matted prints.
6. Judy Cox who features the beauty of the Iris in folded art cards, magnetic bookmarks, and framed art.
7. Andrea Weir who works with jewelry, drawings, oil and acrylic paintings and fused glass.
8. Eric Wiegardt who’s famous for his original watercolor and acrylic paintings, prints, notecards books, and art supplies.
9. Joe Chasse who has unique large art pieces inspired by steampunk assemblage.
10. Linda Marsh who’s handbuilt and thrown pottery and clay ornaments make for terrific statement pieces and gifts.

For additional information on opportunities to meet the artist and tour their studios check out the PAA 11th Studio Tour Map. 

For group lodging, dining, insider tips, or charter transportation contact Ragan Myers, Tourism and Events Coordinator. 

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