Artists prepare for the Eighth Annual Studio ArTour

Glynnis Lessing (left) and Stephanie Cox (right) look at Barbara Zaveruha’s (middle) ceramics while unloading the Halling kiln last Sunday. (Photo submitted)

This weekend there will be 52 local artists hosting demonstrations and showcasing their work in 16 studios in Northfield, four studios in Faribault, three studios in Cannon Falls and one in Farmington — for a grand total of 24 studios.

“It is really exciting for people who love art to meet the artists behind the work,” said Elizabeth Child, media specialist with the Studio ArTour. “Having a connection with the artist gives people a better connection with the art itself.”

And there are a lot of different kinds of art and artists to encounter on the Studio ArTour of South Central Minnesota.

“We have everything form abstract painting, knitting, jewelry, pottery to mixed media,” said Child.

There are also less common forms of art on the tour. Deb Johnson, an artist from Faribault, does batiking — a method of dyeing fabric — and she will be opening her studio to people this weekend.

The Studio ArTour is free and self-guided and most studios are handicapped accessible. Jennifer Wolcott, an artist with a studio on the tour and chair of the Studio ArTour, says that there is something for everyone. The people organizing the event tried to make everything as easy to find as possible.

“If you like paintings, just click the ‘painting’ button on the website and the studios with painters will be highlighted,” said Wolcott. “Some studios have more than one artist working there so you can see any number of things in one studio from clay artists to fiber artists.”

The Studio ArTour will run from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There is also a preview of the event this Friday, just in case you want to make it out to see local art and artists, but are short on time. The Studio ArTour preview is from 4-8 p.m. and will feature the work of 16 artists at the Holmquist Pottery (Studio number four), Sunset Studios (Studio number 7) and Somer’s Studio (Studio number eight).

“It is a great excuse to take a drive in the country maybe stop someplace and get something to eat, “ said Child. “If people have not been on the tour before they will see that this area has a quality of art and artist that is really unsurpassed in the state and in the region.”

For more information about the artists and studios participating in the Studio ArTour visit www.studioartour.com. The website also includes a map to any of the studios participating in the event.

Reach reporter Ashley Klemer at 645-1115 or aklemer@northfieldnews.com.

Reach reporter Ashley Klemer at 645-1115 or aklemer@northfieldnews.com

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