The 18th Annual Studio ARTour will take place Saturday, October 1, and Sunday, October 2, with some studios opening early on Friday, Sept 30. Sites and times are listed at studioartour.com. Tour goers will get an inside look into artists’ studios to view and visit with them about various processes and techniques. Art mediums found on the tour include ceramics, painting, glass, wood, jewelry, metalwork, wood, book arts, textiles and photography.
The Studio ArTour offers a looking into Julie Fakler’s work along with many others.
Textile Artist Judy Saye-Willis started the event in the area with the help of several collaborators within the region, many of which are still involved today. “We saw opportunity with the large concentration of artists we have in South Central Minnesota,” said Saye-Willis.
This year the tour offers 18 stunning studio visits throughout South Central Minnesota, in the communities and rural areas of Northfield, Faribault and Farmington. “The decision to have the tour in the fall was chosen because the artists liked the idea of having an autumn backdrop to showcase their hand-made artwork,” said Saye-Willis. Thirty five artists will have art on display and also for sale throughout the weekend.
“The Studio ArTour is a wonderful way for communities to work together, and it promotes arts and culture through the region, while showcasing some amazing local talent,” said Kelly Nygaard, Marketing Manager and Main Street Coordinator at the Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism.
For more information visit www.studioartour.com.
Several artistic mediums can be seen on the Studio ArTour.
Still want more art? The Paradise Center for the Arts boasts 3 galleries and many classes, you can take a beading class with Glass Garden Beads, Fleur De Lis is a local shop promoting Minnesota artists, and you could try your hand at painting with Upper East Side.