The 13th Annual Studio ARTour will take place Saturday, October 21, and Sunday, October 22, with some studios opening early on Friday, October 20. 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.
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 22 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-nine artists, including three emerging artists, will have art on display and also for sale throughout the weekend.
“The Studio ArTour is a great example of communities working together to promote arts and culture throughout the region and beyond,” said Lisa Peterson, director of tourism of the Northfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Award-winning Oil and Pastel Painter Fred Somers shared, “The South Central Minnesota Studio ARTour provides an outstanding opportunity for both visitors and for artists. I have been opening my studio to the public for annual open house since 1977. Through the years I’ve tried a variety of approaches and I find that uniting this group of creative and motivated artists work together creates an outstanding opportunity for both audiences and artists to experience a wide variety of interests and media.”
“Seeing the artists in their studios lets visitors observe the art making process that usually takes place quietly and alone. Emerging artists benefit from the support they receive in entering the marketplace and collectors can discover new talent. There’s nothing like it,” said Somers.
For more information visit www.studioartour.com.