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The third Annual Open Studios ArtTour in Kentucky’s Boyle and Mercer counties will take visitors to seven artists’ studios and two art centers on Nov. 2-3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tour is free and open to the public.
1) ArtTour starts in Harrodsburg at the Michael Frasca Studio where Frasca exhibits functional and sculptural pottery, utilizing natural glaze materials from the immediate surroundings.
2) The Kathleen O’Brien Studio offers a country sanctuary full of art in the studio and food from the bread oven. Many new collages will be exhibited. There will be holiday specials and prizes, and a chance to win an original. Guest sculptor Melanie VanHouten will also show her work.
3) Patricia Isaman is a nationally recognized fiber artist, teacher and lecturer and she will have quilts, wall hangings and handbags available for purchase at her studio during the ARTTOUR.
4) Cynthia Carr of Crosswinds Pottery will be exhibiting her traditional wheel-thrown stoneware pottery, custom lighting and mixed media works for the garden and home. Carr’s functional ware has a simplicity of line that is enhanced with rich reduction glazes. A new venture, the Crow’s Nest, offers architectural finds.
5) At the Arts Council of Mercer County Studio and Gallery, visitors will see various handmade arts and crafts created by local and regional artisans. Rug hooking demonstrations will take place throughout the day by featured artist Fran Decker.
6) In Danville, the studio of Russ Barragan will be open. Barragan has been specializing in the fine art of clay, stone and bronze for over 30 years and will exhibit his sculpture and demonstrate stone carving and raku firings.
7) Guests will also be able to explore the diverse styles of John Andrew Dixon, of Dixon Design, who offers exceptional quality in fine and applied arts. Collage miniatures and handmade cards, incorporating mixed media artwork and artifacts will be on exhibit during the ArtTour, as well as wood engravings from maple blocks.
8) The Community Arts Center will feature cutting-edge artwork as well as traditional landscapes in a national juried exhibit “Horizon: Contemporary Landscape,” as well as a collaborative exhibit of Gathering Artists, a local arts group, entitled “Main Street Illustrated.” The Gathering Artists will be giving live art demonstrations throughout the weekend and visits to the studio of artist-in-residence Mark Wilhelm can be arranged.
9) Fox Hutt has invited art tourists to enjoy the countryside at her Perryville fiber art studio, Lacetree Weaving. Hutt’s handcrafted fiber and wearable art designs, both the newest and some old favorites, will be available for purchase and she will be sharing refreshments from her garden. She will also demonstrate weaving on her floor loom.
This year ArtTour includes several historic, world-renowned lodgings and eateries in Harrodsburg.
10) On Saturday, Nov. 2, the Kentucky Fudge Company serves food in the historic Dedman Drugstore while diners can enjoy the work of local artists on display.
11) Because William Rogers can work wherever he has his woodcarving tool case, Helen Dedman at the Beaumont Inn has invited him to set up his “mobile studio” to display and carve his unique pieces at the inn during ArtTour. Visitors are invited to view his exhibit entitled “Artistic Expressions in Wood,” but also stay the night and enjoy fine dining in Kentucky’s oldest family-operated bed and breakfast country inn.
12) Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill also offers lodging with Shaker reproduction furniture, seed-to-table dining, historic tours, demonstrations and a gift shop. They will also host the Plein Aire Painters during ArtTour.
For more information about the tour, including a printable map and itinerary, visit the Facebook event page here.