The public is invited to share in the free adventure in art that embodies the 19th Annual Northwoods Art Tour. Thirty-four selected artists and galleries from Vilas, Oneida, Iron, Lincoln and Langlade counties will open the doors to their private studios Friday, July 27, Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 29 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. There is no admission charge for the self -guided tour.
Guests have the opportunity to escape the beaten track and explore some of the most beautiful back roads through charming, friendly small communities to get a behind the scenes view of how the artists create unique original art. Artists will be demonstrating how their art is created and discussing the inspirations behind their creations.
Visitors can indulge their curiosity and enjoy a custom tour. The tour is organized as 34 unique sites holding free open houses where you can come and go as your time and interest dictates. Work will be available for purchase and visitors may find the perfect gift or something special for their home that will elevate their spirit and their space.
The group is pleased to welcome five new members and one returning member. Katlyn Koester, Arbor Vitae, describes her work as “fun, funky and functional Bohemian-inspired pottery and fiber arts.” Jamie Kalvestran, Engelwood Studio, Tomahawk, is a painter and mixed media artist. Kalvestran will be offering original works in a range of sizes and will have a collaborative painting available so that guests can participate in the process.
The Waite Studios of Jillayne and Jeff Waite, Arbor Vitae will offer functional stoneware, raku sculptures and vessels, earthenware jewelry and stoneware and wood sculpture suitable for gardens and other outdoor locations. The new Eagle River Gallery will feature natural stone jewelry, woodworking, woodcarving, sand art, fiber art, painting, pyrography and more. Weaver, Sheri Smith will be a new guest artist at Bear Paw Pottery, Saint Germain. Smith draws on more than 40 years of experience in a variety of weaving techniques to create her scarves, wraps, jackets and ponchos. Amy Higgason of Pigeon Road Pottery, Lake Tomahawk aptly describes her stoneware as “fine art with an everyday purpose – a true marriage of function and expression.” Higgason will invite visitors to leave their mark on a group clay project commemorating the 2018 tours.
The member artists make the tour a focal point of the summer and have new work on hand for visitor’s to enjoy. Whether guests are shopping, wanting to learn about art processes, or just browsing, all the artists are pleased to welcome you to their creative space, to share their joy in creating, and their knowledge of process. Old friendships will be renewed and new ones made. The sharing of ideas and creativity Each tour provides a unique experience for both the visitors and the artists.
Colorful brochures are available at local chamber of commerce, area galleries and businesses, and may be downloaded at www.northwoodsarttour.com.