Thursday, October 29, 2015

Washington County Open Studios

From the glass studio of Linda Haworth.
Open studio tours are a marvelous way to learn about art.  You get to meet artists, see how they work and ask as many questions as you like, as well as seeing the finished art.  Whenever we have done a tour, we have been amazed at the number of working artists that live all around us!  There are many open studio tours that happen throughout the year, and I am especially tempted to go when the artists are working in interesting mediums.  This fall the Washington County Open Studios Tour looked like it would include loads of interesting mediums, and like most, this tour is free. It was really fun!  Two of the artists we visited make public art, so we are now inspired to search for their work.  I thought it was a bit odd that several of the artists right away asked us what kind of art we make, or whether it's me or my husband who is the artist.  Do you have to make art yourself to appreciate and be curious about it?  I hope not.  I definitely feel that art is very important to my son's education.  I always say that we can't have any real certainty what many of the skills our kids will definitely need in the future, especially if they are far too young to know what they might want to do.  But we do know that no matter what field they enter, they will need creativity!  Unless they can think creatively, none of the world's problems will be solved.  It helps us understand other times and cultures, as well as our own.  It inspires with beauty and makes us think.  
Glass studio of Linda Haworth.  She makes impressive public art.
These materials show part of Linda Haworth's  glass casting process.
Artist Peg Falconer gave Jasper a chance to try bookbinding! This was a really marvelous demo. I shall never look at a book the same way again!
Tim Gabriel told us all about forging metal.
Tim Gabriel's feathers.  Wow!!! They were really beautiful and such an interesting contrast between light and heavy.
Tim Gabriels' napkin rings.  He creates an astonishing color palette with heat alone.
In Tim Gabriel's studio.
Joyce Gabriel shows us her cool letterpress machine!
The letterpress.
Some of Joyce Gabriel's drawings made into engravings.
"Never Stop Dreaming".  In Joyce Gabriel's studio.
In Joyce Gabriel's studio.
In Joyce Gabriel's studio.
Mosaic artist Lynn Adamo created a lovely mosaic for the Harold Eastman Rose Garden years ago. It was damaged when the ground sank under it, so she is working on replacing it completely. This is her design.
Some of Lynn Adamo's mosaic sections for the Harold Eastman Rose Garden.
Piece by glass artist JoAnn Wellner.
Tabletop by glass artist John Groth.  He has a kiln that will fit a 8' by 12' piece!
A turned wood jar from the studio of Les Dougherty.  He co-owns
North Woods Figured Woods, which supplies artists with beautiful wood.

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