Area artists to open studios July 28 & 29

Twenty-two artists are opening their studios to the public in the Andes, Arkville, Margaretville, New Kingston, Roxbury Open Studios 2012 Tour, Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free, reservations are not required and all are invited!
The studios belong to sculptors, painters, printmakers, potters, a hooked rug designer, mosaic artist, weaver, contemporary quilt designer, woodworker, and designer/maker of contemporary leather outerwear.

Art only
Each work place is a dedicated space devoted to art; a space where the artist’s tools need not be put away after each use but may remain in place to be picked up again when the artist returns to work. Some studios are very private, seldom seen by anyone other than the artist; others are galleries and shops where an artist’s work can also be shown or classes taught.
Villages often offer an opportunity to visit studios close to each other. Roxbury is home to painter and radio personality, Ellen Wong and printmaker/painter Helene Manzo. The hamlet of Halcottsville is home to the painting studios of Esther de Jong, Chris Engel and Alix Travis. Potter Robin Bruck-Tanner and realist landscape painter Margaret Leveson have studios in Arkville.
Margaretville offers the tour taker three artists in close proximity to each other. Painter, quilter, teacher, Nat Thomas will open his upstairs studio and display work outside his small century home. The studio of mosaic artist Jane Wahrburg and Tina Harp’s yarn studio/shop are both a short walk away.
Painter Marilyn Silver is in New Kingston and painters Roshan Houshmand and Joanna Murphy are located at Andes.

Around town
Scattered on the periphery of the villages and along winding mountain roads through hollows and beside streams are more studios. Off Route 28 near Margaretville is the Gary Mead Gallery where woodworker Gary Mead exhibits his original furniture. Rusty Dorr, leather-clothing designer, is just over the Shavertown Bridge. Stone sculptor Kenichi Hiratsuka’s studio is on Route 28 between Margaretville and Andes. Heading north toward Roxbury, turn one way at Kelly Corners and find the hillside studio of painter Patrice Lorenz; turn the other way to find the studios of weaver Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes and nearby luminist painter Ann Lee Fuller. Back on Route 30 is the Hudsonpress Studios of husband and wife artists, printer Gerda van Leeuwen and ceramic sculptor Peter Yamaoka. North of Roxbury, off Route 30 is the old dairy barn that serves as a sculpting studio for iron sculptor John Sanders.

Two-day event
With so much to see the studios are open both Saturday and Sunday and may be visited in any order. Brochures are available in local establishments. Consult www.AMRopenstudios.org for more information and directions to their studios. Begin your tour in Andes or Roxbury or anywhere in between. A white “Open Studios Tour” sign marks each site. Stop in coffee houses, restaurants and galleries with more art along the way.
The Andes, Arkville, Margaretville, New Kingston, Roxbury Open Studios, 2012 Tour is made possible by a grant from the MARK Project’s Small Business Fund, the artists, and their advertisers.