2014-04-22 / Front Page

Several Local Artists Involved In Studio Tour Sponsored By Guild

The Owen County Art Guild is offering the public an opportunity to visit several local artists in their studios on Saturday, May 3.

“We had so much positive feedback last year, we decided to do it again,” said Annie Bright, coordinator of the event.

The tour begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m., giving people more time to enjoy visiting with the artists. The self-guided tour includes eleven stops spread out throughout the county. A map is provided with each ticket. The tickets are still $5 for adults and children under 12 are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance or the day of the tour at the Owen County Art Guild, located at 199 West Cooper Street in Spencer. Call 829-1877 for more information.

“We are pleased to have several artists from the Indiana Plein Air Painters Association join us this year. They will be demonstrating plein air painting at Ellen Cramer’s studio and at Hill House Art Retreat,” Bright explained. Laura Lynn Leffers and Leanna Arnold will also be at their easels at Hill House. Two talented artists, Naomi Dickey and Barb Bauer will also demonstrate plein air painting at Dickey’s Front Porch Studio.

The tour will highlight a variety of art forms. Leslie Nieves will demonstrate the art of creating functional, beautiful pieces of pottery at her Tamarack Studio; Ruth Hayes, an accomplished pen and ink artist, will display architectural drawings and wildlife paintings; sculpture is the art form that Bj Bennett and the very young James Brown will represent; and Ellen Davies will be at Cramer’s studio with a display of her fantastic wildlife photography. The complicated process of producing religious icons is the forte of Terry Urban of Sacred Thread Studios, while John McMullen will also open his studio on Dunn Road for the tour. John not only paints, he writes. His book, “Humor, Inspiration and Thoughts” was published earlier this year. Several writers and artist will be also sharing their talents at the Owen County Guild on Cooper Street. Steve Corns uses pastels and charcoal to create realistic images of wildlife and specializes in western art, while Rebecca Schrock will demonstrate paper cutting and intricate ‘doodles’ and Annie Bright will work on a mixed media canvas.

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