There’s something new going on at the Studio Tour this year! Scheduled the weekend before Thanksgiving Friday-Sunday, November, 16-18, 2012, it promises something special for everyone. With 39 artists located across eight studio sites tour-goers will have three days to take in a variety of finely-crafted artwork from ceramics, jewelry, and wood design to this year’s newest media addition: painting. Other opportunities for the touring public include the addition of three new studios: Eva Berg’s Everich Farm in Christiana, Bill and Judy Heim’s Red Oak Pottery in Lascassas, and Elizabeth Bray Jewelry on Main Street in Murfreesboro.
As newly participating studios the three are excited to join and share the Studio Tour’s tradition for celebrating the craftsmanship of the working artisan through demonstrations offered to the community at each location. When asked, Elizabeth Bray commented, “I hope to teach a little about metalworking techniques … and to share with the community my passion for the processes involving fire, metal, design, and the creation of wearable art.” Demonstrations will be ongoing at each site offering residents the chance to visit the workspaces, observe the involved processes, ask the artists questions, and to acquire keepsakes and gifts available for purchase.
“Along with the new studios adding two-dimensional media artists such as painters and photographers seemed like a natural progression for us this year, stated Eric Snyder,” chair of the Tour’s organizing committee with the Stones River Crafts Association. “We are always looking for ways to keep the Studio Tour’s rich tradition of fine crafts as our focus while also exploring the community’s interest in artistic variety as offered through the many ways art is constructed today,” Snyder concluded. Look for painters Susan Truex and Mary Miller Veazie to join jeweler Dolores Weaver at Studio S Pottery, painter Mark Jackson at Red Oak Pottery, and photographer Tamarin Salazar at Popcorn Studio Pottery.
The Studio Tour and all demonstrations are open and free to the public. The hours are Friday & Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m.-5 p.m. For more information visit: www.ArtStudioTour.org or call 615-542-6368.
Dates: Friday-Sunday, November 16-18, 2012
Hours: Friday & Saturday | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday | 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Information: www.ArtStudioTour.org or 615-542-6368
Attachments: Images titled for artist
Requests for interviews accepted and appreciated
Artists Quotes (full quotes available by request)
Elizabeth Bray- I first became interested in metals in 2003 when I took a 6 week basic metalsmithing course at Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, Tennessee after being encouraged to attend by my mother, Joy Smith, who is a paper artist and sculptor. Since that time, I've attended workshops across the country focusing on various topics in metalsmithing; including enameling, forming, various types of casting, and surface design.
Red Oak Pottery | Bill & Judy Heim- We are so pleased to once again be participating in the Studio Tour. One of the best elements of the Tour is introducing people to local art. Having Mark as a guest artist enhances that goal, and we are honored that he has chosen to participate with us.
Mark Jackson- It is always great to be in on something like the Studio Tour but to be among the first 2D artists invited is not only fantastic but an honor. I have viewed our web site and it gets me going knowing I will be able to rub shoulders with such talent. I hope everyone who comes on the tour realizes the appropriate response is WOW!
Studio S Pottery-To have the talents of Susan Truex and Mary Miller Veazie as additions to returning guest artist and jewelry-maker Dolores Weaver is tremendous! Susan and Mary as instructors at The Attic School of Art bring a vast body of painterly knowledge and complement our own instruction with clay classes in wheel throwing, hand-building, and welded-metal sculpture.
Susan Truex- It has been a genuine compliment to be asked to participate in the Studio Tour this year. I have been a long-time patron and admirer of the artisans who have established this organization and promoted the high standards of excellence in every field exhibited. I am grateful to be a part of the inclusion of two-dimensional work this year as a way to introduce a compatible extension of the arts and fine crafts in the vast visual complexity of our community.
Mary Miller Veazie- As a painter I am thrilled to be included in this very prestigious and venerable studio tour. Collectors that have artistic sensibilities surround themselves with beautiful objects in their homes and offices, whether they're wearing art or displaying on the walls or furniture. 2-d and 3-d artists have always been kissing cousins and should be seated at the same table. …
Studios on the 19th annual Studio Tour:
Elizabeth Bray Jewelry Company
Red Oak Pottery
Studio S Pottery & Galleries
Eva Berg Everich Farm
Popcorn Studio Pottery
Forged Metal Designs-Joe Brown Blacksmith
Alan Daigre Designs
Norris Hall Studio