Artists of Garrett County, in conjunction with the Garrett County Arts Council, invite the public to visit their working studios on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27. Studios will be open from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday and 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Sunday. The tour will encompass a broad section of the county and includes more than 25 artists at 10 separate locations. Artists will provide demonstrations and artwork for sale, as well as the opportunity to talk with them about their artistic process and the business of art in the region.
An array of work will be featured. Bear Creek Studios, home of woodworker Jeff Lyon and potter Joan Lyon will host Michelle Arrington of Evening Song Photography and Connie Pardini of Wirestorm Creations jewelry. Deep Creek Pottery (formerly Laurel Ridge Pottery) will feature the work of Ron and Lorie Skidmore as well as 4Wheels Photography by Marcia Warnick. Four Storm Artists Gallery on Swallow Falls Road showcases the work of over 20 artists including the owners, members of the Blizzard family. A special guest artist from Germany will be at this location as well. Peter Schweifer is a glass blower and will be demonstrating his craftwork. Nearby, acrylic painter Sharon Elsey will open her home studio to showcase her work that includes landscapes and whitewater sports scenes.
In addition to the owners Alan and Sue Arnson, at the Loft Shop near Bittinger tour participants will find jewelry by Frostburg artist Mary Kammauff, the photography of Jon Philipson, whimsical furniture of Meg Romero and artful pottery by Josh Brown. Also in the Bittinger area, handmade paper artist Annie Simcoe will be joined by painter Josh Gambetta at her ABPH Studio along Rock Lodge Road.
Snowbird Creations Glass Studio, home to glass artist Julie Turrentine, hosts potter
D. Ann Schneider and Debra Robinette, known for her rustic bird and bat houses. On Ezra Savage Road, just off Turkey Neck Road, Mary Lou Bauer's studio features brilliant color abstracts on Yupo paper, a synthetic, archival paper that produces intense colors and patterns. Bauer paints transparent watercolors of Deep Creek Lake in all seasons. Just around the corner is Appalachian Studio, home of watercolor artist Robert Yonke. His subjects include music, the mountains, and local wildlife and landscapes. His paintings on both paper and canvas will be available.
In the Oakland area, two studios are taking part in the tour. Eye for Art Gallery & Studio owned and operated by photographer Angie Sincell and the J.F. Mazur Fine Art Studio, owned by painter and art instructor Jillian Mazur. Sincell focuses on fine art photography specializing in traditional black and white techniques. Mazur's subjects include contemporary interpretations of landscapes, portraits, still-life and everyday life. She uses various mediums including oil, watercolor, acrylic, and ink.
The Artist Studio Tour is free. “This is a chance for the community and our guests to really make contact with the variety of talent we have locally. Some of the locations are not generally open to the public.” said an Arts Council spokesperson.
A brochure of the studios is available at a number of area locations including The Gallery Shop, the Visitors Center in McHenry, Ruth Enlow Libraries, and various businesses throughout the area. There will also be directional signage along the tour route to guide drivers to the sites.
For more information, contact the Garrett County Arts Council at 301-334-6580.