Fall Northwoods Art Tour will kick off in October
There is no better time for a drive through scenic north woods than in autumn when Mother Nature dons her most colorful coat. Adding to the allure, some of the finest artists of Vilas, Oneida, Iron, Langlade and Lincoln Counties are again opening their private studios to visitors during the Northwoods Art Tour, Oct. 11 to 13. Visitors can design their own experience by choosing from over thirty locations.
A map and detailed information about each artist and location is available for download at www.northwoodsarttour.com. Chambers of commerce, galleries and businesses throughout the tour area also distribute colorful guide brochures.
The Northwoods Art Tour is now is its 14th year. The venture has been successful because both visitors and artists enjoy it. Visitors enjoy learning about a wide variety of media, art styles and processes directly from the artists and seeing the settings in which the artists work. Artists must be selected to be part of the tour so collectors are assured of quality work. Original work is available for purchase. The artists who often sell through galleries enjoy meeting the art appreciators and getting direct feedback about their work.
“The art tour is a highlight of the year or me,” fine art weaver, Mary Burns said. “I love showing people how I weave on each of my floor looms. Most people have never seen a loom or seen someone weaving. It isn’t a lost art; it’s a fabulous treasure to be shared with others. I think people enjoy the art tour and keep coming back year after year because they see how passionate the artists are about their work. People love to see how we create our work. It gives people a great sense of connection between themselves, the artwork and the maker.”
Potter and printmaker, Tamara Lauder stresses the variety the tour offers:
“Each individual stop on the art tour offers the visitor an element of surprise,” she said. “From the time they get in the car, the art tour gives the visitor a beautiful drive, an inside view of unique places tucked in the woods that otherwise go unnoticed, and a one-on-one interaction with the artist at their chosen spot. It’s a one-of-a kind experience.”
Galleries on the tour also feature artists demonstrating. Artist and owner of Moondeer and Friends Gallery, Sara Muender enjoys hosting the artists who demonstrate their techniques.
“The best thing about the art tour for me is the chance for my customers, especially children, to interact with my artists and with me, ask questions, and just generally connect,” she said. “Kids love to watch ‘real’ artists at work. It can only serve to inspire them.”
The tour features a wide variety of media and approaches to art making. Tour guests are sure to find something unique, something creative and someone who enjoys sharing ideas and information at each location. Whether you are seeking inspiration, a shopping experience or are just curious, you will be welcomed with a smile at all locations.