OPEN STUDIO TOUR- BOTETOURT 2015
Botetourt County Office of Tourism and The Open Studios Botetourt Artists announce the 5th annual Open Studio Tour
The tour will be held on Saturday, October 24 from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday, October 25 from 11am to 5pm. Participating artists who are committed to bringing art to life will open their studios to the public. Their works include woodworking, painting, drawing, etching, sculpting, metal works and jewelry. The annual tour provides the art lover or serious collector a chance to experience firsthand the featured artists and their studios. A close up view of the living working spaces where art is produced will be presented at each studio.
12 featured artists will present their work for viewing; Lois Bisese, Ed Bordett, Nancy Dahlstrom, Vera Dickerson, David Eakin, Dreama Kattenberaker, Brett LaGue, Gina Louthian-Stanley, Sharon Mirtaheri, Willie Simmons, Bill White and Mark Woodie. Demonstrations will be a crowd pleasing feature of this year’s tour. Artists will be demonstrating techniques such as printmaking, wood turning/carving, and painting. A schedule of demonstrations and locations will be posted on the Open Studio website as the weekend approaches.
Open Studios Botetourt has partnered with the two County High Schools; James River and Lord Botetourt where students will create work utilizing the theme “MY FAVORITE PET.” 24 pieces of work are expected and will be displayed in the studios of the artists on the tour. Each piece of work will be critiqued by the hosting artist. The student will have the option of selling their work. If they choose to do so, the work proceeds, (50 to 100%) will be donated to the League for Animal Protection.
“Studio Passports” will be available for visitor to collect stamps from each artist and be placed in a drawing at the end of the tour. The winner of the OSB drawing will receive a $150 gift certificate to be placed toward a purchase of their favorite work.
The tour allows a unique and peaceful opportunity to view the works of Botetourt Artists while discovering the many offerings in the County.
Sponsoring this year’s studio tour are Bank of Botetourt, Bank of Fincastle, and Botetourt County Office of Tourism.
A map of studio locations as well as Artist Profile information can be found at www.openstudiosbotetourt.com
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