The St. Lawrence County Arts Council has lined up 36 craftspeople at 19 locations across the North Country for the 24th annual Artists’ Studio Tour, to be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5 and 6.
The annual tour gives people a chance to meet the artists, see their work and how they do it, and to purchase items for themselves or as gifts, all within driving distance of home.
The tour takes people to the studios and workshops of creative people of all sorts, such as painters, potters, woodworkers and jewelers, photographers, fiber artists, and more, in and around Canton, Potsdam, Parishville, Colton, Hogansburg, Massena, Brasher Falls, Rensselaer Falls and Ogdensburg.
In Potsdam, at the Arts Council’s Gift Shop & Gallery on Market Street you can see poetry, and photographs by Becky Harblin and photography by Judy Andrus Toporcer as part of their Spirits of Adirondack Waters exhibit. The SLC Arts Council’s studios on the second floor of Downtown Snell Hall will feature three artists with very different styles: photography by James Bullard, mixed media and ceramics by Sara Lynch, and bobbin lace jewelry by Radmila Zuman.
A free tour map and guide provides information about all the participating artists and driving directions to their studios and galleries. Tour open dates and times are Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Not all studios will be open all hours; the guide has details.
“It’s a great thing to bring kids to,” offering young people a chance to see what the working life of an artist is like, said Arts Council Executive Director Hilary Oak.
Traditional Arts in Upstate New York usually opens its Canton space for display by some artists, but with their renovations this year, they weren’t sure they would be ready in time, Oak said, so they are not an official tour stop this year, but they will be open.
You can pick up a tour guide at most area libraries, local chambers of commerce, the SLC Arts Council, 51 Market St., Potsdam, or request one by calling 265-6860 or by email at email@example.com. Copies of the brochure should also be at each of the tour sites.
Stops on the tour include:
• Colton area, Leon LeBeau, Studio L, 18 Arbuckle Lane; Mary Holland, Marygwyneth, 365 Hanson Rd.; Mary Ann & Malcolm Owen, Winged Camel Metalworks, 145 Irish Settlement Rd.
• Parishville area, Anne Burnham, Stoneware & Porcelain, 109 Picketville Rd., with guest artist Claire Poirier, 2nd Time Around; Helen Condon, Adirondack Rug Braiding, 1737 Main St.; Michiko Taylor, 53 Co. Rt. 47.
• Downtown Potsdam, St. Lawrence County Arts Council, 51 Market St., with guest artists Becky Harblin and Judy Andrus Toporcer; also guest artists James Bullard, Sara Lynch, Radmila Zuman, all at Downtown Snell Hall, 2nd floor; David Crowell, The World Artisan, ½ Main St..
• Potsdam area, Kathy Burns, Burns Design Studio, 652 Hatch Rd.
• Canton area, Judith Utter Studio/Gallery, 5 Jingleville Rd.; Roxanne Locy, Rockhead Creations, with guest artists The Crafty Crew, 169 O’Brien Rd.
• Rensselaer Falls, Mary Harding, Mary Harding Jewelry, 162 County Rd. 14, Sally Hartman, Ladies First Gallery, 208 Front St. (County Rd. 15).
• Ogdensburg, Thomas Robarge Jr., The Artist Eye, 328 Morris St.; Jian Fen Wells, Jian Fen Arts, 603 Franklin St.
• Massena, Mary and Ty Danboise, Windance, 345B East Orvis St., guest artists beading with Tanya Spicer; carving basics with Ron Riley; Paige Perry photography show; silk painting with Mary Danboise.
• Hogansburg, St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, Senior Citizens Center, 29 Business Park Rd., with guest artists: Judy Hemlock Cole, Ista’s Baskets; Cheyenne Doxtator, Standing Stone Creation; Vaughn Phillips; Kaly White.
• Brasher Falls, Mihael A. G. de la Montagnes, Fyre Pyre Studios, 1002 County Rt. 53.