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Ashe County Arts Council to Sponsor Ashe County Studio Tour, Aug. 5-6

Summertime in the mountains – what better way to see the countryside than on a two-day Studio Tour! And to see the best Ashe County artists working in their own studios!   On August 5-6 the Ashe County Arts Council will sponsor the Ashe County Studio Tour, a two-day, self-guided, free event in which Ashe County artists open their studios to the public.

Tour participants will discover art studios located all over the county – in and around West Jefferson, Jefferson, Crumpler, Laurel Springs, Todd, Creston, Warrensville, and Lansing. Most of the studios are not usually open to the public, so this is a rare opportunity for people to see where these artists work and at select locations, to watch them as they create their art. And it doesn’t hurt that getting there takes you through some of the most beautiful mountain countryside the High Country has to offer!

All art on the Ashe County Studio Tour is handmade, original work designed and produced by the artists in Ashe County. The artists have shown their work regionally, nationally, and internationally. Some have made their art for over four decades and some are relatively new to their art forms, but all have a passion for what they do and where they do it.

Participating artists include: Helen Barnes-Rielly, David Bridge, Syndi and Rene Brooks, Berkeley Brown, Dale Carlson, Kelly Clampitt, Cynthia Dixon, Martha Enzmann, Jane Munroe Floyd, Carla Houck, George Kosinski, Rosie Kosinksi, Debora Mauser, Susan Meredith, Camille Morgan, Pat Morrison, Mary-Ann Prack, Cheryl Roberts, Cher Shaffer, Milt Sigel, Dolores Somers, Carol Thompson, Dawn Wicklow, Hollis Wild, Cheryl Williams and Jennifer Gardiner Wilson.

An exciting addition to the tour is a three-day exhibit at the Ashe Arts Center that features artwork by the participating tour artists. The exhibit will open on August 4 and will be on display until August 6. A reception will be held for the artists on Friday, August 4 from 5-7 pm. Come meet the artists, enjoy refreshments and have the first opportunity to see the extraordinary talent of our Ashe County artists.

Tour maps are available at the Ashe Arts Center and there will be Studio Tour signs along the roadways to help people find their destinations. The studios are open from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, August 5 and noon until 5 pm on Sunday, August 6. For more information, contact the Ashe County Arts Council at 336-846-2787 or email jane@ashecountyarts.org.