The Studio ArTour opens studios to art enthusiasts Oct. 20 and 21

Rice County Cows by Julie Fakler

South Central Minnesota’s eighth annual Studio ArTour will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Studio ArTour will feature 24 open art studios showcasing the works of 52 artists from Cannon Falls to Northfield and on to Faribault. Held at the height of fall color, The Studio Artour is considered one of Minnesota’s most beautiful studio tours. Those touring are encouraged to bike as well as carpool the country roads just south of the Twin Cities and northwest of Rochester. The tour is free and maps will be provided at local shops and online at Studio Artour.com.

 “Touring studios gives art enthusiasts the opportunity to meet the artists, see demonstrations and collect one-of-a-kind works,” says Jennifer Wolcott, tour organizer and Northfield steel artist. Artists’ work ranges from abstract painting and landscapes to textiles, jewelry, pottery, metalwork, glasswork and mixed media.

Due to its popularity, The Studio ArTour has doubled in size since 2010. In 2012, The Studio ArTour includes several nationally recognized artists including St. Olaf College professor and painter Wendell Arneson, watercolorist Fred Somers and sustainable jeweler Susan Crow who showed at New York Fashion Week last spring, in addition to many full-time working artists who display widely.

About The Studio ArTour

The Studio ArTour is a cooperative venture among artists in Cannon Falls, Northfield and Faribault. The artists open their studios to the public on the third weekend in October each year, and invite art enthusiasts to meet the artists, see where they work and watch demonstrations, in addition to purchasing unique artwork.