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Grayson Artisans welcome visitors to studios

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The artisans' annual tour is July 24-25

Grayson County Artisans, a non-profit group organized to showcase the work of professional artists and craftsmen in the area, will host its 7th annual Studio Tour on Saturday and Sunday, July 24 and 25.

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The Tour not only highlights the work of several production artisans, but also makes their workshops open to visitors. The artisans will be on-site to explain and/or demonstrate how their artistic works are accomplished, as well as to offer some of their finest work for sale.
Members include Terry Clark, a woodturner in Troutdale; Mike and Jane Floyd, who work with dried botanicals and paper; Kate Irwin, a calligrapher and designer who also operates a bed and breakfast inn near Independence; Kathye Mendes, who paints in oils and acrylics; and Todd Price, oil painter and designer in Elk Creek. A new member, Karen Simpson, creates wearable and decorative art in felt and other textiles.
This year’s guest artists, who will set up displays and/or demonstrations in the studios, include potter Priscilla Dahl, artist/illustrator; Ellie Kirby, photographer; Karen Bopp, jewelry-maker and fine artist; Penny Mosley, wood- and stained-glass artist; Bill Simpson, quilter; Pauline Peterson, potter; Jennifer Manuel, textile artist; Janet Braithwaite and stained glass artist Vanessa Wright.
The Artisans’ studios are located throughout Grayson County.  A map with the locations of each studio clearly marked is available at most area tourist information centers, by calling (276) 655-4047, or at their website: www.GraysonArtisans.com.
During the Tour, the studios will be open from10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Saturday), and noon until 6 p.m. (Sunday).