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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.
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).