Okay, for the last two months-ish, I’ve been hard at work on redesigning the brochure and website for North Idaho’s annual Artists’ Studio Tour. The brochure should go to press early next week, but here’s a sneak peek:
The tour is a great opportunity to see real working studios of 25 local artists: everything from quilting and jewelry to painting and sculpture—and of course drawing! My studio is the easternmost on the whole circuit, so start here and explore widely.
Stop by the homestead and see what I’m always crowing about. Admire Jessica’s garden, gawk at the view (everyone does), feed the chickens with some weeds from the garden—and tour the studio! It’s inside the house, so you’ll pull on some high-fashion Tyvek booties, troop upstairs, and enter the studio through the secret bookshelf door. Yup, you even have to pull the statue to open the door.
Once inside, you’ll see where the magic happens.My computer and drawing table, the stereo that's so important to my work, the tiny wood stove that makes visitors squeal, the view out the skylight—everything. Be warned, though: it’s not a big space, it doesn’t smell like turnpentine and oil paints (more like, fresh mountain breezes), and it’s disturbingly tidy. I don’t believe in messes.
Held during two weekends in August, the tour is self-directed. You can visit studios in any order and stay as long as you like. Meet the artist, tour the studio, have a cookie, and buy stuff! In between, you’ll enjoy the summertime drive through the mountains, beneath the dappled shadows of the forest, and around Idaho’s largest lake, Lake Pend Oreille. It’s some of the prettiest country in the Lower 48. I know, I’ve lived here for 20 years!
The tour runs for two summertime weekends: August 10-12 and 17-19, 2018, between 10am-4pm. For more details, visit arttourdrive.org. And that’s getting redesigned too!