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July 15, 2013

Studio tours to give glimpse of artists' lives

Staff Report
The Daily Star

---- — If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to live an artist’s life, an upcoming event will give you the chance to find out. 

Twenty-five artists in the Andes-Margaretville-Roxbury area will open their work spaces to the public on July 27 and 28 as part of an open studio tour. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, visitors can peer in on potters, weavers, furniture makers, a wood turner, contemporary quilt maker, painters, mosiac designer, printers, photographers, a sculptor, and a leather clothing designer, all for free. 

According to a media release about the event, “Studio visitors will be able to talk to the artists, view their tools and equipment, breath their mountain air and feel the vibrations of a working studio. The studio spaces themselves vary widely from large to small, new to old and historic. Many of the artists have repurposed old barns, village or farm houses and sheds to accommodate their creative impulses. The work spaces are found in small towns, quaint villages, beside bubbling kills, up winding mountain roads and nestled under overhanging trees.”

The studios, in and around Andes, Margaretville, Arkville, Halcottsville and Roxbury, are all accessible from highways 28 and 30. Participants can plan their studio tours by visiting and using the interactive Google map found there, or by picking up a printed brochure at Catskill Mountain Artisans Guild and Longyear Gallery in The Commons Building in Margaretville; Queens Mountain Café and Orphic Gallery on Main Street in Roxbury; and at Sixty One Main Gallery and the Hunting Tavern in Andes. 

Included on the tour are the studios of Mary Overly Davis, Rusty Dorr, Joanna Murphy and Richard Johnson of Andes; Gary Mead, Nat Thomas and Jane Wahrburg of Margaretville; David Leveson, Margaret Leveson, Robin Bruck-Tanner, Amy Masters and Sumiko Patrone of Arkville; Patrice Lorenz and Oneida Hammond of Kelley Corners; Christopher Engel, Alix Hallman Travis and Rosamond Welchman of Halcottsville; Ann Lee Fuller and Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes of Denver; and Frank Manzo, Helene K. Manzo, John Sanders, Gerda van Leeuwen, Ellen Wong and Peter Yakamoaka of Roxbury. 

This event is made possible, in part, with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts administered by The Roxbury Arts Goup, with additional funding from the O’Connor Foundation and support from The MARK Project.

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