The eighth Rural Studio Tour will welcome visitors to area art shops and scenic stops along the way. The casual, self-guided tour will be from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 6. There is no charge for admission. Art will be available for purchase.
“Viewing an artist’s work, visiting with them and seeing where they create the work is a unique experience,” organizers said in an announcement. The majority of the artists on the tour are full-time artists, who show at art fairs and galleries around the country. Some also teach and host workshops. For most, May 6 will be the only day of the year when they invite the public in. The rest of the time, the studios are simply a place to create.
Several of the studios will have demonstrations and interactive art projects. Sue Davis and Steve Vachon will do “raku” firing demonstrations from 1-3 p.m., as long as the weather permits. Raku is a technique for firing pottery, in which the glowing orange pieces are taken out of the kiln at around 1,800 degrees, then put in a reducing chamber to cool. Sue Davis will be painting 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 4-5 p.m.
At Kristy Jo Beber’s pottery studio, demonstrations on the potter’s wheel will be happening most of the day. At Diane Schafer-King’s studio, visitors will watch and learn about the ancient art of marbling. William Steffen will show off his wood shop and and plans demos.
Find updates and a map at “Rural Artist Studio Tour – Fort Wayne, Indiana & Beyond” on Facebook. Printed maps are available at several local businesses, including The Orchard Gallery, Artlink & Firefly in Fort Wayne, The Grabill Inn, Country Shops Antique Mall in Grabill, and Olde Church Shoppes and Leo Cafe in Leo.
There are two artist stops on the north side Fort Wayne, two in Leo and four in Spencerville. Several unique local businesses are also on the tour: Riverview Native Nursery, Beside Still Waters Greenhouse and Olde Church Shoppes. Bravas Food Truck will be serving at The Art Farm and Rowe Coffee will have a coffee bar set up at DeSomer Studio, which is new to the tour this year.