Wander the art studios in seven cities

Art by David Sudduth. The Art Wander offers opportunities to tour artist studios on Sept. 23, 24, and 25, 2016, just in time for fall colors. (Submitted photo)
Art by David Sudduth. The Art Wander offers opportunities to tour artist studios on Sept. 23, 24, and 25, 2016, just in time for fall colors. (Submitted photo)

Pieces by more than 40 artists featured

By Melissa Priebe
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The much anticipated Art Wander kicks off in Carver County on Friday, Sept. 23, featuring the work of more than 40 artists on display in local studios throughout the weekend.

“The Art Wander is a self-guided open studio tour, so our guests will enjoy the amazing fall colors of the countryside while they travel to visit the artist’s studios throughout Carver County,” said Cynthia Anderson. “This also provides a beautiful backdrop to the exhibitions, demonstrations and on site sales of extraordinary art created by local artisans. Guests can experience the studio settings and see first hand where the art is created.”

The tour weaves through seven cities in Carver County, including Waconia, Mayer, Watertown, Carver, Cologne, Chaska and Chanhassen. Along the route, visitors will be able to enjoy the forested hills of Carver County, at a time of year when the trees are bursting with color. Signs will be posted to help direct people to each artist studio.

“You get to meet the artist, see the work in different stages, ask questions, collaborate and experience a process, it’s like giving the viewer a glimpse into the mind of the artist through the studio environment,” said Anderson. “We want people to have a hands-on experience that they can recall each time they admire the art they have purchased for their home or office or each time they wear their personal piece of art.”

Art enthusiasts can tour 17 different studios to see a variety of artworks, speak with the artists and watch demonstrations. The artwork on the tour includes everything from painting and illustration, to jewelry and pottery, to metal work, wood work and sculpture.

“You can expect an eclectic mix of media which includes painting, pottery, jewelry, weaving, glasswork, woodworking, sculpture, mosaic, illustration, blacksmithing and metalworking,” said Anderson. “There are 14 new artists this year, 28 returning artists and 4 new studio locations adding to the event.”

Because the studio tour is a juried art show, the featured artists are some of the best in the county. Several residents from the broader region will also be participating as guest artists.

Those who attend will also have a chance to win an art giveaway, if they take time to see as many studios as they can. To participate, all people have to do is visit at least 8 studios, get the contest form signed at the artist locations, complete the form and drop it off at any studio, where they will be entered to win. Prize drawings will be held on Oct, 1, 2016. You don’t have to be present to win one of the many works of art that have been donated for the giveaway.

The Art Wander will run for three days from Friday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 25. Studios will be open from 1 – 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday.

A complete list of artists is available online and in the brochure, which can be picked up at all studio locations and many sponsor locations. For more information, visit artwander.com.

“The quality of art always seems to get richer each year with more diversity,” said Anderson. “Each year you can see the work expand, grow and change.”

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