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Artist's Studio Tour

10 October 2011  

Visiting the artists' studios is a great way to immerse yourself in art.

For the fourth year in a row art lovers had the opportunity to visit the studios of their favorite local artists. Twenty-one studios were open to the public all over the quad cities area. Because several artists share studios, the artistic efforts of well over 25 artists were on display. From glass blowers to painters, most were both showing their productions and demonstrating their technique.

The festival started with a preview on September 23 at the Mountain Artists Guild on Alarcon in Prescott. At the preview works by all artists were on view in one place, making it easier to decide which artists’ studios to visit. Then on September 30 and October 1 and 2 the studios were all open to visitors. Most provided snacks. The studios were easy to find using the maps available at each studio and following the signs.

Concentrating on studios near the downtown area provided a startling variety of artists and works. The Bandhu Dunham glassblowing studio had some fascinating contraptions on display, self contained kinetic marble moving machines made entirely of glass. Mr. Dunham was on hand to describe how they were achieved. Also at the studio was employee Connor Bodin who demonstrated how to make hollow pear ornaments with a glass rod, an air tube to blow through and a 5000 degree flame.

At the nearby Mary Schulte Studio, set back in an improbable row of storage units and light industry, three artists share the space. Schulte works in mosaics, sculpture and polymer clay, Cathy Gibbons is a painter, and Cindi Schaffer does glass work and silver smithing. All three women were working, painting, sculpting etc., demonstrating their techniques.

On to the Fourth Box Pottery on Lincoln St. There Glenn Trotter explained the pottery’s name by explaining that he had worked 4 jobs in his lifetime, including 30 years teaching math. He and his associate Leigh Cosby (also known as turtle girl after one of her favorite subjects) produce a wide variety of ceramics. There were colorful bowls and tabletop fountains, practical pieces as well as works of art. Cosby explained the Raku process, in which low firing temperatures are used with various other techniques to produce one of a kind ceramic artworks.

A last minute stop at the Yvonne Holland studio on Arizona St. showed some very different works. There again three artists share the studio. Holland is a painter, Dawn Reeves Elliott is a folk artist showing many southwest and Mexican influences and Cassidy is a sculptor.

Many of the artists on the tour have pieces in local galleries, notably Van Gogh’s Ear on Whisky Row. If you are interested in catching next year’s tour try contacting the Mountain Artist’s Guild at 228 N. Alarcon, Prescott 86301 for more information.


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