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St. Lawrence County Arts Council schedules annual artists’ studio tour

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POTSDAM - The St. Lawrence County Arts Council is proud to celebrate the silver anniversary of the annual Artists’ Studio Tour on Nov. 10 - 12, featuring 45 artists at 21 different sites around St. Lawrence County.

This free self-guided tour is an opportunity to see the creative process first hand. You can visit artists and watch them in action as they create hand-crafts ranging from jewelry to stone sculptures. All of the artists will have a selection of items for sale for gift shopping. This is also an excellent opportunity to learn more about skills like throwing pottery on a wheel, designing and sewing clothing, braiding rugs, and carving stone.

During the Studio Tour, you can travel at your own pace and visit artists and studios that interest you with the help of a free tour brochure. It includes a map, driving directions, and information about each artist and site.

This year there are studio sites in Potsdam, Parishville, Colton, Canton, Rensselaer Falls, Ogdensburg, Winthrop, and Hogansburg. The participating artists offer a wide range of artistic styles and media. Many of the artists will also present demonstrations as part of the tour.

There are several new studios the tour this year, including The Riverflow Studio in Winthrop with colorful acrylic paintings by Marion Bradish, and the Gallery of Art and Learning in Canton, featuring work by NYSARC artists. At Jahn Greyhawk’s studio you’ll find paintings and museum-quality Native American clothing and accoutrements, and Kathy Montan will be sharing her love of wool in felted jewelry and sculptures at her new studio.

A special site on the tour is the Hogansburg Senior Center, which will host Akwesasne artisans and their work, including: glass etching by Julie & Hilary Jacobs, paintings by Daniel White, beaded earrings by Loretta Smoke, moccasins by Barbara Smoke, handmade soap by Crystal Oakes, and soapstone sculptures by Cheyenne Doxtador.

In Potsdam, at the SLC Arts Council’s Gift Shop & Gallery on Market Street you can see glasswork, felted critters, paintings, and photography by Malone-area artists as part of the Mixed Mediacs exhibit. Visit the SLC Arts Council’s studios on the second floor of Downtown Snell Hall to find three artists with very different styles: mixed media and ceramics by Sara Lynch, illustrations and custom greeting cards by Leigh Chapman, and fused glass and upcycled jewelry by Christina Adams.

Pick up your free tour brochure to learn more about all the artisans participating in this year’s Artists’ Studio Tour. Brochures are available at area libraries, chambers of commerce, and other arts organizations and businesses around the region. You can also stop by the SLC Arts Council at 51 Market Street in Potsdam to pick up a copy, or call the Council to have a brochure mailed directly to you. North Country Public Radio is a media sponsor for the Artists’ Studio Tour. Call the SLC Arts Council at 315-265-6860 or visit www.slcartscouncil.org for more information regarding this special event.

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