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Self-guided, free tour set for this weekend

By Staff | Nov 12, 2010

This weekend red arrows will be spotted all over Shepherdstown. The signs will lead visitors from one art studio to another. Several of the 11 participating studios are located in Shepherdstown and then weave through the countryside towards Charles Town.

The Over the Mountain Tour is free and self-guided. Each will offer hospitality and creative experiences from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14.

Frances Brolle has created many beautiful jewelry pieces for this tour. She is excited and looking forward to sharing her creations with visitors.

“This (tour) is the big one. There is nothing like the thrill of seeing someone walking through town wearing one of my necklaces,” Brolle said.

Artists work all year to prepare for this tour. They try to have a large inventory with a variety of prices and colors, something to appeal to everyone.

Sheila Brannan collects glass of different textures and colors. She slowly assembles different pieces, until they look just right. She uses a variety of metals to assemble them with. The end results can be whimsical or meaningful.

Brannan has recently worked on stained glass memorials. Customers will give her a portrait of a beloved pet. Then she reproduces that in stained glass.

“One owner hung the dog portrait on the window where the dog used to look out,” Brannan said.

The fire is stoked at Eric Johnson’s forge on Southwood Drive. According to the tour’s site, he will do blacksmith demonstrations.

The llamas on Cheryl Sonnabend farm have all been sheared. Some of the wool has been carded, spun and knit into rugs and throws. Some of the wool is waiting for customers. Visitors to this studio will get to see the llamas, and learn about the wool process.

Other artists include Doug Kinnett, Colleen Tracy, Isabelle Truchon, Carrie Singer, Teressa Blickenstaff-Kitts, Pat Langerhans, Tom D’Onofrio, Steve Adams, Tara Bell, Nancy Streeter, Joy Bridy, Rebecca Grace Jones, Ren and Pam Parziale, Margot Ours, Anne Bowers, Treva Blackford, Linda Wright, Tom McGarry and Elaine Mosel.

The website www.studiotourwv.org provides descriptions of the artist’s work and some photos. There is also a printable map with directions to each stop.