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Over The Mountain Studio Tour hosts Summer Preview Show

By Staff | Jun 26, 2015

Celebrate summer and handmade during the Over the Mountain Studio Tour’s annual Summer Preview Show in downtown Shepherdstown’s War Memorial Building, July 24-26. The 25- member tour invites all to kick off their 26th year at their opening reception on Friday, July 24, from 5-7 p.m., where attendees can meet this year’s five newest juried members, experience fresh work from all members, and enjoy a bit of conversation with snacks and drinks. The show continues Saturday, July 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, July 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Five new tour members will be featured, including Tim Wohleber, twig furniture maker, Rose Sanders Mendez, handforged metal jeweler, Ann Sharp, portrait painter, Joe Mayer, abstract painter and Liz Goins, paper and book artist. All tour members will be represented, including pottery, basketry, stained glass, fine furniture, twig furniture, blacksmithing, jewelry, colored pencil drawings, abstract and portrait painting, watercolor painting, hand hewn bowls, wood sculpting, book and paper art, needle artistry, wearable art, folk art, polymer clay, gourd art and wooden toys.

“The Annual Summer Show gives the artisans of the tour a reason to gather under one roof for a weekend and have a great time together, kicking off our 26th year celebration. We want to share the genuine sense of enjoyment and connection with the larger community. From visitors to our Farmers Market and the Contemporary American Theater Festival, to locals out for the day, you will see first- hand that this area is a haven for gifted artists, ” said Fran Brolle, jeweler and tenth year tour member.

“Friday night’s reception is our first chance to introduce our newest members, and celebrate the fresh work and energy they bring to the group. Come celebrate with us and meet these gems of Jefferson County!” said Pam Parziale, potter and founding member.

The Over The Mountain Studio Tour Summer Preview Show kicks off the tour’s 26th year of celebrating local artisans. Mark the calendar for the full autumn tour, Nov. 14 and 15, always the second weekend of November.

For more information, visit www.studiotourwv.org.