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Over the Mountain Studio Tour holds summer preview

By Staff | Jul 15, 2016

The Over the Mountain Studio Tour held its annual summer preview in the War Memorial Building on Saturday, July 9. The preview showcased the work of 25 different artists with two new artists being introduced to the tour.

“The tour is financed through membership dues,” says Joy Bridy, a potter who is on the tour’s steering committee. “So, all of the profits go to the artists.”

Walking around the inside of the War Memorial Building, there were tables covered with pieces from various artists. One table was run by Bruce Fransen from Bruce Fransen Creations, who works wood into different pieces of art. “I use a chainsaw to cut the wood, and then I grind and sand the piece,” says Fransen, “and then I use a high polish on it.”

Also at the preview was Susan Shildmyer from ESYSKnits who was selling custom knitted pieces.

“I do three different types of knitting: a free form, an aran, and a beaded. I use high-end yarn,” says Shildmyer, “and I’ve been a part of the Studio Tour for five years now.”

Anne Bowers is one of the founding members of the Studio Tour. “We have our preview show in July, and then the main tour is in November,” says Bowers. The Studio tour begins the second weekend of November and has ten stops. “And we are also celebrating twenty-seventh year.”

More information about the Over the Mountain Studio Tour and the artists involved in the tour can be found at www.studiotourwv.org.