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Over The Mountain Studio Tour coming Nov. 12-13

By Staff | Oct 24, 2016

Get ready to spend an amazing autumn weekend with the Over the Mountain Studio Tour, Nov. 12-13, visiting 10 studios chock-full of handmade wares by 25 makers. Artist’s studios are swept, newest work polished and tagged, snacks stacked and plated and they are ready to host all for a beautiful weekend of laughter and falling in love with the fruits of their labors. From fruit-covered majolica serving bowls to whimsical animal sculptures, unbelievably smooth polished wood tables to subtle Appalachian-inspired stained glass scenes, these artists are ready to show the best of Jefferson County.

For the 27th year, the tour welcomes two new members, two new stops and one returning member. Lisa Kovatch, earthenware pottery and tiles, and Bridget Brown, fiber arts, are the two new members. Bridget Brown’s work will be at her farm, one of the new stops. Lisa Kovatch will be at the second new stop, Bruce Fransen Creations’ studio and home. Carrie Singer, silver jeweler, joins at Sheila Brannan’s studio. Live demonstrations are scheduled for every stop, both days.

2016 members include:

Barbara Acker: Mountain View Gourds

Charles Steven Adams: hand hewn bowls and furniture

Tara Bell: Dream Circle colored pencil drawings

Treva Blackford: Brown Shop Bears and other animals

Anne Bowers: Heirloom Baskets

Sheila Brannan: stained glass

Joy Bridy: wood fired pottery

Fran Brolle: dichroic glass and silver jewelry

Bridget Brown: fiber arts

Linda Case: polymer clay

Bruce Fransen: sculpted wood vessels

Liz Goins: paper and book arts

Eric Johnson: Southwood Farm Forge blacksmithing

Lisa Kovatch: earthenware Pottery and Tile

Joe Mayer: watercolor and abstract painting

Tom McGarry: Birnam Wood Joinery cabinetry

Rose Mendez: Even Rose Love hand forged jewelry

Vanessa Morris: Blue Ridge Salvage wooden toys

Pam and Ren Parziale: Sycamore Pottery stoneware, salt, and earthenware

Ann Sharp: portraits and realism painting

Susan Shildmyer: free form knitted garments

Carrie Singer: silver jewelry

Nancy Streeter: woodcarvings

Tim Wohleber: Arcadian Furnishings twig furniture

Many of these artists have received regional and national recognition, some have their work in major exhibitions. All are inspired by the tradition of handwork in West Virginia.

Set aside the second weekend in November, travel with friends and family, and visit the artists in their working studios. Visitors can meet the makers, purchase a basket, a painting, a chair, a bowl and know they have something special in their hands.

Always the second weekend in November, the studio tour is free, open to the public, a cooperative venture completely run by the juried member artisans, and a wonderful way to support local creative economy. Each stop includes multiple artisans, live demonstrations, wares for sale, snacks and conversations.

For more information and maps, visit “http://www.studiotourwv.org”>www.studiotourwv.org or contact info@studiotourwv.org.