Open studio tour in Summerland

The Summerland Art Gallery is joining forces with 15 area artists for a fall open studio tour next weekend.

The Summerland Art Gallery is joining forces with 15 area artists for a fall open studio tour next weekend.

The event will run over two days, with the studios and the gallery welcoming visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 5 and 6.

The self-guided tour takes visitors on a day-long trip from Trout Creek to Summerland to see local artists and artisans at work.

Maps with the locations of the participating studios are available at tourist info centres, art galleries and libraries in Summerland and Penticton as well as at each of the participating artists’ studios. Each studio listing has their year-round open hours if you can’t make the tour dates.

Visitors to the studios will be able to learn how to silk screen T-shirt designs or watch a blacksmith forge art from iron. Or find out what goes into making soaps and lotions and see a fashion designer at work. The tour encompasses artists working in many media, from glass makers to wood carvers making bowls from a simple block of wood or a silversmith creating jewelery.

Organizers describe the tour as not only a chance to buy directly from the artisan but to get the whole story behind the artwork; to delve into a work of art and learn how an artist thinks.

For more information, contact Marcia or Ron at 250-494-9280 or via email at stacystudios@shaw.ca.