Have you ever wondered how a record is recorded or how a hand blown vase is made? Have you admired a piece of artwork and thought about what might have inspired it? Have you ever considered where an artist creates?
On Saturday, October 7 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Sunday, October 8 (noon to 4 p.m.), fifteen artists in Ames are opening their studios and workspaces to answer these questions and offer a rare behind-the-scenes look at where art comes from. Participating artists of all kinds – jewelry makers, woodworkers, painters, potters, and more – will be in their studios, ready to demonstrate their craft, share techniques, and discuss what inspires their work.
Come in, ask questions, and, if you’re lucky, find that perfect piece of art to add to your collection.
This is a free, family-friendly event. You provide your own transportation so you can visit as many studios as you wish, staying as long as you please at each destination. The artists are ready and willing to share their stories, and nothing would make them happier than you deciding to spend a part of your day with them!
Find a full list of artists and a map on the 2017 Ames Area Studio Tour website.
The 2017 Studio Tour headquarters can be found at Worldly Goods (232 Main St., Ames), a non-profit, fair-trade store providing a marketplace for artisans of the world to earn a living wage, support their families, and develop their communities. Please visit the store for a map and brochure to begin your studio tour journey. Staff and volunteers there will be ready and able to answer any questions about the tour that you may have for them.
The Ames Area Studio Tour is an annual event coordinated by the Ames Community Arts Council. The program is made possible in part through the support of the Ames Commission on the Arts (COTA).
Photo provided by Daniel Marks, featured artist. Woodward at Dusk