Open studio tour this weekend
Contributed photo, Pat Frederick, one of the artists participating in this weekend's open studio tour, created this horse-kicking mailbox.

Local artists across Tucson are inviting people into their studios this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13 and 14, during the 2010 Open Studio Tour presented by the Tucson Pima Arts Council.

This year's show is accompanied by an exhibition at the Jewish Community Center, and a reception at the JCC from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11.

A record-setting 222 local artists — a number of them from the Northwest — are participating. All Open Studio events are free and open to the public.

The self-guided tour welcomes collectors, residents and tourists, encouraging them to visit artists working "in virtually every medium in their creative spaces – from downtown barrios to foothills studios and open-air desert sanctuaries," a release said.

"This is a fantastic opportunity to visit artists in their studios and explore the creative process," said Sally Krommes, TPAC public art and event coordinator. "The Open Studio Tour is family-friendly, casual, full of fresh air, tasty treats, original work, and always the chance of seeing old friends and new techniques in art making."

Participating artists include bookmakers, sculptors, photographers, ceramic artists, fiber artists, metal smiths, glass blowers and painters, to name a few.

"This is the chance to find answers to the questions that come to us when we see art hanging in museums or commercial galleries, such as 'what does it mean' or 'how did she do that?'" Krommes said.

Studios are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To plan a route, go to www.tucsonpimaartscouncil.org to find a detailed program of participating artists and maps to their studios.

For more information, contact Krommes at skrommes@tucsonpimaartscouncil.org, or call 624-0595, extension 16.

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