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Studio ArTour Artist Christie Clarke

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Christie Clarke creates one of a kind slab built pottery and necklaces that evoke thoughts of ancient objects yet have an unmistakably contemporary sensibility. Each piece is textured and colored with underglaze and glazes that create vivid colorscapes. Some vessels have additional touches of gold leaf. Her work has been exhibited in several group showings of the MN Women Ceramic Association in the Twin Cities, the Northfield Fine Craft Collective, the Anderson Center for the Arts in Red Wing MN, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport and is in the permanent collection of the Goldstein Museum of design at the University of Minnesota. Her work is sold at the Grand Hand Gallery in St. Paul, Fleur-de-lis gallery in Faribault and the Northfield Arts Guild in Northfield.

Christie has a piece in the Minnesota state fair fine arts building. No State fair this year but there will be the physical art show in the building and open to the public. Please visit https://www.mnstatefair.org/competitions/fine-arts/fine-arts-exhibition-event/ for more information about visiting the fine arts building at the Minnesota State Fair.

David Allen’s weekly Facebook Live videos

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Studio ArTour artist David Allen has been showing us his studio, his process, and much much more during his weekly Facebook Live videos. You can see uncle Davey Facebook Live videos Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings at 6:00pm https://www.facebook.com/davidallenart

David Allen is a prolific artist who specializes in watercolor and acrylic media. He has taught art for over thirty years to high school students and adults. His paintings and sculptures are included in many public and private collections. Allen earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education at the University of Minnesota at Mankato. Currently, he resides in Northfield, Minnesota. “I love to paint small towns especially those that take a unique interest in their community,” he says. “I try to capture the feelings of timelessness and tradition that these towns offer, attempting to invoke the kind of nostalgia that we all feel for the places we grew up in. It is a responsibility and a pleasure to paint something that represents the pride, history, and sense of community that these communities display.

His work is available to purchase online at www.davidallenart.com

Studio ArTour artist Julie Fakler

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Studio ArTour artist Julie Fakler creates vibrant original domestic animal paintings and pet portraits. Julie’s preferred models and inspiration for her work include cats, dogs, cows, chickens, geese and goats. Yes, Julie will paint, or carve your pet’s portrait in clay. If you are interested in having a portrait of your pet or livestock please contact Julie at juliefakler@gmail.com
Julie has received individual artist grants from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) for, Prairie’s Edge Humane Society (2011), S.A.F.E. Sanctuary (2014), Southeastern Minnesota Farm Animals (2017).

Michelle Ahlers

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My love of nature and natural elements inspire me to create pieces of jewelry that reflect its beauty. I endeavor to create pieces using natural elements such as semi-precious stones, metal, shells, wood and glass. Jewelry that has a rustic, earthy feel.

2020 Applications are OPEN!






Interested in participating as a studio or guest artist on the 2020 Studio ARTour?  Applications are now open (with a March 30, 2020 deadline). Please visit this link for all of the details. Questions? please email studioartour@gmail.com.



2020 Applications open soon!

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Applications will open soon! Stay tuned for an email coming out by the end of January notifying artists that applications are open for the 2020 ARTour.  Not sure if you’re on the list?  Email studioartour@gmail.com to receive the notification.  

Tami Resler and Bonnie Gunelius exhibitions at the Paradise Center for the Arts

Studio #11 artist’s Tami Resler and Bonnie Gunelius will both be having exhibitions at the Paradise Center for the Arts October 4 – November 18. Opening reception October 4th 5:00pm-7:00pm. Paradise Center for the Arts is located at 321 Central Avenue Faribault MN 55021    https://paradisecenterforthearts.org/


2019 Studios!

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Check out the studios that will be featured on the 15th Annual Studio ARTour and plan your visit! This year’s tour includes 44 Artists at 18 Studios:

2019 Applications Now Open!

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Calling all artists! Interested in participating as a studio or guest artist on the 2019 Studio ARTour?  Applications are now open!  Please visit this link for all of the details. Questions? please email studioartour@gmail.com.


“This Good Earth” – Monthly Natural Dying Series by studio ArTour artist Judy Saye-Willis

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“This Good Earth”
First Saturday of the month from 1-5pm beginning December 2018 through September 2019, in The Paradise Center for the Arts textile lab. $40/month or $350 for all ten. Supply fee $5- $20/ month depending on the dyes required for that months project. Supply fee is paid directly to the instructor.

As people become more concerned about the sources of the food they eat, they are also becoming concerned about the sources and materials of the clothes they wear and the fabrics in their homes. During “This Good Earth” workshop series you will learn about natural dying with materials from plants, trees and the earth. Examples would be indigo, avocado, black walnut, goldenrod, onion skins, wood shavings, weld, madder, logwood and many more.

This series will provide the information you need to create a colorful pallet for your clothes and home furnishings. Natural dying is also a great way to repurpose fabrics with environmentally safe and sustainable materials.

December 1, 2018 the first session will be indigo dying, the blue that made Levi Strauss famous. Participants will learn about indigo and Japanese Shibori resist techniques that can be used with indigo and future workshop projects. I will have several items available so you can choose what you want to dye. We will also be discussing the materials and processes the participants are interested in learning about in the future series. Supply information will be sent after registering.
January 5, 2019.. will be dying with dried pomegranate skins (start saving them). Preparing fabrics for dying will also be covered. (Cotton, Linen, Silk and Wool)

The 2019 topics will be posted in January and will include locally found dye materials and also dye materials purchase from suppliers. The series will include a session on botanical/eco printing on paper and fiber.
Instructor… Judy Saye-Willis
Studied natural dyes with Michel Garcia at his lab in France, Botanical printing with Jane Dunnewold in San Antonio and Shibori stitch resist with Joan Morris in Vermont.
Natural Dye Solo Exhibitions
“Natures Gentle Colors” 2014 traveling in Southern Minnesota
“From Garden to Gallery” 2017 Paradise Center for the Arts
Taught natural dye classes at
Textile Center, Minneapolis
Northfield Arts Guild
North 50, Northfield
Paradise Center for the Arts, Faribault

To get registered call 507-332-7372 ext. 1 or 4

Paradise Center for the Arts 321 Central Avenue N. Faribault, MN 55021


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