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2018 Registration is now available

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Registrations for 2018 ARTour are now open!
All items must be submitted and fees received by March 15, 2018.

The registration form is on line, please use the following LINK 




Beginning Oil Painting with Artist Rebecca Tolle

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Studio Artour Artist Rebecca Tolle will be teaching Beginning Oil Painting at the Paradise Center for the Arts in Faribault. To get registered call 507-332-7372 ext. 1 or 4. http://www.paradisecenterforthearts.org/classes/#visual-arts-classes

Beginning Oil Painting with artist Rebecca Tolle Tuesdays, Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6 2:00 – 4:00pm. Member $56/Non-Member $72. Supply fee $15. Have you ever thought you would like to explore painting in oils, but have little or no experience? In this 4-week course is a chance to try out this medium in a supportive, learning and fun environment. No experience needed. Just bring your enthusiasm. Ages 21 and over. Supplies provided: a palette to mix paint on, oil paint, brushes, canvas panels and terpenoid. We will begin the first painting together and paint along. If you have any of your own brushes, terpenoid (which is odorless), a palette (I use freezer paper for my palette), palette knives (plastic is ok for beginning) for mixing paint, and any other of your own supplies, please feel free to bring them. Please wear old clothes you can get paint on (I wear an old shirt/apron), roll of paper towels or rags, and (2) empty wide mouth jars for putting clean and dirty terpenoid in. Other Information: If you are unable to make (1) of the classes, I can discuss a make-up class at a later date for you. For all of us, there is always something that can come up un-expectantly and there is the need to be flexible.

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This weekend Studio Artour artist Sue Peoples received an award of excellence at the art in the Garden at the  MN Landscape Arboretum. Congratulations Sue!


Off 90

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Studio Artour Artists Judy Saye-Willis and Tom Willis are featured on Off 90

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Some of our studio tour artists are on display!!! Judy Saye-Willis, Tom Willis and Fred Somers have work up at Minnesota State Arts Board. Greater Minnesota Artist Showcase, In their St. Paul offices. Work goes up April 28 for the St Paul Art Crawl and is up through August! Don’t miss a chance to check this out!


David Allen opening reception

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Studio Artour artist David Allen will have an opening reception March 31st 5-7pm at the Paradise Center for the Arts. Exhibit dates March 31 – May 8.

Judy Saye-Willis exhibit coming to the Paradise Center for the Arts

Studio Artour Artist Judy Saye-Willis will be exhibiting her new work at the Paradise Center for the Arts Feb. 24-March 27, with opening reception Feb. 24 5-7pm. Judy will be having an artist talk Feb. 23 at 6:30pm, free and open to the public. She will be offering Natural Dying classes at the Paradise every Saturday in March.

Click here to read more about Judy Saye-Willis

Fred Somers artist talk

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Studio ArTour artist Fred Somers will be giving an artist talk tonight Thursday January 19th 6:30pm at the Paradise Center for the Arts. Located at 321 Central Avenue N, Faribault MN 55021

2017 Studio Artour registration is now open

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2017 Studio Artour registration is now open using the following link and will close on March 15th . Click here to register. 

Please note the following..

-We are requesting that all information and images are new this year.

-Please label the images according to the registration instructions.

-Artists that were not in the 2016 Studio Artour are considered new artists and need to jury in for the 2017 Studio Artour. New artists will be notified of the jury outcome within two weeks of completing their registration.

I want to thank all of the artists who have volunteered to help with the 2017 Artour.



Studio ARTour allows glimpse of artists and their work environments by Renee Brown

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Studio ARTour allows glimpse of artists and their work environments

The Studio ARTour offers a unique perspective for those who have not seen an artist’s personal work space before.

It involves local artists from Northfield, Faribault and Farmington who open their studio doors for a weekend to allow the public to explore their workplaces and to talk directly with the artists.

This is the 12th annual year for the Studio ARTour, which will showcase 40 artists at 21 studios in the southern Minnesota area.

Judy Saye-Willis, one of the artists and co-chairs for this year’s ARTour, noted that no one person is in charge of everything.

“We put together what needs to get done,” she said. This includes taking care of distributing brochures, creating proofs and raising awareness, blogging, marketing, setting up registration and promoting their sponsors.

It is not just the studios and artists that draw people in, but the variety of styles that are used as well. The tour offers a diverse range of mediums such as ceramics, paint, glass, beads, metals, wood, fabrics, dyes, photography and many more.

This year, the Studio ARTour received a Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) grant along with business sponsors. Saye-Willis noted that most years they do not have grant money, so it’s the artist’s fees and the business sponsors that help fund the tour.

“The planning stages start right after the tour and registration is in March,” she added. “By the time we get to this time of year the work is pretty much done.”

Some of the artists have participated for many years, while others will be joining the tour for this first time. David Allen, a painter and sculptor, is one of those who is new this year. His take on the upcoming tour is that it would be different from the art shows he normally attends in several ways.

“In an art show you bring what you think you can sell,” he said. “With this, you can show people the things you don’t normally bring to attention in shows.”

His hope is that this kind of experience will have a positive impact and that he will form new relationships with customers through meeting them in person.

“It’s not just about the sales,” Allen added. “It’s a fun thing to show people who you are and what you do.”

Showing off the artist behind the work is something that Sue Hammes-Knopf looks forward to as well. She is one of the co-chairs for the tour and is the artist behind Full Bloom Beadwork.

“I love to be able to show in my own space because I’m free from the physicality of setting up an art fair booth,” Hammes-Knopf added. “I just put out my work, invite people in, we have a nice time, and many people purchase and it’s a nice variety from being in the art fair booth.”

Kathy Miller, who paints with watercolors, also enjoys inviting people into her studio for similar reasons. She has participated in the Studio ARTour for six years.

“I like the fact that it’s indoors, in a controlled environment, and I have all of my art supplies there so I can readily demonstrate,” she said. “I think it’s wonderful, it brings people from all over to the area so they’re learning what a strong art community Northfield and Faribault and other areas are.”

A list of all of the artists, the mediums they work with and a detailed map can be found on the Studio ARTour’s website athttp://www.studioartour.com/.

What: 12th Annual Studio ARTour


  • Some studios: Oct. 14 from 4 – 8 p.m.
  • Oct.15 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Local artist’s studios


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