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Michelle Ahlers

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Michelle Ahlers creates her jewelry in her studio just outside of Faribault on her flower farm, where she draws much of her inspiration. Collections reflect a balanced earthy feel with such names as, ‘out of the blue’ , ‘golden Harvest’ , ‘from the sea’ ,& ‘Naturals’. Michelle uses mixed metals, semi-precious stones, wood, glass and other elements. Demichellah Jewelry.

Suz Klumb

Suz Klumb Glass Garden Beads, LLC 318 Central Ave. N. – Suite 105 Faribault, MN 55021 507-645-0301    

Studio ARTour artist Heather Lawrenz

Studio ARTour artist Heather Lawrenz creates upcycled and gemstone jewelry. Lately circles have been an inspiration for the jewelry she makes from cutting up decorative tea and cookie tins. Throughout ARTour weekend at Studio #3, Heather will be demonstrating how she turns these colorful tins into jewelry, and the tools needed for her designs. Heather will gladly create jewelry from a special tin you’ve been saving, please contact her with commission inquiries at

Fred Somers

After 50 years of walking painting in this place I love Nerstrand Minnesota . This past year I experienced hardest and best of life Losing my Precious Avis married 51 1/2 years and being honored with being inducted into the Pastel Society of America pastel Hall of Fame . I am back in my studio and painting both Pastels and oils and beginning my second 50 years . I welcome old and new friends come and celebrate with me Paint what you Love . Walk in the Light . Fred Somers

Dianne Lockerby

Having been on the ArTour for over 10 years, 2020 shakes us all up with the covid-experience but those of us on the ArTour 2020 are up to the challenge, extending all the social distance norms to our studio spaces. Once again Dianne Lockerby and Julie Fakler are together for Studio 10 but in 2020, due to covid restrictions, we have changed our location to the Paradise Center for the Arts on Central Avenue in downtown Faribault. Julie and I will be exhibiting in the same studios where we teach our classes for the Paradise Center. Another advantage is that … Continue reading

Studio Artour Artist, Annie Larson

Sleepy Bean Studio will be in a new location this year! Our wonderful friend, Jenn Wolcott, is taking a year off so Heather, Cathy and I had to find new locations. Colleen Riley and Donovan Palmquist of Eureka Pots graciously let me come to their studio (#1 on the tour map and in our hearts). I am already calculating how many pair of earrings I will have to sell to come out even on all the pottery I will buy. This pandemic has been stressful for many reasons, but one of the upsides is endless time at home and in … Continue reading

Studio ArTour Artist Reid Hendershot

I focus on using local wood whether downed from storm, disease, or insect damage, often from the local yard waste site or neighbor’s yards. What could have been firewood still holds a tangible warmth. While most often making treenware like  stoppers, rolling pins, candle holders, spatulas and butter knives, I have started a new line of tiny keepsake boxes, some like round cherrywood salt wells, others square or rectangular with bronze-pin-hinged tops made from contrasting  local woods. Just darn fun… Butter knives of ironwood and walnut Keepsake boxes from cherry Cherry box with a walnut top I am open by … Continue reading

Studio ArTour artist Rebecca Tolle

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Staying safe this year is on everyone’s mind and I am looking forward to seeing your “mask on” eye smile! Teaching classes/workshops is a large part of what I enjoy doing. Planning for more demonstrations on oil techniques which can happen at a safe distance. Techniques displayed are adding in cold wax to the oil paint for textured and layering options. Another favorite is using mediums and creating a soupy mixture of oil paint and painting quickly. Stand back for that one- it is quick, spontaneous and messy! But you will love it! What will not change is how much … Continue reading

Gail Gates “app dance”

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Ugh! Making a video of what I do is hard! I “app dance” from one of my photographic images to another, which is enormously fun for me, but would be like watching grass grow to the viewer. (Really?? She’s moving another slider? Now she’s moving it back. ZZZZZZZ) I also discovered that as much as I dislike being in front of the lens, time, shockingly, doesn’t slow. My first attempts at videos were twice as long as suggested, even though I felt rushed. Therefore, the attached video should be considered as a visual appetizer of what I do as an … Continue reading

Studio ArTour Artist Patsy Dew

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The camera helps me engage with the visual world, whether in nature, or society, or by myself observing how window light interacts with a flower. On my regular morning walks, the camera turns the walk into an adventure of discovery, helping me to see patterns, or the wonders of a dew-laden spider web. Back home, I sort through all the images I collected, rating and labeling them. And then deciding which to print as enlargements, or on greeting card stock, or to use in creating books or boxes. Many years ago, visiting studios on the ArTour, I bought an accordion … Continue reading

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