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Michelle Ahlers, Studio #7

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Michelle Ahlers creates her jewelry in her studio just outside Faribault on her flower farm, where she draws much of her inspiration. Collections reflect a balanced earth 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 Antique brass connects  4 Howlite Strands Native Fringe. Versatile beaded fringe will be enhanced by copper mounts Everyday wear, Leather meets Copper ‘Out of the blue’ collection

Kathy Anderson, studio #7

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Kathy Anderson Last January, images for the Weft Faced Weaving class offered by the Weaver’s Guild caught my eye. The colorful patterns reminded me of woven pieces from indigenous groups across the globe, from Scandinavian countries to the Americas to West Africa. A Zoom weaving class? “Why not!” I decided. My approach to weaving is inspired by Saori, a contemporary Japanese style of weaving dedicated to free-form expression and pure improvisation from the heart, with no premeditated pattern in mind.  So this more structured approach would be a major departure for me. I am so thankful I took the dive!  The teacher was … Continue reading

Applications are now open online

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Applications are now open online for the 17th Annual Studio ARTour. This a self-guided tour of artists’ studios in the Farmington, Northfield and Faribault, MN area will be  held Oct 8-10 and we are looking for artists to participate. Registration now at Artists are welcome whether or not they have their own studio because they can be a guest at another artist’s studio stop*. This year, in addition to our established and experienced creators, we are encouraging young artists, emerging artists and new-to-the-scene older artists who are making work as a second career to apply. We will also be … Continue reading

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

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