Author Archives: Glynnis Lessing

Beads and Beauty in Studio 16!

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I’m starting to prepare my studio space for Art tourists.  All season long I set up my art fair tent and create a mini gallery at multiple art fair venues.  But at the Studio Artour, welcoming people into my working space is so much for me and fun for my audience!  Visitors will see the art making space and displays of original  jewelry for sale. Recently, I’ve been weaving these sweet, colorful, triangular beads.  In the woven beads I combine color in interesting ways.  It’s a great way to take color risks!  The woven beads are suspended from a bit … Continue reading

Sue Pariseau, potter, talks about function and beauty

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I’m a maker of functional stoneware pottery – plates, bowls, bakers, serving dishes and an incredible number of mugs.  I get a great deal of satisfaction when I see my pieces in use on someone’s table and my favorite is when I hear someone say one of my mugs is their “go-to” mug for their morning coffee. Yet at nearly every sale, at least one customer while carefully cradling a piece that caught their eye will tell me they’d be too afraid to actually use such a beautiful piece of pottery every day for fear of damaging or breaking it.  … Continue reading

Studio 10, Paintings, pottery and Jewelry!

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Studio number 10 features artists Julie Fakler, Dianne Lockerby, and Jillian Steger. Julie creates vibrant original one of a kind domestic animal paintings and pet portraits. Julie paints custom ordered pet portraits ask her for details when your on the artour. Dianne Lockerby creates one of a kind functional stoneware pieces to use on your serving table. Dianne also creates non-functional leaf masks for your walls. Jillian Steger loves the materials and colors that she uses to make her jewelry. Hand cut stones, vibrant piece of leather, shine of silver all give Jillian great joy as she creates her jewelry.  Stop … Continue reading

Mark Daehlin Introduces a new line of Paintings

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Hello, Artour Members and Patrons! I’m very excited this year, as I will be introducing a new line of small tabletop paintings.  I’ve always been fascinated with the miniatures the Masters made from time to time.  Their meticulous paint application and precise imagery are amazing.   My new images are 3×3 ” up to about 4×6″ images applied on 1/2″ thick board, mostly in acrylics with a semigloss clear coat. Each comes with a prop so it stands up and is perfect for that small spot on the shelf or mantel.  Most are miniature versions of my large airbrushed skies/oceans/mountains, … Continue reading

Painter Fred Sommers talks about what inspires him

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Fred Sommers writes: To me this season of lavish beauty breathes PRAISE. I see the gold as it reflects pure light, far brighter than the lightest artists pigments available and it helps me praise.   After a summer of traveling and teaching, I am enjoying time in the woods and along the streams near Northfield. I am often in awe during the “between” seasons like these days between summer and fall when brilliantly colored leaves fill both the trees above and paths beneath our feet. When leaves are floating on water, they hold me to the earth while the reflections … Continue reading

Kathy Miller, water color artist, prepares for the tour

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I love fall, a season of great beauty, a season of great change.  Leaves make their gradual but steady shift from the luscious greens of summertime to the warm rusts, crimsons and golds of autumn.  Apples, squash and pumpkin are ripe for the picking.  And the crisp, cool edge in the air makes for pleasant walks in the Arboretum. A lot is going on in the studios of dozens of artists in and around Northfield as well, as painters, potters, weavers, jewelers, artists of all types prepare for the upcoming South Central Minnesota Studio ArTour.  The dates are Saturday, October … Continue reading

Preparing for the ArTour: The Grass Trays of Barbara Zaveruha

Barbara writes: I’ve been out collecting grasses to print on plates and trays. The colors right now are spectacular. The Indian grass is golden with little yellow flecks of flowers in the seed head. The Big Bluestem is red and indigo and green. The seed heads are red to indigo, really intense when the grass is wet. The stem is usually red and green. One piece that I found was completely red–the whole stem and the blades–which I have never seen before. You can see it in the middle of the grasses in the picture.