The Saugerties Artists’ Studio Tour on Saturday and Sunday, August 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day will feature 37 artists this year, including four new participants and returning artists exploring new directions. Visitors can meet painters who work with oils, watercolor, acrylics and encaustic paints; sculptors, printmakers, photographers, mixed-media, digital and collage artists, studio furniture artisans, wearable art and ceramic artists and view an outdoor exhibit of land art.
The event is free of charge and it’s self-guided; one has only to pick up a map from local businesses (or print one out online at the event website) and chart a course. No registration is required. Visitors to the studios have the opportunity to see works-in-progress as well as completed works, and some of the artists offer a hands-on experience. Going “face-to-face” with the artists allows the visitor to ask questions, says tour organizer Barbara Bravo, which offers “a lot more insight than you get when you’re just viewing the work.” Tourgoers get to see where artists work and how they live, and most of the studios will offer works for sale during the tour, often at very affordable prices.
With so many studios available to choose from, how does one make the decision where to start? One option is to attend the free opening reception held the evening before the tour weekend, on Friday, August 11 at the Gallery at Opus 40 from 5 to 7 p.m. Most of the artists participating in the tour will attend the reception, and each will have one work on display as a preview of what they do.
Read the guide for more on the participating artists.
Participating artists this year include Isaac Abrams, painter; Tara Bach, abstract painter; Kristin Barton, painter; Ana Bergen, painter and photographer; Barbara Bravo, ceramic art and collage; Sharon Broit, painter; David Brown, sculptor; Michael Ciccone, sculptor; Vinny Curry, artisan bowmaker; Shelley Davis, mixed media; Richard Edelman, photographer; Ruth Edwy, abstract landscape painter; Josepha Gutelius, painter; Mikhail Horowitz, collage; Brian Josselyn, painter; Marsha Kaufman-Rubinstein, ceramic art; Kay Kenny, photographer; Barbara Tepper Levy, jewelry and drawings; Yvette Lewis, painter; Ulf Loven, painter; Brian Lynch, painter and printmaker; Iain Machell, drawings; Marjorie Magid, painter; Hugh Morris, painter; Chris Nealon, sculptor; Michael Nelson, photographer; Gus Pedersen, furniture and sculpture; Bill Reinhart, painter; Tad Richards, digital drawings; Jacquie Roland, painter and sculptor; Prue See, painter; Michael Sullivan Smith, environmental art; Viorica Stan, painter and mixed media; Raymond J. Steiner, painter; Marck Webster, pencil drawings; Alison Winfield-Burns, painter; and Carol Zaloom, linocuts.
Saugerties Artists’ Studio Tour, Saturday/Sunday, August 12/13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free, Town of Saugerties, www.saugertiesarttour.com; opening reception, Friday, August 11, 5-7 p.m., free, Gallery at Opus 40, 50 Fite Road, Saugerties; (845) 246-3400, www.opus40.org.