Switzerland County hosts annual art tour
Thursday, April 18, 2013 11:00 AM
Nearly 50 artists plan to open shops, studios, galleries and homes during an annual art tour in Switzerland and Ohio counties this weekend.
Artists plan to feature different mediums, including sculpture, photography, woodworking, oil, watercolor, chainsaw carvings, colored pencils and woodworking during the sixth annual Creative Spaces Rural Places Studio Art Tour. The event begins Saturday and continues Sunday.
Switzerland County Tourism Executive Director Kendal Miller said the event helps to show the local area some of the local talent.
"This art tour is full of wonderful opportunities to not only familiarize locals and tourists with Switzerland and Ohio counties, but to meet and converse with its artists in their personal and professional environments," Miller said in a release. "Plan on staying the weekend or make it a day trip - there is so much talent and wonderful art to see."
The event continues to grow throughout the years with even more artists planning to participate in the two-county event this year. Several artists that have been on the tour previously plan to open their personal studios again as nearly 30 artists show their skills and talents in the Switzerland County area. About 20 artists will set up in locations throughout Ohio County during the weekend art tour.
Switzerland County artists, including Brian Christman, Mike Danner, Ken Kramer, Barry Brown, Seth Bickis, Sarah Headen, Nancy Dornbush, Donna Cole, Dick Yanikoski, Della Swincher, Meredith Luhrs, Bud Acton, Pam Acton, Karin Dutkiewicz, Kendal Miller, Rick Starker, Tony Catanzaro, Joyce Benbow, Ken Benbow, Ann Farnsley, Jay Benzing, Marty McGraw, Martha Bladen, Rosemary Bovard, Melodee Stepleton and Donna Weaver, plan to host guests while showcasing or demonstrating their talents.
Danner, Kramer, Brown and Bickis will be located at the Community Art Center at the corner of Main and Ferry streets, while Headen, Dornbush and Cole will set up their paintings and photography at Ladies Bazaar on Ferry Street in Vevay. Bud and Pam Acton, Dutkiewicz and Miller plan to showcase their works at the Switzerland County Visitors Center on Main Street, while Christman, Yanikoski, Swincher, Luhrs, Starker, Catanzaro, Joyce and Ken Benbow, Farnsley, Weaver, Stepleton, Bovard, Bladen, McGraw and Benzing will open their studios and shops to the public.
The event is recognized as one of seven artisan trails throughout the state by the Indiana Artisan Program. The tour is free and open to the public.
Locations on the Creative Spaces Rural Places Studio Art Tour will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Signs will mark studios, businesses and other locations on the tour. Maps of the 2013 tour stops in Switzerland and Ohio counties are available online at www.creativespacesruralplaces.com.