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Large number of artists participating in this weekend's 8th annual Highway 1 Studio Tour

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Participating artists in the 2016 Highway 1 Studio Tour, from left to right, back row: Cheryl Andrew, Myrna Gehl, Valerie Triggs, Aird Romich, Fern Rempel, Marsha Schuld,  Carol Furman. From left to right, front row: , Kerrib Haughian, Sally Knelson, Maria Enns, Krista Routledge, April Bradly, Hedi Gossweiler, Kim Undseth. Missing: Randy Lawson, Cindy Redekop, Rick Redekop, Michael Norris. Participating artists in the 2016 Highway 1 Studio Tour, from left to right, back row: Cheryl Andrew, Myrna Gehl, Valerie Triggs, Aird Romich, Fern Rempel, Marsha Schuld, Carol Furman. From left to right, front row: , Kerrib Haughian, Sally Knelson, Maria Enns, Krista Routledge, April Bradly, Hedi Gossweiler, Kim Undseth. Missing: Randy Lawson, Cindy Redekop, Rick Redekop, Michael Norris. Photo submitted

As autumn approaches once again, local artists are busy creating, inspired by the natural rhythms of this prairie world. These artists, who have taught themselves to see the subtle treasures hiding beyond the roadsides, are committed to sharing their discoveries through their artistic creations.

 

The Eighth Annual Highway 1 Studio Tour will take place on October 1st and 2nd, to coincide with Culture Days Saskatchewan again. Throughout the province arts and culture will be celebrated this weekend and along the stretch of highway west of Waldeck to Herbert there will be no exception. At each stop the artists will be providing demonstrations of their work and process, as well as offering hands-on opportunities for trying a variety of art-making.

This year visitors will travel to seven locations along and south of Highway 1, meeting an impressive eighteen artists along the way, the most the tour has featured so far. The seven venues with local and guest artists will be open October 1st from 10:00am to 6:00pm and October 2nd from 11:00am to 5:00pm. The tour is self-guided and visitors can start at any location that best suits their plans. Wherever one begins, it is important to pick up a Passport; collect a stamp or signature from each of the seven venues, and turn it in at your last stop for a chance to win a lovely collection of art from the artists on the tour.

Kim Undseth of Undseth’s Pottery will be part of the tour for her second year. Joining Kim at her studio will be Sally Knelsen. Kim Undseth’s functional and beautiful pottery will be available for viewing and purchase; her works are a direct product of Saskatchewan ground, each piece with it’s own unique story. From Swift Current, Sally Knelsen will be joining Kim with her colour-saturated landscape paintings.

After a year-long break, Carol Furman, will be opening her studio up once again. Carol’s functional and sculptural pottery will be available for viewing and purchase; her works are a re- flection of her love for the surrounding prairie landscape and sky. Fern Rempel is also returning to the tour this year, with her acrylic paintings of abandoned farmsteads, animals in the field, old jars and crockery; the items of lives lived and times past.

Another artist making a comeback to the tour is Marsha Schuld. She will be based out of her studio south of Rush Lake -be sure to follow those pink and black arrows to take in her paint- ing, drawing, stained glass, needle-felting and intricate hand embroidery. Marsha’s friend, Cheryl Andrew is a guest artist from Alberta this year, who will be showcasing her lamp work beaded jewelry in Marsha’s studio.

The Lone Eagle Motel is the first stop in Herbert, where Hedi Gossweiler’s studio and farm, Swiss Line Alpacas is located. Visitors are able to interact with live alpacas, try their hand at needle felting and learn the process of how the raw fibre becomes the finished product. Hedi will be showcasing both her everyday and high end alpaca products.

The CPR Station in Herbert will be housing three artists as well as serving food for hun- gry tour-goers. Randy Lawson, from Bracken, SK, is bringing his frames made from reclaimed barn wood. Herbert’s own Krista Routledge will be featuring her one-of-a-kind jewelry and pho- tography. New to the tour this year from Herbert as well, Kerri Haughian will be displaying her striking acrylic paintings.

Next to the CPR Station is an old schoolhouse where Myrna Gehl will be located once again with her china painting and ceramic models. Joining her this year will be Eloise, a Regina-based china painter who will demo the art to curious visitors. Aird Romich will be based outside the schoolhouse, joining the tour for his third year with his metal art. He will again be offering visitors a chance to try swinging his blacksmith’s hammer.

As a brand new location and artist to the tour, Michael Norris will be opening up his shop in Herbert to display his imaginative creations -lamps, wooden signs, beautiful wooden crates and more. Swift Current-based Cindy and Rick Redekop will be joining Micheal. Cindy will be featuring her crocheted wire artwork in the form of jewelry, purses, vases, accessories and more. Her husband, Rick, is new to the tour this year; Rick uses the art of wood turning to create beau- tiful pens, pencils, key chains and other items.

The last stop of the tour is New Leaf Studio, 9 miles south of Herbert. Maria Enns, based out of New Leaf Studio, is showcasing her reclaimed paper notebooks, handmade envelopes and photo cards for her fifth year. She will be adding items created from reclaimed wood as well this year! Joining her in her studio, is April Bradley of Swift Current, who creates jewelry from bi- son horns, paints beautifully realistic animals on rocks, and crochets adorable toys from her own patterns. Visitors will be able to try their hand at rock painting. For her second year on the tour, mixed media and photography artist Valerie Triggs will also be out by New Leaf Studio. Her gorgeous photography will be available to view and purchase on pieces of reclaimed wood, can- vas, and aluminum magnets. She also offers ZAPs, Zipper Art Pulls, which are mixed media im- ages on recycle plastic that you can attach to any zipper.

There are a variety of aspects to the tour that will appeal to a wide range of age and cul- ture, from the varied art forms, to the hands-on experiences and the physical journey itself. This event encourages people to become a part of the cultural patchwork of Saskatchewan and experi- ence the richness of art and culture in rural Saskatchewan. The Highway 1 Studio Tour provides an opportunity to risk a little adventure, and follow the pink ribbons hanging from fence posts and highway signs, to see the surrounding countryside through the imaginative eyes of local artists.

Please check out the website for more details and updates about the Studio Tour: http://highway1studiotour.ca

 
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