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Wednesday, 21 September 2011 15:10

Hitting the Sask. highway for solid tour

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By Jessi Gowan — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A group of professional artists in the Southwest are currently preparing for their third annual Highway 1 Studio Tour, which offers people the chance to view the working spaces of some of the area’s most talented artists.

The self-guided tour, which spans Rush Lake to Chaplin, is free of charge. Studios along the way will be open on Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sept. 25 from noon to 5 p.m.

“Each location has at least one artist who lives there, along with guest artists from all over the southwest,” explained Hedi Gossweiler, event organizer and participating artist. “We don’t all create the same type of art, so there is a really nice variety of works to look at and it’s all very good quality, since we are all professional artists.”

This year’s tour features the work of 14 local artists. In Rush Lake, guests will have the opportunity to visit Carol Furman in her pottery studio, along with guest artist Cindy Redekop, who does intricate wire crochet.

A bit further down Highway 1 is Marsha Schuld’s Orange Tree Design Studio, with her paintings, drawings, pastels and stained glass. She will host guest artists Fern Rempel, with her regionally-inspired paintings and pastels, and Laurie Wagner with her handmade cloth dolls.

In Herbert, there are two different locations to check out. The Lone Eagle Motel features Hedi Gossweiler’s unique Alpaca Fibre pieces, and at the Train Station, visitors will find polymer clay pieces by Elaine Robitaille and Barry Cornelson’s rustic barnboard frames and furniture.

In Morse, at the Morse Senior Centre, Textile Mixed Media artist Dale Anne Potter hosts guest artists Clayton Cave with carved bone, antler and ivory jewelry, and Sally Knelsen with her colourful acrylic paintings.

Finally, at the Chaplin Nature Centre, guests can visit master potter Monica DeCampo and view her stoneware, as well as baskets created by weaver Beth Crabb, and the sparkling jewels of Sabine Arends’ fused glass.

There are plenty of restaurants along the way in Herbert, Morse, and Chaplin.

“We now have a passport booklet that people can pick up at any of the stops, with a place to get a stamp from each of the six locations,” Gossweiler explained. “It’s a great way to encourage people to visit each studio, and a great way for us to get feedback from the people who come out for the tour.”

Once the passport booklet is full, participants have the opportunity to enter a draw for a chance to win a gift basket featuring pieces created by each participating artist. The gift basket is valued at $800.

The event began after the artists located along the highway got together and decided to make people more aware of some of the art being created right here in the Southwest.

“The tours have been very successful,” noted Gossweiler. “Last year, we had a great turnout, and really had a blast. We had people coming from all over Saskatchewan and Alberta, and people really bought art, they didn’t just look. It’s a great way to experience how art is made, and see how people get inspired.”

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