Throwing pottery on the wheel at his new home studio in the Duckpond neighborhood is a relaxing experience for artist steve howell.
It is the one that he generally appreciates alone, at the time of creation.
Howell’s work has a unique style. He weaves copper, like a basket maker, to create vessels and adds ceramic bases to hold them. His treatment has an almost religious quality.
“I’m a container maker,” Howell said in his workshop. “I come from this tradition. Weaving is just another of my desires to make vessels.
Howell’s will be one of many artist exhibits this weekend that locals can see during the 2022 GFAA Artist Studio Tour, hosted by the Gainesville Fine Arts Association. The free event, which runs Friday through Sunday, will feature 20 artists and allow people to see inside 15 Gainesville studios where Howell and others will work.
Other artistic styles such as photography, painting, sculpture, drawing and woodworking will be exhibited. Artists will have their work available for patrons to purchase, should they wish.
Founded in 1923, the GFAA is a non-profit organization that supports local visual artists in the Gainesville area. He also funds a gallery on Main Street that will feature the work of several artists during the tour.
The studio tour event started in 2017, as a way to get a glimpse of how art is created in the studio. This year’s organizers, Wes and Deb Lindberg, think the event will be special.
“The studio tour is a great opportunity for people to see what inspires an artist and their process,” said Wes Linberg. “It’s a behind-the-scenes look.”
Fiber artist Candace McCaffery, who will share visitation space at the GFAA gallery, said her art often reflects her connection to nature.
“I enjoy experimenting with many surface design techniques to create unique fabrics that I incorporate into my art,” she said.
A map showing the addresses and locations of the fifteen studios is available on the GFAA website at www.gfaastudiotour.org.
Those interested in visiting the galleries on Friday evening can stop by themselves at a location from 5 to 9 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the artists will have their workshops open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For Howell, the studio tour is simply about wanting to show others the work he has done.
“I must say, without bragging, but I really like this studio,” he said.