The first Saugerties artist studio tour took place in 2002, with just 11 participating artists and very modest expectations, says tour coordinator Barbara Bravo. This year’s tour, the 16and annual, will feature 45 artists, making it the largest tour to date. The studios will be open to visitors on Saturday and Sunday August 11 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The event is free and self-guided, with no registration required. Just grab a map (or print one online) and lay out a course, covering as many or as few studios as desired. But with so many artists on tour, how does one decide where to start?
There’s always the event website, of course, and it’s a good site, with plenty of images and videos to get an idea of what it’s all about, and a feature that allows searching by artist or media. But there’s also the opening reception on Friday, August 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Opus 40. Each of the artists on the tour will have a work on display, and most will be on hand to mingle and talk about their work. . Several hundred people are expected at the reception, which is free and open to all. Refreshments are included and the regular admission fee to Opus 40 that night is waived.
Free color maps showing the location of the studios are available at many businesses in the village, at the Saugerties Tourist Kiosk across the highway (exit 20) and at the Saugerties Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center just next to Rue Partition at the entrance to the municipal car park.
The artists on the tour represent a wide range of styles and techniques. Visitors to the studios will find drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography, as well as collage work, multimedia works, digital and video art. In the mix will be wearable art and jewelry, pottery and ceramics, and fine furniture making.
This year’s roster includes Isaac Abrams, Tara Bach, Anita Barbour, Kristy Bishop, Sharon Broit, Jean Campbell, Vinny Curry, Shelley Davis, Susan Dougherty, David Brown, Michael Ciccone, Josepha Gutelius, Mikhail Horowitz, Marsha Kaufman- Rubinstein, Kay Kenny, Barbara Tepper Levy, Yvette Lewis, Ulf Loven, Brian Lynch, Iain Machell, Marjorie Magid, Elin Menzies, Ann Morris, Gray Morris, Hugh Morris, Michael Nelson, Gus Pedersen, Carolyn Oberst, Bill Reinhart, Joan Reinmuth , Tad Richards, Istar Schwager, Robert Sherman, Michael Sullivan Smith, Viorica Stan, Raymond J. Steiner, Marck Webster, Joshua Stern, Ben Suga, Robert Troxel, Jeff Way, Lorrie and Michael Wardell, Carol Zaloom and Barbara Bravo.
Bravo’s work in clay has evolved over the years from traditional forms such as teapots and bowls to images carved on tiles. Her current focus is on creating abstract landscapes in wallpaper collage. And as coordinator of the Saugerties Artist Studio Tour since its inception, Bravo has experienced a similar evolution in touring over the years.
“It’s grown year on year and we’re seeing continued growth in interest from artists to tour,” she notes. “New artists, in particular, have expressed their attraction to the artist community of Saugerties, and the tour has played a major role in developing that community. This allowed artists to present their work in their private studios, where the art “happens”, and to develop a clientele. »
Visitors can see new work and work in progress, as well as completed work, in each studio. “The best part might be the conversations that arise organically when the visitor and the artist meet,” Bravo adds.
The tour is made possible through the sponsorship of local businesses and organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of Saugerties, the City of Saugerties, WKZE 98 Radio, and several grants, including a Decentralization Program Project Grant, a grants from New York State. Council on the Arts and Ulster County Cultural Services and Promotion Fund, both administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.
Saugerties Artist Studio Tour, reception, Friday, August 10, 5-7 p.m., free, Gallery at Opus 40, 50 Fite Road, Saugerties; visit, Saturday/Sunday August 11/12, 10am-6pm, free, throughout the town of Saugerties; http://saugertiesarttour.org.