SEE THE MAGIC IN KEENE THIS YEAR!
reposted from the Keene Art Tour blog, written by Luann Udell, (stop #7 on the tour)
Keene’s very first open studio tour debuts in November, 2012.
“We are the people who ran away to join the circus.”
(Bruce Baker, jeweler and public speaker on arts and crafts)
Remember the kid in first grade who drew horses for you? Ever wonder what happened to her? Ever cherished a beautiful handmade vase and wondered how it was made? Want to see someone who draws a bowl of fruit so life-like, you’ll swear you can smell the apples?
Well, now you can.
Keene, New Hampshire, is rich in artistic talent, and home to many artists and craftspeople. Yet there’s never been a local open studio tour, devoted exclusively to artists living and working in Keene–until now!
One day, Terri Lipman (studio #4 on the tour) invited a group of artists to her home. The agenda? “Let’s put on a show!” (Shades of Andy Hardy!) We’re using the entire city of Keene for our “show”, rather than just a big red barn, but the excitement and the enthusiasm is the same.
An artist open studio tour is magic! It’s magic for our visitors–a chance to see the spaces where creative people do their thing. Whether it’s a light-filled airy studio loft, a room above a Main Street storefront, a hide-away closet or a converted warehouse, every artist studio is a work of art in itself. We even have an actual ‘big red barn’ on our show…er, tour….a la Micky Rooney and Judy Garland.
Come meet our artists, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 & 4 from 10-5. Meet the artists, and see their working studios. Enjoy the diversity of talent and creativity that’s right here in your backyard.
Most of all, you’ll see what it’s really like to run away and join the circus.
From nationally- exhibited artists to fresh work from emerging artists, traditional fine art media to outsider art, art inspired by prehistory and modern abstracts, and everything in between. Works in wood, fiber, glass and clay. Photography and fine art furniture, fiber, jewelry, landscapes and folk art.
You name it, it’s here.
Enjoy lunch at our eclectic restaurants and coffee shops downtown. Or make a weekend of it! Try our local bed-and-breakfasts or downtown hotels and take up where you left off the second day.
In short, something for everyone. All within Keene’s city limits, and most within walking distance.
Welcome to the magic show!