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2nd annual Artist Studio Tour
Meet & greet the creative minds of the Crowsnest Pass
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
ANNA KROUPINA
Pass Herald Reporter
From Coleman to Cowley, local and regional artists will be opening their home studios to the public on May 13 and 14 for the second annual Artist Studio Tour.

Organized by the Crowsnest Pass Allied Arts Association, the free self-guided tour bridges a divide between the artist and the art-lover by providing a facilitating a casual atmosphere where the two can meet, greet and interact. Artists will be opening their studios for drop-ins between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., showcasing the creative process behind their art.

This year, there are 25 stops along the self-guided tour with familiar locales like the Artist Collective Studio and Stone’s Throw Cafe, as well as new spots like the Launstein Imagery Wildlife Art Gallery and the jewelry and metalwork studio Fallen Mountain. Creative talents range from photographers, potters, sculptors, painters, illustrators, jewelers and tattoo artists.
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“I think people are interested to see how artists work and see the process behind the work. Seeing a finished artwork is one thing, but being able to see the process that leads to the finished product and the choices the artist has to make is more than fascinating,” says Krisztina Wood, managing director and curator with the Crowsnest Pass Allied Arts Association. “This tour lets you do just that. It lets you get a glimpse of a working studio.”

The tour was first created and organized last year by local artist Lynnette Jessop. The first event, taking place during Mother’s Day weekend, was such a success that a second one took place during the Heritage Festival. The Crowsnest Pass Allied Arts Association decided to make a yearly Mother’s Day weekend event out of the tour.

James Palmer is an oil painter out of Cowley who opened his doors to the public for both tours last year.

Palmer will have his work on display, and will also be painting live throughout the tour. On top of that, he plans to have some canvasses, pallets and easels set up for guests to receive a more hands-on experience with oil painting.
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“I would like people who haven’t had the opportunity to push a brush into some oils see how it feels on a canvas,” he says.

Palmer had over 75 people visit his studio during both the Mother’s Day tour and the Heritage Day tour last year.

“There’s a fascination in watching a painting appear,” says Palmer. “Our museums and galleries tend to have a mystique about them, a certain feeling that you’re supposed to be quiet and behave properly, whereas an open studio tour like this, it’s two days where the artist goes, ‘Okay, it’s not going to be a quiet studio day. It’s going to be a complete mess here today.’”

Brochures for the self-guided tour can be downloaded online at http://www.cnpstudiotour.ca or picked up at the Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery at 4737-20th Avenue in Frank.
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