Linda Brotman-EvansCultural Confidential Contributor

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April 4, 2013
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Local artists open their studios for self-guided tour

Drive or bike and explore the unique Open Studios Tour, featuring more than 124 notable artists and their artwork in a wide range of media. The self-guided tour starts Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. and continues Sunday, May 19, from 11 a.m. till 5 p.m., free of charge, to introduce you to artists who live and work here.On the tour, choose which sites to visit and view work in individual homes and studios not available in area galleries. It's a grand showcase for notable emerging and professional artists to display artwork and learn how they work in different media, with tools and special techniques, to make fine art and fine crafts. It's not surprising that the valley boasts one of the highest-rated cultural communities in the heart of Grand Junction with spectacular art to match the scenery.Log on to the website, call Linda at 970-640-8177, or email to have a map sent to you.Founded seven years ago the Open Studios Tour encourages artists to open their door to the pubic and share what they do best. With each passing year, the tour continues to grow adding new and different patrons. Artwork sold during the tour benefits artists 100% to launch a small business, sustain creativity, and bolster arts education in a meaningful and distinctive way.The tour will showcase bold contemporary art, wildlife and landscape paintings, pottery, photography, watercolors, jewelry and much more. There will be work to pique your interest, for every budget, and for every taste. You can also ask questions, sign up for classes and even request a special private commission.Pick up a free color tour map at these locations beginning in May: Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau, Parks & Recreation Department, Traders Coffee, The Art Center, Hang Ups, The Artist's Haven, Alpine Bank downtown, Girlfriends, Main Paige, Main Street Bagels, Pablo's Pizza, Vectra Bank on Patterson, Planet Earth, The Raw Canvas; Fruita Chamber of Commerce, Aspen Coffee, Hot Tomato; Palisade Chamber of Commerce, The Blue Pig.See you on the tour!

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