Studio Tour Artists will pop up next… unless you read this blog. Here’s an alert! We’re planning a wonderful show/sale at Evolve in Shepherdstown for July 21-23, details below. It will feature a sneak peek at new and unique work by our 17 members. New items will be featured each day so don’t plan just one visit.
Our Master Basketmaker Anne Bowers, is heading to Takoma, Washington for the biennial Conference held by the National Basketry Organization which is themed Tradition and Innovation in Basketry. “I am particulary honored because they usually feature studio artists rather than teaching artists,” Anne notes. “I’ll be teaching shell form baskets which take Appalachian ribbed baskets to a sculptural form reflecting traditional techniques turned into a logarithmic spiral found in nature.”
Each year the Studio Tour Artists get their collective portrait taken by Melanie Brownsmith. And being creative folk, we always look for unique settings or posing ideas. This year it was The China Folk House situated at the Friends Wilderness Center, a retreat center located on the Rolling Ridge Conservancy, a 1400 acre wilderness preserve in Jefferson County. In 2017 this traditional Chinese home was threatened by flooding and was dismantled and moved to the US where it is being made into a place for “experiential learning, people-to-people exchange, environmental stewardship, and community engagement.”
A compound is being created that will include dorms and facilities for groups of youth and adults to advance their vision. It is amazing to visit and is sited in a beautiful setting. We thank everyone involved in hosting us for our annual potluck get together and photo.
And to keep up with these Tour artists (sort of like herding creative cats) check out the new Events calendar on our website (overthemountainstudiotour.com) which lists events in which our artists are participating.
EVOLVE: 106 West German St., Shepherdstown WV. Show hours are 5-8pm on Friday 7/21, 11-7pm on Saturday 7/22, 11-4pm on Sunday 7/23.
CHINA HOUSE: www.chinafolkhouse.org, 305 Friends Way, Harpers Ferry WV