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Studio Waltz consists of 14 creative pit stops, including lampwork and mosaic art

By LENNIE BENNETT

Often, where an artist creates is as interesting as what the artist creates. I'm referring to the artist's studio, crucible of invention. I love visiting them though I don't get to very often.

Saturday in north Pinellas County is different because it's the 17th annual Studio Waltz. Thirteen studios, some with multiple artists, will be open to the public; they range geographically from Dunedin to Palm Harbor. Plus, a group of plein air artists will set up their easels in Dunedin by the Pinellas Trail to let you peek over their shoulders while they paint in the great outdoors.

Studio Waltz is a fun opportunity to see how artists work, from crafting jewelry and ceramics to painting canvases and making prints. Actually, you'll find most media; also included are photography, sculpture, drawing, mosaics, fiber, lampwork and paper casting. And, of course, you can buy the art on the spot.

You might also find yourself inspired. A twirl around the digs of Carol Sackman and Blake White, for example, whose home and studio are living testimonials of their work in mosaics, painted objects and furniture, will tempt you to get out your own paintbrushes to enliven an old patio chair or table.

Lennie Bennett can be reached at lennie@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8293.

. Studio Waltz

The event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Dunedin, Ozona and Palm Harbor with self-guided visits to many artists and a plein air gathering. See map on facing page for locations. Free. studiowaltz17.pbworks.com.

Studio Waltz consists of 14 creative pit stops, including lampwork and mosaic art 10/07/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 5:30am]

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