Twenty is the big number for this year's Studio Waltz. Now in its 20th year, it takes place on Saturday (Oct. 20) and features … yes … 20 artists.
The cool thing about this event is you get to see the artists and their work in the environment in which it's made, their studios. And there is a variety of that work on this year's tour: painting, ceramics, prints, photography and drawings plus fine crafts such as ceramics, jewelry, wood, mosaics, furniture, decorative objects, even pens. Shown is Holly Bird's print, Permission To Come Ashore?
The tour ranges through upper Pinellas County and includes 12 studios in Clearwater, Dunedin, Ozona and Palm Harbor. Some artists will be working in their studios during the day. Joyce Curvin of Palm Harbor, for example, will demonstrate her use of recycled materials in creating her papier mache animals. Also at some studios, plein air painters (meaning those who work outdoors) will set up their easels. All will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and it's free.
For addresses, directions to each studio and a map, go to studiowaltz.com.
Lennie Bennett, Times art critic