This weekend offers a chance to meet the faces and explore the minds behind the paintings, the pottery and the pretty pastels.
The 16th Annual Studio Waltz is a free, self-guided tour — an artistic trot through the North Pinellas communities of Clearwater, Dunedin, Palm Harbor and Ozona. Fifteen stops are included.
"We've added more artists this year," said Susan Rollins Gehring, an artist and spokeswoman for the tour. "We went to two days to give the public enough time to see all of the artists and learn more about their creative process."
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, tour artists' homes and studios. Ask questions, watch demonstrations and buy art and crafts directly from the creator.
Waltzers can begin anywhere and visit as many studios as they choose.
During those same hours Saturday only the grounds of the Clearwater Main Library and Coachman Park become an improv studio for nine plein air artists, a French term for "in the open air."
Barbara Kampe Hanson, a plein air artist, said rain might be a factor. If that's the case, artists will still show up and perhaps find a sheltered area to work.
On Sunday, plein air artists will work at studios along the tour.
In addition to the Studio Waltz, members of the Imago Art Colony have coordinated an "Art-Tober-Fest" tonight from 6:30 to 9 at its temporary location at 620 Main St. The affair features four bands and free food and drinks.
Herb Starr, an artist who creates sculptures from damaged car hoods, said the event is a "celebration of thanks for those who went to bat for us" after fire hit the group's gallery last December.
On Dec. 1, the art colony will have to vacate the interim location because the building is scheduled to be razed.
"A lot of people got together and helped with donations, art supplies and support," he said, "and we wanted to make sure they knew they were appreciated."
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