Artists often turn to nature, music or dreams for inspiration, but an empty laundry detergent bottle was Joyce Curvin's first muse.
Now, 10 years later, she's still scrappin' around the house for new ideas.
"Sometimes I use cereal boxes, newspapers, dryer sheets or those foam pool noodles," the Palm Harbor artisan said.
That pool noodle may turn into a poodle — or a cat. Palm tree seedpods might evolve into a whimsical orange fish with turquoise fins and yellow polka-dots.
Together the quirky creatures make up one big papier-mache menagerie you can see for yourself during Saturday's 17th annual Studio Waltz.
Slated to last from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., it's a self-guided boogie around art studios in Dunedin, Palm Harbor and Ozona.
There are 14 stops on this year's map; many artists plan demonstrations.
"It's a free, wonderful outing for people," said Carol Sackman, an organizer, who along with her husband, Blake White, creates mosaics, painted furniture and such.
Printmaker Lin Carte will join the couple at their home during the studio tour.
"We hope people will ask a lot of questions and enjoy learning about the techniques," Sackman said. "And we want to remind them the holidays are coming so they might want to pick up some gifts or commission a work of art."
"Plein air" artists — those who work outside in nature — will create their works along the Pinellas Trail in downtown Dunedin near Main Street.
And check out the new Stirling Hall Studios at 730 Broadway with work spaces for a dozen artists inside.
It replaces the Imago Art Gallery, gutted by fire in December 2007.
Liz Murtagh was one of the 15 artists who lost work, supplies and income because of the arson fire.
On Tuesday, she was in her new digs creating an acrylic portrait of a scarlet ibis.
"I'm very inspired by rich, saturated colors," she said.
She said the artists, who moved in to the Sterling Hall Studios in early September, love it.
"We couldn't be happier," she said. "It's professional looking, clean and well-lit."
Waltzers can see all sorts of art on the tour, including photography, watercolors, pastels, etchings, fiber art, ceramics and paper castings.
"We have a lot of new artists this year and a wider range of mediums," said Susan Rollins Gehring, a printmaker and painter. "We have three jewelers. One's a silversmith, one makes glass beads and one uses felt.
"Now that's different."
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1. Susan Rollins Gehring, printmaking and painting, 217 Aberdeen St., Dunedin. (727) 736-2466
2. Veronica Stewart, photography, 241 President St., Dunedin. (727) 415-5668
3. Stirling Hall Studios, 730 Broadway, Suite 200, Dunedin. (727) 733-1688. Artists: Denis Gaston, John Lowe, Viv Ruegger, Elaine Schilp, Toni Young, Toni Hutfilz, Carole Rosefelt, Sultana Voliatis, Dorothy Briccetti, Liz Murtagh, Wendy Davis, Mary Lou Szafraniec, Marilyn Jones.
4. Plein Air Artists, Main Street and Pinellas Trail, Dunedin. Artists: Barbara Kampe Hanson, Melissa Miller Nece, Jenna Star Friedman, Donald Eaton, Elizabeth Rose, Lynette Vaughan, Eva Allen, Jana Withers.
5. Debra Weible, watercolor, 429 Grant St., Dunedin. (727) 410-4246
6. Carol Sackman and Blake White, mosaics, painted objects and furniture, art dolls and mixed media (Lin Carte, printmaking, will be joining Carol and Blake), 1524 Alamo Lane, Dunedin. (727) 736-4036
7. Barbara Grazul Hubbard, hand-colored linoleum prints, etchings and print collages, 1802 Harvard Ave., Dunedin. (727) 515-8770
8. Connie Parkinson, lampwork glass beads, 2830 Deer Hound Way, Palm Harbor. (727) 736-2976
9. Amy Wiley, silversmith, 373 N Carolina Ave., Palm Harbor. (727) 458-0987
10. Jennifer S. Weaver and Lee Anderson, burnished and smoke-fired ceramics, 320 Lagoon Drive, Ozona. (727) 785-2890
11. Trish Sande, fiber art, 1663 Bentley Court, Palm Harbor. (727) 789-5211
12. Lorraine Potocki, pastel, 1412 Treetop Drive, Palm Harbor. (727) 466-8791
13. Barbara Melby-Burhans, handmade paper casting and handmade tile mosaic for home and garden, 110 Peterson Lane, Palm Harbor. (727) 772-9570
14. Joyce Curvin, whimsical art with recycled materials, 4875 Blue Jay Circle, Palm Harbor. (727) 943-2464