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Studio Waltz opens artists' home studios to curious shoppers

Time to get up, get on your feet and do the Studio Waltz. No fancy footwork needed, just some comfy shoes and a desire to learn about the wonderments and work spaces of area artists.

"Everyone's working hard on new pieces for Studio Waltz," said pastel artist Lorraine Potocki. "Some will have special prices and it's a great time to pick up some unique gifts for the holidays."

Ten home studios in the Palm Harbor and Dunedin areas will be open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday. In addition, a group of "plein air" artists will be working outside in downtown Dunedin on Main Street at the Pinellas Trail.

These visual virtuosos will demonstrate and discuss their techniques, as well as sell their offerings of wooden art, jewelry, paintings, mosaics, fiber art, painted furniture, printmaking, photography, beadwork, ceramics, pastels and whimsical sculptures.

See one — or see them all. Your choice.

Barbara Grazul Hubbard is a Dunedin printmaker whose imagery tends to be mysterious, spiritual and storybook-like. "My work is heavily influenced by 19th and 20th century illustrators," she said, "as well as Native American stories, symbols and history." She creates prints and collages from linoleum blocks or copper plates, hand coloring each design with dyes and inks that produce luminosity.

Hubbard said she looks forward to explaining the multistep process of printmaking on Saturday.

"When people hear the word 'print,' they think you hit the button on the computer," she said. "My work is not designed in Photoshop. It's a time-honored and traditional art dating back to the Renaissance and Rembrandt."

Amy Wiley, a silversmith, will demonstrate her craft in her Ozona home studio while featuring about 300 pieces of handmade earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces. Toe rings start at $12; most pieces are priced between $25 and $50.

"I've always been interested in the arts, but when I took a jewelrymaking class about four or five years ago, I fell in love with it," she said. "It's become my passion and I'm compelled to keep creating, learning and experimenting.

"I find it very therapeutic."

.IF YOU GO

19th annual Studio Waltz

Tour artists' studios and watch "plein air" artists at work. The tour is free; start at any location and visit as many studios as you wish.

When: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Clearwater and Ozona areas

Info: studiowaltz.com

THE STOPS

1 Tony and Karen Marsh, woodturning and jewelry, 2460 Bay Berry Court, Clearwater, (727) 480-3362

2 Ernest C. Simmons, painting, 602 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, (727) 738-0161

3 Plein Air Artists, Main Street and Pinellas Trail in downtown Dunedin: Melissa Miller Nece, Barbara Kampe Hanson, Jenna Star Friedman, Susan Rollins Gehring, Jana Withers, Don Eaton

4 Carol Sackman and Blake White, mosaics, fiber art, painted furniture and mixed media, 1524 Alamo Lane, Dunedin, (727) 736-4036

5 Barbara Grazul Hubbard, hand-colored linoleum prints, etchings and print collages, 1802 Harvard Ave., Dunedin (727) 515-8770

6 David Lawrence, photographic artwork and murals, 2 Eagle Lane, Palm Harbor, (727) 734-3884

7 Connie Parkinson, lampwork glass beads, 2830 Deer Hound Way, Palm Harbor, (727) 736-2976

8 Amy Wiley, silversmith, 373 N Carolina Ave., Palm Harbor, (727) 458-0987

9 Jennifer S. Weaver and Lee Anderson, burnished and smoke-fired ceramics, 320 Lagoon Drive, Ozona, (727) 785-2890

10 Lorraine Potocki, pastels, 1412 Treetop Drive, Palm Harbor, (727) 466-8791

11 Joyce Curvin, whimsical art, 4875 Blue Jay Circle, Palm Harbor, (727) 943-2464

Studio Waltz opens artists' home studios to curious shoppers 10/06/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 6, 2011 3:55pm]
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