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."