Northwoods Fall Art Tour Oct. 8, 9, 10
Artisans open their studios to the public for tour, demonstrations, and conversations
TINA L. SCOTT
Autumn is a beautiful time of year for a road trip down Wisconsin’s scenic back roads. It’s also time for the Annual Northwoods Fall Art Tour, featuring 38 northwoods artists who open their private studios to the public for visitor tours, demonstrations, and conversations about how they create, what inspires them, and why they are passionate about their art. The Fall Art Tour takes place Friday, Oct. 8; Saturday, Oct. 9; and Sunday, Oct. 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
The tour encompasses studios in Lincoln, Oneida, Iron, and Vilas Counties and features artists who work in clay, wood, fibers, photography, glass, precious metals, stones, paint, charcoal, and many other media.
Locally, artist Andy Fenner will participate, opening her studio, Swallow Haven Studio, as a part of the tour. Swallow Haven Studio is located southeast of Tomahawk, 1.5 miles south of the Skanawan Town Hall, which is at the intersection of County Roads H & S.
Fenner describes her studio and the outdoor beauty she sees from her studio perched atop a ledge overlooking a native trout stream, as paradise. And it’s where she creates with pastels, brings landscapes to life, and creates paintings of animals, inspired by the breathtaking scenery that surrounds her.
She truly enjoys time spent with studio visitors as a part of the tour and the discussions that ensue about her painting techniques and the inspiration behind her work. Making memories for vacationing visitors to take home with them gives her great pleasure, she said.
Fenner has a fine art degree, shows her work in many Wisconsin galleries, and also teaches art classes.
Brochures with descriptions of individual studios are available at area chambers of commerce, information kiosks, and for printing on the tour’s website www.northwoodsarttour.com. Individual studios have their own policies pertaining to masking and other precautions. Feel free to call studios in advance of your trip to confirm their specific requirements.