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Northwoods Summer Art Tour on July 24-26

July 10, 2020

The artist members of the 21st annual Northwoods Art Tour will be welcoming visitors in a variety of ways this July 24, 25 and 26. The 39 studios and three guest artists each made individual decisions regarding their ability to safely be open to the public during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Eighteen studios will be open as usual; seven will be open by appointment; six will be closed, but offer online options for viewing and sales; 11 will be closed for the summer tour. Open studios will welcome visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. A status list of all the studios with links to their contact information including webpages is available on the Northwoods Art tour website: www.northwoodsarttour.com. Because tour members value and respect their visitors, all open studios and galleries will be following recommended safety guidelines. Visitors should be prepared to wear masks and observe social distancing conventions. 

Tour member’s have been working throughout the year and all open studios will have new work to share and  artists will be demonstrating their approaches to art making. Guests are invited to explore the backroads and quiet places in Iron, Vilas, Oneida, and Lincoln counties these where artists live and create. 

Whether guests are shopping, wanting to learn about art processes, or just browsing, all the artists welcome visitors to their creative space, to share their joy in creating, and their knowledge of process. Old friendships will be renewed and new ones made, with the sharing of ideas and creativity, each tour provides a unique experience for both the visitors and the artists. 

The tour is self-guided. Visitors select which studios to visit based on their interests and time. Colorful brochures featuring each studio with driving directions, contact information and a map are available at area Chambers of Commerce and brochure racks at many area businesses and on the tour’s website. Because brochures were printed early in the year, a list of the open status of each studio is only available the website: wwwnorthwoodsarttour.com. 

New members

The Northwoods Art Tour is pleased to introduce four new members. 

Johanna Buwalda creates functional white stoneware pottery in her Johanna B Ceramic Studio in Eagle River. Her wheel thrown pieces are decorated with unique intricate lined patterns and glazed in gentle colors using wax resist techniques. She also teaches pottery at the Warehouse Community Art Center and enjoys making the arts accessible to all people. Buwalda is looking forward to sharing her work and meeting people who are interested in art on the tour. 

Sandra Cashman was bitten by a passion for art and nature at an early age and studied art throughout high school, college and workshops. She always had an artistic sideline while in school, parenting and during her career as a partner in a successful advertising agency. After retiring to Manitowish Waters, she has given a high priority to pursing her painting and is finding endless subject matter in the beauty of the north woods. She and her husband have converted a horse barn on their property into her new “Birchbark Studio” where she will welcome visitors, demonstrate her painting style and share her new artistic voice.  

Bob Kovar’s creative process is deeply personal and evolved from his eagerness to share the beauty the region and his love for this place. Although Bob’s studio, BK Photography in Manitowish Waters, will be closed to the public for the Summer Tour, he invites visitors to see his work, find themselves smiling, and perhaps engage in some dialogue through his website: www.bobkovar.com.

Adam Mroz, designer and woodworker will be opening his Woodesign studio in Eagle River to the public for the first time during the tour. Woodesign is a hearty workshop that aims to make custom designs and craft functional artwork that lasts a lifetime. From rustic bars and mantels, to eclectic tables and home decor Adam aims to design works of fine craftsmanship with the owner’s satisfaction in mind.

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