Explore artists' studios with Art Around Caldwell 2013

Nov. 07, 2013 @ 05:11 PM

Around Caldwell, behind the scenes and the surface, artists are at work.

In studios or just in their homes, they’re creating acrylics, oil paintings, pottery, watercolors, ceramics, macramé bracelets and handmade violins.

This weekend, you’ll be able to see many of those pieces – often in the places where they were created.

The Art Around Caldwell tour, sponsored by the Caldwell Arts Council, takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, taking people to sites in downtown Lenoir and throughout the county.

The tour is the answer to a question artists have consistently asked at the arts council: How can we promote our work?

“A lot of these people, they don’t want to run a shop out of their house or anything like that, but they do want people to see their work,” arts council executive director Lee Carol Giduz said. “This allowed an opportunity to, one day a year, open up that studio space and invite people in.”

For artists, the tour is a way to showcase their work and connect with art lovers in the community.

“There are so many people in the county who are interested in the arts and enjoy watching art being created,” said Anne Welch, who will show acrylic landscapes of scenes from around Caldwell at Highland Coffee House.

And for attendees, the ability to see art in its original context can deepen the experience.

“There is just something magical about seeing an artist’s space and place,” she said. “It gives you more context. Some of these artists, their living environment is their art. They have just incorporated their art into their whole space, not just their studio or just their work.”

The idea is for people to see the universality – and the locality – of art. Just scrape the surface and there it is: Color. Paint. Texture. All over the county.

“For me, art is everywhere,” said Pat Jordan, a potter and three-dimensional fiber artist who will show at her studio this weekend. “The tour gives me a chance to show people what is here in my studio and what can be done if the artist asks, ‘What if?’”