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Art of the Lakes Studio Tour will draw art lovers to west central Minnesota

A 20-page Studio Tour guidebook that includes a picture of each artist’s work along with their bio and address and a number code that coordinates with their studio location, shown on detailed maps to help visitors find their way to each studio. Courtesy photo.1 / 2
Art like this mixed piece will be shown on the art tour. Courtesy photo.2 / 2

The public is invited to meet 56 artists at 24 stops on Art of the Lakes Association's 18th Annual Studio Tour, on July 20 — 22. Many of the studios are tucked away on country roads scattered throughout Ottertail, Douglas and Grant counties in west central Minnesota. The Studio Tour is one of Minnesota's largest open studio events; visitors follow scenic routes over curvy, hilly roads, around lakes and through valleys with views that go for miles.

Studio Tour artists work in a wide range of media, including: textile, glass, pottery, watercolor, oil paint, pastel, jewelry, wire sculpture, wood, photography and more. Many of the participating studios offer refreshments and will offer additional events during the tour, to enhance visitors' experience. For instance, guests may be able to watch demonstrations on pottery wheels, glass-blowing, and painting. Some studios may have hands-on activities for guests, too.

The 56 Studio Tour artists are all members of Art of the Lakes, a nonprofit association of artists with about 125 members that also operates a gallery at 108 Lake Avenue South in Battle Lake, Minnesota. Last year the organization celebrated its 50th anniversary and this year the gallery renovated its storefront.

Art of the Lakes publishes a 20-page Studio Tour guidebook that includes a picture of each artist's work along with their bio and address and a number code that coordinates with their studio location, shown on detailed maps to help visitors find their way to each studio. Bright yellow signs are posted along the way to make it even easier. The guidebook with maps is free and may be picked up at Art of the Lakes Gallery. It can also be downloaded from Art of the Lakes' website, at www.artofthelakes.org/studio-tour.html.

Art of the Lakes Studio Tour hours are Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 22, studios are open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please note that not all studios are open on Sunday; see guidebook for details.

For more information, visit Art of the Lakes' website at www.artofthelakes.org or call the gallery at (218) 864-8606.

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