Inside The Artist’s Studio

Tour offers glimpse of artists’ creative lairs

It’s one thing to look at an artist’s work in a gallery and wonder about their technique or where they get their inspiration. It’s quite another to be allowed into their personal studios and actually see where their creations take shape and come to life.

The 7th Annual Artist Studio Tour in Los Barriles will offer just that, giving participants access to the home studios of roughly 15 artists who live in the Los Barriles area. People can see where their favorite area artists spend their time creating, talk with them about their art, and even watch as they work on new pieces.

The mediums displayed on the tour vary from fabric, jewelry, bead or soft goods to oil and water color paintings, ceramic and pottery and wood or rocks. All the art shown will be available for purchase, so don’t forget your checkbook! There will be very good deals as the artist won’t suffer the heartbreak of cutting in the middle man, the gallery owner.

Many homes/studios on the tour will feature the work of more than one artist, so people will actually get to see artwork from about 30 different local artists. Artists confirmed for the tour include: Mary Naylor (who did the artwork featured on the poster), Elizabeth Perkins, Connie Heimen, Victoria Sunny, Steven King (the artist, not the author), Tessa Nisbet, Tehroma Lask, and Chris Rogers.

This annual event is hosted by the Asociacion de Artes of East Cape, an organization devoted to bringing art, sports and other activities to East Cape children. Not only does the association give supplies to 19 East Cape schools, but it hosts arts and crafts classes, summer programs and baseball camps.

All proceeds from the studio tour will be used to buy school supplies and support the association’s kid programs.

The tour will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8. Tickets are a mere $5.00 USD or $100 pesos. They can be purchased before the tour at Baja Beach Company in Los Barriles, or at the Land and Homes Real Estate Office on 20 de Noviembre (next to Campestre Triny Restaurant) from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. the day of the tour. You pick up your map at that time, and drive yourself around at your own speed.