Tour Scheduled for May 4-7
What started as a small group of like minded artists and producers quite literally blossoms now each spring, into an artistically vibrant and economically important happening. This year’s 17th Annual event now has five (count ‘em) 5 stops in Frederic.
The Tour is sponsored by Earth Arts ( www.earthartswi.org ) a loose area group that has coalesced around the event for good reason: local artists want to get their work seen and noticed, and interested people want the opportunity to meet artists, sometimes in their studios, in a low-key environment.
This is a self guided event allowing people to stop when and where they would like. The Tour includes several “Oasis” and Gallery stops. The major centers of artists are in Amery, Osceola/St Croix, and Frederic with a total of 33 stops and over 40 artists participating.
Brochures are available at all stops ( just look for the red and white Tour signs ) or you can download one, including a detailed map, off the Earth Arts website above.
New Stops in Frederic
One new stop is the “My Alpaca Store and Fiber Studio” in the old drug store right on the NE corner at 101 Oak East. Pam Schauber makes felts, knits and woven products that are homegrown and handspun from alpaca and angora yarns she produces locally. When you stop in you can often find her at her spinning wheel.
Potter Christy Wetzig’s “Firehouse Studio” is half a block to the west. Locals will remember it actually was the firehouse many years back. Christy moved here with her family last year and has built a wood fired kiln where they are also in the process of hand building a house. Step in off the street at 107 W Oak St. right into her studio and a wall of functional pots, plates, cups and vessels for sale.
and Beer Tasting
Red Iron Studio will again host several artists. There will be an outdoor component this year that will include demonstrations. Sculptor Jim Williams will pour molten aluminum into sand molds once on Saturday and once on Sunday. Small souvenirs will be available for $3. Furniture maker Brian Hall will have pieces in progress he constructs from timber framing elements using hand joinery. Rounding out the exhibitors are Wendy Frank, metal and jewelry, Tin Cat Studios, photography, Catherine Dauphinais-Oba, glass, Diane Keeler, metal clay jewelry and Mike Route owner of Red Iron Studio.
On Saturday, come in for a beer. Pitchfork Brewing of Hudson, WI will be set up so you can taste an assortment of their delicious brews. Proceeds support Frederic Arts.
One 10 Gallery
Right next door, One 10 Gallery now represents over 50 local, regional and national artists. You’ll find art, fine craft, and gifts. Normally open Wednesday through Saturday 10 – 5, additional hours have been added for the Tour including Friday until 7PM and Sunday 10 until 5.
Frederic Art Center, 310 Lake Ave S
Seven local artists will show their work including painter Jim Springett, wooden utensils by Dave Grossman, photography and acrylics by Tammy Seebach, jewelry by Joan Worth, and the four members of “Sisters of the Paintbrush”, Vivian Byl, Pricilla Hill, Kay Thorsbakken and Barbara Fellrath. Frederic Arts sponsors a variety of Arts educational programs including music events, art classes and exhibits. Open Saturday and Sunday only 10 – 5PM.
Remember, many stops on this county-wide tour are open Friday, some are not. Make sure to find a brochure to plan your day and use it to find daily hours, Galleries and Oasis’s accompanying the event. Then put on some comfy weekend clothes, find your wallet, hop in the old car and see some art in Frederic!