• James Parry

Hudson & Region Studio Tour all set for the weekend of September 24-25


PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY

Just some of the participating artists, organizers, and volunteers who are making this year’s Hudson & Region Studio Tour possible photographed at the official launch at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Como.

When Hudsonites Al and Georgia Jared visited his brother in Bancroft, Ontario, back in 2002, one of the highlights of their trip was discovering an artists' studio tour that had been attracting many visitors to that community for almost 30 years.

Upon their return, they thought, ‘Hey, with all the artists we have in our home town and around the region, why not start one in Hudson?’ which they did a year later. Together with their close friends and co-founders, Betty and the late John Marok, as well as many artists and volunteers who saw this initiative as a way of not only promoting their own work but also adding something new to the artistic and cultural scene in Hudson.

The two-day Hudson & Region Studio Tour des Ateliers has been held annually ever since with this year's tour - featuring 14 local artists exhibiting in their home studios - running the weekend of September 24-25 from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. and completely free of charge.

This year with one difference, however. The Jareds and Betty Marok have passed the torch on to a new organizing committee comprising Jen Baumeister, Alan Lombard, Bert Markgraf, and Shernya Vininsky who paid tribute to them with a special presentation at the official launch of the tour at St. Mary's Parish Hall in Como last week.

Also new this year, organizers will be offering seven hours of free mini workshops with all 14 artists.

Each tour artist will simultaneously offer a demonstration or hands-on mini workshop on Sunday, September 25, from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Everyone on the tour can sign up at the artist's studio but for some workshops space will be limited. They will include a wide variety of activities such as sketching, porcelain painting, silver clay jewelry, paverpol sculpture, hands-on clay, and a wide range of painting techniques.

For more info on the tour and the names and addresses of this year's participating artists consult www.studiotourhudsonandregion.org.

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