Signs are going up and so is the temperature. In what will surely be our warmest and most beautiful tour yet, it begins this Saturday, Oct. 29, at 10AM and goes until 5PM. It will continue on Sunday at 11AM and again go until 5PM.
Be sure to marvel at all the clean studios. We artists are by nature, mostly a messy lot. Although we take great pride in having studios with everything in order, they are truly rare sights to behold. Prepare to be amazed. The artwork is great to see, too!
From whimsical sculpture to fine jewelry, with wood turning, paintings, etching and drawings between, there will be art to match the budget and taste of almost everyone.
Keep you eye out for demonstrations as you move along on the 2016 tour. Gina Louthian-Stanley, guest of Bill White, will be giving an encaustics demo on Saturday morning. Vera Dickerson, Mark Woodie and Brett LaGue have also promised to offer a bit of “how to” over the weekend. Some others may pop up over the weekend.
With some new demos in the works, the brochure and poster recently printed and a summer of artwork backing up, the 2016 tour is moving along at a brisk pace. And it’s only going to moving faster towards the date the closer we get. They’ll be studio cleaning, perhaps some baking and definitely some framing! Wood turning, too. Willie Simmons will need to have something new to discuss in his shop!
Organization for the 2016 Open Studios – Botetourt tour has begun. This year’s artists will be: Edward Bordett Vera Dickerson, with guest David Eakin Dreama Kattenbreaker, with guest Lois Miller Bisese Brett LaGue Willie Simmons, with guest: Julia Wesson Bill White, with guest: Gina Louthian-Stanley Mark Rader Woodie
The dates for this 2016 are October 29, 10a.m.-5p.m. and October 30, 11a.m.-5p.m.
Only a few weekends away and there will be art a-plenty. The 2015 tour, (Saturday, October 24 from 10AM to 5PM & Sunday, October 25, 11AM to 5PM) is shaping up to be a great one. Artists have been slaving away all summer to create the perfect compliment to the Fall season.
Poke around this site for all the info, plus, brochures and maps are out there, too. Don’t forget our Facebook page which has been showing off some of the goodies our artists are creating to share with you the last weekend of this month.
Best of all, with more artists in fewer locations, you don’t have to miss any of it. We’ll be seeing you soon!
Planning for this year’s Open Studios – Botetourt tour is officially in process.
Four guest artists will be joining us for the 2015 tour.
The complete list of this year’s artists:Lois Bisese, Ed Bordett, Nancy Dahlstrom, Vera Dickerson,David Eakin, Dreama Kattenbreaker, Brett LaGue, Sharon Mirtaheri, Willie Simmons, Gina Louthian-Stanley, Bill White & Mark Woodie.
Artwork for the 2015 tour will include printmaking, oils, acrylics, mixed media, encaustic, cold wax, jewelry and sculpture.
2015 tour dates: October 24, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. & 25, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
We’re working hard in making this the best tour yet!
An Open Studios – Botetourt show on display at the Glebe in Daleville, October 2-30.
The Glebe, the premier retirement community located in Daleville, VA will be displaying sample works from all 10 of this year’s OpenStudios – Botetourt artists. From an organically shaped mirror from woodworker Willie Simmons to a beautiful poppy portrait from painter/printmaker Nancy Dahlstrom, this show is a great place to start if you’d like an overview of the work you will find on the 2014 Tour.
200 The Glebe Blvd, Daleville, VA 24083 (take the road next to Ikenberry Orchard on 220)
An Open Studios – Botetourt preview is now showing at the WVTF/Radio IQ Studios.
The works of Open Studios – Botetourt artists, are currently on display in the WVTF and RADIO IQ Studio Gallery, at 3250 Kingsbury Lane in Roanoke, VA, until October 19, 2014. An opening reception was held with OSB members in a free Art Gallery Open House on August 15, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Food and wine will be provided. The gallery is open during regular business hours.
The WVTF Public Radio and RADIO IQ Roanoke Art Gallery is curated and hosted by the League of Roanoke Artists.
Many of the Roanoke Valley area’s leading artists live and create in scenic Botetourt County. This fall, 10 Botetourt artists have joined with the Botetourt County Office of Tourism for the fourth annual self-guided driving tour of artists’ working studios. Enjoy this free event and rare opportunity to visit the artists in their studios and homes, viewing rich and varied works both completed and in progress. Have a chance to purchase original artwork and learn about the tools and materials used to create it.
Whether you are a collector, or simply curious about art, this is an opportunity to converse one-on-one with artists while enjoying the added pleasure of the beautiful fall foliage and landscape of Botetourt County. The artist’s studios are located throughout the county so look for the Open Studios logo on signs along your way.
Be sure to pick up your “passport card” at your first stop and have your card stamped at each studio you visit. Then leave the card at the last studio visited and be entered to win a $150 gift certificate towards an art purchase of your own. Visit one studio or all of them. Just enjoy the weekend, your scenic drive, and the artistic culture you’re sure to experience along the way.
Emerging High School Artists of Botetourt County
This year, 20 Art students from Lord Botetourt and James River High Schools were selected and made work on canvases provided by OSB, themed: “My Favorite Food.” Their works are displayed in each of the studios and are for sale. The Botetourt Food Pantry will receive 50 to 100% from student sales.