PRESS RELEASE FOR OPEN STUDIO TOUR- BOTETOURT 2017
The 7th annual Artist’s Open Studio Tour in Botetourt County is coming on Saturday, October 28 from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday, October 29 from 11am to 5pm. Participating artists will open their studios to the public to present their work and show how & where their art work is produced.
The 12 artists on the tour this year are: Lois Bisese, Ed Bordett, Nancy Dahlstrom, Vera Dickerson, Bill Divers, Brett LaGue, Judy Lochbrunner, David Jermann, Dan Jones, Willie Simmons, Julia Wesson and Mark Woodie. This year, some of the artists will give demonstrations during the weekend to explain the materials, methods and processes they use, such media as; printmaking, wood turning & carving, painting and mixed media processes.
The 2017 tour also includes a special project for many art students in Lord Botetourt and James River High Schools. The art teachers at the Botetourt High Schools have chosen their best students to make a painting of a favorite subject, and these works will be displayed in the studios during the Open Studio Tour. A portion of the sale of the student works will go to support the League of Animal Protection (LAP), here in Botetourt County.
Again, the “Studio Passport” will be available. Visitors can pick up one at any studio and fill in their contact information. The passports can be left at the any stop on the tour and one lucky winner will receive a $150 gift certificate towards the purchase of an art work of their choice. Come and visit one or all of the studios and enjoy a weekend exploring beautiful Botetourt County in the splendid colors of the season.
The following are sponsors for the studio tour this year: Bank of Botetourt, Bank of Fincastle, and Office of Economic Development in Botetourt Co.
For more information and a map of the studio locations, visit us at