Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Lawrenceville Artists Studio Tour October 11, 18 2008

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From Noon to 5 p.m. on two consecutive Saturdays, October 11 and 18, 2008, some of your favorite Design Zone artists will participate in the Lawrenceville Artists' Studio Tour .

To highlight the creative process that lies behind a finished work of art, artists will open their work studios to the public for free, self-guided tours. Finished works will be on display, but the focus is on seeing first-hand the artists' process-the space in which they work, the tools and equipment they use, and the creative steps they take to transform ideas into art. Tour maps can be picked up at Butler Street Cafes: Dozen, Coca, Crazy Mocha, and Perk Me Up.

Learn more about some of the artists participating in the Lawrenceville Studio Tour...

Ron Donoughe is best known for his spirited landscape paintings of Western Pennsylvania. His work can be found in many private and corporate collections as well as the Westmoreland Museum of American Art.

"This [studio tour] is an opportunity for everyone to experience how handmade regional art is produced and to also meet the artists that work in this community," said Ron Donoughe, a Design Zone artist who helped to coordinate the tour, now in its fourth year. "Artists are drawn to this community for its creative spirit, and we want everyone to experience the artistic atmosphere here.">> Ron Donoughe Studio is located at 208 Main Street. October 11 Tour.

Owner of Gallery on 43rd Street, Mary Coleman creates hand-woven rugs, placemats, table runners, and private commissions. During the tour, she will demonstrate her weaving process and also host local artists Marlene Boyle and Robert Villamagna . The gallery also displays and sells fine art and craft by Western Pennsylvania artists. >>Gallery on 43rd Street is located at 187 43rd Street. October 11 Tour.

Since 1989, luxury handmade soaps have been produced at Jay Bernard Soaps & Gifts. A virtually waste-free craft, the soap maker Jim Savarino follows eco-conscious values that include making good use of animal, vegetable, and minerals products frequently discarded. The shop also features specialty gift items and is a favorite destination especially during the holidays. Jay Design Soaps and Gifts is located at 4603 Butler Street. October 18 Tour.

Catherine Berard specializes in glass window designs, creations, and restorations. She also repairs commercial, residential, and ecclesiastical windows. Her experience includes restoration of the historic church that is now the home of the Union Project , where she led over 175 students to restore 135 church windows. Even the facade of her shop is a stained glass work of art and a must-see during the tour. >>Prism Stained Glass is located at 5234 Butler Street. October 18 Tour.

Additional Design Zone artists include Susan Carver from The Framery, Lindsay Woge from Fresh Heirlooms, and Joe Kelly from Kelly's Custom Furniture & Cabinetry.

View the complete list of artists here.

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