Granby Artists Association 17th annual Open Studio Tour

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Mark Gottlieb will demonstrate a variety of flame-worked glass techniques.

The Granby Artists Association is pleased to announce its 17th annual Open Studio Tour on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

This year’s tour will feature a major change to coincide with changes to the Granby Artists Association membership structure. Our membership structure has changed to better promote the visual arts here in Granby. Now any person supportive of and interested in the arts can join. Membership now has both exhibiting members and general members. For the first time this year, an Open Show for all members of Granby Artists will be at Lost Acres Vineyard from Oct. 13– 28. The Open Show at Lost Acres Vineyard, is an exciting opportunity for general members to showcase their work alongside exhibiting members.

Working from south to north of town, a brief description of the studio tour is as follows:

Barbara Schmitt, 2 Woodland Drive: Barb is an accomplished chainsaw carver and will be showcasing a large scale mermaid that last year’s visitors saw as a plain chunk of pine. Her ongoing demonstrations will consist of working on a large mama bear and cubs.

Linda Yurasevecz and Avis Cherichetti, 31 Barndoor Hills Road: Potters Linda and Avis will be exhibiting their work at Avis’ studio, Honey Hill Pottery. Linda will be featuring hand-built mugs with a very pretty textured design on them. She will also have new Raku pieces including horse hair Raku. Avis will feature lithography printing on clay and a series of pitchers and mixing bowls. Wall pieces will also be on display. Demonstrations at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

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Avis Cherichetti creating pitchers and bowls in her studio.

Jean-Luc Godard, 46 Simsbury Road: Jean-Luc is excited to unveil a brand new collection for this year’s open studio. For those who enjoyed the Sea Grass collection, Jean-Luc is excited to unveil his Fleur de bois collection and other fantastic handmade lamps at his studio, Art of Lamp.

Laura Eden, 11 Juniper Drive: Laura will be demonstrating watercolor and egg tempera painting techniques and will have paintings on display throughout her home.

Debby Reelitz, 24 Silkey Road: As a master calligrapher, Debby is often asked, “How many lettering styles do you know?” Come for a demonstration about the wide range of calligraphy styles and writing tools. There will be two opportunities, Saturday morning at 11 and Sunday at 3 p.m. She will also have samples of her work on exhibit.

Sally Sargent Markey, 137 Wells Road: Sally has been working on many new Fimo necklaces and will be demonstrating making beads and creatures in polymer clay. She also has 20 or so newly themed decorative balls for holiday giving. As well as the watercolor painting she is known for.

Aimee Gilbert and Alexander Anisimov, Lost Acres Vineyard, 80 Lost Acres Road: New member and fiber artist Aimee from Knitting with Aimee at Hemlock Knoll is excited to participate in her first Open Studio Tour and will be demonstrating spinning each day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and, will be knitting and discussing knitting. 

Anisimov is a professional muralist and renowned oil painter, he loves living in Granby and it always inspires him and his work.

Laura Eden will unveil a whole series of 16 x 20 watercolors inspired from her teaching demos. She also works on new egg tempera stone walls and large watercolor birches.

Annukka Ritalahti and Mark Gottlieb, Silver Street Glass, 105 Silver Street: Annukka will demonstrate a variety of flame-worked glass techniques using glass rods and torches. She will also demonstrate basic stained glass techniques as well. Gottleib (and friends) will demonstrate various glass blowing techniques using the traditional furnace and glory hole with a teamwork approach to create larger blown glass objects.

Maps for the Open Studio are enclosed in this issue of the Drummer and can be downloaded from the Granby Artists Association website at Maps will also be available at every location. Membership information is also available on the website. 

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Glass blower puts final touches on a creation.