2011 Brown County
Studio and Garden Tour
June 24-26, 2011
Brown County, Indiana, has been a destination for visitors from across the country for more than a century. They came to see its natural beauty and to appreciate the fine arts and crafts.
The tradition continues with the 13th annual Studio and Garden Tour on June 24–26, 2011. Twenty-seven working artisans, who represent a broad artistic spectrum, will be meeting, demonstrating and selling their art to visitors who take part in this free, self-guided tour.
On the tour this year are 12 studios, artfully situated around all areas of beautiful Brown County. Start anywhere you choose and create your own tour. The brochure and map will help you find your way. Demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the three days. A few of the studios offer interactive hands-on opportunities.
New artists on the tour this year are Mark Cagle—metal art, and Nancy Maxwell—plein air painter, who will be guest artists at Monique Cagle’s Sleepy Cat Studio.
Guests at Chris Gustin’s Homestead Weaving Studio are Marla Dawson—handwoven and handknit scarves, hats and gloves, and Douglas Runyan—oil painting and pastels.
The new studio on the tour this year belongs to Ron Newton—copper sculpture and scrimshaw. He will have guest artists Daniel Moore—woodwork and wood turning, and Mary Merchant Tinkle—sterling silver and copper jewelry.
At Tom and Judy Prichard’s Oak Grove Pottery studio, guest artists Carolyn and Don Madvig will be displaying their mixed media frames, boxes, and cards.
Returning artists taking part in the tour this year, along with their specialty:
Rose Bolte—mixed media and gourds;
Mike & Jenny Burt—contemporary stained glass and jewelry;
Monique Cagle—acrylic painting, jewelry, painted glassware, textiles;
Chris Gustin—“Recycled Rugs,” clothing, household items, fiber arts;
Joan Haab—woven rayon chenille garments;
Amanda Mathis—primitive painting and miniatures;
Cheri & Dallas Platter—silver jewelry and lampworked beads;
Connie Simmonds and Susan Threehawks—mosaics;
Judy and Tom Prichard—functional and decorative pottery;
Dixie and Dick Ferrer—painting, mixed media collage and “Artful Spirits;”
Martha Sechler—watercolor, mixed media and pyrography on gourds;
Larry Spears—stoneware and porcelain pottery;
Sandy Taylor, stained glass and photography.
Tour headquarters is the studio and home of T.C. Steele, impressionist painter who was instrumental in forming the original Art Colony of the Midwest in Brown County early in the 20th century. Visitors will be able to explore the lovingly tended gardens where the artists receive inspiration and sustenance.
In addition to the Studio & Garden Tour, which is always held the last full weekend of June, the group presents the Back Roads of Brown County driving tour of artists’ and craftsmen’s studio during the entire month of October.
The free brochure/map is available at the Visitors Center, Cornerstone Inn, The House at Stone Head, Hob Nob Restaurant and many local businesses. Each studio will have brochures as well as information on other studios taking part.
Tour hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 25 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 26.
More information about each artist and pictures of what they make is available on the tour website at <www.browncountystudiotour.com>.