Local artists and artisans to feature in annual event

From one-of-a-kind nature-inspired art jewelry to custom-made birdhouses, the Woodstock Professional Business Women’s upcoming studio art tour will offer a variety of unique finds, all from local artisans.

“Every year the event gets bigger and bigger,” said Tricia McCoy, Autumn Art Tour chairman. “We draw people from all over.”

The organization’s primary fundraiser, the art tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. Proceeds from exhibitors, jury fees from new artists and donations from sponsors will help fund several scholarships that the organization gives out annually. Additionally, a grant from the city of Woodstock’s hotel/motel tax this year further funds the event.

A detail from a landscape oil painting by Allen Stebbins.

Artists and fine craftsmen in Woodstock and the surrounding countryside will open their studios to display and sell their work. The self-guided tour will showcase the art and fine crafts produced in the region.

“Woodstock is such an artistic community,” said McCoy.

Maps to the free tour will be available at Material Things Artisan Market, 103 E. Van Buren St., or downloadable at wpbw.org.

The tour will feature the following artists: Gail Moreland, fine art photography; Willoaks Studio, Karen Stahlecker, original art jewelry; Karen Hillard Good, paint and mixed media; Jo Williams, hand-wired jewelry; Blake Mueller, collage and assemblage with found objects; Robert Wilson, stoneware pottery; Betsy Greene, handmade jewelry; Allen Stebbins, contemporary landscape oil paintings; Tom Willcockson, historic illustrations and custom cartography; Laura Brown, oil and pastel; Tom Moran, individually hand cast and colored stepping stones; Grace Farm Studios, Ann Chaney’s locally produced Icelandic wool wallhangings, rugs, figurines and wearables; Blue Eagle Pottery, Bob Blue and Susan Blue Galloway, hand-thrown pottery; Rolley Bateman III, surreal landscapes; Katie Bateman, crochet wire sculptures; Ellen Judson, clay creations; Marcy Rogge, wall pieces; Denise Karobwicz, pottery with whimsy; Denise Hoover, acrylic, oil and mixed media paintings; Larry Zgoda, stained glass; Joan Zgoda, paintings on tiles and beaded jewelry; and Gary Grana, home decor with reclaimed materials.

WPBW gives scholarships to adult women to continue their education, and each year, the organization awards $500 to its Woman of the Year recipient to donate to the charity of her choice.

“There are so many scholarships for young people,” McCoy said. “But not as many for adults to pursue education or finish a degree up. The money goes toward anything they need.”

WPBW also annually supports Christmas Clearing House and Shop with a Cop.

Women living and working in Woodstock can attend WPBW meetings monthly on the third Monday of the month. Membership cost is $20 per meeting, including dinner.

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