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Winding Roads Art Tour offers self-guided chance to visit local artists and studios

VIROQUA, Wis. – The seventh Winding Roads Art Tour will take place on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Sixteen Viroqua area studios will welcome visitors  giving art enthusiasts a rare opportunity to meet 27 artists, see their work and observe how and where it is made. Artwork will be available for purchase and artists will be on hand for conversations on creativity, and to give art demonstrations. VIVA Gallery in Viroqua has taken on the role of Information Center, where tour participants can get printed tour guides and friendly help. 

The self-guided tour encompasses seven studios in Viroqua and nine more studios within a 22-mile radius of the city. The guide book, available at VIVA Gallery, includes a map of the tour sites as well as places for food, drink and lodging.  

Winding through the beautiful hills and valleys of the region, participants will find a wonderful variety of studios and artists:

  • Deb Munson Studio:  encaustic painting with mixed media by Deb Munson
  • Cheesebro Pottery: functional, wheel-thrown pottery by Greg Cheesebro
  • Winterloom Handwovens: handwoven textiles by Denise Benoit
  • dyPottery, Functional and sculptural clay art by Devorah Yahn;  functional stoneware and porcelain with  sumi-E brush work by John Hunter
  • Nan Marshall Designs: unique jewelry by Nan Marshal; handweaving &  jewelry Angela Feltes
  • Pierce Hill Pottery: functional stoneware pottery by Maureen Karlstad; printmaking and stoneware pottery by Zoe Craig; metal art and jewelry by Raelene Roberts
  • Avalanche Looms;  handweaving by Susan Johnson
  • Bergan Farm: watercolor and acrylic paintings  by Corina Bergan; one-of-a-kind pottery by Eric Friedericks
  • Charna Pottery: pottery by Charna Schwartz and watercolors by  Anna Butera 
  • Diane Brown Ceramics: porcelain ceramics by Diane Brown
  • The Nature of Things: natural wood home furnishings by Michelle and Ken Workowski; metalsmithing and jewelry by their daughter Alena May
  • Liberty Pole Store: functional woodworking by Tullan Baird Wood; bookbinding by Anneka Baird
  • One Eyed Cats Ceramics: “functional pottery by Jason Kiley;  along with guests locally -sourced wooden utensils by Philip H. Waletzko: Michael Croatt’s photography
  • Gabriela Marván Studio: sculptures of paper (cartoneria) By Gabriela  and her husband Ryan Rothweiler
  • Hanna Agar Photography: conceptual photography by Hanna Agar;  fiber art by Lauren McElroy
  • Kathie Wheeler Fine Art Studio, oil landscapes, still lifes and portraits by Kathie Wheeler

Benefactors and Patrons for this event include, Wisconsin Public Radio, Karen Innis, Viroqua Chamber Main Street, VIVA Gallery, Wisconsin Public Radio, The Historic Hotel Fortney, Driftless Curiosity, The Pump House Regional Arts Center, Valley Stewardship Network, Vernon Economic Development Association (VEDA), Noble Rind Cheese Company, GoMacro, KOS Gastropub, Viroqua Variety, Ewetopia Fiber Shop, Wonderstate Coffee, Ethos Cooperative, Viroqua Food Coop, People’s State Bank, Schlicht Insurance, Nuzum Building Supply, Vernon Communication Coop, Legion GIS, Vernon County Economic Development, Edible Madison along with many friends of the tour.   Their support is much appreciated! 

More information, including an online map and list of studios & artists, can be found at www.windingroadsart.com. We invite you to join us on Facebook and Instagram. 

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