MT. VERNON — A new Cedarhurst program aims to give the public a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of local artists.
The Mt. Vernon Art Studio Tour, as the program is known, will be held for the first time April 12. Organizers hope the event becomes an annual fundraiser for the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts.
Carrie Gibbs, director of the Shrode Art Center and one of the artists featured on the tour, said she wants the program to deepen the public's understanding of how works of art are created.
“It's to open people's eyes to the processes involved to create art,” Gibbs said. “It will give an overall appreciation of what it takes for an artist to be creative.”
Five artists and four local studios will be featured on the April 12 tour.
Gibbs and Cortez Hodges, who are ceramic artists, share a studio. The other individuals on the tour will be glass artist Sue Shrode, metal artist Mike Tate and paper artist Alma Petry.
A limited number of tickets — no more than 100 — are being sold for the Art Studio Tour. Tickets are $40 per person or $35 for Cedarhurst members.
Those who buy a ticket will receive a map they can use to take a self-guided tour of the four local studios.
The tours will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. April 12, and a post-tour reception is set for 3 to 5 p.m. the same day at the Cedarhurst Performance Hall. The times overlap because of the "open house" style of the event, Gibbs said.
During the tours, the artists will hold live demonstrations at their studios to show the public how they create their art.
For instance, Gibbs and Hodges will use their potter's wheels to create cups or bowls, and will also demonstrate how they paint or draw on the surface of clay.