“(We want) people to be aware of the artists that live in the area — what we do, the process,” Hodges said. “Visiting the studios, people can actually see the different stages of a piece of work.”
The studio used by Gibbs and Hodges is actually a converted garage space, which visitors should find interesting, Gibbs said.
“Studios have a certain charm to them,” Gibbs said.
At the post-tour reception, ticket-holders can enjoy live music, as well as complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.
In addition, drawings will be held at the reception to give away five works of art created by the featured artists on the tour.
Organizers hope the Art Studio Tour program continues to grow, and that other Mt. Vernon artists will participate in the years to come.
Petry, who primarily makes paper/clay pieces, said she would like Mt. Vernon to adopt a touring program like the one in Gatlinburg, Tenn., which is made up of a diverse group of independent artisans.
“I would love for this tour to continue on and for us to be able to make a map of all the artists in Mt. Vernon who have studio space and are creating art,” Petry said.
Hodges said the tour program should also inspire the public to create art themselves.
“You can do this, too,” Hodges said. “It shouldn't seem impossible anymore or a mystery.”
For more information on the tour or to purchase tickets, contact Cedarhurst at 242-1236, ext. 225, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.