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Cumberland Valley Craftsman Guild to open studios for tour

May 07, 2010|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. -- A group of local artists hope to increase traffic on Worleytown, Manheim, Welsh Run and other back-county roads this weekend for the annual Spring Studio Tour.

Starting today and continuing through Saturday, members and friends of the Cumberland Valley Craftsman Guild will open six area studios to anyone who wants to watch art in the making, said Event Co-organizer Karri Benedict.

"Follow the yellow signs," she said, referencing the map set up for the event.

The annual rotating tour will feature 11 artists and craftspeople at six studios in the county this year.

Since 2003 the guild has hosted this event as a way to educate the county about art while exposing artists to potential customers, Benedict said.

As for the art, "we don't do it for the money," Benedict said. The tour however, she said, "yeah, we do, do that for the exposure to get to the money."

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Benedict and her husband Rod Meyers own Willow Creek Pottery on Manheim Road.

Meyers, a potter, and Benedict operate as full-time artists who work elsewhere to "fill in" where the pottery studio can't, she said.

Because the studio tour often brings new clients to their door, Benedict said the tour is one way she and Meyers make money through the year.

Not every artists on the tour will sell pieces this weekend, but just having the exposure is of great value, she said.

There is no particular order for visiting the studios on the tour, which includes stops in Greencastle, Chambersburg, Waynesboro and Mont Alto.

Today and Saturday the tour starts at 10 a.m. and continues to 5 p.m., but people are welcome to travel at their own pace, she said.

To those who have taken the tour before, Benedict said that there will be new artists and new media to see this year.

"You can't assume because you have done the tour before that you have seen what we have this year," she said.

This year will feature a mix of pottery, woven textiles, fine art, silversmithing, tinsmithing and shaker craftsmanship, she said.

All of the work is done by "juried," or peer reviewed, artists who have proven their skill to be of the highest standards, Benedict said.

Not only will those who take the tour be able to watch the artist at work, each stop will feature a mini-tour of the studio and the chance to talk with each artist.

A copy of the tour map and a detailed description of each stop is available at http://www.cumberlandvalleycrafts.org.

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