On my way to Bushel and a Peck Apple Orchard last Saturday, I noticed the tops of trees were already aflame with the crimson and gold colors of the approaching fall season.
They rarely turn that fast in the city.
But somehow in the country, the air seems to be colder and flows freer, causing the stalwart deep green foliage of summer to retreat just enough to let the autumn hues emanate into the leaves again.
As an artist, it makes me think of the beautiful, idyllic drive or walk in the country that many folks will be taking as they travel on the Falling Leaves Art Studio Tour. I’ve been a part of it for over five years, and it’s been something I look forward to and prepare for all year long. (At least I try to 🙂
Better than just going to a gallery show or a arts and crafts fair, on the tour, people have a chance to visit the artist in their own environment, see some of them at their craft, whether it be painting a canvas , throwing a pot on a wheel or fashioning a creation out of yarn. In between the stops, you can take in the sights that the rural Augusta and Fall Creek, WI area have to offer during the beginning of autumn.
Last year, I had a great time as a guest artist over at Ron La Blanc’s house and studio. Ron does some colorful, detailed landscape paintings and high quality, functional pottery. Not only that, but he and his family are fantastic cooks. Every year, I am blessed to be the recipient of their wonderful hospitality.
You are invited!
I would love for you to come and visit Ron and I (and the other artists–over 30 of them) on the tour. I will have several new pieces on display and a few favorite older pieces as well. Other artists on the tour will be showing paintings, drawings, prints, photos, pottery, jewelry, carved gourds, antler carvings, alpaca yarn creations, and many other diverse kinds of art!
Come on over, sip some hot apple cider and grab a cookie and a slice of apple pie and see and talk about some beautiful artwork. There will be art and unique gift items for sale as well throughout the tour; you may just be able to get a little Christmas shopping done early!
The tour is Saturday, October 1, 10am-6pm and Sunday, October 2, 10 am-5pm. For more info and a printable map/ brochure listing all the studios and stops, click the map above or www.fallingleavesarttour.com. I will be at stop #9, Many Pines Art Studio, on County Road M in Augusta. Hope to see you there!
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"I have inscribed you on the palm of my hands."
"Inscribed," Pencil on Paper, by Matt Philleo
One day, when I was discouraged I read a verse in the Bible, in Isaiah, 49:15-16, where it says, "Can a woman forget her nursing child And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palm of my hands." This verse brought such encouragement, that I created this original work of art to share the incredible love of God with others, including you!
Get a free 8 x 10 copy of this drawing that you can use to print, share, or as wallpaper!