The tour will be held Saturday, November 10 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 11 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Stretching about 25 miles diagonally across the county, tour stops will include the studios of artists Shirley Cadmus, Mike Stanley, Louellen Vernon-White, Russell Watlington and Pat Ewalt.
"Caswell Artists League members featured on the tour will have their studios open and fine art and craft will be on view and available for purchase," Caswell Artists League tour literature states.
"Some of the artists will be demonstrating their art or craft. All will be available to answers questions and share their time and expertise."
Shirley Cadmus produces raku vessels that are more meditative than functional. The luminous glazes complement the sophisticate forms. Shirley's pottery is sought after by those who appreciate fine art pottery.
Pat Ewalt captures light and shadow in her oil paintings to create landscapes and still lifes that encourage the viewer to appreciate their everyday surroundings. Commonplace subjects are elevated by their treatment on the canvas and our appreciation for how the artists sees and interprets the world is renewed by Pat's work.
Mike Stanley begins with a rough block of reclaimed tree and creates an array of forms that are beautiful and functional. Mike's woodwork ranges from cutting boards, bows, utensils and vessels to furniture reproductions. Mike's studio and adjoining Woodhinge Gallery features his work and the work of other Caswell Artists League members.
Louellen Vernon-White creates detailed etchings depicting guardian angel dogs and cats of various breeds. Louellen's guardian angel etchings are intended to offer comfort to pet owners who have pets that need a guardian angel and for those who have lost beloved pets.
Russell Watlington renders meticulous pen and ink drawings and vibrant watercolor paintings which capture rural scenes in Caswell County. His work is widely appreciated and collected in Caswell and surrounding counties.
The Caswell Artists League
"The newly formed League has emerged from the artists' desire to find new ways to promote awareness and appreciation for fine art and fine craft," League literature continues. "With this primary vision, the artists have decided to invite the public into their studios. All of the artists reside in rural settings with farm life visible outside their windows and doorways. The artists gain inspiration from these natural environments. Some of these extraordinary treasures are known nationally and internationally.
"Join the free self-guided tour and discover where and how the artists work. Some studios will be open to the public for the first time and all will offer unequaled access to the workplaces in which highly refined art and craft is created. You will meet the artists and be rewarded with fresh insights and an understanding of the creative process."
The Caswell Artists League First Annual Studio Tour has been made possible, in part, by a grant from the Caswell Council for the Arts, with funding from the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina State Legislature and the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency.
For more information, including a tour map, and to see examples of the works of Caswell Artists League members, go to the group's web site at www.caswellartistsleague.org.
Article courtesy of The Caswell Messenger.