"The chief source of art is man's pleasure in his daily work, which expresses itself and is embodied in that art itself."
William Morris (1834-1896)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Saugerties Artists Tour 2009

For those of you who have not seen our studio, here are a few photos we took this weekend during our participation in the annual Saugerties Artists Tour. This first one is the front door of the studio which is attached to our house because it used to be a two car garage. Steve and I converted it into a studio in 1990 after we purchased the house.
This is the side yard. We have been losing our white pines gradually because of a voracious pine bark beetle which girdles the trees. We lost a huge one this year and Steve decided to make use of it by making some pedestals for the open house. The stacked fire wood is not from the pine of course. Steve cut and split 4 cords for next winter from some oak trees on our 4 acres.
We always have a selection of 'Pots with Problems' on our deck. These are pots that have blemishes. We can not take them to fairs or send them to our galleries so this is our only chance to give them a happy home.

Inside the studio, we used any free surface as display area.

Saturday we counted about 48 visitors. It was a beautiful day. Sunday was rather gloomy and rainy. It cut our attendance down to 23+.

The garden was appreciated by many. I had to give Mother Nature most of the credit because we've had so much rain this year. I haven't used my soaker hoses since April nor any water from the 4 rain barrels I have around the house. The folks in the valley are drowning but those of us on the cliff are living in very lush surroundings this year.

This year there were 31 studios on the Tour up from 24 last year. It is a good variety of artists and makes for an interesting tour.
At times we had as many as four or five cars in our driveway
and then there were none......

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