Studio tour

A weekend arts sampler

Friday, August 25 through Sunday, August 27. 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Self-guided tour throughout Wayne County; brochures with directions available. Free. or 570/253-6850.

The Wayne County Arts Alliance spends every summer cooking up treats for local (and visiting) arts aficionados, and for the last four years they have saved one of their best goodies for last: the weekend-long Studio Arts Tour. For three days, open house is held at a couple of dozen locations all over the county, while visitors ramble country roads, dropping in at the studios of artists and artisans who produce items of beauty ranging from chairs to chiaroscuro.

Participants can start planning their trip by stopping first at the Central Park Gallery at 914 Church Street in Honesdale, where brochures with directions to each host site can be picked up and volunteers will be ready to provide assistance. Brochures are also available at the Wayne County Arts Alliance office, at 742 Main Street, Suite 201 in Honesdale, or at A representative work by each artist will also be on view at the gallery, helping visitors to choose what they want to see. Everyone can design their own particular route; the experience of the tour will be as individual as the people who decide to take it.

There will be 25 locations to visit on this tour, the fourth of its kind. Among those participating will be painters Gabrielle Feldman, Richard Brachman and Robert Sepanak; animator Floyd Bishop; sculptors Ursula Clark and Susanne Wibroe-Fost; maker of mosaics, furniture and stoneware Daniel Brinkerhoff ; wood-turner Vincent Griffis; puppet-maker Hana Gorman; and photographers James Morgan and John Rocklin.

The studio tour is an opportunity to savor natural and man-made beauty all at once, providing a fitting conclusion to the summer season.

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A painting by Trix Render, one of 25 Wayne County artists who will open her studio to visitors this weekend. Render’s paintings draw from images and experiences of her childhood in the vast Orange Free State region of South Africa, where, as Render says, “You could see tomorrow yesterday.” (Click for larger version)
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At another stop on the tour, a sculpture by Raymond Rocklin paws the field. (Click for larger version)