Local authors among featured guests of Hidden Studios Tour
For Hub City Times
Sylvia Oberle and Kristine Rued-Clark have been selected for inclusion in the annual Hidden Studios Tour: Art along the Ice Age Trail. The art tour will be held Sept. 30 – Oct. 2. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday. Eight studios will be featured on the tour, and each studio will host one or two guest artists. Visitors will be welcomed into artists’ studios with the opportunity to see them demonstrating or explaining their processes.
“We wanted to make this an art destination,” said founding tour artist John Davenport, an oil and pastel painter. “We are proud of the high quality and the diversity of the art on this tour.” The tour includes paintings, drawings, prints, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics, hand-forged home furnishings, textiles, sculptural lighting, wood furniture and accessories, raku pottery, and leather handbags.
Many of the studios are among the rolling hills that reflect Wisconsin’s glacial heritage. The book “Adventures on Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail: Day Hikes, Weekend Jaunts, and Family Vacations,” co-written by Oberle and Rued-Clark, combines elements of a guide book with personal essays and is illustrated throughout with full-color photographs.
Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail, a 1,200-mile footpath that traverses the state from St. Croix Falls in the west to Sturgeon Bay in the east, is built and maintained by volunteers. The trail, one of 11 National Scenic Trails, traces the edges of the final glaciation in Wisconsin more than 12,000 years ago. About half the trail is currently completed, and the other half consists of informal road connectors.
Rued-Clark will be a featured guest of the Hidden Studios Tour in the studio-home of jewelry artist Brenda Gingles.
For a list of the participating artists, photographs of their work and their statements, a map to all the studios and sponsors, and a list of area lodging and restaurants, go to hiddenstudiosarttour.com.