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Studio Hop: Willmar, Minn., area artists show what they are made of at weekend event

Julie Neubauer of Sleepy Eye, left, visits with Willmar artist Janet Olney at her studio about her basket weaving and gourd designs during the 2013 Studio Hop event. (Tribune file photo )

Area artists will be in Willmar, New London and Spicer setting up displays of their artwork at 13 area homes and businesses for the 10th annual Studio Hop.

Studio Hop is a weekend for the public to enter the local art community, meet local artists and see their studios or workshops. Studio Hop will follow the same schedule as last year from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Different arts created by artists in the community will be showcased at different studios. Wall-hanging-beaded quilts, functional and decorative stoneware, and porcelain items, jewelry, wood carvings, bronze statues and paintings made by 23 local artists are all available for admiration and sale. Studios will also have live work demonstrations throughout the day and food to snack on while learning about the artist’s craft.

“I’ve attended Studio Hop as a guest a few times in the past and I’ve always enjoyed it,” said first time Studio Hop artist, Carolyn Olson. “My art community friends invited me to join this year and I’m really pleased to be a part of it.”

Olson gets her inspiration from African art styles. She uses mostly African fabrics to create her art pieces and hand-beads every quilt. Olson plans on using Studio Hop as the one time each year to sell her work in a studio setting.

Dick Ford of New London is an avid sportsman and a seventh year Studio Hop artist. Ford’s artistic inspiration comes from his love of hunting and fishing memorabilia. He arranges his collections in homemade shadow boxes.

Ford uses his artwork to benefit his community by donating proceeds to Ducks Unlimited, Green Lake Bible Camp and Pheasants Forever. He also accepts contracts to build memorials for sportsmen who have passed away by using a photo of them, some of their hunting or fishing gear and arranging it in a shadow box for the family.

“I really love doing this every year,” said Ford. “It is a great way for me to meet local people interested in art,”

Grand prizes will be awarded to hoppers at the end of the weekend. Visitors can pick up a punch card at the first studio visited, have it stamped at every studio after and leave it at the last studio for a chance to win cash prizes from the Willmar Area Arts Council. Cards with six stamps will enter a drawing for $50 and cards with 10 stamps will enter a drawing for $100. Alongside the grand prizes, some studios will have door-prize drawings for a free piece of artwork available to anyone who stops by to see their studio.

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