Studio Art Tour
Art Tour Brochure/Maps
Saturday September 9th 10:00-5:00
Artists and fine craftsmen in Woodstock and the surrounding countryside will be opening their studios to display and selling their work. The self guided tour will showcase the exceptional art and fine crafts produced in the region.
The tour is free to the public. Maps will be available at Material Things Artisan Market 103 E. Van Buren Street on the historic Woodstock Square or they can be downloaded here. Be sure to visit the award winning Woodstock Farmers Market when picking up your maps.
The tour will feature a wide range of work including pottery, painting, art glass, jewelry, photography and mixed media. Visit the artist's web sites to learn more about their talent.
Gail Moreland: A native Midwesterner, Gail's photographs of landscapes and still life with local emphasis speak to a connection with the land and the hidden beauty in commonplace objects and settings.
WILLOAKS STUDIO: Karen Stahlecker creates original art jewelry inspired by nature in sterling silver, copper and gold filled metalwork. Her one of a kind designs also include kiln fired enamels with images and designs inspired by nature. She incorporates mixed metals, leather, silk and other unexpected materials in her wearable art.
Karen also does watercolor paintings and collages, both framed originals and offered as cards and prints. Some share similar themes and images as her enameled works.
Karen Hillard Good: This nationally acclaimed artist is mostly known for her children's book illustrations and her calendar paintings for The Lang Companies over the past 15 years. However in her "down time" she loves to play with paint and mixed media. Stop by her quirky little art studio and see what she is up to next.
Jo Williams: Hand wired Jewelry. If you are looking for something that is unique, out of the box and full of fun and flair, look no further. Jo's designs feature beautiful beads from around the world and old/new finds to bring each piece to life. The final result is eclectic, fun and organic with a touch of quirkiness.
Blake Mueller: Collage and Assemblage. A blend of found objects and images. After creatively composing the subject, a variety of drawing and painting media are applied. Blake's exceptional works are displayed at his Woodstock studio surrounded by magnificent gardens.
Robert Wilson: Stoneware Pottery. Wheel thrown and functional, serving dishes, tea pots, cups and lidded casseroles are all food and oven safe. Robert also does beautifully artistic sculptural pottery meant for wall hanging or display.
Betsy Greene: Handmade Jewelry. A combination of found objects, copper, metal and gem elements. Birch bark, filigree, twigs, watch parts and glass beads are part of the canvas that becomes a piece of statement jewelry. Each piece invites you to see objects in a new way because of their unexpected combinations. Earrings, brooches, necklaces, rings and bracelets are all one of a kind.
Tom Willcockson: Tom produces historic illustrations and custom cartography for cultural publications and exhibitions. He created the detailed print of Woodstock circa 1902 "Woodstock At The Turn of The Century". He will have signed prints as well as copies of his two illustrated history books. Twelve Moons a Year in the Life of the Sauk and Meskwaki 1819-1819 and Passage to Chicago: A Journey on the Illinois and Michigan Canal in 1860.
Laura Brown: Laura paints in oil and pastel. Her figurative, animal and natural subject matter combine to create multilayered conceptual artwork. All of her work is done intuitively, by allowing the painting to guide her step by step. Her desire is to speak to the soul of the viewer and create a portal of experience that touches a deep non-verbal well of understanding.
Troy Thomas: Troy creates unusual and distinctive three dimensional fish motif wall sculptures. Using mostly found objects and materials, his whimsical creations are sure to delight. He also designs hand printed and painted t-shirts inspired by the outdoors.
Karyl Shields: Karyl is a painter, graphic designer and illustrator. Her Plein Air and studio paintings capture the aesthetic qualities of local landscapes and conservation sites in McHenry County. Her ambition is to promote conservation of land and open spaces through her art.
Tom Moran: Individually hand cast and colored stepping stones inspired by nature. His one of a kind stepping stones are made to endure all weather conditions and remain outdoors all year round.
Ray Foster: Ray has been creating sculptured copper garden art for over 25 years. He especially likes being creative with repurposed musical instruments. His one of a kind creations will make you smile.
Toni Furlano: Toni brings fallen branches found in the woods back to life again! From a peaceful yoga pose, to an old pair of blue jeans, whatever she might see in a branch as it lies there in it's raw form. Her sculptures are painted with acrylics and a clear coat finish. She's happy to do custom orders as well, depending on inventory...otherwise it's time for another hike in the woods!
Grace Farm Studios: Ann Chaney creates rustic cabin and lodge designs featuring locally produced Icelandic wool. Her one of a kind wall hangings, rugs, mobiles, figurines and wearables are entirely handmade using a variety of crafting techniques.
Blue Eagle Pottery: Award winning potters Robert Blue and Susan Blue Galloway create functional and decorative pottery. All work is hand thrown on a potters wheel, altered, reassembled and decorated with colored glazes. The pottery is fired in a reduction gas fired kiln. The microwave and dishwasher safe pieces are lead free and food safe.