VISIONS-MAIN-Buffalo Lake by Janet Berry

Follow the red balloons on your drive to the 12 Greensboro locations for the 2019 Artstock Artists 22nd Annual Studio Tour on Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Oct. 13 from 1 to 5 p.m. Co-organizer Bob Berry said there would be 19 artists this year, and the tour is free and open to the public.

Berry said there would be six artists at the Scout Hut on the corner at 1820 Dellwood Dr. and Cornwallis Drive as well as three artists at Sternberger Artist Center, located at 712 Summit Ave., with the remaining 10 artists welcoming visitors into their studios. These addresses can be found on the website.

There will be something for everyone, as Artstock 2019 artists include Susanne Baker (book arts, letterpress printing, fine binding and hand paper-making), Janet Berry (oil paintings), Dottie Blanchard (watercolors), Julie Dameron (oil paintings), Jim Gallucci (sculptor), Krystal Hart (mixed media), Martha Hicks (oil and acrylic paintings), Carol Kaminski (pigmented epoxy resin), Judy Lomax (oil paintings), Crystal Eadie Miller (acrylic/mixed media), Ashley Mortenson(pastel on wood and paper), Jerry Pifer (watercolors), Sally Donnell Rilee (oil paintings), Patrick Rowe (potter), Mary Schiavone (acrylic paintings), Nancy Seay (watercolor, photo and ink), Renee Swink (oil paintings), Scott Tanseer (oil paintings), and Ellen Williamson (acrylic paintings). To learn more about the artists, visit the website.

Berry said that a small group of artists first came together in 1996 under the leadership of Artstock founder Carolyn Owen. According to the website, the first Artstock Tour took place in 1998. When Owen passed away last year, Berry said that Pifer wanted to keep it going. Pifer had been an active artist and member since 2008 and needed help this year. After a nudge from his wife, Janet, Berry decided to help. Berry said they started in early July with an email list of 100, and then he sent another 40 letters to artists. Berry said the fun began with trying to get people in touch with each new artist, as well as website and email updates. Berry’s job is primarily sending letters to get artists signed up and gathering artist statements, biographies, weblinks and photos of their art for the website.

“We are just a group of people trying to give artists an opportunity to show and sell their work,” Berry added. “I certainly have met a lot of nice people. I think it’s great that we can make a weekend available to artists who may not get to show and/or sell their art. We want to keep it going. It’s been a lot of hard work, and it’s been a lot of fun.”

He said the artists pay a fee of $35, which goes toward website updates, but stresses that there is no fee taken from the sale of the art by the group.

Berry said that in the future, the organization would look at becoming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. He said the organization is hoping to grow more first by adding more artists, sponsors and facilities. Berry said that Artstock wants to be able to keep everyone coming back and create something bigger each year. In the past two years, Berry said Artstock averaged about 23 artists.

Berry said that this year’s Artstock Tour preview took place Sept. 16 through 27 in Gallery 1401, located at 1401 Benjamin Pkwy and that they are very thankful to the Senior Resources of Guilford County for allowing Artstock to use their building for the last two years. He said that 16 of the then 18 artists came to the preview opening, and some had never met before, so they got to know each other.

Berry said that new artists for next year’s tour could contact him at the number below. He said they did not want to turn anyone away, and that they would really like to offer a public thank you for their first sponsor, MacCord Mason, an intellectual property law practice that Sally Donnell Riley contacted.

“I’m especially proud of the diversity of artists and types of media represented in this year’s tour,” Pifer said. “I look forward to a successful Artstock tour this year and growth of the tour in the future.”

TERRY RADER is a freelance writer, poet, singer/songwriter, wellness herbalist, flower essences practitioner and owner of Paws n’ Peace o’ Mind cat/dog/housesitting.

Wanna go?

The 2019 Artstock Artists 22nd Annual Tour, Oct. 12, 10-5 p.m. and Oct. 13, 1-5 p.m.  For additional information, contact Bob Berry at (336) 282-0010.

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