My gallery and studio, Arts on Union, 203 N. Union St., Middletown, is one of the 32 central Pennsylvania artists on the upcoming, free Art Studio Tour. The event, in its 12th year, will take place Saturday, Nov. 6 from 10 am. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 7 from noon to 5 p.m. and is designed to offer the public the chance to meet and support local artists by visiting the studios in which they work.
There will be a free drawing for a $100 gift certificate and a $50 gift certificate. Winners can use the certificates at any of the studios on the tour later this year or during the Art Studio Tour 2011. Registration cards will be available at each participating tour location. In addition to Arts on Union, artists in Annville, Elizabethtown, Hershey, Hummelstown, Lebanon Mt. Gretna, and Schaefferstown are on the tour. Visitors may set their own agenda in making their way from studio to studio. Arts on Union will have tour brochures and tour cards for a chance to win the gift certificate.
This is my third year of doing the tour and I love meeting folks from Middletown and all the travelers who stop in. Some people come to Christmas shop. Some come because they are curious about what an artist does. At the very least, people who visit will leave with an understanding of why my jeans and sweaters always have a freshly-painted look. The event is also good for Middletown. I like to send visitors to our restaurants and shops and I like hearing, afterward, that they did spend some time in town before continuing the tour.
During tour weekend, visitors to Arts on Union will have the opportunity to watch me work on several projects, including paintings on canvas and photographic prints. I like to talk about what I do, so feel free to ask questions.
Folks who are shopping for new home decor, art or doing their holiday shopping will find bargains!