A unique opportunity to see local artists in action
By Jillian Chandler
The arts are alive, and one experience you won’t want to miss is the opportunity to see local artists in action during the eighth annual Coeur d’Alene Artist Studio Tour.
“Initially, the tour was more about connecting local artists with each other to inspire and learn from each other. But with the Open Studios, it made sense to open it up to the public too,” says Ali Shute, executive director of the Coeur d’Alene Arts & Culture Alliance.
Participating artists include those who have taken part in the tour in past years, while new artists are juried by a committee for acceptance to ensure quality work. “Over the last few years, I have been so fortunate to get to know most of these artists and find that each of them brings unique talents to the tour,” shares Ali. “I am excited about our new artists—Tobias Sauer, Shelly Matthews, Betty Billups and Leah Cohen—and can’t wait to get to know them and their work better.”
The community can see these artists in action Saturday, August 29, and Sunday, August 30, from 10am to 5pm both days. For those who are interested in purchasing art, the Artist Studio Tour is a wonderful opportunity to connect to the work you select by getting to know a little bit about the artist.
“It is an excellent opportunity for the community to experience the creative process through the eyes and hearts of the artists in their own creative space,” affirms Ali. “It's a chance to meet the artists, ask questions, share ideas. The artists love the input of the public about their works.”
Last year’s event saw 36 artists in 16 studios, but due to the current pandemic, many artists have decided to skip this year’s tour, making the 2020 Arts Studio Tour a bit smaller. As Ali says, “I like to call it ‘small but powerful’ and still a valuable experience for the observer.”
She adds that fostering creativity is good for communities, businesses and overall quality of life, inspiring people to work together, encourage problem solving skills and expand flexibility in thinking.
“Support of the arts is critical right now as we are all struggling; the performing arts in particular, since they have very few viable options during this pandemic,” says Ali. “I would encourage everyone to choose their favorite and offer a donation in support of keeping the arts alive. They are vital to our mental health, and we could all use some positivity in this crazy time.”
For additional information about the Artist Studio Tour, including the 2020 Studio Tour Map and this year’s artists, visit ArtsAndCultureCdA.org/artists-studio-tour. This free event offers a unique experience for both the community and artists. Don’t miss it!