Thursday September 20, 2012

WEST BRATTLEBORO -- The fourth annual Brattleboro-West Arts Open Studio Tour will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring 16 local craftspeople and artists who will open their doors to the public.

The tour features demonstrations, with original craft and artwork on display and for sale at 13 sites in West Brattleboro and Marlboro. Several participating artists are offering new lines of work. They include:

* Sculptor and collage artist Sharon Myers says her current endeavor, The Underwear Project, grew out of a project as an art student when she was assigned to do representations of something seen every day that changes every day. Myers jokingly suggested "my underwear." She began to draw, sew, do installations and print, all using underwear. Her creations will be on display at American Traders, 257 Western Ave.

* The Pompeii Oil Lamp -- Painter and metalworker Ron Karpius was approached by a restaurateur and a native of Pompeii, to design a copper olive oil-fueled lamp. Karpius will reintroduce the line of lamps for the public when he welcomes tourgoers to his studio at 259 Greenleaf St.

* Introverre -- In his latest series of designs, glass blower Josh Bernbaum explores what is "hidden beneath the surface." In their shared glass studio at 119 Hescock Road, he works with his wife, Marta Bernbaum, who plans to have new specimens of her glass beads on hand.


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* 18th Century Strings -- Violin maker Douglas Cox invites the public to see and try out his new reproductions of violins made in 1744 by Carlo Bergonzi and violas made in 1733 by Paolo Antonio Testore. Cox Violins is at 1138 Sunset Lake Road.

* Leaf Images in Colored Clay -- Naomi Lindenfeld recently has been incorporating leaf designs into her colored clay pottery. Her studio is at 330 Meadowbrook Road.

In addition, these other BWA members will also participate in the open studio tour: Woodworkers David and Michelle Holzapfel at Applewoods Studio, 2802 Route 9 in Marlboro; wood sculptor, painter and boat builder Mark Littlehales, 1195 MacArthur Road in Marlboro; painters Petria Mitchell and Jim Giddings, 447 Stark Road; photographer Gene Parulis at Mahalo Art Center, 972 Western Ave.; painter Janet Picard, 495 Marlboro Road (Route 9); potter Walter Slowinski, 658 Orchard St.; potter Matt Tell, 163 Potters Hill Road in Marlboro; potter and clay and bronze sculptor Malcolm Wright, 88-90 Turnpike Road (intersection of MacArthur and Stark Roads) in Marlboro.

In conjunction with the tour, the Chelsea Royal Diner will host a localvore dinner on Sept. 29.

Brochures with a map to all the 2012 tour sites are available at any tour stop and at other locations, including the Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce and American Traders, or by visiting www.brattleboro-west-arts.com. E-mail questions about the tour to info@brattleboro-west-arts.com or call Douglas Cox at 802-257-1024.