WAKE FOREST — Visitors to the town’s 18th annual “Tour of Artists” will be able to admire the work of more than 25 local artists and also talk with them about their exhibitions.
The two-day tour starts Saturday and features artist presentations and demonstrations in both downtown art galleries and nearby studios.
“The great thing about it is that you really get the one-on-one face time with the artist,” said Beth Massey, the president of the Wake Forest Guild of Artists.
Massey, who owns the Wake Forest Art & Frame Shop, planned this year’s tour to bring together the best of two worlds: local galleries and local studios. Multiple artists will be in attendance in many of the downtown galleries, but visitors also will be able to visit the nearby studios of artists whose work isn’t easily transported.
Dawn Marie Rozzo, a painter who is participating in the tour the first time this year, said she’s looking forward to talking with visitors and demonstrating her techniques.
“It’s really nice for me to be able to be a part of this as if I were opening up my studio,” she said.
Rozzo said she’s glad the tour brings together artists who have participated in it for many years as well as newcomers.
The artist demonstrations on the tour include painting, portraiture, metalworking, jewelry-making and woodworking. Visitors to Jinks Studio’s Imaginarium and Mini Farm also will be able try the pottery wheel there.
Drawings for prizes also will be held by the artists at several of the locations.