Mountain View’s Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour welcomes new members

The Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour, now in its fourteenth consecutive year of operation, is an informal, self-guided driving tour of the private working studios of artists located within a 30 mile radius of the Court House Square in and around scenic Mountain View, Arkansas. This year’s tour is scheduled for September 19-21, 2014.

 In an effort to keep the tour fresh, they accept applications for new artists every year, and some artists take leave for sabbaticals, retreats, or to regroup and retool their craft. This year the tour welcomes seven new craft artists, and three that are returning after just such a departure.

Sue Lukens of Legacy Herbs: Sue started Legacy Herbs in 1987 as a craft and plant business. She makes a variety of soaps, insect repellant, and bath salts using natural ingredients and scented oils. She also co-produces original CDs with husband, artist, and musician Raymond Creasey.

 Charles and Linda Widmer: Working in their home studio, Charles casts ornaments from hand-carved molds and creates wire rings using silver wire and stones and beads. Linda creates one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces from either silver or gold wire. Using intricate twists and wraps, she binds the wire together around stones or coins.

 Mahdee and Peggy Raiees-Dana of Earth Art and Foods: Mahdee is a self-taught woodworker with experience in cabinetry and furniture making. Peggy is a self-taught craft artist working with wood, mosaic, and concrete among other materials. The couple also makes skin-specific natural soap and grows Shiitake mushrooms on logs.

 Liz and Lewie Lloyd: In their side-by-side studios, they create two very different types of art. Where Lewie concentrates on shaping steel into beautiful blades and then creating fitted leather scabbards, Liz is busy working with wood. On two lathes, she creates everything from pens (and stylii for the iPad crowd) to platters and bowls. Most of the wood from trees right off of their wooded property!

Maria Smith: Maria was a member of the very first studio tour. Then, she was making beautiful mosaic tables. Now, she has rejoined the tour with her flame worked glass bead jewelry including earrings, bracelets, necklaces and single beads to place on a cord or chain.

Beadmakers Tom and Sage Holland are returning to the tour after several years’ absence, in a new location behind Mellon’s store on HWY 9, 5, & 14.

The other artists returning to the tour are:  silversmith JP Rosenquist, old world Santa creator Doris Fountain, woodworker and papermaker DeWayne and Debbie Jolly, candle maker Linda Caperton, potters Judi Munn and John Perry, glass artist and painter Jim and Carolyn Cushing, painter Sue Coon, photographer and garden artist Ed and Pam Alexander, wood turners Leon Creasey and Dwight Havens, painter and knife maker Loretta and Bernie Babak, chair maker and basket weaver Owen Rein, painters Russ and Beverly Wilhite, potters David and Becki Dahlstedt, painter Jim Tindall, painter Joy Harp (in a new studio location at Country Oaks B&B), painter Ann Snyder, wood carver and painter Gerry and Sheri Chisholm, potter Joe Bruhin, weaver Cynthia Cox, woodworker Paul Gillam, and broom maker Shawn Hoefer and fiber artist Jeanette Larson.

Keep up with the Studio Tour at www.facebook.com/offthebeatenpathstudiotour.​  For more information about the tour, you can visit the tour’s website at www.offthebeatenpathstudiotour.com, sign up for email updates while you’re there, and watch for the tour book scheduled to be published in August. Copies of the Guide to Artists’ Studios will be available throughout the tour area at that time.

 The Ozarks in September are beautiful! Make the 14th Annual Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour part of your vacation plans today for an art-filled adventure you won’t soon forget.