Fresh Art Tour prepares for 15th yearTravel the Great River Road, just voted as the most beautiful drive in the U.S. by the Huffington Post, at the peak of fall’s fiery colors Oct. 5 to 7 and you’ll encounter the Fresh Art Tour.
Travel the Great River Road, just voted as the most beautiful drive in the U.S. by the Huffington Post, at the peak of fall’s fiery colors Oct. 5 to 7 and you’ll encounter the Fresh Art Tour.
The 15th annual event takes people to the villages of Maiden Rock, Stockholm, Pepin, Durand, Plum City, Arkansaw and some rural areas of Pierce and Pepin counties. The artists’ homes, studios and galleries, some formerly old farms and their out buildings, have been made into spaces of beauty ready to welcome and involve you on this self-guided tour.
Many of the artists moved here in the 1970s with a “back to the land” intention. Now a thriving art scene is located in these villages that offer theaters, music, films and more.
An example of tour stops is the Myklebust-Sears’ site, which will offer a range of works from homespun wool creation to architectural designs mocked up for sculptural installations to be done at locations like airports, colleges, the capitol.
Many of the studios on the tour have guest artists who display their work along with the host’s. This tour allows people to submerse themselves in a new view, the artists view, on many levels: bathed in the beauty of the area, of the studios and gallery's work. You will come away with a greater sense of what they are about, giving further dimension to their work.
The tour comprises 17 sites from Durand on U.S. Highway 10 to Maiden Rock on Highway 35, the Great River Road. For more information, visit the website at www.freshart.org or call 715-672-8188.