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Ramble on: Annual spring studio tour comes around

See "Round Barn" by watercolor painter Conrad Christiansen and also the work of fiber artist Mette Biering Christiansen at their studio, 4813 Mill Road, Red Wing. The artists' home is a stop along the Studio Ramble tour tour Saturday April 26 and Sunday April 27.

Area artists invite the public to visit their studios during the Studio Ramble Spring Studio Tour and Art Sale 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday April 26 and Sunday April 27.

Visitors can explore the works of 18 artists spread out among 11 sites.

This annual event offers a unique opportunity to tour the studios, meet the artists and see or purchase art work in a variety of media including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, textiles, jewelry, computer imaging, Giclee prints and live music.

The studio setting allows for a behind-the-scenes look at the artists and their work. Many visitors enjoy one-on-one conversations with the artists and learn about the inspiration behind the pieces.

Each year new artists join the Studio Ramble’s veteran artists to create a new experience.

Artists’ techniques and subjects change over time making each tour distinctly unique.

“Red Wing has a very active artist community,” explained Dan Wiemer, a participating painter. “Check out the talent as well as the natural beauty of this area.”

The annual tour takes place during the last weekend in April. Artists showcase their work and offer items for purchase. The Studio Ramble is a collaborative effort among local artists. Sites are located in Red Wing, Lake City and Hager City.

Visit for a map and more event information. Brochures are available at the Red Wing Arts Association, 418 Levee St.

The Studio Ramble Artists

Chap Achen: Achen is best known for his black-and-white photography. His work reflects his Midwestern surroundings. He exhibits and has won numerous awards for his work in local area art shows.

You can observe his workflow at his studio, from film or digital capture to screen and print. Visit Achen on online

Mike Arturi: Arturi is a national touring and recording musician whose professional career exceeds 45 years. He is currently drummer for the Lovin’ Spoonful. Most recently he created and founded the Universal Music Center, a non-profit music school at the Anderson Center.

Mette Biering Christiansen: Biering Christiansen is a native Norwegian who now lives in Red Wing. She is a textile fiber artist, natural dyer and she leaves impressions on cloth, textiles, canvas, papers and metal. She has written and published books on textile fibers and numerous articles in trade and commercial publications on a variety of subjects. She has also been a guest lecturer at universities, seminars and workshops in Europe and the nation in the last 25 years. You can see examples of her work at

Conrad Christiansen: Christiansen enjoys watercolor painting. He gets his inspiration mostly from nature and likes being outdoors hiking, cross-country skiing, canoeing and camping. He also likes exploring creativity and has shared that passion with others as an art teacher.

Doris Gardas: Her love of nature and the surroundings of her native Wisconsin are the primary inspirations for her work. Drawing at an early age has developed into a life of art whether it involves capturing her grandchildren on canvas or painting the natural world.

Tom Gavitt: His self-taught watercolor painting technique began during a European trip in 1982. He works in two distinctly different styles relying on sensitive interpretation of realistically rendered subjects in his Eastern painting series and boldly colored, high-key, light filled and loosely rendered interpretations of Native American villages and landscapes in his Southwestern series of paintings. In juxtaposition, the two styles are startlingly different and he does shows with both represented. Gavitt has produced nearly 5,000 watercolor paintings, represented in private collections all over the world. He calls Red Wing home now, but has also lived in New York, New Mexico, Maine and Arizona over his lifetime.

David Husom: His color photographs document small town Minn. and Wis., particularly the Mississippi River valley. His large format color photographs have been exhibited widely across the nation. Visit for more information.

Art Kenyon: Kenyon is a long time resident of Red Wing who believes in the valuable relationship between drawing, painting and printmaking. He constantly explores new techniques, styles and compositions to mix detailed realism with abstract forms. His studio displays oil paintings, watercolors, sepia-tone coffee paintings, detailed graphite portrait drawings, and printmaking images from hand-drawn lithographs, Intaglio copper plate etchings, and original hand-rubbed woodcut prints. Visit for more information.

Don Marco: Marco was born in northern Minn. in the late 1920’s. Before retiring from his career in Air Traffic Control, he started developing a technique to create fine art using Crayola Crayons. Shortly after retiring he published his first print. His work has received national attention as well as commissions from Burt Reynolds and a one-man show at Reynolds’ dinner theatre in Florida. Visit for more information.

Dave Matheny and Jean Sherlock: This husband and wife work in a wide range of media – pastel, oil, watercolor, pen-and-ink and pencil. They have an even wider range of subjects including landscape, fantasy, portrait, still-life, nautical, wildlife and aviation to name a few.

He is an illustrator whose work currently appears in a national magazine, Sport Aviation. He was an illustrator with the Minneapolis Star Tribune for over 30 years.

She has been painting in oils since childhood. Her originals and prints are in collections around the world, and she is a much-sought-after teacher of drawing and painting.

Amy and Matt Palmer: She has created jewelry for over 20 years. He has worked in a variety of mediums throughout his life and began collaborating with his wife Amy about three years ago. The creation of unique and fanciful jewelry is the result of their compulsion for salvaging old objects and materials and their shared passion for design and sculpture. Their jewelry evolves with the objects they find so no two pieces are alike.

Ann-Marie Rose: Her work is created on computers using her own photographs and scanned objects. She uses digital imaging because it offers a more intimate and complex relationship with her images. She exhibits her work in museums and galleries both locally and internationally. Visit for more information.

Peg Simonson: Her love of color is apparent as you enter her studio tucked behind the historic Anderson Center. Her painting mediums of soft pastels and watercolor often incorporates textured papers and ink – used with a unique method of painting dyes on silk fabric which are then mounted on canvas. She also hand dyes and paints sumptuous silk scarves using a wide variety of techniques.

Aki Tsuchiya: Akitomo Tsuchiya moved to Red Wing from Nagano, Japan four years ago. He is a painter working in oil, watercolor, pastel, charcoal, pencil and red chalk. He paints still life, landscapes, portraits and imaginative works of art. Most of his works are commissioned paintings.

Dan Wiemer: Bold, direct watercolor with strong design best describe Wiemer’s work. For 25 years he has balanced a career of commercial illustration and fine art. His regional workshops are in demand and his paintings can be found in homes and businesses throughout the country. He has a passion for the landscape and draws much of his inspiration from vista views around the Red Wing area. Original art as well as prints and cards will be available, visit for more information.