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See local artists at work during studio tour

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Southern Denton County artists are inviting the public to visit their studios during the Cross Timbers Artists Guild’s Studio Tour over the second weekend in November.

The 12th annual event is usually the only opportunity people can see the creative surroundings and observe the artistic process.

Many of the artists are teachers and represent a wide range of media. The artists work to promote the arts in North Texas through volunteering and promoting the arts.

Some of the artists participating in this year’s tour are:

Alton and Sweety Bowman who have been practicing artists in Flower Mound for more than 30 years. 

Alton is a nationally-recognized woodworker in restoration and conservation and making original furniture. He specializes in finishes, especially French polish and gold leaf. He is also a carver. 

Sweety, who teaches at Tarrant County College, works primarily in clay, making original sculpture and functional vessels in stoneware.  She produces the award steins for the Texas Bluebonnet Brewoff and can reproduce and repair ceramic objects. 

The couple has been in the CTAG Tour Group since 2002.  Visitors can see how a pot is made or how to make an inlayed design in wood at this studio.

Eric Hansen is a Texas glass artist specializing in crystal-encapsulation paperweights and operates from his home studio, “Laughing Glass” in Argyle.  Though mostly specializing in floral crystal paperweights, he also creates many blown pieces, such as vases and goblets. He also works as a commercial pilot for a major airline and enjoys visiting glass studios, museums and galleries around the globe.

Dianne Hicks graduated from the University of North Texas with a fine arts degree and enjoys experimenting with mixed media to express her love of pattern and texture. 

She began as a watercolorist and now has begun mixing collage, along with printmaking, into her pieces. She creates original designs by carving her own large-scale pattern stamps and mono-printing to make her own papers to incorporate into her unique works of art. The papers, with their complex layers, create a pattern that draws the viewer in to each piece, whether it’s a handmade book or collage painting. Some of her works have been featured in national publications.  Her studio is an art form in organization using a number of found- and purchased-items to make it complete.

Suely Lohr is a Fused Glass Artist.  She is a kiln-formed glass and contemporary mosaic artist, born and raised in Brazil and is often inspired by the memories of her childhood.

After trying various art media– oil, acrylic, weaving, pottery and watercolor– she accidentally discovered mosaics 10 years ago and six years ago ventured into the exciting world of fused glass. Her retirement has allowed more time to explore fused glass.

“I enjoy creating decorative, functional and wearable art pieces to be used in everyday life. I also create unique jewelry in copper, silver and brass incorporating fused glass in the design,” said Lohr.

She and her husband, Tom, share a studio in Argyle, where they have lived for nine years.

Tom Lohr is a wood-turner.  As soon as he took a wood shop class in the seventh grade he said he was hooked.  As Lohr acquired more tools and skills, he moved from simple wood furniture to more complicated forms.  These projects included built-in entertainment centers, tables and wine racks.

He says it’s fun to pick up a piece of wood and examine it to determine what is the best way to use it and expose the beauty of the wood.  But, it becomes more of an art when he decorates the wood with designs, color and pyrography.

Linda Pomeroy is a painter and muralist.  Linda paints in several genres and has painted hundreds of murals, backdrops for plays and over four hundred portraits. Her style is between realism and impressionism. Her painting may be impressionism in its origin, but then she brings realism into focus as she leads the eye to the focal point.

Linda Chidsey of Highland Village devotes her time to producing wearable art, pottery and unique copper creations.  Her sculptures are distinctive contemporary art that takes advantage of the raku firing technique which results in brilliant iridescent colors.  Linda often leverages raku pottery sculptures in her wearable jewelry art and copper sculptures.  The sculptures have various polished and patina copper elements and often utilize raku pottery.

The Artists Studio Tour is free and begins with an opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m., at WineStyles at 6100 Long Prairie Rd. (FM 2499) in Flower Mound.

Studio Tours are on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, Nov. 10, from noon to 5 p.m. 

Visit www.crosstimbersarts.com for maps and more information.

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