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Experience the impact of Cross Timbers artists

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Every November for the past 13 years, local artists in the Cross Timbers area of North Texas have invited the public into their studios to view their work and observe their creative process – the core of the Artist’s Studio Tour experience.

All of the 15 featured artists will have work in progress and finished work on display in their studios in Argyle, Bartonville, Copper Canyon, Highland Village, Double Oak,  Flower Mound and Lewisville.

Each studio is as different as the artists themselves with some working from their home, garage or workshop while others work in custom-built studios designed to their artistic specifications.

Among some of the featured artists are:

*Eric Hansen, from a glassblowing family, and his wife Cheryl, bought their house in Argyle 13 years ago with the goal of building a studio back in the woods.

Each fall, when the cool air arrives, Hansen is cooking and melting sand into glass in home built equipment to produce a wide variety of colorful glass objects.

He is known nationally for his paperweights.

*Daren Fagan converted the garage of his Highland Village home into a space where he uses discarded and unusual metal parts to create what he calls “Up-cycled Steel Sculpture.”

Fagan’s contemporary sculptures decorate homes and yards all across the region.

*Barbara Oliver Hartman is not a typical quilter, using more of an artistic expression with her fiber arts.

Hartman’s Arizona heritage is displayed in her original contemporary southwestern designs that have been shown in museums, books and won awards at art shows across the country.

The 15 artists of the Cross Timbers Artist Guild will present their 2014 Artist Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9.

There will be an opening reception at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, at Oxide Gallery in Denton.

The reception and tour will allow residents to experience the impact the Cross Timbers environment has on local artists who create paintings, sculptures, furniture, pottery, blown and fused glass, wood art, fiber art and mixed media arts.

A map of the participating studios can be found at www.crosstimbersarts.com.

The Cross Timbers Artist’s Studio Tour was formed in 2001 to introduce the public to the visual artists across Southern Denton County.

The annual event is hosted by the Cross Timbers Artist Guild.

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