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Marsha Wolff cuts pieces of ceramic bowls that she is using to make a fish-patterned mosaic, at right. Wolff, huband Gary, a potter, and son Eric, a painter, were among dozens of artists who hosted open studio events Saturday and Sunday. The 6th annual Art Leap had a beautiful fall weekend and hundreds of art lovers participated. The Wolffs' rural Nevis home and studio are filled with mosaic floors and wall decor, paintings and unfinished projects. "It drives him crazy," Marsha Wolff said of her husband....

A leap into the art world

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It was a chance for the public to taste, smell and feel the works of area artists last weekend as they embarked on an open studio tour that spanned three counties. Artists invited many guests into their homes and studios, showcased their work, demonstrated how they made their various pieces and even served hors d'oeuvres.

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Akeley wood sculptor Paul Albright explains a custom piece of work that will eventually be a part of a waterfall for a garden. Below left, his sculpture of "Thor" was headed to the Norwegian Hostfest in Minot, N.D., Monday morning. As of Sunday, Albright was still unsure how he would transport the behemoth. Below to the right of Thor, Albright's tiger ball, one of many ball sculptures, sat on a wooden stand so it wouldn't be tempted to roll away.

Albright's studio featured live music Saturday, as did many of the venues.

Metal artist Paula Jensen works on a piece that will be part of an exhibit next July at Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids. Earth Eagle Forge is located in Guthrie. Jensen and husband Larry, have made many organic-looking pieces. They work in copper, steel, bronze and stainless steel. Paula Jensen said the couple has formerly made mostly functional pieces. She was looking forward to doing the Nemeth show so she could concentrate on strictly decorative work.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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