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Art Leap gives enthusiasts a peek into artists' studios and creative minds

Bead artist Pat Pope meticulously strings tiny glass beads onto a nylon thread, making a handle for a tool. In the background is a set of beaded antlers. Pope, from the Park Rapids area, was beading at Smoky Hills Art downtown. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)1 / 6
Judy Wegenast shows off an oil painting on copper and described to visitors what an extensive learning process she went through to achieve the lifelike waterfall. Husband Jerry displayed stunning tables made from mesquite and hickory. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)2 / 6
Jeff Renner sits at the table where he creates his paintings, working from a smaller scale model. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)3 / 6
Glass artist Elisa Borton shows off an iridescent appetizer platter. Borton's works feaured raw materials fused onto glass, then placed into a mold to shape the edges.Her weekend studio is near Osage. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)4 / 6
David Norstad knits tiny dogs when he takes a break from his paper art studio. Norstad creates at his Ragged Edge Art Studio on Island Lake in Becker County. He fashions bird out of satin, using real feathers for wing. He also paints acrylics and specializes in paper art.(Sarah Smith / Enterprise)5 / 6
Jon Normann shows off the turned wood vases and bowls he makes in his studio. He and wife Lucy own Lightbenders Glass Studio and MN Woods in Becker County near the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Lucy Normann specializes in stained glass art. The couple collaborates on the wood pieces. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)6 / 6
Sarah Smith

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