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Tour artist studios this weekend during Art Leap

During 2016 Art Leap, a sister and brother learned weaving techniques on an antique loom at Bruce Engebretson’s studio. (Submitted photo)

Art Leap, an open studio event featuring artists and guest artists at 14 locations and other culturally rich destinations in the Park Rapids area, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24.

Studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

A sculpture tour will again be included this year to guide visitors to public art at seven sites in Park Rapids and two at Itasca State Park. The guide will provide descriptions of the art and artists who created the works.

As you drive from studio to studio you can expect to see a near perfect fall leaf season. Purchase original art for your home and meet the artist who created it. At some studios and other sites, visitors will find artists doing demonstrations, hear live music and enjoy treats.

New on this year's tour is a home on Bad Medicine Lake. Artist Sara Dupree's felt figures and John and Marilyn Walsh's matted and unmatted photos will be found here. Dupree will give felting demonstrations and the Walshes will discuss techniques they use to photograph nature in the northwoods and animals and nature shots they took in Africa.

Kris and Bob Sauser's Messy Fingers Studio at Owl's Nest Resort features wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery, glass fusing, traditional and raku firing for pottery and a henna tattoo artist.

Art Leap visitors can also meet sculptor and artist Paul Albright at his residence near Akeley and Stacey Skinness at her new studio, The Blue Door at Terrapin, in Nevis.

Bruce Engebretson's weaving studio houses seven looms, all homemade and mostly from the late 1700s and early to mid-1800s. He creates household textiles and historic reproductions in wool, cotton and linen and will host Ann Zick, who makes woven goods, and Donna Marjamaa and Lucy Bjerke, who weave rugs.

Bickey Bender is hosting seven other artists at the red caboose next door to her home on Stony Lake. In addition to her own paintings and collages, she is hosting Gina Singer, pottery; Bob Landrigan, woodworks; Karen Sharbo, glass creations; Glenn Anderson, woodcarving; Meda Kolakovic, jewelry; Jo Hill, silk scarves and weaving, and Genell Poitras, paintings.

Mark Carlson will show his works at Glass by Elisa (Elisa Schaum's studio).

Bruce and Ann Ostern's pottery will be available at the residence of Earl and Jeanette Wohlman.

Robin Cunningham will host several artists at Smoky Hills Art in downtown Park Rapids and the band, "Unpolished," will perform there both days.

Other 2017 Art Leap sites are Lauralee Photo Studio and Gallery in Park Rapids; Kathleen Ristinen Jonas, rural Menahga; Gary and Marsha Wolff, rural Nevis; Ragged Edge Art Studio (David Norstad) and Dale Cook on Island Lake in Becker County.

The new River Art Community in downtown Park Rapids, Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids and Forestedge Winery and Gallery near Laporte also welcome guests on the Art Leap tour.

Brochures with maps to Art Leap sites and sculpture tour directions and descriptions, performance times and other information are available at the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, Park Rapids Area Library and other locations or visit

Art Leap 2017 is sponsored by the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council with funding provided, in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.