arts tour features
top artisans at work in their studios
revamps its website with videos
(April 2009) Art lovers will get chance to
tour more than 31 unique studios and talk to more than 40 artists during
the second annual Creative Spaces Rural Places Arts Tour.
Day of Talon Wildlife Creations
specializes in avian re-creations
and has his work included in natural
history museums, private collections, in
movies and retail establishments.
The arts trail, scheduled for April 25-26, runs through
the towns of Rising Sun, Ind., and Vevay, Ind., and the rural areas
of both Ohio and Switzerland counties. Many of the tour stops are sprinkled
along the Ohio River Scenic Byway, which runs along the Ohio River.
The tour is free.
Tourism offices in both counties joined together last year to create
a unique tour of arts studios that allow the public to interact with
artists during the actual creation process. During the tour, visitors
will get a rare exposure to not only finished art products, but the
entire process as well.
Artisans include sculptors, painters, weavers, potters, hand-crafted
furniture makers, floral arrangers, woodworkers and fine jewelry crafters.
Unique studios will allow visitors to experience art from one end of
the spectrum to another.
We are building on the success of last years inaugural tour,
said Sherry Timms, Ohio County-Rising Sun Tourism Director. We
followed the same idea and added some new features including new artisans.
new Switzerland County website
Several of those new artisans are from Ohio County and
include sculptor Mike Northcutt, traditional basket weaver Molly Beyer
and watercolorist Shirley Smith.
We believe it will be a fun day, said Timms. People
seem to enjoy getting out in the country. Last year we got great responses
from many of the visitors.
She said because it was free, it was hard to keep track of exactly how
many people went on the tour last year. However, this year tour organizers
would certainly love to have traffic jams. Its
just a really nice event for people to participate in, said Timms.
In other tourism news, Switzerland County Tourism has redesigned its
official website: www.vevayin.com.
Ann Farnsley talks with a
Kentucky youth about her artwork on
display in her Vevay, Ind. home.
Weve focused more on imagery and photos,
said Switzerland County Tourisms Natasha Turner. We have
even added video footage of places of interest. Visitors to the
site can watch short videos of events, attractions, shops and even dining
It is far more user friendly, said Turner.
Currently included on the website is a link where visitors and residents
can vote for Vevay as one of Budget Travels Coolest Small
Budget Travel received 152 nominations, and Vevay was chosen as one
of the top 22 Coolest Small Towns in America. Already, the town,
with only 1,735 residents, has moved from its original spot on the list
up to No. 6.
Go vote, encouraged Kendall Miller, who nominated Vevay
for the list. She saw the competition and decided her town was edgy
enough for it with its large artisan population and popular tourism
events, such as the Swiss Wine Festival.
Everybody who has commented has talked about how welcoming and
positive Vevay is, said Miller, the public relations coordinator
for the countys tourism office. Weve received a lot
of attention over this from numerous Cincinnati media sources and talk
radio in Indianapolis.
The contest ends April 3.
For more information about Creative Spaces-Rural
Places Arts Tour, visit www.creativespacesruralplaces.com.
For information about Ohio County Tourism, visit www.enjoyrisingsun.com.
For more information about Switzerland County Tourism, visit www.vevayin.com.
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