Southeastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour to take place Nov. 29 and 30
The popular Southeastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29 and 30. In its 19th year, it will be a self-guided tour of 13 of the most talented artists and artisans in southeastern Sussex County. Some of the featured artists are:
Sonja Frey, a guest artist for the second time in SEDAST, works with the vibrant colors and techniques of painting with acrylics and collage. Frey wants the viewer to react emotionally, visually and physically to art, to experience the desire to reach out and touch the surface
Founding SEDAST member Tom Frey has won many awards for his wood turning vessels. After a lifelong interest in wood and another career, Tom started wood turning professionally in 1987. Primarily self-taught, he continues to study the works of contemporary master turners to keep current with trends in the field. His passion is to turn and finish each vessel in a way that the natural beauty of the wood is shown to the fullest. Tom’s work was juried into the collaborative exhibition of the Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Delaware Museum of Art.
Longtime SEDAST artist Tara Funk Grim is a colorist who works in the studio and en plein air. Her works that are done in the studio are mostly the landscapes of her memories and experiences. Her style is loose; her strokes are bold and bright. She often uses many layers and collage. Tara exhibits widely through the Mid-Atlantic area.
Founding member Laura Hickman was born and raised in Sussex County. She is known for her pastel paintings of the Bethany Beach area and its wonderful old cottages, and her pastels of places she has visited, especially the Tuscany countryside in Italy. Hickman combines realism and impressionism in her subject matter and uses color and light in a subtle way to create both mood and a sense of place. Her work has been shown in many exhibits both in the U.S. and in Europe.
Kim Doughty-Cavagnaro has been a member of SEDAST for several years. Known for her clean-lined porcelain vessels and soft color palette, she has also been experimenting with jewelry as a new medium, using silver, 14K gold and other metals along with semiprecious stones and sea glass. A graduate of the University of the Arts, Doughty-Cavagnaro moved to the Delaware shore in spring 2002 to open a glass and ceramics studio. In 2006, Kim opened up the Artful Bean Coffee House and Fine Art and Craft Gallery in Bethany. She makes her own clay and glazes for her ceramics.
Justin Cavagnaro is also a SEDAST veteran. A fascination with the glassmaking process led him to study glassblowing at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. After that, he moved to the Delaware shore to practice his art. A line of functional flame-worked stemware, vases and ornaments is just a part of his new work. He is also making sculptural pieces intended to be wall mounted, maintaining a focus not only on the forms themselves but also on the interplay of light and layering of colors and textures.
Jeanne Mueller has been on the SEDAST tour for the past two years. Jeanne retired to the Delaware shore in 1998 and discovered an inborn talent for painting. With no formal training, she has taken workshops with many well-known instructors to absorb all she can about making art. In her painting, she creates visual sensations using color, light and shapes. She enjoys using color relationships and atmosphere to bring life to landscapes and still life subjects.
Founding member Jennifer Carter says, ”Life throws you curves…soar with them!” An upbeat artist who teaches school during the week, Jennifer has been “learning to look” since she was a child. She enjoys the challenges of traditional transparent watercolor as well as oil and intense photographic explorations. She also specializes in whimsical, bubbly art, prints and cards that entertain.
Jeffrey Todd Moore is one of the newest members of SEDAST. This will be his third year on the tour. He is known for his love of digital photography and watercolor where he depicts all the local beaches and back bay areas. He also has painted many of the local churches and landmarks in both paint and digital photography. Jeffrey’s latest venture in to the art world is experimenting with glass. Stained glass, glass-on-glass mosaics and warm fused glass…these are some of the different types of glass work he is working with to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art.
The studio tour began in 1995 as a grassroots effort by seven artists and artisans. They wanted to raise the awareness of the public at large concerning the quality of art that was being created in the region of Sussex County bordered by Bethany Beach, Dagsboro, Selbyville and Fenwick Island. The tour has always been free to the public.
In 2000, the group decided each participating artist would donate a work to be raffled off with all proceeds to go to art education programs in the Indian River School District. The raffle, dubbed Art in the Hat, has been well received by tour goers. Raffle sales and excess dollars from the general fund have allowed the group to give $44,555 to local schools.
For more information about the tour, including a map, visit www.ArtStudioTour.com.