The Covered Bridge Artisans Fall Studio Tour, a self-guided driving tour in the Delaware River Valley of lower Hunterdon and Bucks counties, will be held Thanksgiving weekend.
The 29th studio tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 24, 25 and 26, in seven professional artists’ studios in the Lambertville, Stockton, Solebury, New Hope and Sergeantsville areas with 14 additional artists at the Sergeantsville Firehouse Events Center. All studios are located within 5 miles of Delaware River town Stockton, N.J.
Visitors can visit the workshops, shop for distinctive gifts, and learn from each artist about how and where they create their work.
The idea for the tour started with a group of six area artists 30 years ago. The group now includes 24 artisans working in glass, jewelry, ceramics, photography, cast bronze, painting, weaving, bookbinding, woodworking, quilting and more.
The artists opening their studios this fall include Katherine Hackl of Swan Street Studio in Lambertville, N.J., with a new selection of functional pottery.
At the north end of Lambertville is the studio of Annelies van Dommelen, a printer, printmaker and box maker.
New Hope Stained Glass in Solebury is Jill and Dan Burstein’s state-of-the-art glass blowing studio where they use the Murini techniques and also create stained glass windows. Dan will demonstrate glass blowing throughout the day.
John Petach in Stockton, N.J., creates fine art paintings which use maps from places he has traveled as his canvases.
Moorland Studio in Stockton, N.J. is the collaboration of Constance Bassett and David Cann. Bassett explores work in large scale botanical paintings as well as stoneware sculptures. Cann creates furniture, jewelry, abstract sculpture, and lighting from hand-wrought iron.
Karen and Geoff Caldwell of Sunflower Glass Studio outside Stockton, N.J., are continuing to pursue their passion of mixing many glass techniques into their pieces; fused, painted, beveled, and stained glass.
Jeanine Pennell of Bonetown Studio outside Sergeantsville, N.J., is the creator of joyful sculptures full of personality.
Additionally, 14 distinctive artists will show their work collectively in the Sergeantsville Firehouse’s Event Center, Sergeantsville, N.J.
New exhibitors at the firehouse this season, include: Nick Martier, furniture maker, of Bristol; Heidi Hammel from Aston, who creates one-of-a-kind wearable art; Denise Marshall of Blue Skies Above Photography in Solebury, specializing in “deconstructed” photography; Rachel Derstine, of Philadelphia, who creates award-winning art quilts; and Kathleen Lang, of Stockton, N.J., who has recently introduced her hand-dyed silk scarves to the studio tour.
Among the returning artists this year are: Sheila Fernekes, of Flemington, N.J., a jeweler creating contemporary works; Susan Weschler, maker of dynamic functional pottery; Lynnette Schelley of Ambler, showing her dynamic, mixed media wall hangings; Penelope Fleming of Perkasie, creating sculpture for the wall; Helena van Emmerik-Finn, a painter in both pastel and oil; Bernard Hohlfeld of Roundwood Studio, Doylestown, maker of a large variety of turned and hollow formed bowls; Lynn Ebeling of Hopewell, N.J, who creates hand-woven baskets; Diana Contine of Dakota Moon, Solebury, who designs jewelry; and Jerry Bennett of Philadelphia, who creates vessels and bowls using paper clay.
Visit www.coveredbridgeartisans.org. A detailed map, connected to Google maps, can be downloaded from the website, www.coveredbridgeartisans.com.