A self-guided tour of art studios in Botetourt County will let participants view nature’s art as they drive to Blue Ridge, Fincastle and Troutville, during a weekend when fall foliage is predicted to be nearing its peak.
Once again, 14 artists, 12 regulars and two guests, are taking part in Open Studios Botetourt: Art in the Country. Live demonstrations are scheduled for both days. On Saturday in Troutville, Mark Woodie will demonstrate working in pastels at noon; then Vera Dickerson will give an acrylic painting demo at 12:30 p.m. On Sunday in Fincastle, Nancy Dahlstrom will give a printmaking demo at noon; then Willie Simmons will demonstrate woodworking at 12:30 p.m. Other artists may give demos during studio visits.
At each studio, “passport cards” will be available to give visitors who fill them out a chance to win a $150 gift certificate toward the purchase of a work of art. As has been the tradition, artwork made by Lord Botetourt and James River high school students will also be displayed at every studio.