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11th Annual Foothills Artists Studio Tour

Danielle Ryan

(11/2) The 11th Annual Foothills Artists studio tour will be held November 18 and 19 at eight locations in the Adams County communities of Fairfield and Cashtown. Ten artists and artisans will open their homes and studios in a special pre-holiday show and sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m..

See first-hand where the artists create their work and have the opportunity to buy directly from them. The eight studios will feature original paintings, pottery, sculpture, furniture and woodworking, stained glass, printmaking, photography, fabric arts, and jewelry.

This is a self-guided tour that can be completed in any order. The website,, includes a map of each studioís location and street address, as well as links to each artistís individual website. It also includes biographies and artwork examples for each artist. The artists featured this year include:

Dorothea Barrick - Dorotheaís studio will feature El Cuarto De Luna this year: a small room displaying moon-inspired interpretations created in various media. The prolific artist/educator has work in private and public collections, including UMUC, and Kala Institute of Printmaking.

Becky Carter - This year you will see lots of polka dots on anything thatís paintable...ornaments, bags, gourds, cards, rocks and other fun things. New coloring book designs on cards make great gifts. Becky likes working with mixed media, acrylics and colored pencil. The award-winning artist has shown in a number of local exhibits and juried shows.

Geoff Grant - Geoff is a fine art photographer whose subjects include painterly interpretations of landscapes, architecture, and street photography. His work has appeared in several shows, including this summer in the NOMA Invitational Art Exhibit in Frederick.

Jack Handshaw - An active local artist for 35 years, Jack is a potter working in all forms of clay, particularly reduction fired glazed porcelains. He is a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, and has been accepted into numerous juried shows and received many awards. He also shares his art through teaching and demonstrations.

Michael A McCullough - Michael is a visual artist of abstract paintings, whose work has been featured in exhibitions in various galleries and museums. His work is held in national and international collections.

Sharon Pierce McCullough - A painter and sculptor of abstract and minimalist work, Sharon is an internationally recognized artist and children's book author and illustrator. Her sculptures have recently been recipients of several major awards, and her work is held in private and public collections.

Don Rinehart - Don specializes in watercolors, pastels, oils, pencil, stained, and etched glass. He has won a number of awards and has shown in local galleries and exhibits.

Ann Ruppert - Ann designs and creates jewelry and works in two-dimensional media including pastels, oils, watercolors and colored pencil. She has been accepted into the Adams County, PA Arts Council juried show and has earned awards in the Franklin Co. Art Alliance annual show and the Franklin County Arts Council miniature show.

Rod Stabler - A fifth-generation woodworker and retired cabinet maker, Rod creates useful and practical woodcraft "with a flair", each piece is one of a kind. He strives to make objects of utility, which also are objects of beauty.

Geoffrey Thulin - Geoffrey is a painter specializing in abstracts, landscapes, and animal imagery. He works primarily in watercolor and gouache, and also various drawing media. His award-winning work explores rhythm, pattern and color and their connection to the spiritual aspect of nature.

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