An artist's studio can be a place for therapy, teaching and a source of inspiration. The art can be displayed at public galleries, but the artist's creative space is sometimes behind closed doors.
This weekend, several York artists will give the public a glimpse into their homes and studios for the Artists' Studio Tour: Makers Dozen.
The tour is a community collaboration to showcase 12 full-time artists, said Kim Heindel-Toner, organizer and owner of Terra Opera Pottery. The public can walk through the historic homes and purchase paintings, pottery, jewelry and speciality holiday items.
Painter and teacher Marion Stephenson will open her 1890s Queen Anne Victorian home on 721 S.George St. She hopes the visitors will understand that talent can be found at the local level.
"I think people will be surprised that York has highly talented artists," Stephenson said.
Impressionistic pastel paintings of all sizes decorate the white walls of her home. Several pictures are scenes of European alleyways, cafes and market places while other were landscapes of body of water.
Five students stood at their easels as they worked on individual paintings recently. Jewel Stough of Dover Township, has been studying with Stephenson for six weeks and say she's more motivated surrounded by her art.
"When I walk through the door, I feel inspired and it helps me as a painter," Stough said.
Handmade Makers Dozen banners will be displayed outside of each artist's place. The public will receive a map, which was handmade and designed by the artists. The maps are uniquely folded in a Turkish way that resembles origami.
Heidel-Toner suggest visitors to drive to each location due to distance in the area. Some artists will have light refreshments, give demonstrations, host other artists and sell assortment of handmade items for the holidays. The public is also encouraged to ask questions about their artistic process.
Vince Butera, owner of Butera The Florist has held presentations and enjoys people who are fascinated by his flower arrangements. "I want to educate the flower consumer and show them what I do," he said.