A closer look at local art

Local artist June Ricklefs is one of 10 artists participating in the fifth annual 263 Art Studio Tour and Sale in the Christopher and Emma Lake area this weekend. (File photo)

Art studio tour welcomes visitors to meet local artists

Four years ago, local painter June Ricklefs reached out to artists in the Christopher and Emma Lake area by Highway 263 to open their studios to the public for one weekend during the summer.

It would be an opportunity for prospective patrons to meet with the artists in their natural habitats and, in some cases, watch them at work.

“I’ve been to a couple of other tours around the Shell Lake area and I thought it was really interesting and it would be nice to have people be able to come to our home studios and see where we work,” Ricklefs said.

“The reaction has been quite positive and people have been quite impressed with the quality of the artists’ work. Two years ago I had this couple that came from Brooklyn, New York and they bought a couple of my tile (paintings). It’s just nice to have these different people come from different places.”

The fifth annual 263 Art Studio Tour and Sale, named after the nearby highway, takes place on Saturday and Sunday at the home studios of 10 artists who live near the lakes.

More information about the tour and a map of the studio locations can be found on the 263 Art Studio Tour and Sale website.

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Got to go:

What? Fifth annual 263 Art Studio Tour and Sale

Where? Christopher and Emma Lake

When? Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission? Free