Drive down scenic back roads, wind through woods decked out in their finest fall colors, and discover art on the 20th annual Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour.

While you’re here, you can follow links to this year’s participating artists, download a printable 2-page letter-size map, and learn about our sponsors.

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October 1-31: metal jewelry, paintings, gourd art, stitched paper art, and much more!
Amy Greely Studio;
Sleepy Cat Studio;
Rosey's Uncommon Gourd;
& Lost Lake Studio

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Cheri Platter work with precious metal clay, from which she fashions her own line of jewelry. With precious metal clay, Cheri can create shapes and forms not possible from sheet metal or other forms of metal. The clay, which is pure silver or copper dust suspended in organic clay, can be pressed, molded, or sculpted. When it is kiln fired, the organics are burned away, leaving pure silver or copper behind.

When she feels stuck, or inspiration just doesn’t seem to strike, Cheri accepts it as a signal to get away from the studio, to go for a walk in the woods, to visit a museum, or to work in her garden, which is intimately connected with her artwork.

In her mind, the connection is basic. She sculpts clay into art forms and shovels clay in garden areas. She turns silver dust into jewelry.

“Basically, I live to play in any form of dirt,” she explains.

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Cheri's work will be on display during the 20th annual Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour.

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Sarah Noggle came to weaving through many other forms of textile and fiber art.

“A neighbor lady taught me embroidery,” Sarah explains. “Mom and both grandmothers worked with me on knitting and crochet.”

She started spinning yarn on the spinning wheel used by her fifth-great grandmother.

Her exposure to weaving came early as well. “My nose was at the height of the front beam of Grandma Percival’s [a well-known Brown County weaver] loom when I took notice of what she was doing. She made sparkly stuff and navy-blue wool things.”

Sarah spent years making very practical, usable household good, including kitchen towels and rugs.

Today, while occasionally still making these household goods, she specializes in handwoven tapes, which are woven onto new and found footstools and chair seats.

“In a lot of what I do, I use mill ends,” Sarah says to explain what makes her work unique. Since she often can’t get these materials again, these pieces are hard to duplicate.

“I hand dye many of the warps I use in my weaving,” she adds.

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You can visit Sarah's studio during the month of October for the 20th annual Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour.

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Tour Map

Download the 2018 Back Roads of Brown County 2-page tour map.


22 studios. 32 artisans.

In addition to the T.C. Steele State Historic Site, twenty-one working artists’ studios will welcome visitors every day in October. Thirty-two juried artisans, a true representation of the arts in Brown County, will share a special glimpse into the lives of working artists and craftsmen.

The Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour is a free, self-guided event designed to showcase the arts and crafts created in the present-day “Art Colony of the Midwest.”

Watch artwork take shape before your eyes, with artists and craftsmen demonstrating daily. Talk with artists and explore the spaces that inspire them. At some studios, you might even be able to take part in the creation. Educational and designed to broaden public understanding of the arts, the tour is an art celebration for the whole family.

This is a unique opportunity to meet artists doing what they love and to purchase artwork directly from those who made it. Collectors will relish the selection of new work available especially for this event.


Behind the Scenes: Kathy Sparks Uses Natural Dyes to Infuse Local Wool with Color

The day threatened rain, but so far was dry, so Kathy Sparks was outside her studio, The Hand Maiden, dyeing wool yarn. She has a graduate degree from Western Washington University in dye chemistry, where she investigated the effects of mordants (fixatives) and temperatures on different fiber combinations, and she treats dyeing like a science. …


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