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Drive down scenic back roads, wind through woods decked out in their finest fall colors, and discover art on the 21st 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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Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour

Though stained glass is her first love, DeMaris Gaunt is an eclectic artist. She works with wood as a canvas for her abstract drawings and designs, plus she makes a variety of jewelry using glass, wood, or even recycled plastic milk jugs.

“I love leather, too,” she says. “I’ve made hats, purses and pouches from recycled leather.”

She’s also a poet and has written a novel, Two Doors.

Visitors to DeMaris’ studio will notice something that unites all of her work: precision. For her, craftsmanship is very important.

“My mother’s perfectionist gene was generously handed down, and whatever I create and sell is going to be done correctly, and done well,” she says. “Sloppy is not in my vocabulary!”

This includes her stunning three-dimensional stained glass sculptures, her newest work.

This is the first year that DeMaris will open her studio, Mud Horse Art, during the 21st Annual Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour throughout October.

More information can be found at:
blog.browncountystudiotour.com/demaris-gaunt/

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Metal artist Bradley Cox is a certified welder who spent years welding on gasoline tanks nationwide. In the midst of his welding career, he would travel to Brown County to rest and refresh.

“I would sign with relief as I drove into the county,” Bradley says.

Now he lives in Brown County full time and makes his artwork out of his home studio at Cox Creek Mill.

Industrial welding may seem a long way from fine art, but more than 18 years ago, Bradley turned his welding skills toward ornamental iron and recycling old metal parts into artwork. Bradley makes artwork fabricated from bolts, studs, and nuts found littering industrial refineries all over the country, along with other old metal parts.

Whimsical pieces include turtles made from iron skillets, and daisies with petals of horseshoes. Larger exterior pieces have included a dragonfly of metal and iron parts with seven foot wings. Interior pieces include custom spiral staircases and wall hangings.

Bradley will be demonstrating how he makes his work during the month of October for the 21st Annual Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour.

More information can be found at:
blog.browncountystudiotour.com/brad-cox/

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Blacksmithing is an age-old way of working iron or steel with heat and hand tools. Blacksmith Jason Nickel uses a coal fire, anvil, and hammer to forge functional items such as hooks, potracks, hardware, and tools.

Jason was drawn to blacksmithing by the vast array of functional applications and the metal’s pliability at high temperatures.

“It allows for a lot of creative options,” he says.

Jason is inspired by nature. He likes to forge the faces of humans and animals, trees and leaves.

“Mostly I’m inspired by the nature of the iron itself,” Jason explains. “It’s incredibly malleable at high temperatures.”

Jason will demonstrate blacksmithing during the 21st Annual Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour this October.

More information can be found at:
blog.browncountystudiotour.com/jason-nickel/

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19 studios. 28 artisans.

Drive down scenic back roads, wind through woods decked out in their finest fall colors, and discover art on the 21st annual Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour.

In addition to the T.C. Steele State Historic Site, eighteen working artists’ studios will welcome visitors throughout October. Twenty-eight 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.

Studios are generally open 10am – 5pm daily in October, but some studio hours vary.  Check the artist listing here for hours for each studio.

Most studios take credit card payments, but some do not, often because of poor internet service in their studios.  So bring your checkbook or some extra cash along, just in case!

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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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