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.

Please check the blog page and on Facebook for updates.

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It was a heartbreaking decision, but we've decided that, due to concerns about COVID-19, we will NOT be holding a studio tour this October.

Our artists are still working in their studios, of course, making all the beautiful one-of-a-kind things you love. Stay tuned here over the next few months, where we will be highlighting what those artists are up to, plus where and how you can see and purchase their work. Some will be taking appointments for in-person visits. Some will want to direct you to their online stores or to galleries around the area that have re-opened.

We plan to be back in October 2021, better than ever! In the meantime, take care of yourselves and stay creative.

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Many thanks to The Wild Olive for their continued support of the studio tour!

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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!


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. …


To learn more about the Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour, please send a note to us. We’ll get back to you promptly.