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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“All of Brown County could be my studio,” says mixed media artist Dixie Ferrer, one of the artists on this year's 21st Annual Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour this October.

She has always embraced nature and the tactile elements it offers, and she is continually inspired by her emotional response to her surroundings.

Dixie has been a professional artist for more than 40 years. Today she works mainly in mixed media collage, layering various collage materials with her own drawings, paintings, photographs and prints.

Her work has featured Koi, water gardens, flowers and plants. Currently, Dixie is focused on landscapes.

To achieve the ethereal look of her pieces, Dixie layers graphic drawing, watercolor painting and printmaking with collage materials. Most recently, Dixie has added oil paints combined with wax to her repertoire.

“It gives a transparent appearance,” she explains. “Plus, it enables the surface to be treated with more texture.”

To learn more about Dixie, visit blog.browncountystudiotour.com/dixie-ferrer/

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On the studio tour: woodworking, paintings, photography, stone carving, & much more!!
Pete Baxter Woodworks;
A.W. Mathis Primitive Paintings - Studio/Gallery;
Right On Strange Photography;
& Bohemian Hobbit Studio: Unique Stone Carvings

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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.