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Self-guided Hunterdon Art Tour returns for third year

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The third annual self-guided tour of Hunterdon County artists’ studios will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 4 and 5, with open studios throughout Hunterdon County, N.J.

There is a Kickoff Celebration from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 3, at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton. This event – free and open to the public – provides an opportunity for guests to meet the artists and plan their tour.

The 2019 The Hunterdon Art Tour (THAT) has a roster of 90-plus artists participating at more than 30 locations.

The artists work in a variety of media from painting and sculpture to ceramics, textiles, glass, printmaking, photography and more.

Studio locations extend across the county from Clinton, Hampton, Lebanon, Califon and Oldwick to Quakertown and Flemington, Milford to Frenchtown and down to Stockton and Lambertville.

They include an eclectic mix of individual open studios and group venue locations, which are hosting exhibitions and special events.

THAT – in conjunction with Whittemore CCC (WCCC), in Oldwick, N.J. – will host a reception celebrating “SEED/s”, a collaborative exhibition to celebrate a newly formed partnership between the two organizations, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4.

Among the studios that will be open is Sunflower Glass Studio, 881 Sergeantsville Road (Route 523) in Stockton (Delaware Township), N.J.

Sunflower & Friends will feature the work of Karen and Geoff Caldwell, owners of Sunflower Glass Studio, and friends Diana Contine of Dakota Moon Jewelry, and ceramic artist Susan Kay Wechsler.

The thread that binds these friends together is their love of nature in all of its infinite complexity, simplicity, and beauty. Despite vast differences in scale and process among these three, there exists a symbiotic trinity of artistic vision.

Since 1978, Karen and Geoff Caldwell have offered fine works of hand-crafted glass created at Sunflower Glass Studio. They combine four distinct and demanding techniques – glass fusing, glass painting, glass beveling and stained glass.

Diana Contine of Dakota Moon creates artistic jewelry designs. All designs are handcrafted in fine silver with gemstones and pearls and 22k, as the accents.

Susan Wechsler’s ceramic art is a combination of stoneware and porcelain clay using slips, stains and glazes. It is created with hand-built slabs or woven coils. They are both functional and decorative.

For information on participating Hunterdon Art Tour artists and map, visit thehunterdonarttour.com.

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