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ArtOpener - St. Croix Valley studio tour May 1-2

Submitted photo from last year's ArtOpener.

The eight annual ArtOpener - The St. Croix Valley Studio Tour where you can see where art happens - from the gallery to the backyard

The tour is located along the scenic St. Croix River throughout Stillwater, Hudson and River Falls where nine artists' studios and galleries will open their doors to the public the first weekend in May. The tour, which will be held the weekend of May 1 & 2 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., will provide visitors an opportunity to meet the artists who look forward to sharing conversation and answering questions about their work.

The nine studio/galleries with their guest artists total 20 unique art styles, representing jewelry, glass, painting, pottery and sculpture. Nationally and regionally recognized artists including Melissa Belanger, Patrick Casanova, Joe Christensen, Sarah Dudgeon, Carl Erickson, Delores Fortuna, Elaine Frederickson, Kirk Freeman, Jay Jensen, Thomas and Rebecca Maras, Dick Morse, Nolan Prohaska, Jude Ryan Reiling, Richard Reynolds, Lynnae Schwieters, Renee and Douglas Sigwarth, Marjorie Wade, Nancy Waterfield and Wendy Young, Rhonda Willers, and Lauri Wilson will be featured.

The tour will feature artwork for sale as well as glass blowing and potter's wheel demonstrations throughout the weekend. This is a perfect time to look for a Mother's Day, wedding, anniversary, graduation or birthday gift, as well as find a special artful addition for your home.

Visit our website for a map, images of artists' work and more information about the 2010 ArtOpener - The St. Croix Valley Studio Tour.