2022 Great Falls Studio Art Tour: Celebrates creativity

The Great Falls Art Studio held its nineteenth annual studio tour over three days, from Oct. 21-23. Free and open to the public, guests could visit the studios of 35 independent Great Falls artists, some located in commercial spaces and others in private residences. A user-friendly map helped visitors plan their weekend excursions down to local restaurants of choice.

Meralee Fredenburgh, the new executive director of The Arts of Great Falls, reported the studio broke records left and right during the Great Falls Studio, among them single-day attendance. 

"On Saturday, day two of the tour, we had 318 visitors, a record 20 percent increase," she said.

Activity choices during the tour proved abundant. They ranged from wood carving, metalsmithing, painting, and quilting demonstrations to participatory activities such as wheel-throwing pottery and painting with wine on paper. Visitors chatted with the diverse group of painters, potters, photographers, jewelry makers, fiber artists, sculptors, and others representing a variety of media. They participated in raffles for original works and made purchases of art.

Longtime photographer Walt Lawrence broke the record for the number of pieces sold, selling 18 works. Lawrence is retiring this year after choosing for years to concentrate his photographic works on Great Falls and the Potomac River areas.