Lenoir, NC – Caldwell Arts Council invites you to see the works of over 80 artisans and crafters during this year’s free Art Around Caldwell Studio Tour. Two home studios and three art galleries in and near downtown Lenoir will be open 9am – 4pm, Saturday, June 23. Pick up a Studio Tour guide at any site, and plan to visit all five locations!

Waitsel Smith, 1419 Poplar St NW – Waitsel Smith has been practicing art his entire life: as an illustrator, as a furniture designer, and as a fine art painter. Now, he is expanding out into another art field – teaching.This fall he will be opening his home for art classes in oil and acrylic painting, in watercolor, and in drawing. Come see his studios and galleries featuring more than 40 original works for sale, plus giclee prints, note cards and more. There will even be a work in progress for your enjoyment.

Pat Jordan, 808 Olive Avenue – Pat will have blue-glazed stoneware cups, soup bowls, and hand-knitted shawls and invites you to come and see!

Folk Keeper Gallery and Frye Art Studio, 902 West Avenue – Folk art, antiques, and collectables galore! This is the working studio of Southern Folk Artists Susan and Charlie Frye.Come see the work of more than 20 folk artists, and maybe see the Fryes at work in their studio and gallery!

My Happy Place Gallery, 210 Main Street NW – Over 20 local artisans work together in this cooperative gallery producing a large variety of work in many different mediums and styles. At least one artist will be demonstrating their work during this event.

Caldwell Arts Council, 601 College Avenue SW – Varian Swieter, creator of ‘Get A Grip Stoneware™”will be on site with functional pottery pieces which are fun and a pleasure to use!  In addition, more than 40 local artisans will have work on display for the Caldwell Visual Artists Competition.

For additional details, contact the Caldwell Arts Council, 828-754-2486, [email protected], or visit www.caldwellarts.com.