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This year's Studio Crawl will feature 38 studios in Fargo, Moorhead and beyond

The 18th annual free event is happening Oct. 2 and 3 around the community.

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The Arts Partnership artist member Carman Rheault cuts steel during a demonstration outside her studio as part of the 2018 Studio Crawl. Photo courtesy of Michael RT Photography / Special to The Forum

Where do painters stash all of their brushes and canvases?

What does a photographer’s darkroom smell like?

What’s that guy down the street really doing in his garage all the time?

It’s time to explore both the highly visible and off-the-radar studios owned by artists in our community during the 18th annual Studio Crawl, happening noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 2 and 3.

Organized by Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists (FMVA), a nonprofit organization made up of artists and art leaders in the region, the goal of the annual studio crawl is to allow people “to take an intimate look into the environment where creativity thrives,” according to FMVA.

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“People get to go into not only art studios around the area, but in their neighborhood, too,” says FMVA member and Studio Crawl Director Jon Offutt . “It’s just a fun weekend for that reason. To be able to go around and see not just the art hanging in the gallery, but the process, the space and everything that it takes to accomplish that.”

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Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists member and Studio Crawl Director Jon Offutt (right) and owner of Clockwerks David Schutz blow glass during a presentation at his studio during the 2018 FMVA Studio Crawl. Photo courtesy of Michael RT Photography / Special to The Forum

Offutt, a well-known regional glassblower, has participated in the crawl since its inception in 2003 and typically greets 800 to 1,000 studio crawlers each season. In all, 38 studio shops will be open to the public at this year’s Studio Crawl, including several TAP artist partners who have received individual artist grants in the past and continue to successfully contribute to the growth of our community’s arts sector.

Always held the first weekend in October, Studio Crawl has come to be one of the region’s most coveted fall events. Although COVID put a damper on in-person studio visits in 2020 , this year, artists are once again opening their doors with health and safety protocols in place.

Longtime Studio Crawl participant and renowned ceramic artist Brad Bachmeier is looking forward to this year’s crawl for many reasons, but mostly because it gives him a chance to “spend the day with friends investigating the F-M area and meeting and talking with artists in their studios,” he says.

Bachmeier (No. 5 on the crawl route) recently expanded his studio and is excited to show visitors the new addition, do some demonstrations, and showcase new work from several National Park Artist-in-Residencies.

“You’re bound to discover some new and exciting work and techniques that you haven’t seen before,” Bachmeier says of the crawl.

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Photographer and Gallery 4 artist Scott Seiler (No. 27 on the route) has been involved in Studio Crawl for several years and finds it a great way for people to interact with artists and learn more about their crafts.

Scott Seiler Photography has been involved for the past seven years,” he says. “It’s such a great way for art enthusiasts to ask me some great questions. I have families visit, because their daughter or son is interested in photography and wants to experience and see what I do.”

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"Rat Race," by Emily Williams-Wheeler. Special to The Forum

Depending on how you plan your crawl route, it’s recommended you drive or find transportation. Studio locations range from a large swath of downtown Fargo and all the way out to West Fargo, Hillsboro and Glyndon in Minnesota.

“That’s what the studio crawl is all about. One day is downtown visiting studios, the other day is out of town visiting Glyndon and Hillsboro,” Offutt says.

Seiler, who is heavily involved as an artist at Gallery 4 , says the Roberts Street fixture in downtown Fargo will be open both days of the crawl and display a range of framed originals, jewelry, photography, metal artwork, pottery, encaustic, greeting cards, magnets, smaller sized prints and fiber art, plus lots of activities throughout the weekend.

“Gallery 4 will have giveaways during the weekend and will have artists on display to answer any questions,” Seiler says. “We will also have artist demonstrations. We always enjoy it when our guests ask us about our artistic journey and why we are artists. The answers are always intriguing.”

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Ultimately, Studio Crawl allows artists to showcase the process rather than the final product. For Offutt, that means, “I just blow glass for two days. My wife (Prairie Public Broadcasting Communications Manager Marie Offutt) and daughter will be out being social, but it’s mostly about the work, the process, not the thing that is the result. It’s theater.”

Preview artists' work and plan which studios you’d like to visit at the Plains Art Museum Studio Crawl Preview in downtown Fargo, where most artists participating in the crawl are showing a piece of art.

Admission to the museum is free, and works by crawl artists will be on display through Dec. 11.

If you go

What: Studio Crawl 2021

When: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, and Sunday, Oct. 3

Cost: All studios are open to the public and free of charge

Info: Visit https://www.fmva.org/ for a digital brochure and map, and click on the artists’ images to tour the virtual Studio Crawl

Artists

  • Barbara Benda — Mourning Dove Studio (watercolor, acrylic, mixed media collage)
  • Brenda Luthi (mixed media, photography)
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    "Flourish," oil on multimedia panel, by Britt Dalice. Special to The Forum
    Britt Dalice — Dalice Art (oil painting)
  • Shelli Feske — Earth, Chrome, & Wire (jewelry and leatherwork)
  • Brad Bachmeier — Bachmeier Pottery and Sculpture (ceramics)
  • Kimble Bromley (impressionist painting)
  • Emily Williams-Wheeler — Studio e (mixed media)
  • Ellen Jean Diederich — Ellen Jean Diederich Studio (acrylics and watercolor)
  • Hayden Swanson — Living the Dream Pottery (ceramics)
  • Jodi Peterson — Wolfnest Glassworks (glassworks)
  • Eric A. Johnson — Big Oak Press (printmaking)
  • Tim Lamey — Aptitude artist (landscape photography)
  • Jon Offutt — House of Mulciber (Glassworks)
  • Jacqueline J. Anderson (batik)
  • Karen Bakke — Bakke Art & Design (painting)
  • Zhimin Guan (landscape and abstract painting)
  • Joy Ciaffoni — Art by Joy Ciaffoni (oil painting)
  • Dennis Krull — 5foot20 design lounge (encaustic painting)
  • Doug Stuckle — Doug Stuckle Art Studio (painting)
  • Dale Cook — Nature’s Gifts (pottery)
  • Barry Kutzer — In The Chips (sculpture)
  • Andrew Stark (graphic design)
  • Marcy Dronen — Marcy Dronen Studio (mixed media)
  • Ashley Kunz — Autumn in December (mixed media)
  • Amanda Heidt — Hannaher’s Inc. Print Studio (printmaking)
  • Kent Kapplinger (printmaking)
  • Scott Seiler — Scott Seiler Photography (photography)
  • Cynthia McGuire Thiel (sewing)
  • MaryJo Cayley — Oak Grove Gift Shop (mixed media)
  • Susan Poitras — Susan Poitras Studios (mixed media)
  • Bracken Rourke — Cotton Lake Tile (mixed media)
  • Steve Revland — Revland Furniture Studio (woodwork)
  • David Swenson (ceramics and sculpture)

Organizations

  • Aptitude — West Acres Mall
  • Center for Creativity — Plains Art Museum
  • Dakota Fine Art
  • Gallery 4
  • North Dakota State University Graphic Design and Illustration
  • PEARS (Printmaking Education and Research Studio), NDSU
  • NDSU Art Education
  • Underbrush Gallery

This article is part of a content partnership with The Arts Partnership, a nonprofit organization cultivating the arts in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo. For more information, visit http://theartspartnership.net.

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