The 25th annual Covered Bridge Artisans Annual Studio, a self-guided tour and sale that takes place in eight professional artists’ studios in the greater New Hope-Lambertville area, will be held Friday through Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.
It’s a great way to kick off the traditional holiday shopping season, while discovering new artwork and crafts, peeking inside studios on historic properties, and talking to the artists behind the creativity.
The idea grew out of a desire to bring visitors into the countryside to see high quality work being produced by studio artisans in their interesting home environments. The free self-guided tour is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29 , 30 and Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. –to 5 p.m., and a detailed map is available online.
In addition to the tour, the Event Center in Sergeantsville, N.J., behind the firehouse, will showcase 13 outstanding artists.
This much anticipated event celebrates its 25th year with its largest group of participating artists. Founding artists Karen and Geoff Caldwell of Sunflower Glass Studio outside of Stockton, ceramicist Katherine Hackl of Swan Street Studio in Lambertville, and sculptors Dave Cann and Constance Bassett of Moorland Studio in Stockton will display their newest work in their studios.
The studios of painter Phoebe Wiley of Long Lane Farm in Sergeantsville, printmaker and painter Annelies van Dommelen of Lambertville, and fiber artist Teri Nalbone of New Hope are also on the tour. Joining them are new sculptor studio artists John McDevitt of New Hope and Jeanine Pennell of Bonetown Studio in Sergeantsville.
On display at the Event Center in Sergeantsville will be work by wood-turner Bernard Hohlfeld, painter Helena van Emmerik-Finn, fiber artist Amy Turner, and photographer Don Schoenleber, all of Doylestown; jeweler Diana Contine and glass blower Drew Montesano, both of Solebury; basket maker Lynn Ebeling and hand-painted floorcloth artist Ellie Wyeth, both of Hopewell, N.J.; ceramic artist Sheila Watson Coutin of Sandbrook, N.J., and bead- weaver Sheila Fernekes of Flemington, N.J.
New to the Event Center this year are ‘paper clay’ ceramic artist Jerry Bennett of Philadelphia, wood carver Mark Bair of Audubon, N.J. and quilt maker Carol Heisler-Lawson of East Norriton.