Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour Selects new Artists for 2009

Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour Selects new Artists for 2009

The Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour has selected three new studios for the 2009 Tour which will take place on September 18, 19 and 20, 2009.  They are Carolyn’s Riverside Studio, Our Friends Photography, and Whispers from the Woods Studio.

Carolyn Cushing is a long time resident of this area, well known for painting the competition grade decoys her husband Jim carved for over two decades.  Now she is painting on canvas and panels not only wild fowl, but also landscapes inspired by the gorgeous view from Carolyn’s Riverview Studio, on the banks of the White River in Sylamore.

Portrait and outdoor photographer Huey Peters is a relatively recent transplant to Mountain View, but he spent decades in the California Sierras honing his artistic vision of the American West, from ghost towns to Route 66.  Our Friends Photography, on the west end of Mountain View, is a complete professional and art photography studio.

Also fairly new to Mountain View, but with a long history in art, Marc and Paulette Palmer are energetically exploring the aesthetic universe at Whispers from the Woods Studio, located  just north of Mountain View in the Hell Creek neighborhood.   Marc crafts detailed and luminous watercolors, some illustrating his own poems, and also makes fine linoleum block prints.  Paulette works in colorful mixed media, both in two-dimensional canvases and in full figure sculptures, the latter often worked primarily in Japanese paperclay, a fine grade modeling papier-mache.

In addition to these new studios, wood turner Leon Creasey will be returning to the tour this year, working in his studio located in Cool Water Retreat on the White River.

Artists returning from the 2008 studio tour are Doris Fountain, primitive folk art;  Linda Caperton, candles, Gwen Furey, stained glass and photography; Sue Coon, painting; Ed and Pam Alexander, photography and garden art; Owen Rein, traditional American woodworking; Phillip Walrod, photography; Loretta Babak, painting; Joy Harp, painting and rug hooking; Wright Pillow, Wood Turning; Leon Jennings, white oak baskets; Pat Thompson and Scott Riedy, blacksmiths; David and Becki Dahlstedt, pottery; Russ and Beverly Wilhite, painting; Ann Snyder, painting; Steve and Arlone Folkers, wood and fiber; Chere Taylor, paper, wire and polymer clay; Dona Sawyer, stained glass and jewelry; Joe Bruhin, wood-fired pottery; Tom and Sage Holland, flameworked glass beads; and Shawn Hoefer and Jeanette Larson, fiber art.  Artists JP Rosenquist and Ray Warren, Silversmith and Ironwork, will be taking a sabbatical this year but will return for the 2010 tour.

This will make a total of 25 studios to visit on this 8th Annual Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour, September 18 – 20, 2009.  All studios are within 30 miles of the Courthouse Square in Mountain View.  Studios will be open from 9 am to 6 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday.  There will be an artists’ reception on Friday evening, hosted by and held at the Citizens Bank in Mountain View.  The tour and the reception are free.  Tour booklets will be available in September for this free self guided driving tour in the Ozark Mountains. For information and to register online visit our website at