Sep. 22—Nina Howard's studio is anything but traditional. The painter spends her days working in a 50 foot-wide geodesic biodome built in the 1980s with help from musician John Denver's nonprofit, the Windstar Foundation.
Howard is one of more than 40 artists opening their studio doors to visitors as part of the Haywood County Arts Council Studio Tour exhibit. The free, self-guided tour takes place Sept. 25 — 26, from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. each day. Each artist featured on the tour is a member of HCAC.
"It's always a treat for people to come out," Howard said. "They say, 'I didn't know this was in Haywood County.'"
And Howard is not the only artist whose studio is a piece of art in itself, says HCAC executive director Morgan Beryl.
Landscape painter Timothy Charles Jacobs has made his studio in an old church building in Canton. Blacksmith and sculptor Rachel David also has a unique studio space, called Red Metal. The interior is industrial, fitting for her contemporary, hand-forged pieces.
The tour takes visitors to 24 different studio spaces for intimate viewings of Haywood County artists at work. For artists like Howard, the Studio Tour is a great opportunity to display more work than is typically seen in a gallery. She is excited to showcase her large, abstract paintings.
"In a gallery, you don't get to show that breadth and depth of work," Howard said.
The studio tour will feature the gamut of Haywood County's creative community. Visitors can expect to see painters, sculptors, ceramicists, wood workers, jewelry makers and more.
"It's a great way to see Haywood County because the studios are dispersed throughout the area," Beryl said. "You can see the beautiful landscapes that inspire the artists."
Visitors will be able to purchase works of art directly from the artists. All proceeds go directly to the artists. HCAC recommends bringing cash, as not all artists can accept debit or credit cards.
Brochures and maps are available at the Haywood County Arts Council, 86 N. Main St., Waynesville. For more information, visit haywoodarts.org/studio-tour.