This year marks the event's 18th season

Studio Crawl 2015. Photo by Michael RT Photography.

NOTE: This blog post was previously published in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead on Monday, Sept. 26.

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 Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists 18th annual Studio Crawl from noon to 6 p.m. on October 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.

 

“People get to go into not only art studios around the area, but in their neighborhood, too,” said 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.”

 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, 33 artists will open their studios 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 on 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 weekend 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 said. 

 Bachmeier (studio No. 5 on the crawl route) recently expanded his studio and is excited to show visitors the new addition, do some demonstrations, plus 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 said of the crawl. 

 Photographer and Gallery 4 artist Scott Seiler (studio No. 27 on the crawl route) has been involved in Studio Crawl for several years now 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 said. “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.”

 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 said.

 Seiler, who is heavily involved as an artist at Gallery 4, said the Roberts Street fixture in downtown Fargo will be open both days of the crawl and displaying a range of framed originals, jewelry, photography, metal artworks, pottery, encaustic, greeting cards, magnets, smaller sized prints, 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 said. “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.” 

 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 theatre.”

Take a pre-tour tour at Plains Art Museum

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 December 11.

 

Artists 

Barbara Benda – Mourning Dove Studio

Watercolor, acrylic, mixed media collage

Brenda Luthi

Mixed media, photography

Britt Dalice – Dalice Art

Oil painting

Shelli Feske – Earth, Chrome, & Wire

Jewelry and leatherwork

Brad Bachmeier – Bachmeier 

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, In.c 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

NDSU Graphic Design and Illustration

PEARS – Printmaking Education and Research Studio, NDSU

NDSU Art Education

Underbrush Gallery

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