Artists Open Studios For Studio Ramble Spring Art Tour

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RED WING, MN (March 2014) — Artists in the Red Wing area invite the public to visit their studios during the Studio Ramble Spring Studio Tour and Art Sale, Saturday April 26, 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday April 27, 10 am – 5 pm. Visitors can explore the works of over 15+ artists among 10 sites.This annual event offers a unique opportunity to tour the studios, meet the artists and see and purchase art work in a variety of media including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, textiles, jewelry, computer imagingandGiclee prints. One of the sites will also have live music during the weekend. The studio setting allows for a behind-the-scenes look at the artists and their work. Many visitors enjoy one-on-one conversations with the artists and learn about the inspiration behind the pieces.Visitors from the surrounding area, including Rochester,Northfield, Minneapolis, St. Paul and River Falls, come to the Studio Ramble to find distinctive artwork for their homes and offices. New artists join the Studio Ramble’s veteran artists to create a new experience each year. Artists’ techniques and subjects change over time so it’s worthwhile to take another tour.“Red Wing has a very active artist community,” explained Dan Wiemer, a participating painter. “Check out the talent as well as the natural beauty of this area.”

The Mississippi River valley area in Minnesota and Wisconsin is home to hundreds of artists. Some of the finest artists in the Midwest live and work from just south of the Twin Cities to beautiful Lake Pepin.

Visit for a map, artist bios and event information. Brochures are available at the Red Wing Arts Association, 418 Levee Street, Red Wing, MN, and local shops.

About Studio Ramble

Based in the Red Wing, MN area, Studio Ramble is an annual tour of artist studios. The tour takes place during the last weekend in April. Artists showcase their work and offer items for purchase. The Studio Ramble is a collaborative effort among local artists. Sites are located in Red Wing and Lake City, MN and Hagar City, WI. Visit for more information.

About The Studio Ramble Artists – 2014

Chap Achen 

Chap is best known for his black and white photography, his work reflects his Midwestern surroundings. He exhibits and has won numerous awards for his work in local area art shows. You can observe his workflow at his studio, from film or digital capture to screen and print. Visit him on online at:

Mike Arturi – Universal Music Center

Mike Arturi is a national touring and recording musician whose professional career exceeds forty five years. He is currently drummer for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee band, the Lovin’ Spoonful. Most recently Mike created and founded the Universal Music Center, a non-profit music school located in Red Wing, MN for which he is the Executive Director. The Universal Music Center offers private one on one music lessons, a monthly workshop and a live performance experience all presented in a positive and supportive environment.

Mette Biering Christiansen

Mette is a native Norwegian who now lives in Red Wing. She is a textile fiber artist, natural dyer and she leaves impressions on cloth, textiles, canvas, papers and metal. Mette has written and published books on textile fibers and numerous articles in trade and commercial publications on a variety of subjects. She has also been a guest lecturer at universities, seminars and workshops in Europe and the US in the last 25 years. You can see examples of her work at

Conrad Christiansen

Conrad enjoys watercolor painting. He gets his inspiration mostly from nature and likes being outdoors hiking, cross country skiing, canoeing and camping. Conrad also likes exploring creativity and has shared that passion with others as an art teacher.

Doris Gardas

Her love of Nature and the surroundings of her native Wisconsin are the primary inspirations for her work. Drawing at an early age has developed into a life of art whether it involves capturing her grandchildren on canvas or painting the natural world.

Tom Gavitt

His self-taught watercolor painting technique began during a European trip in 1982.  Tom works in two distinctly different styles relying on sensitive interpretation of realistically rendered subjects in his Eastern painting series and boldly colored, high-key, light filled and loosely rendered interpretations of Native American villages and landscapes in his Southwestern series of paintings.  In juxtaposition, the two styles are startlingly different and Tom frequently does shows in which both styles are fully represented. Tom has produced nearly 5,000 watercolor paintings which are represented in private collections all over the world. Tom calls Red Wing home now, but he has also lived in New York, New Mexico, Maine and Arizona over his lifetime.

David Husom

His color photographs document small town Minnesota and Wisconsin, particularly the Mississippi River valley. His large format color photographs have been exhibited widely across the US including the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles in October 2006. Visit: Husom & Rose Photographics also does Giclee printing for artists and museums including many of the artists in this tour. See:

Art Kenyon

Art is a long time resident of Red Wing who believes in the valuable relationship between drawing, painting, and printmaking. He constantly explores new techniques, styles and compositions to mix detailed realism with abstract forms. His studio displays oil paintings, watercolors, sepia-tone coffee paintings, detailed graphite portrait drawings, and printmaking images from hand-drawn lithographs, Intaglio copper plate etchings, and original hand-rubbed woodcut prints. Visit for more information.

Don Marco

Don was born in Northern Minnesota in the late 1920’s. Before retiring from his career in Air Traffic Control, Don started developing a technique to create fine art using Crayola Crayons. Shortly after retiring he published his first print. His work has received national attention as well as commissions from Burt Reynolds and a one-man show at Reynolds’ dinner theatre in Florida. Visit for more information.

Dave Matheny & Jean Sherlock

This husband and wife work in a wide range of media – pastel, oil, watercolor, pen-and-ink, pencil – with an even wider range of subjects: Landscape, fantasy, portrait, still-life, nautical, wildlife, aviation, and much more.

Dave Matheny

He is an illustrator whose work currently appears in a national magazine, Sport Aviation. He was an illustrator with the Minneapolis Star Tribune for over 30 years.

Jean Sherlock

She has been painting in oils since childhood. Her originals and prints are in collections around the world, and she is a much-sought-after teacher of drawing and painting.

Amy Palmer

Amy Palmer has created jewelry for over 20 years. Matt Palmer has worked in a variety of mediums throughout his life and began collaborating with his wife Amy about three years ago. The creation of unique and fanciful jewelry is the result of their compulsion for salvaging old objects and materials and their shared passion for design and sculpture. Their jewelry evolves with the objects they find so no two pieces are alike.

Ann-Marie Rose

Her work is created on computers using her own photographs and scanned objects. She uses digital imaging because it offers a more intimate and complex relationship with her images. She exhibits her work in museums and galleries both locally and internationally. Visit:

Peg Simonson

Peggy’s love of color is apparent as you enter her studio tucked behind the historic Anderson Center. Her painting mediums include: soft pastels, watercolor, where she often incorporates textured papers and ink, and a unique method of painting dyes on silk fabric which are then mounted on canvas. She also hand dyes and paints sumptuous silk scarves using a wide variety of techniques.

Aki Tsuchiya

Akitomo Tsuchiya moved to Red Wing from Nagano, Japan four years ago.  He is a painter working in oil, watercolor, pastel, charcoal, pencil and red chalk.  Akitomo paints still life, landscapes, portraits and imaginative works of art.  His style is basically representational.  Most of his work is commissioned paintings.

Dan Wiemer

Bold, direct watercolor with strong design best describe Dan’s work. For twenty five years Dan has balanced a career of commercial illustration and fine art. His regional workshops are in demand and his paintings can be found in homes and businesses throughout the country. Dan has a passion for the landscape and draws much of his inspiration from vista views around the Red Wing area. Original art as well as prints and cards will be available. Visit for more information.

RWAA at the Depot

418 Levee Street, Red Wing, MN

The Red Wing Arts Association is the oldest arts association in Red Wing, originating in 1952 as an interactive arts educational program. It is committed to a focus on the strong support of, and being a catalyst for, an expanding and dynamic arts community in Red Wing and the surrounding area. The RWAA proudly serves the community through artistic leadership, interactive education, and innovation programming. They are a volunteer, non-profit organization that supports emerging, established, and enduring artists. Visit


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