FOUR AREA ARTISTS IN 2018 MCOST EVENT – MARTIN COUNTY OPEN STUDIO TOUR
Four diverse Stuart artists, Alex Murray, Laura Kay Darvill, Julia Kelly and Mimi McCallum will be participating in the second annual Martin County Open Studio Tour (MCOST) January 20 & 21, 2018. There will be forty-four artists showing their work and studios during the weekend event which runs from 10 am to 5 pm both days.
Alex Murray creates beautiful functional pottery with simple, clean designs that would fit into any décor. Originally from Finland, Alex enjoys showing her work and talking to people about it. She likes it when people pick up her pieces to admire them. She has worked in the area for many years and has participated in numerous local shows and charitable events.
Jewelry artist Laura Kay Darvill will be showing a wide array of beautifully designed pieces. Specializing in wire wrapping, she works primarily in silver and enjoys experimenting with fused glass, gem stones, precious metal clay, coral, sea glass and beading. She will also work with the customer to design pieces for their individual specifications and needs.
Oil and watercolor painter Julia Kelly has been painting and exhibiting for over forty years. A fourth generation artist, she likes to paint directly from nature and uses those paintings as inspiration for large format paintings done in her studio. She has a passion for nature and color and has included her lively work in the children’s books that she has written and illustrated.
Well known in the region for her colorful oil paintings, Mimi McCallum likes to capture moments in time that touch our hearts. She taught in public schools for thirty years and now enjoys focusing on her art. She thoroughly enjoys the process and specializes in figurative work. She enjoys sharing her work with the public and is happy to accept commissions.
The first studio tour in 2017 was well attended and highly successful for all involved. The tour has increased the number of participating artists and is sure to be an enjoyable weekend for all who attend. The event is free to the public and information booklets will be available before the event at numerous locations as well as at each studio on the tour. The tour provides a wonderful opportunity to support and encourage regional artists by coming on the tour and by purchasing some of their original art. More information available @ MCOST.org