The 20th annual Southeastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour celebrates local artistic talent while raising money and awareness for art-education programs to benefit the Indian River School District
In 1995, a coterie of seven professional artists from the southeastern coastal area of Sussex County banded together in order to raise public awareness about the quality of art that was being produced in the region. The response has been so successful, November 28 & 29 will see the 20th annual installment of the Southeastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour.
Twelve of this year’s participants are either SEDAST original artists or were juried in by them. What they all have in common is that they are working professional artists based in the southeast quadrant of Sussex County, from Indian River Inlet Bridge to Route 54, and west from Route 113 in Dagsboro to the ocean. Only SEDAST’s guest artist — the 13th participant — is from outside that territory, but her work will be displayed at a studio within its borders.
In 2000, the group decided that each participating artist would donate a work to be raffled off, with all proceeds earmarked for art-education programs in the Indian River School District, and this year continues that tradition. To date, the “Art in the Hat” raffle has donated over $48,000 to these programs. The goal this year is to exceed the $50K mark. The raffle drawing will be held on Saturday the 29th. Tickets are $4.99 each, but $20 gets you five of them.
The annual SEDAST tour has been a hit from the beginning, with more than 400 people having attended its inaugural outing. This year should be especially intriguing, however, given the diversity of artists and artisans taking part. The free, self-guided tour will include both traditional and abstract art, in a bevy of media that ranges from acrylic, oil, watercolor and pastels to blown glass, jewelry, wood-turned vessels and stained glass. Refreshments of various kinds will be on hand at the artists’ studios, with splashes of holiday décor to embellish the sense of festivity.
For more, visit ArtStudioTour.com.
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