Eight artists will open their homes and studios for the West Valley Arts Council’s 2011 West Valley Home Art & Studio Tour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
A limited number of tickets are available for purchase. Ticket prices are $25 each for the self-guided tour that takes patrons through homes and studios in Surprise, Sun City and Peoria.
Participating artists in the 2011 tour include: painters Josh Giblin and Jason Robichau, Betty Shults and Judith Visker; glass artist PJ Killmon; clay artists Dot Reeve and Ronda Miller; and mixed-media artist Dublene C. Hayes.
“The event is a wonderful way to bring together our local artists, neighbors and community members,” said Julie Richard, president and CEO of the West Valley Arts Council. “The West Valley is home to established and emerging artists and this tour is a great way to expose these creative talents. Each home is an incredible display of a lifetime of creating and collecting.”
In addition to viewing collections of art, patrons will enjoy artist demonstrations, lively conversation and will be able to purchase artwork directly from the artists.
Select restaurants and catering companies will be stationed at each home, offering attendees free food tastings. Participating establishments include Birt’s Bistro, Hayashi Hibachi, Thai Orchid Garden, JJ Bella Catering, WOW Café, Fratello’s Catering, Cakes by Tito and Shanghai Grill.
“Rarely is one ever able to see the inner workings of an artist’s studio, and this tour allows a person to do just that. You can watch the artist at work and view their surroundings and inspirations. When you can trace the origin of a favorite bowl, pot, sculpture or painting, it makes the piece even more special,” Richard said.
This is the fifth tour presented by the West Valley Arts Council. Each year, the council rotates the tour between the Northwest Valley and the Southwest Valley.
Printed maps are available through the West Valley Arts Council or downloadable from westvalleyarts.org. Using the map, and watching for tour signs, visitors are able to guide themselves.
For information or to purchase tickets, call the West Valley Arts Council at 623-935-6384 or visit westvalleyarts.org. Tickets may also be purchased at each home the day of the event as well as the West Valley Arts Council office at 13243 N. Founders Park Blvd. in Surprise.