Rock River Valley Studio Tour

Saturday, May. 18, 2019 10:00 am until Saturday, May. 18, 2019 4:00 pm
Categories: Art Exhibits
Rock River Valley Studio Tour

Sponsored by

Rock River Valley Painters Guild

Painters, Ceramicists, Potters, Photographers. Fiber, Gourd, and Glass Artists will open their studios
or greet you at Local Galleries. 

Workshops & Demonstrations

Saturday, May 18th 10-4 and
Sunday, May 19th noon-4.

Free Admission. Maps will be available online.

Our 2018 Studio Tour was such a success, the artists voted to make it an annual event and extend it to cover 2 days. Make a weekend of it and check out our quaint local B&B's, hotels, and cabins in the woods!

Artists and Galleries planning to participate in 2019 include:
Sally Jane Cooper, Dana Russell-Brown, Betty Predmore, Bob Logsdon, Karen Hamilton, Jan Harvey, Valerie Butcher, Tonya Hardy, Beverly Garcia, Becky Hundrieser, Cathy Marie Staker, Dan Letourneau, Barb Lundeen, Joanne Farrey Mailhoit, Ellen Ebert, Lucinda Winterfield;

Byron Museum of History - Byron,
The Next Picture Show - Dixon (showing the 2019Illinois Watercolor Society National Exhibit),
The Corner Gallery - Sterling,
Woodlawn Arts Academy - Sterling (exhibiting the Rock River Valley Painters Guild Members' Summer Show).

The Studio Tour Weekend will
KICKOFF with a reception and opening of 
the RRVPG Members' Summer Show at
Woodlawn Arts Academy, Sterling, 
on Friday evening, May 17th, 5-6: 30 pm.

The Rock River Painter's Guild first Studio and Gallery Tour last year was such a resounding success, the artists voted to expand it to two days for 2019. “New and Improved” this year, there will be no tickets to buy, no admission fees, and Tour Maps will be free to download from our website, maps will be available in May 2019. The 2018 event featured 17 artists, 13 opening their private studios and four displaying and giving demonstrations at some of the six participating galleries. Just a few of the artists already signed up for the 2019 tour include:

*Dan Letourneau of Dixon who will open his farmhouse studio where he paints landscapes and floral paintings in oil. His ever-changing gardens give constant inspiration. 

*Jan Harvey’s home studio in Dixon will be open to view her “country-flavored” watercolors and oil paintings. Jan paints en plein air weekly and has many beautiful landscapes. She also creates charming still life paintings of antiques, quilts, and fruit and is a prolific source for her collectors. 

*Cathy Marie Staker will greet you at The Corner Gallery in Sterling and show her colorful acrylic paintings.
*Valerie Butcher will also be at The Corner Gallery, Val is a glass artist and creates many beautiful and varied collectibles, be sure to stop by to see a demonstration and participate in a workshop. You will also be able to sign up for her glass art classes.

*Dana Russell-Brown is a ceramicist and will open her home studio in Oregon. 

*Sally Jane Cooper will give pottery making demonstrations in her huge studio near Grand Detour that is full of her brightly colored works.

*Barb Lundeen will show her tiles and abstract alcohol ink paintings and collages. If you have not yet been introduced to alcohol ink, you will be pleasantly surprised at the vibrant colors, resembling stained glass.

*Joanne Farrey Mailhoit will open her home to demonstrate alcohol ink painting on tiles and one of a kind jewelry. Joanne often holds jewelry making workshops where you can design your own.

*Lucinda Winterfield will open her home studio in Lost Lake to display her plein air works, landscapes, and paintings of wildlife in acrylic, watercolor, and oil. 

Galleries on the Tour will include The Byron Museum of History, The Old Sandstone Gallery in Mount Morris, Eagle’s Nest Art Gallery in Oregon’s Conover Square, The Next Picture Show in Dixon where the Illinois Watercolor Society’s Show will be on display; The Corner Gallery and Woodlawn Art Academy in Sterling. 

 Rock River Valley Painters Guild in a not-for-profit sponsoring this event. We encourage and promote art appreciation and education locally with art shows, workshops, an annual Plein Air contest, and our annual Studio Tour. For more information or to open your studio for the tour simply email or visit our website via the links above. Like and follow our Facebook Page:


Rock River Valley Studio Tour Returns May 18-19 FREE

All Studios Great and Small – Artists’ studios range from a spare closet to the size of a barn. Come meet the artists and see the workspaces they have designed for themselves. From Byron to Sterling, 17 artists will greet you and discuss their art. Some will give demos, workshops, and prize drawings. Six Galleries will also be open with special art exhibits. Included this year are: Photography by Bob Logsdon and Karen Hamilton at BYRON MUSEUM OF HISTORY; Alcohol Ink art, tiles and jewelry by Joanne Farrey at her Oregon home studio; Ceramicist Dana Russell-Brown’s studio, Saturday; the historic Eagle’s Nest Art Colony permanent exhibit at OREGON PUBLIC LIBRARY; Comic Book/Graphic Novel Art exhibit “Graphically Speaking: the Power of Visual Storytelling” at THE OLD SANDSTONE GALLERY in Mt. Morris; Oil paintings by Ellen Ebert at her Polo home studio; Oil paintings by Bev Garcia at her Grand Detour studio; Oil paintings by Becky Hundrieser at her home studio; Pottery and demos by Sally Jane Cooper and Tonya Hardy at Sally’s CHARA POTTERY STUDIO; Acrylic landscape, wildlife, and plein air paintings at Lucinda Winterfield’s Lost Lake studio; Art & Antiques at Dan Letourneau’s Dixon home studio; “The Great Outdoors” themed show on the first floor of KSB’s Clinic at Commerce Towers; the Illinois Watercolor Society National Show at THE NEXT PICTURE SHOW in Dixon Saturday; Artist and muralist Annie Hermes will open her new downtown Dixon ANOIS STUDIO; Watercolor florals and landscapes by Betty Predmore at her Dixon home studio; Country-flavored watercolors and oil paintings by Jan Harvey at her home studio; Alcohol Ink demos, abstracts, and collages by Barb Lundeen, and the Rock River Valley Painters Guild Members’ Show at WOODLAWN ARTS ACADEMY in Sterling on Saturday; Glass art, demos and workshop by Valerie Butcher, and Acrylic paintings by Cathy Marie Staker at THE CORNER GALLERY in Sterling.

This FREE tour is sponsored by Rock River Valley Painters Guild, a non-profit promoting art and art education locally. HOURS: Saturday, May 18 10-4; Sunday, May 19 Noon-4. MAPS will be available in May to download FREE at

Call Barb Lundeen 815-652-2031 or Cindy Winterfield 815-652-3508 for more information.

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