Art lovers literally will have a field day this weekend when studio workshops will open their doors for the annual Carroll County Crafts Guild Studio Tour.
More than a dozen crafters will display their wares and demonstrate their skills at five area studios 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The best place to start the tour is Uniontown Academy, where mapsand brochures will be available with details of the artists and their crafts.
"Carroll Community Television has done profiles of several of the artists for viewing by anyone who can't make all the stops," said Terry Whye, guild public relations chairperson. "The academy also will have samples of all the artists' work for viewing and purchase."
At the studios, visitors can see the centers of creativity and tools used by the artists. Each artisan will be available at the studios for a demonstration of his/her craft and discussion of the art and their lifestyle as an artist.
"The purpose of the tour is public education," Whye said. "The public can see a real workshop where the artist works in their own neighborhood -- it's a behind-the-sceneslook at the creative process."
Students who are interested in an artistic career can learn what it takes to set up a complete workshopand what the artists' lifestyle is like, Whye added.
The tour features the following stops and artists:
* Uniontown Academy, 3347 Uniontown Road. See Linda Van Hart's Toll House Studio where she carefully crafts gold and sterling silver jewelry.
Also watch Richard Anderson of Dark Hollow Crafts perform magic with wood, as he fashionstoys and puzzles for the young at heart of all ages.
* Spring Valley Glass and Crafts, 2212 Reifsnider Road, Keymar, is the home of Joyce Schaum, who weaves baskets using color and hand-carved handles with a contemporary flair, as well as making leaded and copperfoil stained glass.
With her will be Karen E. Shaw of Blue Moon Shropshires, designing Shrop-Top Duvets (comforters) filled with hand-carded fleece.
* Orchard Studio, 2949 Uniontown Road. Georgia Groomes fashions colorful scarves, shawls, handbags and cocoons that can be worn with jeans or as evening wear with a contemporary flair. She also will exhibit a line of table accessories.
Shirley Ecker Lippy will display her cotton, flax and abacca paper products -- notepaper, lampshades, jewelry, framed pieces and suncatchers.
Cat Tracks Studio owner Carolyn Seabolt will display her batik silk scarves, cat sculpturesand framed batiks, along with other cat-inspired items.
* Shiloh Pottery, 1027 Brodbeck Road, Hampstead, will feature owner Ken Hankins and Kathy Drzewianowski of Chestnut Hill Crafts, creating functional 19th century reproduction salt-glazed stoneware in clay.
* TerryWhye Clayworks, 941 Wesley Road, Finksburg, includes Whye's handmadefunctional pottery, along with Ann von Gunten's Shibori Dyeworks fiber pieces and Joanne Bast's fiber and beads embroidery on jewelry.
Whye said the group hopes for at least 1,400 visitors, the same as last year's tour.
Founded in 1984, the Carroll County Crafts Guild consists of artists and craftspeople who provide community education and cultural enrichment opportunities while offering mutual support to local artisans.
Meetings are the fourth Monday of each month at the Carroll County Arts Council or a member's studio.
Information:756-4225, 848-7272, 876-8550 or 374-9661.