Open Studios tour lets the curious see how art is created

first_imgBATTLE GROUND — Most days, Ann Cavanaugh spends about six hours in her art studio, tucked away in a wooded part of north Clark County, but opening her workspace to the public on Sunday provided a change of pace.“It’s fun to interact with the people in my space,” the glass artist said. “People appreciate that you’re an artist and you’re creating things.”She was one of 50 artists from across the county to participate in this year’s Clark County Open Studios tour, which lets the public see inside local art studios and see how art is made.A kiln was one of the first things guests saw when entering Cavanaugh’s studio. Her art — including abstracts, landscapes and portraits, all created with glass — were everywhere. On her shelves sat containers filled with different colors of frit — powder- to gravel-sized granules that are melted into glass. Pieces in various stages of creation were on display, so guests could see how she layers the frit before firing it.The retired public educator ran into budding artists she knew, and even told some of them that they could use her studio space some time. She also shared a couple of the techniques she’s stumbled upon: using stencils to apply layers of frit, and taking a heat gun to some of her pieces, creating a crackle look.last_img

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