November 10, 2015 | Posted in:Announcements, Press

Explore the work of 15 of the Seacoast’s most talented artists during the original Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour. The Tour takes place on the weekend before Thanksgiving, November 20–22.

The artists on this free, self-guided tour continue to open their studios without an admission charge – now for the fifteenth year. Visit home studios to see new work, watch demonstrations and get a jump on your holiday shopping.

New to the Tour this year is furniture maker Thomas Hand. With grace and precision, he works with Chippendale, Queen Anne & Federal Furniture styles, specializing in Portsmouth reproductions. Tom joins glass artist Dyanna Smith in Studio 2 on Peverly Hill Road.

The Tour is a great way to spend a few hours, the day, or the weekend exploring and supporting the work of these local artists who are sharing home studios with the community. Artists reveal their work during the Opening Night celebration with refreshments on Friday, November 20 from 5-8pm. The Tour continues during the day on Saturday, November 21 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, November 22 from 10am-5pm.

Tour map

Signs will be posted at each studio with numbers and balloons to help navigate the driving loop.

Full Studio List:

Studio 1: 911 Greenland Road

Artists: Maureen Mills and Steven Zoldak (handthrown stoneware and porcelain),

Karen Orsillo (porcelain pottery and jewelry), Stacey Durand (paintings and prints), and Neil Troost (fine art photography)

Studio 2: 78 Peverly Hill Road

Artists: Dyanna Smith (glass jewelry, beads and sculpture), Thomas Hand (period and reproduction furniture)

Studio 3: 589 Middle Road

Artist: Emma Ashby (encaustic paintings)

Studio 4: 31 Boss Avenue

Artist: Bruce Iverson (traditional and contemporary Asian brush painting)

Studio 5: 351 Union Street

Artists: Diane Stradling (felted, embellished garments and wall hangings)

Studio 6: 178 Highland Street

Artist: Tess Feltes (wildlife art)

Studio 7: 220 South Street

Artists: Kristina Logan (lampwork, glass beads and jewelry), Reg Logan (ceramic and insect jewelry)

Studio 8: 66 Rock Street

Artists: Peter Happny (blacksmithing), Lisa Grey (textile collage and printmaking)

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