April 9-10, 2016Susquehanna River Arts Logo
11 a.m – 5 p.m.

Drive through the spring landscapes of Columbia and Montour counties while visiting the Susquehanna River Arts Artists participating in our 5th Annual Open Studio Tour. During the Artist Studio Tour you will be welcomed into the artist’s workshops to tour their studios, discuss their work and maybe pick up a new piece or two to take home. Bring a friend to share the adventure!


Artist Open Studio Tour Brochure

Download our brochure for a suggested route to travel, driving directions, an over view map of the artists locations, a passport to win free art, and much more! 2016 Studio Tour Brochure

Studio Tour Kickoff Reception 

Saturday, April 2, 2016
Bucknell University, Weis Center for the Performing Arts

Susquehanna River Artists Pre-show – 6:30 pm

Mnozil Brass Band – 7:30 pm

Mnozil Brass has established itself as one of the world’s premier brass ensembles. With more than 130 performances a year, the group has captivated audiences with their blend of immense virtuosity and theatrical wit. Their performances seamlessly blend original compositions with classical favorites, jazz standards, and popular hits.

Post show featuring the Susquehanna River Artists with light refreshment and beverage selections.

FREE exhibit featuring local artwork by the Susquehanna River Arts artists.

Weis Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Dent Drive, Lewisburg PA 17837

Need a place to stay?

Some of our member lodging partners may offer special package deals for those traveling our Open Studio Tour. To view a complete listing of lodging packages, visit our packages page, or click here!

Participating Artist Studio Tour Members:

Sara Mika (Mock Pie Studio) ~Art Quilts & Fiber Art
438 Mill Street, Catawissa, PA 17820
570-855-8828 ~ mockpiestudio.com

Directions: Mock Pie Studio is located along Routes 42 & 487 (Mill St.) right in Catawissa Borough at the intersection with Church Street. Park along the lower portion of Church St. and enter through the front entrance there is handicapped accessibility through rear entrance.

Sara’s art quilts are free-motion machine stitched, hand painted, and hand embellished. They are typically small format designs mounted on canvas, reflecting Sara’s unique perception of her surroundings. Her work is one of a kind art, made with heart.

Donna Shaffer ~ Painting & Sculpture
146 Sunken Heights Avenue, Bloomsburg PA 17815

Directions: From Millville, follow 442 East to 42 South, turn right onto Perry Avenue. Take the 2nd right onto Avon Avenue. Avon Avenue turns left and becomes Sunken Heights Avenue. Look for the red house on the left.

Most of my work is based on nature and what I see around me. I call my style Abstract Naturalism.

Rita M. Millard ~ Watercolor & Fiber Art

Showing at: Office of Representative Millard
1000 Market St. Plaza, Suite 39, Bloomsburg PA
570-441-7439 ~ fabricsgaloreonline.com

Directions: From Bloomsburg, take Market Street south toward the Susquehanna River. 1000 Market Street is located across from W. 10th Street in the Dollar General plaza.

My art is intended to transform the viewer to a place of wanting or a place already visited. Emotions of that experience are left up to the imagination, although subtly, by the artist persuaded.

Larry Ney II ~ Oil Painting
649 Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815
570-594-7191 ~ larryneyart.com

Directions: From Bloomsburg, turn off Route 11 (near Weis Market) onto Locust Street. Turn Right onto Old Berwick Road. Utilize front entrance.

My main focus is painting original abstract impressionistic landscapes and florals, but I also do some sculpture. At my studio I offer private lessons and retail sales.

Annie Barnhardt ~ Oils, Acrylics, Pencils (Graphite& Color) Stick Inks
750 East 3rd Street, Bloomsburg PA 17815
570-854-1352 ~ artistbloom.annie@gmail.com

Directions: From Bloomsburg, take Route 11 North to East Street. Turn Left on East 5th Street. Turn Left on Spruce Street. Right on East 4th Street. Left on Chestnut Street. House on the left on the corner of Chestnut and East 3rd.

I presently teach workshops and studio classes. My work is included in many private collections, and has been published in many professional journals and books. One of my artist’s books is owned by the Newberry Library. For the last several years I have concentrated on painting and drawing, focusing on children’s portraits, architecture, and bird illustration. I am currently accepting commissions. I look forward to talking to you about my work!

Peter Grimord ~ Sculpture, Photography, Drawing
227 English Hill Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815
570-854-4366 ~ petejoan@ptd.com

Directions: Follow Route 487 North from the Lightstreet I-80 Interchange to Lightstreet. Once in Lightstreet, turn left onto Easy Street and continue with a quick right onto Main Street. Then, make an abrupt left onto Back Branch Road and continue for .75 miles.  Turn right onto White’s Church Road for another .75 miles. Make a left onto English Hill Road and look for 227 English Hill Road. 

My lengthy career as an artist includes sculpture, photography, and drawing. My sculpture and photography works are now in private and corporate collections throughout North America and the abiding sense of completion with these endeavors inspired a return to my “first art”, drawing, which is something I did since I was very young and developed into a personal style while studying biology in college.

Joan Gallup Grimord ~ Drawing, Printmaking
227 English Hill Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815
570-854-4366 ~ petejoan@ptd.com

Directions: Follow Route 487 North from the Lightstreet I-80 Interchange to Lightstreet. Once in Lightstreet, turn left onto Easy Street and continue with a quick right onto Main Street. Then, make an abrupt left onto Back Branch Road and continue for .75 miles.  Turn right onto White’s Church Road for another .75 miles. Make a left onto English Hill Road and look for 227 English Hill Road. 

Joan has been making playful and macabre art for a long time now. In her 30+ years art career, Joan has managed to combine whimsy and the macabre using paper combined with printmaking techniques and drawing. Additional materials may include beads, bits of minerals, and various threads.

Gail Fox ~ Oil, Acrylic, Pastel, Pencil & Handcrafted Natural Stone Sterling Silver Jewelry
Showing at: Forever Green and Pickering Winery
1549 Pennsylvania 487, Orangeville, PA 17859
570-387-7784 ~ gailfoxfineart.com

Directions: Follow Route 487 North. One mile after the Route 80 interchange. Look on the left for a sign saying “Forever Green and Lightstreet Engraving”

Gail Fox is primarily self-taught and has taken classes from various artists. Her long time love of horses and equine graphite drawings prompted her to begin sketching in late 2003. Plein air painting in the Pennsylvania countryside is one of her favorite experiences as an artist. Her love for all-things-natural is captured in her art, jewelry and personality.

Abigail Smith Kurecian ~ Ceramics
502 Main Street, Orangeville, PA 17859
570-441-8132 ~ AbigailKurecian@aol.com

Directions: Follow Route 487 North, 5miles from the Lightstreet I-80 Interchange. Once in Orangeville, Rt. 487 becomes Main Street. Look for the Green and Purple porch next to Briar Creek Insurance. Park in their lot.

Color and pattern from my painting and illustration background make my functional stoneware fun and whimsical. They will brighten any day.

Pam Thomas ~ Pastels, Pen & Ink
Showing at: Century 21 Covered Bridges Realty, Inc.
99 Main Street, Benton, PA 17814
570-204-6379 ~ www.clotheslinedesign.vpweb.com

Directions: Travel Route 487 North to Benton – look for the Century 21 Covered Bridges Realty, Inc. sign on the right, just after crossing the bridge.

The “covered bridges artist” has original pastels and giclee prints of area scenes as well as calligraphy, works in progress, and homemade goodies. Please stop by!

Sandra Tranor (BlackBear Pottery & Fine Art) ~ Pottery
210 McHenry Alley, Benton, PA 17814
570-925-2060 ~ blackbearpottery-finearts.com

Directions: Traveling North from Bloomsburg (rt 487/239, Main Street) make a right turn in Benton at the alley North of the Exxon gas station. The studio is on the left on the street behind the gas station (McHenry Alley), a white two story block building trimmed in red.

Owner/operator and pottery instructor of BlackBear Pottery for the past 7 years.

Richard Lilley ~ Oil Paintings
4614 Red Rock Road (Rt. 487) Benton, PA 17814
484-332-3922 ~ Lilleyart52@gmail.com

Directions: Heading north on Route 487, we are the first house on the right after Mill Race Golf Course, just north of Benton.

Making my way through life as an artist has always been an adventure. I find myself enjoying my oil painting in the country, surrounded by flora and fauna at peace with what I am accomplishing. It is a satisfying life in rural Columbia County! Inspiration is everywhere!

Learn More about the Susquehanna River Artists

If you are interested in learning more about the Susquehanna River Artists  participating in the Open Studio Tour, as well as a few more who were unable to join us this year, please visit their web page at www.iTourColumbiaMontour.com/Susquehanna-River-Arts.

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