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Artists are opening up their studios to the public this holiday weekend for the 25th annual St. Lawrence County Arts Council Artists’ Studio Tour.

The self-guided tour takes visitors to 20 locations across St. Lawrence County.

As many as 1,500 people take the tour every year, according to St. Lawrence County Arts Council Director Hilary M. Oak.

“There is something for every taste,” she said. “There is something to learn, something to be inspired by for everyone.”

Every year a mix of new and returning artists show their work, often presenting hands-on demonstrations.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to meet artists, to learn more about the artistic process, to ask questions and to purchase handcrafted items from local artists,” Ms. Oak said.

The tour leads from Potsdam to Parishville, Canton, Rensselaer Falls, Ogdensburg, Winthrop and Hogansburg. A wide variety of arts and crafts is being displayed, including paintings, jewelry and stoneware.

Sharon H.J. Cheng works primarily with oil painting, showing surreal landscapes and still lifes inspired by Asian culture. She recently finished a solo show at the Pleiades Gallery in New York City.

Ms. Cheng moved to Potsdam from Taiwan 12 years ago, and has participated in the studio tour for the past several years.

“I’d like to see some old faces and also see some new faces,” she said, adding the tour is a great way to bring awareness to north country artists.

“They have been doing a great job to promote arts and promote artists,” she said.

Jahn Greyhawk is opening his Canton studio to the public for the first time.

Mr. Greyhawk moved to the area from South Carolina about five years ago. He always made his living as an artist, focusing on acrylic paintings inspired by Native American works. He also creates authentic replicas of Native American clothing and weapons.

Over the past few years, he has been less active artistically, as he battled cancer and his wife recovered from an accident. With his cancer gone and his wife in much better condition, he decided to get back into his work, using the Internet to sell his work from home.

“I just recently decided to get going with my art again,” he said. This tour is one of the first times he has gotten involved with the north country arts community.

The show began Saturday and runs through Monday. A brochure giving information and driving directions to each of the 20 locations can be found at the St. Lawrence County Arts Council in Potsdam, at libraries throughout the north country or online at http://slcartscouncil.org.

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