Anna Hergert, Art & Design

Open Studio Event 2012 – An Overwhelming Success

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The title for this blog entry says it all: The Open Studio Event at Buffalo Pound Lake was a big success! Thank you to all the visitors (113 in total) who came from near and far to check out the design student exhibition, Joan Foulston’s latest wildlife art and Parsons-Dietrich Pottery display.

It was well worth the effort of preparing the studio space, clear off shelf space and the mantle in the house for Joan to display her paintings and set up a few tables on the covered deck for a selection of pottery.

A steady stream of visitors came and went from Friday noon till about 5 pm today, Sunday. Interest for the new design session beginning in January 2013 is strong and by Saturday afternoon the class was fully subscribed. A waiting list to fill a second class is nearly at capacity and I am trying to work out a mutually agreeable solution to accommodate everyone’s schedule.

Today most of the design students reunited during the afternoon, gathered on the deck and worked on a simple Shibori sample to dip into the freshly fermented indigo dye vat while visitors to the studio looked on and picked up a few trivia facts about the history of dyeing with indigo.

The refreshments I prepared were welcomed by all. It provided an opportunity for people to gather around the dining room table, simply relax or start up a conversation with new and old acquaintances and discuss what they had seen in the studio and art displays.

Its time to call it a day! But, before I sign off for I want to thank Joan Foulston and Wendy Parsons and my design graduates for their time, dedication and support. I am grateful to all visitors for making their way into the Saskatchewan countryside, their interest and feedback. We could not have done without YOU!

Just in case you missed 2012… Planning for the Open Studio Event 2013 is already under way. Mark your calendars for June 21 – 23, 2013 for another student exhibition and artists on site!




This entry was published on June 24, 2012 at 10:43 pm. It’s filed under Art, Design, Exhibition, Journaling, Special event, Studio / Workshop / Creative Space Challenge and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

10 thoughts on “Open Studio Event 2012 – An Overwhelming Success

  1. Pat Crucil on said:

    I would have loved to see the studio and the work but the cakes look remarkable!!!
    Pat Crucil


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  3. ShirleyMathieson on said:

    Thank you for opening your studio for our class to display our work!! I am so looking forward to you hopefully offering a part 2 “From Inspiration to Design” class.


  4. Evelyn Partridge Dunne on said:

    Sounds like a plan Kathy!


  5. Kathy Strawson on said:

    Anna, it looks like you had a marvelous weekend. This makes me think I ought to put together a “road trip” next spring. Thank you so much for sharing.


    • Kathy – it was humbling to see so many people genuinely interested in the studio, Joan’s art and Wendy’s pottery. Please consider organizing a road trip for next June. The third weekend in June is already marked on my calendar and many of the visitors are planning to come back!


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