The heart of an artist sizzles with curiosity, wonder and a kaleidoscope of color.
And there's no better place to see how an artist creates than to visit the studio where all the magic happens.
A gathering of Tri-City artists will open their sacred workstations to the public when the annual Studio Art Tour gets under way Nov. 14-15.
Fourteen artists from around the Mid-Columbia are taking part in this year's tour, where you'll find everything from sculpture to watercolors to pottery and glass art.
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There is no charge to peek inside any of the studios from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
Here's a list of artists and directions to their studios:
◗ Linda Andrews creates fused glass and jewelry in her studio at 57204 N. Sunset Road in Benton City, 588-8446. From the Highway 240 bypass, turn west on Van Giesen Street and go through West Richland. Turn right on Sunset Road and drive 2.3 miles.
◗ Susan Kimmel creates collages, paintings and book art at her studio at 4325 Laurel Drive in West Richland, 967-9170.
From Highway 240, turn west onto Van Giesen to West Richland and take the first left onto 38th Avenue, then right on Ironton Street, left on 45th Avenue, and then left again on Laurel Drive. The studio is the fourth house on the left.
◗ Lisa Hill creates watercolors of flowers and wildlife at her home studio at 619 Tanglewood Drive in Richland, 943-2244. From the bypass highway, turn left on Duportail Street then right on Riverstone Street. Take a left on Banyon Street then right on Tanglewood.
◗ The Anvil Studio, featuring the work of Dennis Brunson, Carol Romsos and Deann Kennedy. Brunson is a painter, potter and poet; Romsos and Kennedy are watercolorists. Their studio is at 1955 Birch Ave., Richland. Phone is 946-6735.
◗ Ron Gerton's sculpture studio is at 2141 Van Giesen St., Richland. Cell phone is 206-817-2893. Take the bypass highway to Van Giesen Street, turn right and go to Westgate Plaza. The studio is in the southeast corner of the plaza.
◗ Consuelo Soto Murphy acrylic paintings studio is at 1509 Sanford Ave., Richland. Phone is 727-7770. Murphy's art focuses on her Hispanic heritage. From the bypass highway, turn right on Van Giesen Street then right on Sanford.
◗ Joanne Massingale creates oil paintings at her studio at 1201 Jadwin Ave., Richland. Phone 586-6959. From the bypass highway, turn right on Van Giesen Street then right on Jadwin and go about three blocks. The studio is in the office complex just past Williams Boulevard.
◗ Ted Neth sculpture studio is at 1931 Davison Ave., Richland. Phone is 946-8655. From the bypass highway, turn right on Van Giesen and then left on George Washington Way. Turn right on McMurray Street then left on Davison Avenue.
◗ Arte, featuring the art of oil painters Ruth Stromswold and Kasia Gorski, is at 702 Jadwin Ave., Suite B, Richland. Phone is 946-8160. From the bypass highway, turn right on Van Giesen then right on George Washington Way and right again on Lee Boulevard. Go through the roundabout and stay right on Jadwin. Make an immediate right into the parking lot. The studio is between the Bookworm store and a physical therapy office.
◗ Chris Walling creates watercolors at 631 Lynnwood Loop, Richland. Phone is 375-4299. From the bypass highway, turn right on Van Giesen, left on George Washington Way then left on Saint Street. Go two blocks to Lynnwood Loop and turn right.
◗ Laura Gable creates multi-media paintings at her studio in downtown Kennewick, 17 N. Auburn St.
◗ Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; email@example.com