Arts & Entertainment

Open Studio Tour returns Dec. 6-7

The Open Studio Tour takes place Dec. 6-7 at various private art studios in Kennewick, Richland, West Richland and Benton City.

The annual tour has become a staple during the holidays, providing art lovers with a rare glimpse inside the private studios of some of the Tri-Cities' most talented artists.

The tour features some of the same artists of years past along with some new faces. Nearly every aspect of art culture is represented.

The tour is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission is free.

Featured artists this year are Linda Andrews, Susan Kimmel, Dennis Brunson, Deann Kennedy, Carol Romsos, Ted Neth, Ruth Stromswold, Kasia Gorski, Consuelo Soto Murphy, Ron Gerton, Vicki Gerton, Laura Gable, Lisa Hill and Joanne Massingale.

Tri-City artist Chris Walling and a handful of other artists were the inspiration behind the tour, which started five years ago.

"(Walling) wanted the public to become more aware of the varied artistic talent in the community and felt the public would enjoy going into the artist's inner sanctum," Gable said, who also was part of the organizing group. "It's much more about educating the public of the quality of art in our area than it is about (selling the art)."

Here's a list of the address for the studios:

Linda Andrews home studio, fused glass art and jewelry design: 57204 N. Sunset Road, Benton City. Call 588-8446.

Susan Kimmel home studio, collage, paintings, book art: 4252 Laurel Drive, West Richland. Call 967-9170.

Dennis Brunson, painter potter, poet; Deann Kennedy and Carol Romsos, watercolorists: The Anvil Studio/Gallery, 1955 Birch Ave., Richland. Call 946-6735.

Ted Neth home studio, sculptor: 1931 Davison Ave., Richland. Call 946-8655.

Ruth Stromswold and Kasia Gorski, oil painters, Arte Studio: 702 Jadwin Ave., Suite B, Richland. Call 946-8160.

Consuelo Soto Murphy home studio, acrylic painter: 1509 Sanford Ave., Richland. Call 727-7770.

Ron Gerton, Vicki Gerton and Laura Gable, The Art Space studio, sculpture, fiber art, multi-media paintings: 2141 Van Giesen St., Richland. Call 308-0666.

Lisa Hill home studio, watercolorist: 619 Tanglewood Drive, Richland. Call 943-2244.

Joanne Massingale home studio, oil painter: 1013 W. 40th Ave., Kennewick. Call 586-6959.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;