Fort Langley Gas Station by Susan Galick. Galick’s Bedford Landing studio is one of 25 stops on this year’s Langley Art Studio Tour. For a full listing of participants

Langley Art Studio Tour returns

Annual self-guided tour of local artists' studios happens Sept. 20-21, 27-28

From glass blowing to pottery throwing, wood turning to bead making, painting and drawing demonstrations, there will be plenty of activity for visitors at the annual Langley Art Studio Tour to take in over the course of two weekends later this month.

Now in its sixth year, the popular self-guided tour of Langley artists’ studios, includes 25 stops between the Fraser River and the U.S.-Canada boundary, with one or two just across Langley-Surrey border.

As in years past, anyone planning to take the tour is advised to carve out at least a couple of days.

With so many stops spread over such a distance, a single day won’t be sufficient to see everything, organizers say.

Once again, participating artists and the studios where they will set up are listed on the Langley Art Studio Tour website, with a corresponding map, to help visitors plot their preferred routes.

Among the artists participating this year are a number of well known local painters, sculptors and artisans.

They’ll be joined by a number of less familiar names, giving tour regulars a chance to see plenty of fresh new faces and styles.

This year, the Langley Art Studio Tour will focus more on working studios.

Visitors on the tour will be able to see the artists’ working spaces and the various creative processes, as well as talk and interact with the participants.

All studios are indoors so that weather will not be a factor

Working alone or gathered in pairs or small groups, many of the participating artists will once again be offering demonstrations in a range of artistic mediums, including glass blowing sessions at the Loafing Shed, as well as pottery throwing, trimming and shaping at the same studio, by guest artist Laurel Vlieg.

Ed Pretty will offer daily artistic wood turning demonstrations while Stephanie Dieleman will show visitors how she crafts beads.

There will also be a number of studios where visitors can observe the artists drawing and painting.

As it has in previous years, the tour takes place over four days, Sept. 20-21 and Sept. 27-28, with studios open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Printable maps and legends, containing stop locations, artists’ names and mediums and a full schedule of demonstration times and dates, are available here.

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