SEDAST to celebrate a quarter-century of studio tours this November

On Nov. 29 and 30, the artists of the SouthEastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour (SEDAST) will open their studios to celebrate the tour’s 25th anniversary by featuring some of the finest art in the area.

The tour started as a “grassroots” effort by local artists to raise awareness of the quality of art being created in the area. This year, four of the original artists — Jennifer Carter, Laura Hickman, Ellen Rice and Sabie Carey — will join with nine other artists for the tour. Also, this year introduces Mary Yeagley Bower to the tour for the first time. Bower creates hand-sculpted ceramic decorative tiles.

The tour is a self-guided tour that can be done at the tourgoer’s own pace.

“It is an amazing journey of fine art in blown glass, pottery, ceramic tiles, stained fused glass, photography, jewelry and paintings in acrylic, watercolor, oil, pastel and mixed-medium,” organizers said. “You will see the artists in their studios where their art is created and have the opportunity to watch live demonstrations and talk to the artists. The tour is a great opportunity to obtain unique holiday gifts for yourself and others without the stress of the crowds and traffic of the big box stores.”

The tour also provides a way to give back to the community, through the “Art in the Hat” raffle. Each artist has donated a piece of art that will be raffled off at the end of the tour. In addition, Tom Frey, who many will remember as an artist on the tour in previous years, has donated a raffle item even though he has retired from the tour. And 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to art programs in the local schools. Since its inception in 2000, $63,000 has been raised and donated.

Those wishing to take the tour may pick up a brochure with a map from any of the tour’s sponsors: Good Earth Market & Restaurant, Gallery One, Indigo Opal Salon and Jayne’s Reliable, Ocean Vayu Yoga and the Ellen Rice Gallery, as well as many local retailers. Or get brochure information online at artstudiotour.com.