Artists open up shops

Published 12:06 am Friday, November 28, 2008

NATCHEZ — Community members will get a sneak peak into local artists’ dens of inspiration Saturday.

From noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, the public is welcomed to visit artists’ downtown studios during the third annual Artist Studio Tour.

Natchez Downtown Development Director Carrie Lambert said when it first started, it was a large event.

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“Last year it grew into a total of 29 locations,” she said.

This year there are only eight locations.

“What happened is everyone loved seeing the artists and their work and they wanted an opportunity to look at it more than once a year,” Lambert said.

So in the development of First Friday Weekends, Lambert established a Friday night art walk where people could do just that.

“Now that we have that, we wanted to divorce that from the Artist Studio Tour so (it) would strictly be studios on tour,” she said.

The eight locations are Natchez Clay, 101 Clifton Ave.; the Priest House, 205 S. Canal St.; Conner Burns Studio, 209 Franklin St.; Margaret Martin Performing Arts Center, 64 Homochitto St.; Pat Nerren’s studio, 115 Traceside Drive; Catina Bernard’s studio, 720 Franklin St.; Adam Gwin Fine Furniture, 114 High St.; and High Cotton Catering, 312 Main St.

The event is free and open to the public many of the locations will be serving refreshments.

Lambert said there is no order in which participants have to visit the locations.