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One hundred and twenty five local artists will open their studio doors for this year's event, which runs Saturday, Sunday and Oct. "You really don't have the opportunity to go into a studio and ask people how they make their art, to look at a piece and ask, 'What were you thinking? What was going on?'"Patrons purchase a copy of the Open Studios guidebook, a two year calendar featuring the artwork of participating artists and a map to their studios. (Bicycling to the studios is encouraged, and Full Cycle is providing Open Studios bike tours.)"I think it's equivalent to going to a live performance," says Kathleen Sears, a member of Open Studios' board of directors and interim executive director. "When you meet the artist live and in person, you have a special connection to that piece Guess Handbags Outlet Stores

Studios offers a unique opportunity that you don't get in a lot of other places."It's not just the patrons that benefit from the interaction."People are exposed to your art and they remember you. "It supports artists, and it provides the public with a way to actually meet these people."I get a lot Prada Sunglasses Oversized of feedback. I get to meet people. I get to sell my art," he adds. "It's good economically and it's good socially, I would say."It's even good for charity. All the proceeds of guidebook Rolex Submariner Black

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of artwork or that technique."Last year, Open Studios attendance dropped significantly for the first time in its history, with attendance down an estimated 13 percent. A financially uncertain future could result in fewer sales or possibly an increase. At the Open Studios in 2001, less than a month after 9/11, Rudy says there was a spike in sales."Sometimes what happens, when the country seems to be in a bad place, people buy art," she says. "They need something beautiful. . We would like people to believe that this is something they can do to get away from their troubles."It's been a year of change for Open Studios. Gary Zeff, the tour's founder and executive director for 13 years, retired in April to focus on his family and artwork. "Because it's expensive to do the creative arts, it's the first thing that gets cut."Open Studios is hoping to pick up the slack by offering a series of children's and adult education programs at Clementine, including free classes for kids from a nearby low income housing project."The mission of Open Studios is education," Rudy says. "I think Open Guess Handbags Black

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sales go to Open Studios and help fund the nonprofit's education programs. One of the participating artists, Elaine Nixon, is donating 20 percent of all her sales to Susan G. She will also have a loom set up for kids during Open Studios. Last year she had roughly 20 kids weaving a piece in her studio. Many of the artists participating in Open Studios will have arts and crafts activities for kids."It's always interesting just to go in and listen to the kids," Rudy says."The kids don't want to leave those studios. It's a great family thing."Joan Wolfer, a fiber artist specializing in surface work on canvas, agrees."You meet a lot of different people," she says. "I have just enjoyed the whole thing overall."Open Studios artists are also on display at the Boulder Public Library. A piece from each artist will be exhibited through Oct. 12. "You hang it and you go away. This is an amazing opportunity for them to get feedback on their work and have people respond to it."Wolfer agrees."I look forward to the people coming in," she says. "It's always fun to have people say that they like my things. Judd Apatow knows 'Funny People'.

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