They generally toil behind closed doors, safely out of view, in tucked away studios near and far. But 23 local artists have been coaxed into the spotlight for one special get-together on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Reversing the idea of an “open studio tour,” the gallery will gather everyone together in one convenient spot for a lively informal event that will include numerous demonstrations and some hands-on participation. Most will be bringing along additional work for display and sale.
    If you’ve ever wondered about the talented artists behind the fine art that graces our gallery walls and pedestals – the painters, the sculptors, the jewelers, weavers and clay shapers – now is your chance to meet the makers, ask questions and discover who they are and how they do what they do so well.
    Participating artists include Jim Carson, Chad Alice Hagen, Carol Beth Icard, Marcy Jackson, Erin Keane, Mary Carol Koester, Lori Loftus, Diane Magie, Paula Poad, Bobbie Polizzi, Barbara Remensnyder, Barry Rhodes, Clare Sahling, Keith Spencer, Christine Stanley, Kate Thayer, Holland Van Gores, David Voorhees, Jane Voorhees, Anita Walling, Kathleen Weir-West and Cynthia Wilson.