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December 8, 2019
Time: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Danville Museum of Fine Art and History Presents: The Swanson Open Studio  


Look no further

One of a kind, paintings, prints and ceramics: Demonstrations and Studio conversations

Free and Open to the Public


 (DMFAH also has an audio tour for those who would like to tour the Danville Museum)


Date: Sunday December 8, 2019

Time: 12 noon - 5pm

Where: Danville Museum Annex: Swanson Studio

Ticket Price: Free Public event



The “Deep Enders” and friends invite you to a day of art perusing and art collecting at the Danville Museum of Fine Art and History’s Annex: The Swanson Studio. This open studio event offers visitors, for a limited time, the opportunity to see the space of the working artist and to talk to the artists about their work and their professional practices. Within the duration of the open studio many of the artists taking part allow the public to access their private workspaces and portfolio flat- files. The Swanson Open Studio offers an unusual insight into the places and the ways in which artists work.


Participating Artists: Linda Gourley, Sandy Bash, Elsabé Dixon, Sam Kushner, Hollis Stauber, Jonothan Scollo, Harper Scollo.


Artist Demonstrations include:

  • Ceramic Wheel Demonstrations by Elsabé Dixon and Jonathan Scollo
  • Printmaking techniques of Collograph processes, Silk screening, and woodblock as well as monoprint processes. Ideas for making your own holiday cards will be shared by Linda Gourley.
  • Acrylic Paint demonstrations by Sam Kushner
  • Watercolor demonstrations by Elsabé Dixon, Hollis Stauber, Sam Kushner, and Sandy Bash.
  • Oil Painting demonstration by Hollis Stauber.



Join us for this glimpse into the Swanson Studio Artists’ practices, and be privy to art demonstrations that could inspire you. This would also be an opportunity to negotiate an opportunity for collecting art or obtaining a unique gift.


The History behind the Artist Open Studio

Ian Wallace writes in an article for Artspace, on June 11, 2014:

As the site where paintings are slathered and sculptures are wrought, the artist's studio is a locus of widespread fascination. It's also a very complicated place. As artists have evolved over the 20th century to embrace installation art, performance, relational aesthetics, and other site-specific approaches that necessarily occur outside of the studio—ushering in what has been called a "post-studio condition"—this onetime site of solitary creativity and material exploration has become a meeting place, where a visit with a curator or critic can turn into a professional negotiation, planning, and development. At the same time, art enthusiasts have an obsessive fascination with the mythology of the artist's studio, which is documented online and in programs like PBS's Art21 series with a relish that falls somewhere in between the reverent preservationism of a nature documentary and the romantic escapism of a spread in Vogue