“We try to welcome in the community,” Doherty said. “I think what sets us apart from other studios is the fact that we like to draw out the hidden artist to be able to come into our studio for the studio tour.”
Also a teaching artist, Doherty said she has had people come in during the tour and end up taking a lesson from her.
“We really are a teaching studio,” Doherty said of Potlatch. “(And) the studio tour brings together the artists in the community. People wander the streets to tap into what the arts are in Amesbury, (and) the studio tour gives (artists) all an opportunity to know that we are all out there. So we can be a resource to each other. The studio tour is like the umbrella, and we’re all underneath it.”
This year will mark a first for the tour, as a free trolley will ferry visitors to the more out-of-the-way destinations. A communal display space will also be available for artists at the Nicholas Costello Transportation Center, and there will be many surprises along the way.
“Expect the unexpected,” Monell said with a laugh. “Year after year, when you go to the tour, you hear the same thing being said, ‘You know, I had no idea this was here.’ So it’s really an incredible opportunity to come and see Amesbury in all of its glory.”
If you go
What: 2013 Amesbury Open Studio Tour
When: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Also on Saturday, an after-party will be held from 5 to 8 at Jon Mooers Artists Gallery.
More information: A free trolley will transport guests to different locations. Maps and schedules are available at the Nicholas Costello Transportation Center and www.amesburystudiotour.com.