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Submitted by Geneva Art Guild

The Greater Geneva Art Guild Studio Tour is planned for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27; and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. Participants can tour Geneva art studios around Geneva.

The Geneva Art Guild will be opening member's studios to Studio Tour attendees to show off their workspaces, giving guests an opportunity to speak with them about their art and to purchase what interests them. Types of artwork found on the Tour includes paintings, photography, pottery, glasswork, jewelry, collage, metal sculpture and more.

Another event, the Greater Geneva Art Guild Arty Party, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Geneva Golf Club, 831 South St., Geneva. Party includes silent auction with artwork by Geneva artists, raffle, live band, light fare and refreshments, cash bar, meet and greet the artists. The fundraising party's proceeds will go toward a new home for the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission.

What is an artist's studio supposed to look like?

Definitions tell us that a studio is an artist's workroom; a photographer's establishment; a space where an art is taught or studied; or a room in which an artist, photographer or musician works. One can see images of Picasso's Paris studio brimming with paintings or Van Gogh's studio that he shared with Gauguin in a little yellow house in Arles.

But what about the studios of local Geneva artists?

These studios may be huge -- even cluttered -- spaces outside the artist's home. Or they may be a small corner of a basement or heated garage or attic. What do you think? Here's your chance to find out. For the artist, a studio space is a refuge, an inspiration, a place for creative focus, creative frustration, new energy, fresh ideas, feelings of accomplishment and joy.