On Saturday, April 13 art enthusiasts will get a rare glimpse ‘behind the curtains’ during the Alliance for the Arts’ Second Annual Artists’ Studio Tour. The daylong, self-guided tour features artists in their Cape Coral studios. The tour includes fiber artist Roseline Young and abstract minimalist painter Alicia Schmidt.
Born in New Orleans, Young is a Louisiana Folklife Program “Master Artist.” After living aboard her sailboat for years she put down her anchor in Cape Coral and now teaches, explores and creates weaving, wall quilts, wearables and other fiber art. With a Masters from Tulane University, she continues to create sculptures and tapestries, including a large one at the New Orleans International Airport entitled “Crescent City Reflections” depicting blue-printed scenes from New Orleans surrounded by woven tubes of the Mississippi River. Rose has a piece in the Smithsonian Museum and was honored to weave for Laura Bush during her time in the White House. Her “Gone With the Wind” tapestry is featured in the recent PBS documentary “The Fabric of Florida’s History.”
Alicia Schmidt has lived in Cape Coral since 1966, moving from Dunkirk, NY. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally, regionally and locally in solo, group, and juried exhibitions. Schmidt has been the recipient of many awards over the years. Her body of work includes paintings, drawings and watercolors. Schmidt is known today primarily as a minimalist abstract painter. She works in deep saturations of color and creates sparsely designed compositions. However, she has explored various subjects through the years. The human figure has been used most frequently, interpreted through different techniques and always incorporating simplicity of form. She and Roseline Young will be in their studios on Saturday, April 13, welcoming participants in the Second Annual Artists’ Studio Tour.
The tour begins at the Alliance campus, where ticket holders will enjoy a continental breakfast from 9–11AM and receive their map to the artists’ studios. While at the Alliance, guests can explore on-site artist studios, including the Logan Studio, Gulf Coast Atelier, Studio 201 & Union Artist Studios. Participants will then spend the day choosing the order and the amount of time they spend at each studio on the tour. Guests will meet artists who work in a variety of mediums, including painting, fiber, glass, wood & wire. In addition to Roseline Young and Alicia Schmidt, this year’s featured artists are: Paul Adamick, Paula Eckerty, Petra Kaiser, Phil Krym, & Shirley Hales. The tour concludes at the Cape Coral Arts Studio with hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting reception from 3-4PM, with more artists demonstrating silversmithing, stone and clay work! Tickets are $49 and are available online or by calling 239-939-2787.