Nestled among the hills, vineyards and historic houses of Loudoun County, 63 artists will be welcoming the public into their studios for this year’s Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour. The event, which will take place on June 22-23, has been growing in popularity and talent during the last eight years.
“The whole idea of the tour was to go to the artists,” said Franklin Parks manager and WLAST coordinator Jeff Stern.
During the tour, visitors can drive across western Loudoun and see the artists at work in their natural environment. Besides selling their artwork, many of the painters, sculptors, glassworkers and fiber artists give public demonstrations.
All competitors are chosen by a neutral jury, but this year’s competition was particularly fierce due to the talent, Stern said.
“It’s remarkable how many new artists pop up,” he said.
The jury tried to narrow down the number of stops so visitors could view them