The Augusta Artist Tour is a celebration of the arts and artists of the Augusta, Missouri area. This free, self-guided tour offers the chance to meet acclaimed area artists, see where they work and learn about their creative process. The artist tour will occur on Saturday, November 9th and Sunday, November 10th from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.
The tour begins at The Augusta Harmonie Verein (the old American Legion Hall) at Hackman and Church Streets. A beautiful printed map of artists’ studios will point you in all the right directions! While you’re in town, stop at one of the many wineries, have lunch and a beer at the brewery or coffeehouse or hike/bike on the Katy Trail. Join us for a bonfire at the historic Harmonie Verein after the art studio tour on Saturday and then enjoy a concert that night or just experience the charming town of Augusta as you make your way from studio to studio.
Seven Augusta artists will be featured on the tour.
1) Kim Alsop is a diverse artist who explores all media such as oil, acrylic, mosaic, graphic arts and mixed media. Her self-designed studio space expresses her love for interior and set design.
2) Michael Bauermeister is a wood sculptor who creates his art in the old general store of the town of Nona right on the Katy Trail outside of the town of Augusta. His current work explores natural textures and themes by interpreting them in carved, painted wood using techniques he has developed over the past 35 years.
3) Life long resident, Matt Brennecke is a studio potter and ceramic artist. His work focuses on the interplay of shape and fire, allowing alternative methods of firing rather than glazing to decorate the surface of his work.
4) Kaeko Maehata was trained in glassblowing in Japan in 1992 and uses traditional European and Japanese glassblowing techniques in her work. Each piece is produced one at a time in a furnace using only colored and clear glass. She loves exploring pattern and color in the process of glassblowing.
5) Mixed media artist, Teri Moore focuses on drawing—often on unusual substrates. Her subject matter deals with current interests, socio-political issues, or whatever inspires her. Her perspectives of ordinary scenes become extraordinary through her use of an almost signature gestural energy.
6) Sam Stang started Augusta Glass in 1992, when he found that the old Augusta Garage would make the perfect glassblowing studio. The process of his work has many complicated and intricate steps using traditional European glassblowing techniques. He is inspired by mid-century Italian and Scandinavian design as well as by nature.
7) Brian Watson is an artist deep down in his soul. He is a copper craftsman by trade during the day and at night, he builds creative and beautiful sculptures made of various metals—mostly scavenged from the side of the road or other mysterious places.
For more information about the artists, visit the websites below each photo: