Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Gate Way To The Studio

Brad Ford Smith  White Rock Lake Artists Studio Tour
As the opening day for the White Rock Lake Artists Studio Tour gets closer I'm working on my To Do List. Today that list included cleaning up the yard. As you can see from the photo above we practice a more natural approach to the typical Dallas manicured lawn.

The house built by my parents in 1956 is snuggled under a canopy of pecan trees that keeps everything cool and shaded. The ground is basically overgrowth. We planted a few things like lantana, sage, cacti, and a fig tree. Most everything else was inherited or miraculously sprouted on its own. Not to brag but this summer I mowed twice.

Back to the tour. Thinking about crowd control and traffic patterns. How do we get people from the curb to the studio. Each studio on the tour will have a small yellow sign that says Studio Tour. It's been suggested to hang balloons from it just to make it more visible.

Using a yellow ribbon to act as a guide, we laid out a path that takes everyone from the curb, down the driveway, around the side of the house to the back yard. From there they just follow the sidewalk to the patio, through the beveled glass french doors into the studio.

The studio tour is Saturday and Sunday Oct 12th and 13th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. There are 45 studios and 5 art centers on the free self guided tour. All are based around White Rock Lake. You could hit most of them in one day on your bicycle!

Here's a link to the MAP

Hope you can drop by, Brad

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