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Fresh Art Spring Tour set for May 14-16

MAIDEN ROCK--The 11th annual Fresh Art Spring Tour, Friday-Sunday, May 14-16, offers the perfect opportunity to visit 12 galleries and studios and see the work of many of the area's talented artists and craftspeople.

Painters, potters, metal smiths, sculptors, weavers and designers produce and will display their wares on the tour. In honor of spring, many studios also have a garden theme and many of the tour sites offer plants for sale as well as art.

The tour leads participants from village streets to rural roads visitors may have never seen before. The self-guided tour is clearly marked with road signs.

A map of the area is on the brochure, which is available on request. (Call 715-442-2419 or visit Brochures are also available at all participating studios.

Among participants in this year's tour are:

--Hilsgen Family Farm, 103104 190th Ave. - Maiden Rock, 715-448-2050 - Private residence-no regular hours. An old fashioned family farm featuring artisan goat cheese and woven rugs of all natural fibers, both practical and beautiful.

--Gail Pommerening Studio, N944 133rd St. - Plum City, 715-448-2049 - Open by appointment, www. Inspiration for her pastel paintings are found right outside the door. Pommerening's guest artist is Mari Jackson, painter.

--Pepin Farm Pottery, Peter and Mary Deneen, W3706 110th Ave. - Maiden Rock, 715-448-3300 - Open by appointment, Pepin Farm Pottery welcomes the public to their river bluff view studio and gallery with gardens, picnic space and woodland walk. Guest artists are David and Jean Aurelius, Claybay Pottery, and Larry and Judy Thoresen-Gills Rock Pottery.