Like smashing a snow globe against your forehead, tours can open up a fascinating new world right before your eyes. Go beyond the surface with this GrouponLive deal to the inaugural Artists' Studio Tour from Alliance for the Arts on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $22, you get a day tour for one (a $45 value).
- For $40, you get a day tour for two (a $90 value).
The Alliance for the Arts' array of concerts, exhibitions, and classes has become a staple for the aesthetically inclined since the institution's founding in 1975. This year sees its first-ever self-guided tour, which grants one-on-one time with area artists in their natural habitats. Wanderers meet at 9 a.m. at the Margaret Morrow Frizzell Amphitheater on the Alliance's riverside campus to dine on a complimentary breakfast and peruse a pamphlet covering the homes and studios encompassed by the tour. From 11 a.m. to as late as 4 p.m., participants set their own pace as they flutter about town from one workshop to the next, chatting with creators about upcoming projects or asking to see their muse-catching nets.
In his workspace, photographer and artist Chris Catti guides guests through his process of combining painting and image transfers. Farther along, Krista Johnson reveals what inspires her primitive-style paintings, and Byron M. Wood demonstrates the skill required to work with and see through metal. After sating their curiosity, explorers find their way to Unit A Contemporary Art Space for a tasting of wine and hors d'oeuvres. As they socialize, they can study the new studio of one of the nation's foremost modern urban-expressionists, Marcus Jansen.
Alliance for the Arts
The Alliance for the Arts' concerts, exhibitions, and art classes have become a staple for the aesthetically inclined since the institution's founding in 1975. The center’s three art galleries elicit awe with ongoing exhibits, and its educational programs inspire students to express their feelings through painting and drawing. The Alliance’s schedule of events keeps fans of the performing arts intrigued with plentiful music festivals and dance recitals.