The Alpine Artisans’ annual Tour of the Arts invites you to take a tour of local artists at work on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14-15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This self-guided tour features the work of over 25 artists in five artist studios, three galleries, two historical museums in Seeley Lake, Condon, Lincoln and Ovando. The tour is held annually in mid-October to feature the natural beauty of the Western tamaracks as they turn a bright yellow and oranges.

The tour is an opportunity to visit the artists in their studios and see them at work. Visitors will be welcomed into their artist lifestyle, learn first-hand about their art and hear their stories of creation. The tour is continuing our collaboration with two local historical museums featuring 10 of the artists: Condon's Upper Swan Valley Historical Museum and Ovando's Brand Bar Museum. Each museum is housed in a fascinating historical building, and visitors will enjoy absorbing the local lore and old stories side-by-side with experiencing these artists' techniques and perspectives.

New to the tour this year are two Swan Valley studios: Dodie Woods' Rustic Pots ceramic studio near Holland Lake and Russ Abolt's Third Life studio which includes a full outdoor sculpture garden, artist's studio, and in-home exhibit. The Lincoln Art Haus Coop, a new artists' cooperative in Lincoln, is joining the tour this year featuring seven artists showing mixed media, weaving, wood sculpture, jewelry watercolor and oils.

The tour also offers two free movie nights showing the new documentary "Charged: The Story of Eduardo Garcia" from the filmmaking team that created "Unbranded." Screenings will be 7 p.m. Friday at the Lincoln Community Hall and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Seeley Lake Community Hall.

Tour maps are available in Seeley Lake at the Grizzly Claw Trading Post, in Condon at Grace's Gallery, at participating galleries and museums or online at