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Holiday Studio Tour Saturday features 16 artists, six studio

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Lori Sorenson

Local artists will host their annual Holiday Studio Tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at several studio locations in and around Luverne.
The event this year features 16 artists displaying their original work at six different studio locations.
Among them will be Luverne native Thomas Maras, who will join Jerry and Kathy Deuschle at their studio north of town on 131st Street.
Maras has been blowing glass for over 20 years and has achieved national recognition for his use of simple, elegant forms and bold use of color.
This will be his first year participating in the Holiday Studio Tour.
“I was looking for a holiday venue and was approached by Jerry Deuschle to do the tour so it was an easy decision,” Maras told the Star Herald Friday. “He and Kathy have been longtime friends and patrons.”
He said he plans to bring 30 to 50 of his hand-blown glass pieces.
They will include his one-of-a-kind works like the “Horizon” and “Zenith” series, with some production items like ornaments and snowmen.
For the 1989 Luverne High School graduate, coming to Luverne for events like the Buffalo Days Arts in the Park and now the Holiday Studio Tour is particularly meaningful.
“It is always special to come home to family and friends who give me amazing support,” Maras said. “I am grateful.”
His wife, Rebecca, and their children, Sydney, 8, and Dylan, 6, will join him for the trip home where they stay with his parents, Linda and Dominic Maras, Luverne.
The complete list of artists and studios are as follows:
•The Brandenburg Gallery will host Jim Brandenburg, Chris Nowatzki and Kaia Nowatzki.
•The Carnegie Cultural Center will host Sam Gesch, Greg Hoogeveen, Mike Petronek, Tina Petronek, Cindy Reverts and Lois Young.
•Deuschle Studio will host Maras, Jerry and Kathy Deuschle and Bobbi Aalsgaard-Lien.
•HGS Gallery will host Lori Hallstrom and Kristin Peterson.
•Carol Ceynowa will display her work in her backyard Titania’s Garden.
•Watercolors by Mary studio at 211 North Freeman will host Mary Peterson and Nan Karr.
Map and registration cards are available at each location.
A prize entry form can be signed at all locations for a chance to win fine art prizes and a chance to win the grand prize of a Maras Glass hand-blown glass vase.
More information is available at
“Local artists share their unique fine art and open their studios for you to visit,” said Chamber Director Jane Wildung Lanphere.
“There are all types of new art to enjoy, drawings for prizes from each artist and lots of holiday treats. … It is a great day for art and you won’t want to miss a stop.”

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