HAVE YOU HUGGED AN ARTIST TODAY?

Save the dates for the 8th Studio Tour of the Casa Grande Art Association (CGAA) Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Their 8th Studio Tour will prove to be a unique art viewing experience inviting the public into the homes and studios of working artists throughout the Casa Grande area.

Each studio includes a market place with additional regional fine artists showing and selling their artwork. You can expect to see fine art in oil and acrylic paintings, micropen and watercolor, pastels and encaustics, stained glass, fused glass, carved glass, beading of all varieties, textiles, pottery, ceramics and ceramic sculptures, pens and band boxes, wind chimes and tin can flowers.

The Casa Grande Urban Sketchers group will provide additional entertainment with their “real time” art in progress. You will find sketchers at various times and locations throughout the tour.

The Studio Tour is a novel way to explore the city as the map weaves you in and around historic downtown and interesting residential areas. Brochures with maps will be available at each location or you can go to casagrandeartassociation.org for more information and to print your map and brochure.

This is a free event and many of the studios provide refreshments for visitors, so why not check it out? On March 7 and 8, look for signs around town with the colorful Casa Grande Art Association logo directing traffic to each studio, and you will be astonished by the talent and creativity in our community.

The CGAA advocates for all forms of fine art in the Casa Grande area. Members include amateur and professional artists as well as non-artists with a passion for art. Over the years, it has grown into an active organization that hosts events and activities. This is an inclusive group that provides opportunities to volunteer with others who support the arts in Casa Grande.

Find out how to attend meetings or drawing groups on the website casagrandeartassociation.org where you can also learn more about the wonderful things the group does for the community. In particular, you may enjoy reading about their committees, focus and passion.

The first location on the Studio Tour brochure is the Casa Grande Art Museum. If you have not been to the museum in a while, you will be astonished by all the renovations that have taken place in the last year, thanks in part to the fundraising and volunteer efforts of CGAA. The CGAA has helped make the museum an intrinsic part of the arts and culture of our historic downtown.

CGAA is a great organization to meet like-minded people sharing common interests and working together to make creative things happen in Casa Grande. The group meets at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport, 3225 N Lear Avenue on the second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. September through May.