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9th Annual Hawk Mountain Arts Tour & Sale serves up a warm welcome

Saturday, June 7 from 9-5

Kempton, Albany Township–FREE! Self-guided driving tour and artist open house.
www.hawkmountain.org/artstour or 610-756-6961. Held rain or shine.

Take a road trip close to home during the 9rd Annual Hawk Mountain Arts Tour & Sale on Saturday, June 7 from 9 am to 5 pm.  During the free, self-guided driving tour, visitors may discover the art of more than 20 local craftsmen and women at a dozen locations sprinkled through scenic Albany Township. Held rain or shine, the tour is open to the public.

A printable map is available online at www.hawkmountain.org/artstour, and a tour sign will mark each location or important turn. All locations are within a 20-mile loop, some just one to two miles from one another.

“The Arts Tour is a great, low-cost activity and a good excuse to get outside and explore historic Albany Township,” says Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Communication & Grants Manager Mary Linkevich. “I think of it as taking a road trip close to home,” she adds.

Linkevich advises visitors to make their own route and to avoid trying to do it all in one day. “All of artists are interesting, the studios and homes are incredible, and the artwork is impressive,” says Linkevich. “Everyone lingers at each stop, so it’s best to pick your favorite artists and go there first,” she suggests.

A wide variety of specialties will be included on the tour, including local landscape and wildlife paintings, folk art carving, woodcuts, metalwork, woven seats and baskets, fabric art, photography, redware and wood fired stoneware pottery, carved totem-poles and chainsaw art, metal and kinetic sculpture, bas relief works, photography, jewelry, wood turnings and more. Artists will be on hand to welcome guests and many will demonstrate their craft.

For example, visitors to Hawk Mountain will have an opportunity to see blacksmith artist and chainsaw carver Todd Gladfelter in action, as he demonstrates blacksmithing outside the Visitor Center. Indoors will be “Seasons of Hawk Mountain,” a collection of original and juried works inspired by Hawk Mountain and created by members of the Berks Art Alliance. Live raptor programs also will be held at 11 am and 2 pm.

Similarly, participating artists and artisans will be on hand to meet and greet visitors at other stops, and many will demonstrate. Six artists also will display at host locations, which this year include the Hawk Mountain Visitor Center, Pamela’s Forget-me-not Bed and Breakfast, and Wanamaker’s General Store. Some artists, such as Angie Wagner at the Country Seat, Dan Christ at Dan Christ Gallery and Deborah Powell will also host other artists at their studio in order to provide more selection.

Participating in this year’s tour are:

Todd Gladfelter, blacksmithing and chainsaw carving at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Visitor Center, 1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, www.hawkmountain.org.

Willi Singleton, wood-fired pottery at Pine Creek Pottery, 843 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton,www.willisingleton.com.

Angie Wagner, and Bill and Donna Longnecker, basketweaving, basketry supplies, gourd art and fabric marbling at The Country Seat, Inc., and featuring photographs & cards by 13-year-old Kempton photographer Kira Synnestvedt, 1013 Old Philly Pike, Kempton, www.countryseat.com .

Dan Christ, original wildlife painting, and Dennis Wildnauer, hand-hammered aluminum wares at Dan’s home studio, 23 Spitzenberg Lane, Kempton, www.danchristart.com.

Jon Bond, landscapes and murals at Bond Customart Gallery and Studio, 59 Kempton Road, Kempton,www.jonathanbond.com .

David Hughes, wildlife paintings, and Richard Summons, relief sculptures at Pamela’s Forget-me-Not Bed and Breakfast, 33 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton, www.pamelasforgetmenot.com .

Jeff Dietrich, redware pottery at Loghouse Pottery in Jeff’s historic log home across from the Albany Historical Society, 403 Old Philly Pike, Kempton, where there also will be a variety of artists on hand along with history exhibits.

Charles S. Eckenroth, woodcarving and sculpture, including totem poles, at 49 Old Philly Pike, Kempton,www.americantotempole.com

Dennis Kutz’s woodturning, Industrial Funk Designs, the hand crafted modern jewelry and nature photography by Kisatchie Studio, all at Wanamaker’s General Store, 8888 King’s Highway (Rte 143), Kempton, www.wanamakersgeneralstore.com. Also available at Wannamakers will be a full-service deli, grocery items and a variety of local crafts.

Deborah Powell Kramer, stained glass designs and wares, Joanne and Jesa Minnick, welded and metal sculptures and art, and fabric artist Wilfriede Axsmith, all at Deborah’s home and studio overlooking Leaser Lake at 8567 King’s Hwy (Route 143), Kempton, 610-756-6065, www.dpkstainedglass.com.

Mark Amey, hand thrown pottery, and Brett and Amanda Amey, printmaking and pottery will exhibit at Mark’s home and studio, 189 Blue Rocks Rd., Lenhartsville, www.markamey.com.

Jeff Kahn, kinetic sculptures at 308 Blue Rocks Rd., Lenhartsville, jeffkahnsculpture.com.

Eric Claypoole, traditional hex signs at 227 Schock Rd, Lenhartsville, PA  19534,www.claypoolehexsigns.com  Eric’s home and studio is located off the printable tour map but is just a short drive in Lenhartzville. His signs are seen on barns throughout the tour.

For more information on the artists, driving directions, or the event, visit www.hawkmountain.org/artstour, or call 610-765-6961.

Celebrating 80 years, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary is the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and an international center for raptor conservation. The Hawk Mountain Visitor Center, trail system and overlooks are open year round for hiking, birding, and wildlife watching. Membership dues or the modest trail fee supports year-round conservation science and education programs.