JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
LLANO — The tagline of the Llano Art Studio Tour sums up the feelings of the creators who are part of the Llano County art scene: “We live here, we create here.”
And artists hope attendees will be able to see what they love about living and creating here during the fifth annual L.A.S.T. from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 28. The free tour features 14 studios in Buchanan Dam, Bluffton and Llano. An after-party is 7 p.m. at the Llano Fine Arts Guild and Gallery, 503 Bessemer Ave.
Scheduled and unscheduled demonstrations will go on throughout the event at each of the studios. Tour maps of participating studios are available at the Llano Visitor Center, 100 Train Station Drive, and the fine arts guild as well as each studio.
Cheryl Quallenberg, coordinator for the event, said art is very personal to her and her husband, Lou. After all, the two met in a photography studio.
“Art is our way of life,” she said. “By promoting the arts and artists, we attract more of them into our lives and into our area.”
The studio tour allows participants to see all sorts of art in wood, metal glass, oil paintings, water colors, collages, pottery, iron and jewelry.
The tour features several artists who’ve participated every year: Jack Moss of the Gridiron Gallery, Charles and Euneen Wendt of the Rocking W Spurs, Lynda Hallmark Gammage, Sheri Zoch and Harriet Myrick.
This year, the tour includes a new studio: West Shore Wind Spirals, 3796 RR 261 in Buchanan Dam, which is owned by Ralph Moresco.
Moresco featured his metal art in Lou Quallenberg Studios for the past three years.
Cheryl Quallenberg said the tour purposefully includes studios in Llano County because the hope is attendees will go to each featured gallery.
For the Quallenbergs, helping the art community in Llano is a big reason for the tour. Another is because of Mike and Janet Mason, Llano artists who inspired the Quallenbergs to move to the city.
“We felt like we could come and do the same thing,” Cheryl Quallenberg said. “That was 13 years ago.”
Go to facebook.com/llano.art.studio.tour for tour maps and more information.