Round About Artist Studio Tour in Arkadelphia

Zoie Clift
The 4th annual Round
About Artist Studio Tour in Arkadelphia is starting this weekend- October
Round About is a free self guided driving tour that takes participants to the private working
studios of 21 local artists. Artist studio tours are a chance to see art
and meet the artists who create it. Three self-guided driving tours take place
in Arkansas each year in Mountain View, Mena, and Arkadelphia. The tours are
collaboratively known as the Arkansas Artist Studio Tours and are funded via
the Arkansas Arts Council. This event is the last in the lineup and rounds out the
Arkansas Artist Studio Tours project for the year.  

“Our organization in
Arkadelphia started with five people who were motivated and encouraged by
Mountain View’s art tour,” said Farrell Ford, president of the Caddo River Art
Guild, which sponsors the tour. “In turn, when Mena expressed a desire to
organize their tour they looked to us for help.” Farrel said the three
communities have continued to collaborate in promoting their tours and
encourage other art communities to produce an art studio tour.

“People who come to
the tours are very surprised at the number of artists in the area plus the
diversity of their art,” she said. She said the artists are also excited about
the interest in their art and the overall interest in the visual arts. She
added there are six new artists on the Round About Artist Studio Tour this
year. “Another interesting aspect is the uniqueness of each artist’s
personality which is truly a fun thing to experience.”

Last year she said the
tour drew people from forty Arkansas cities and eight states. “It is a free
event but most of all it is just a fun thing to do,” she said. 
For more information on each
tour visit or call the Arkansas Arts Council at

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