By Betty Vanderwielen

Tour of the Arts has a long history


October 17, 2019

Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder

Every year there is at least one new artist displaying on the tour. This was Pam Yates' first year. She is spinning yarn from the Shetland sheep she raised and sheared in the Swan Valley. She said the next step after shearing is to soak and wash the wool in lukewarm water and a good wool washing soap. After that, she carded the clean wool and blocked it into batts. For the tour she demonstrated how to spin the wool. She was spinning a two-ply, Aran weight yarn which she intends to knit into a hat.

SEELEY LAKE – "When it first started, I thought it would be just a little Seeley Lake and Condon thing," Chris Jewett said about Alpine Artisans' Tour of the Arts, which took place Oct. 12-13. "I never thought it would grow as big as it has. Every year more and more people come. It's an exciting thing."

Jewett said the idea of having a fundraiser that consisted of visiting artist Open Houses was conceived 16 years ago by then AAI president Joyce Bissell. Bissell promptly delegated Jewett to take charge of organizing the event. Jewett commented, "That woman was a great delegator."

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