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Artists open studio doors

Local artists are opening their studios this weekend for the fourth annual Roaring Fork Valley Studio tour, a fundraiser for arts programming at the Community Schools in Aspen and Carbondale.Some 45 artists will open their studios to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday.Map guides to the artists’ home studios are $15 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, the Woody Creek Store and Cafe Bernard in Basalt.Participating artists will be doing everything from blowing glass to painting and throwing pots, or performing hands-on demonstrations during the event, said plein-air artist Carol Rothrock, co-coordinator of the event. One artist (Rothrock wouldn’t reveal which) is a gourmet cook and will feed guests.”It’s sort of like trick-or treat,” Rothrock said. The studios are scattered from Glenwood Springs to Aspen.”Just go around the corner and there’s another studio,” said Carol Click, a Community School parent and event co-coordinator. “Your neighbors are busy working, and this is a way to see what they do and introduce your children to it.”The public charter schools, offering kindergarten through eighth-grade classes, operate with the support of COMPASS, a nonprofit educational organization focused on lifelong learning. Both schools claim a strong focus on the arts.In the past, organizers say the event raised between $15,000 and $20,000, and they have high hopes for this year’s tour.For more information, call 923-4646.Charles Agar’s e-mail address is

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