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Published on May 16, 2017 4:38PM

Art fans will have another chance to peek behind the scenes at 16 coastal studios this weekend, as the Art on the Edge tour concludes its showcase of creative spaces from Neskowin to Depoe Bay.

Artists featured in this inaugural tour use their coastal studios to create everything from painting and pottery to illustration and glass blowing.

And the studio sites are as diverse as the media, with some nestled in the forests while others are a block from the beach. There are cozy cottage-like studios, creative garages, a professional photography studio and three creative spaces housed within the Lincoln City Cultural Center, which serves as the tour hub.

Tour organizer Krista Eddy said the first weekend of the tour allowed participants to enjoy one-on-one time with the participating artists.

“Kelly Howard’s exclusive glass blowing studio area was a treat to experience,” she said. “Kelly explained her process while she blew glass pieces just a few feet from studio tour visitors in this intimate setting.”

Eddy said the machine-filled garage of Bill Hunt offered tour participants a treat in Depoe Bay.

“The smell of wood that is in the process of becoming fine furniture makes you breathe deeply for more,” she said.

In honor of the tour, many local galleries are offering artist demonstrations. The Ryan Gallery, located at 4270 Hwy. 101, will host digital painting demonstrations from Jeanne Ground of Albany from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21. Also on Sunday, Gaston painter Susan Curington will showcase her skills from 10 am to 5 pm.

Meanwhile, at 620 NE Hwy. 101, the Artists’ Studio Association is offering a full schedule of artist demonstrations ranging from fabric art and watercolor to Mandala stone painting and mosaic. For a full schedule of demonstrations, go to www.asaart.net.

Some of the studio tour artists will be demonstrating their techniques as well. Mosaic artist Joanne Daschel will be creating mosaic hearts for a large-scale mural in her studio downstairs at the Lincoln City Cultural Center.

Art on the Edge tour maps and entrance buttons cost $10 and are available at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, the Ryan Gallery, the Artists’ Studio Association and at all of the other studio sites.

Each studio will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21.

For more information, go to www.artstudiotourlccc.com or call 541-994-9994.

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