The Crossing Borders Studio Tour group has decided to retire the Crossing Borders name and to follow our individual paths. Two new tours are being offered. In the Two Harbors area; Cooter, Tonder and Friends 23rd annual studio tour and open house, Sept 29 – Oct 1. In Cook County; Art Along the Lake: Fall Art Tour, Sept 29 – Oct 8. You can also go to the Artist page for more information.
In 2016 the group agreed to change direction to better serve our needs. Please join us as we celebrate and continue the tradition of art, education and community along the North Shore at our individual studios. You will find links to our individual websites on our artist pages.
The concept of the Crossing Borders Studio Tour started as a conversation between Fritz Lehmberg and Dick Cooter around the time of their joint show, Same Road, Different Views. The concept was to create a studio tour that would allow buyers to learn about the experience of making art within the environment the creative work takes place. The tour would also help build community among North Shore artists. Buyer education was a vital part of the Crossing Borders experience, and only full-time working artists are involved. Fritz and Dick invited other area artists to participate in the tour, including Debbie Cooter, Michael Tonder and Jody Freij-Tonder, Lee and Dan Ross, Dave Yungner and Damon Dowbak.
The group gathered in the spring of 1996 to plan for the tour. Lee came up with the “Crossing Borders” name, and the first Crossing Borders Studio Tour took place in the fall of 1996. The first year of the tour, six studios and nine individual artists participated and sales managed to just cover expenses. Through the years most of the core group of artists participating in the tour remain. Other artists have joined in the tour and some have dropped out, but sales and visitors have steadily risen.