First Annual Artists' Studio Tour Slated May 26 & 27

Map of the First Annual Artists' Studio Tour
betterArts' gallery space and studio will be featured during the First Annual Artists' Studio Tour, scheduled from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27.

Functioning much like a wine tour, a free brochure includes an easy-to-follow map and brief description of more than 27 artists and 21 studios along the tour. The self-guided studio tour will allow the public to see  the creative process in action at artist studios in Alexandria Bay, Redwood, Wellesley Island, Town of Orleans, Clayton, and Cape Vincent.

Here's the brochure (to find out where you can get yours, e-mail Robert Hedden at 

In conjunction with that studio tour, betterArts will host an Open House and Fundraiser from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, May 26.

All money raised at this event will directly fund betterArts' summer workshop series and aid creative outreach efforts in the North Country.

The Open House will feature live music and performances, interactive art projects, information on our artist residency program and upcoming workshops, arts and crafts stations, a gallery exhibit of work by local and visiting artists (which will be part of the First Annual Artists' Studio Tour), raffles, and barbecue. A cash bar will also be available. Entrance is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.

Visitors can also tour the full grounds of Better Farm, step inside green buildings and learn about construction methods, check out the organic gardens, and meet Better Farm's staff.

Overnight accommodations, including tent camping, is available. You can make a reservation by clicking here.

For more information or to volunteer, e-mail For more information about Better Farm and betterArts, visit and

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.