Socorro artists studio tour opens doors for creative minds

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Artists show off their individual art styles at the fifth annual Socorro Artists Studio Tour, which takes place Nov. 16 and Nov. 17 during Festival of the Cranes.

Submitted Photo: Oil Painter Karyn DeBont holds one of her paintings. DeBont’s art will be on display in her home during the artists studio tour.

Oil painter Karyn DeBont is one of the artists whose artwork will be on display at her home studio. The studio tour invites visitors into artists’ homes and galleries in Socorro to see various types of artwork, DeBont said. The Festival of the Cranes is the best time to have people come on the tour, she said.

The studio art tour is a good presence because there are so many different types of artwork from various artists, such as oil and water color painter Leon Miller, painter Beverly Hansen and sculptor Jim Mclain. The Curious Crow Studio has artwork by Natasha Isenhour, Margi Lucena Georgette Grey and sculptor Sharon Fullingim.

DeBont creates oil paintings in her studio or outside when the weather is nice, she said. She takes photographs of nature landscapes and then paints them on canvas from the photo, she said. In fall, the days are great for going out and painting, she said.

Last week, DeBont attended a painting workshop in Santa Fe with artists Dave Ballew and Bill Gallen. The workshop was a class for students to keep up with art.

“The more you do it, the more you make progress,” she said.

DeBont has been painting since 2000 and took art classes at New Mexico Tech with Midge Grace.

“There are so many things people get excited about,” DeBont said. “I need to paint because if I don’t, I feel like something is missing.”

The studio tour is important for the artists, she said.

DeBont paints images from nature, such as cottonwoods and fall colors. The retired New Mexico Tech landscaper makes a point of painting every day. She planted flowers and took care of the NMT grounds for 29 years.

“People have talents,” DeBont said. “But with a lot of work, you have to study it — and the more you study it, the more you improve. If it’s important, you keep working on it.”

Sponsors for the Socorro Artists Studio Tour provide brochures to visitors who are interested in attending the tour. The brochures are available at various places around Socorro, including the Chamber of Commerce and the Socorro Heritage and Visitors Center.

“The studio art tour is great to support local art in the community,” she said. “People exposed to arts is a great thing. It’s an opportunity for people to see artwork.”