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PRESS PHOTO BY BATHSHEBA MONK Crafty ladies of the 19th Annual "Hidden Treasures" Studio Tour pose with their wares, including, above, from left: Mette Gaardbo of MBG Design models her clay jewelry; Sue Shelly of Barbara Kozero's Studio wears her hand-painted silk scarf; Carlene Morrow of Isis Glass holds her handcrafted vase, and Alison Bessesdoter of Bessedotter Studio models her decorated jean jacket and watercolor earrings.

'Hidden Treasures' revealed again

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

28 artists at seven studios in 19th annual tour

The 19th Annual "Hidden Treasures" Artisans Studio Tour, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nov. 16, 17, includes seven studios across the Lehigh Valley where 28 artists will exhibit, discuss and demonstrate their art.

"Hidden Treasures" refers to a group of talented artists who reside and create their works in area communities. It also describes their original, exquisite creations.

The studio tour was started in 1994 to showcase distinguished local artists and artisans. The tour stretches from Topton to Bethlehem.

The studios are the perfect place to find a holiday gift for that special someone. But the pieces are so beautiful and unusual, be prepared to treat yourself as well.

This year, five new artists join the tour: Linda Kondikoff, a mixed media artist who makes fanciful jewelry from recycled materials; Deb Reis, with functional baskets; Rick Reis, with traditional woodworking; Mette Jensen, with European-influenced jewelry, and Alison Bessesdotter, who has a new spin on traditional quilting and fiber techniques.

Visitors on the tour will have a chance to talk to the artists and watch demonstrations in a variety of media, including wood, mosaics, glass, silk-painting, hand- built and thrown clay, fused glass, stained glass, lamp-worked beads, blown glass, jewelry, leatherwork, felting, wood-carving and turning, dolls and metal ware. All work is individually-handcrafted and one-of-a-kind.

Although the tour is a good time to do some holiday shopping, you can contact the artists anytime of the year and can be contacted directly by finding their contact information through the studio at which they exhibit.

Enjoy the relaxed pace, talk to the artists and ask how their pieces are created. You set the pace. Visit all the studios or just the ones that interest you most.

There is something for everyone to afford, and there are no admission fees. Work will be available for purchase.

For a list of studios and locations: hiddentreasurestour.com