Local artists of the Caddo River Art Guild are preparing there studios and art work for this weekend's Round About Artists Studio Tour.

Local artists of the Caddo River Art Guild are preparing there studios and art work for this weekend's Round About Artists Studio Tour.
Studios will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The art tour is a free, self-driving event to the artists' studios where you may view their art work and watch demonstrations of their artistic skills.
According to Farrell Ford, president of the Caddo River Art Guild, 18 artists will be featured on the tour.
Handcrafted jewelry, wood carvings, stained glass, oil paintings, watercolors and fiber art are just some of the items that will be displayed and for sale during the tour.
Ford said she has been president of the Caddo River Art Guild since its inception.
"It started with about five of us deciding we wanted to do a tour," said Ford who added that the tour is one of the main projects of the Caddo River Art Guild. There are usually about 23 to 24 cities in Arkansas represented and a dozen states, other than Arkansas, represented," Ford said.
According to Ford, some of the tourists have found out about the tour once they arrived in Arkadelphia.
"We always have some people from out of the country also."
In addition, Ford noted the Caddo River Art Guild falls under the Clark County's Strategic Plan for tourism.
According to Rita Earles of the Caddo River Art Guild, this year marks the 10th year for the tour.
"We have added incentives, cash prizes, for visitors who visit every artist," said Earles.
As visitors register and pick up a guidebook with a map to studios, they also receive a green tour card. Each artist stamps the tour card as they travel to the 18 artists (nine locations).
"They turn in their tour card to the Arkadelphia Arts Center, or the last artist visited," Earles explained.
A drawing will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 26 and winners will be notified that day.
"We have 10 prizes celebrating our 10 years with first prize being $300," said Earles.
In addition, Earles said there are four new artists new to this year's tour this year.
The new artists are Linda Duncan, Lisa Elkins, Rosie Huddleston and Paul Mann.
The art tour serves a dual purpose of promoting tourism and local artists.
Patrons who are interested in taking the tour may register and pick up their guidebooks with maps beginning Thursday, Oct. 20.
Registration can be done at the Arkadelphia Arts Center, located at 625 Main St., or the Diamond Lakes Visitor's Center, located at 124 Valley in Caddo Valley.
According to Ford, registration is done to determine how many tourists are expected and where the tourists are from.

For more information on the tour or participating artists, visit www.caddoriverartguild.com or call (870) 245-7982.