“With the studio tours people can come in and see the space and see what you’re surrounded with,” he said. “When I put pieces up on the wall in a gallery people don’t know about all those tapes on my desk, nobody knows that you have the music on, that you have your skateboard stuff, that you have all these little artifacts.”
As a mixed media artist Stewart finds inspiration in whatever surrounds him. He hopes taking a step into his studio will encourage visitors to consider their own creative process.
“I want people to see that they can do their own thing wherever that is,” he said. “I’m pretty excited about working in multiple media. And that’s from the wood to the metal to the canvas to the plaster stuff around here, and there’s charcoal drawings and there’s all these things.”
Norman printmaker Laura Reese said she also hopes visitors gain confidence in starting a studio of their own if they’re interested.
“I am a young professional, and with very little overhead and investment, I created my own space to work out of in my home. It took me only a few months to create my set up for my studio,” Reese said. “Even if you don’t have all of the things you ‘need’ for a studio — for instance, I’m still lacking a press — you can still have one. For years my studio space was my bed, which is very unhealthy, mentally and physically, but I still created. There’s no reason you can’t have a studio.”
For more information on Norman Open Studios visit normanarts.org.