For more than a century, artists and craftsmen have gravitated to Brown County, hearing the call of the pioneers of the art colony. Many stay for the abundant natural beauty which provides constant inspiration, the simpler lifestyle, and the friendships
that develop among the artists. In this hilly, verdant, glacial valley, there are, by some counts, over 200 working artists among a population of
only 15,000 residents.
The Back Roads of Brown County Spring Tour is a free, self-guided event designed to showcase the arts and crafts of this present-day "Art Colony of the Midwest."
Twenty-three juried artists and artisans, who continue this cultural heritage begun by T.C. Steele and friends over 100 years ago, will
take part in this year's tour. Studios will be open May 9-18, offering a glimpse into the lives of working artists and craftsmen.
Gardens will be in bloom and visitors can wander among the blossoms and be
inspired by the natural beauty.
and activities will delight young and old, making this an art celebration for the entire family. The tour is educational and will broaden public understanding of the arts. You'll be able to see artwork take shape before your eyes and talk with the artist. At some studios, you'll even be able to take part in the creation.
This is a unique opportunity to meet artists doing what they love and to purchase art from its source. Collectors will enjoy the new work available especially for this occasion.
Studios help with funding the "Brown County Art Scholarship," established by the tour organization in 2005. Each year, local students
can apply for a scholarship to further their art education.
The detailed map will help you find your way through the rolling hills and provides a list of
map pickup sites. Watch for the signs and flags which mark the route and the destination studios.
The 2014 Spring Tour would not be possible without the generous help from our
patrons and sponsors.
If you're unable to visit during
May, consider a trip to Brown County in October when the
Back Roads FallTour is in full swing for the entire month.