The light in Tucson, the mountains and the desert, have long called to artists.

For most of the time, they create behind closed doors. But a few times a year, they throw those doors open and invite the public in to look at the art, ask questions and get insights into the creative process.

That’s what will happen over the next two weekends. More than 200 artists are participating in the Fall Open Studio Tour, sponsored by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance and the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona.

It’s a chance to see jewelry, paintings, textiles, ceramics — the mediums are vast, as is the talent.

On the first weekend, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, artists north of River Road will open their studios from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the same hours, Oct. 7-8, artists south of River will welcome visitors.

Among those you’ll meet the first weekend: Neil Weinstein who creates graceful figure sculptures in terracotta and bronze; Ron Tuuri who makes stunning landscape photographs, and Dragana Skrepnik, whose abstract landscape oils burst with color.

On the second weekend, you can wander through Crane Day’s studio, packed with stunning handwoven pieces, study Joyce Jaden’s intricate basket weaving, or feast your eyes on Jacqueline Chanda’s small oils and ceramic sculptures.

The events are free. Go to for details and locations on all the artists participating.

Contact reporter Kathleen Allen at 573-4128 or On Twitter: @kallenStar