Many of the Roanoke Valley area’s leading artists live and create in scenic Botetourt County. The fall event falls on the last weekend of October every year. In 2013, 11 Botetourt artists joined with the Botetourt County Office of Tourism for the third annual self-guided driving tour of artists’ working studios. You can enjoy this free event and rare opportunity to visit the artists in their studios and homes, viewing rich and varied works both completed and in progress. You can have a chance to purchase original work, with an understanding of the tools and materials used to create it. Whether you are a collector, or simply curious about art, this is an opportunity to converse one-on-one with artists while enjoying the added pleasure of the beautiful fall foliage and landscape of Botetourt County. The artist’s studios are located throughout the county so look for the Open Studios logo on signs along your way. Be sure to pick up your “passport card” at your first stop and receive a stamp as you visit each studio to be entered to win a $150 gift certificate towards an art purchase of your own. Visit one studio or all of them. Just enjoy the weekend, your scenic drive, and the artistic culture you’re sure to experience along the way. Participating 2013 Botetourt County Artists: Linda Atkinson, Ed Bordett, Jake Cress, Nancy Dahlstrom, Vera Dickerson, Dreama Kattenbraker, Helen Hubler, Brett LaGue, Willie Simmons, Bill White, and Mark Woodie. Locations: The artist studios are at various locations in the county. This website provides information about the artists, a map with their studio locations, samples of their work, contact information, and updates and a place for your comments. Printed Brochures are be available at various locations in the Botetourt area. Each artist’s site will have a flag/banner on the road to help you find us on your tour. Artists will be glad to assist you with directions in getting from one studio to another. Visit one studio or all of them, just enjoy the weekend, your scenic drive and the art and artists along the way.