Hudson is known as a haven for artists.
Now, the artists and gallery owners are teaming up for a monthly treat for artists, art appreciators and shoppers -- "Second Friday Art Hops."
What's an art hop?
"It's a chance for the public to see firsthand the work that's being created in the studios of Hudson's expanding arts community," said Karen Koch of Life Needs Art.
Koch is one of the participating artists and gallery owners who have joined forces to host once-a-month visits from the public on the second Friday of each month, beginning July 11 from 5 to 8 p.m.
"We will have seven venues," participant Shannon Casey said. "There will be two art galleries and five working studios open."
According to Casey, there will be maps at all of the venues so visitors can hop to as many of the galleries and studios as they wish to visit.
"Visitors are welcome to browse, see new products and find out about classes. Most of our artists do classes. And there will be refreshments," Casey said.
Participating studios and galleries include:
• Hudson Fine Art & Framing, 160 N. Main Street. www.hudsonfineartandframing.com. Open Door Coffee Co. next to Hudson Fine Art & Framing, will also have art on display as well as live music until 9 p.m.
• Chentini Gallery in the Evaporator Works, 46 Ravenna St., www.chentini.com.
• Dana Giel-Ray, Bellabor Art Jewelry, 220 N. Main St., Suite B, (above Little Red Wagon), www.bellabor.com.
• Karen Koch, Life Needs Art, 220 N. Main St., Suite C., www.lifeneedsart.com.
• Mary Catherine Haneline Studio, 156 N. Main St., Suite 5. (above Hudson Fine Art & Framing), http://mary-c-haneline.artistwebsites.com. Lori Hess Studio is also at this location. Hess is a Signature Member of the Ohio Watercolor Society.
• Staci Pinover, Creative Fingers, 156 Main St., Suite 3,www.creativefingers.com.
•Shannon Casey Studio, 70 W. Streetsboro St., Suite 105, (Hudson Commerce Center, by Storage Zone), www.shannoncaseystudio.com.
The participating businesses also are listed online at artstudioinhudson.com.