GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - This weekend more than a dozen local artists are opening their studios to the public.
The Northeast Wisconsin Art Studio Tour gives you a chance to interact with artists and hear their stories.
Local 5's Millaine Wells spoke with one artist who found courage through art.
"My journey as an artist has a long way to go" says Amy Jo Eliason. "There is so much I want to do. It keeps me motivated".
It is that passion that gave Eliason strength as she battled a deadly disease.
"Last year was the only year I wasn't in the Art Studio Tour and that is because I had breast cancer" Eliason explains.
She found comfort in her art studio. Leafing through books when she was too weak to paint.
"I believe that each day is a precious gift and it should not be wasted" Eliason says.
Most days for her include a walk outside. It is where she finds inspiration.
"I love all four seasons of Wisconsin. Part of the painting process is to begin with a walk outdoors"
Just this week Eliason celebrated one year cancer free.
"Every day when you wake up, regardless of how crappy you feel, put on your best face and do the best you can with what you have to work with" she says with a smile.
Paintbrush in hand, Eliason feels blessed to open her home for the Art Studio Tour.
"I am just happy to share it with other people. I don't do it for the glory, I do it because I enjoy doing it".
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A few artists have a preview Friday night, then all 18 will be on exhibit Saturday and Sunday.
The tour is free.