Residents and tourists soon will be able to meander around Somervell County to meet area artists and craftspeople and see what they create in their studios and homes.

The Somervell Meander, an arts and crafts and home industry route, was conceived by the Somervell County/Glen Rose Networking Group, a local group of people who incubate ideas and pass them to the organizations that who have the skills and knowledge to implement them.

For this project, the group is talking with the Barnard’s Mill Art League and the Glen Rose Convention and Visitors Bureau to help bring the arts and craft trail to life and eventually get out the word to visitors.

“We hope people will do the meander and stay overnight,” said Ymke Molly Condy, a networking group member who saw a similar meander developed in Vaal,  a town in her native South Africa, and brought the idea to the table. “Everybody will benefit – restaurants, shops, hotels – if people stay overnight.”

Condy said the meander could include all types of arts and crafts – paintings, pottery, jewelry, jelly-making, woodcraft, quilts, porcelain dolls, furniture made from old wood and other creative works.

Developing such a route would allow artists to stay where they practice their craft rather than have to pick up and go somewhere to exhibit, Condy added.

Joyce Selby, the art league’s vice president, said the group would discuss the proposal at its regular meeting Tuesday, Feb 9, after the Glen Rose Reporter went to press. But she said she expected the members would want to help coordinate and develop the idea and that she already has heard from a dozen interested artists.

Anyone who would like to contact Selby about participating in the proposed meander can reach her at 897-3081.