The new AZ Illustrated Arts series Open Studio visits offers an opportunity to hear local artists talk about why--and how--they do what they do.

In this edition, the medium is stone and the artist is Merlin L. Cohen, a sculptor who urges others to explore his work through touch.

Working with the tools of a sculptor might come easily to Merlin Cohen because he is also a retired dentist. Cohen lives and creates in the Tucson Foothills alongside his wife Janie, a painter.