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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Open Studio Tour: Sneak Peek!

 Last Sunday, I got a sneak peak into a few of the art studios that will be participating in this weekend's annual, Long Beach Open Studio Tour. It's a free self-guided event that is open to the public from noon to 5pm on October 13 & 14. Yours truly will be joining the festivities with some snappy photography - and if you stop by I promise a snack or two! How's that for bribery? But I digress...

On a clear, Fall afternoon, the tour was a great excuse to get outside, wander new neighborhoods, ogle homes and gardens, and enjoy an eclectic array of artwork. My advice: have fun, take it easy and give yourself permission to roam. Channel that inner artist.

 Here is a sampling of what you might discover:

Metal work, pottery and mosaics by Tina Burnight; Drawing and painting by Doug Orr and photography by David Rodriguez; small scale figurative paintings and collage by Cynthia Evans; 3-D media by event organizer (kudos, Lisa!!) Lisa Wibroe, and sculpture by Susan Erikson Hawkins.

 Artist Riley Wilkinson's studio showcases a work-in-progress (below) along with several completed canvases. In his bio, Riley says the underlying motivation for his work and his life is based on the notion: "If we follow that which haunts us, we start to dig away to uncover our purpose...I believe that through our creative efforts, we find ourselves and each other." 

 Another stop on the tour, former college administrator, Annie Stromquist says she left her first career at age 35 to heed the call of a creative muse. Now flourishing as an accomplished artist, teacher and author, Annie focuses on creating mixed media works on paper, as well as intaglio, relief and screenprinting (serigraph) techniques (photos below).

Several points on the tour feature the work of two or more artists. Cat Riley's kaleidoscope drawings and artisan jewelry share space with Mary Grace's pottery and Tina Burnight's mosaics; while Andrea Magolske's jewelry designs (below) can be seen at sculptor, Susan Erikson Hawkins' studio.

At Phillip and Robin Smith's wonderfully creative home, art is a family affair that blends seamlessly into their lifestyle -a spot you won't want to miss!

 I think art speaks to each of us in a different way, and the conversation is always personal. 

Painter, Edgar Degas said, "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." 


(Above) Newly completed pieces by Dorte Christjansen.

(Above) Sculpture by Susan Erikson Hawkins; The garden at Doug Orr and David Rodriguez' studios.

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