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Small Town - BIG ART!!! - Arts Commission Open Studio Tour 2009

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

The Arts Commission held its annual Open Studio Tour on Sunday, with more than 100 people buying tickets at $15/pre-sale and $20 day of the event.  The works of more than thirty artists were on display at nineteen studios throughout Sierra Madre.  Several studios in the canyon were reached by visitors taking trams that were on a rotating loop down to St. Rita's.  Creative Arts Group was the opening spot on the tour, where attendees picked up tickets/maps and received information about the various studios and artists.  Creative Arts Group also had artists giving demonstrations in various media, a children's project to make cars, and an auction of birdhouses.  Artists were given plain unadorned birdhouses and asked to decorate them however they saw fit.  It was interesting to see the different directions taken by the artists, with probably the most unusual of the paths chosen by a pair of artists working together who chopped/blended the wood into papier mache, from which they made birds and placed them in a potted plant (see pictures below).  This is a work in progress, I'll be adding more artist information after I find my program, and possibly some video and links, as well.  At the bottom, please find links to the website for some of the artists...

Artists - I tried whenever possible to make sure I had permission to take photos.  If you see photos of your work on this page that you would prefer not be posted here, let me know, and I'll remove it with my apologies. 

Creative Arts Group was the initial stopping point on the tour, and there was no charge to view its gallery, or observe its artists in action.

Some of the birdhouses put up for auction.

Another view

This entry, the artists turned the original wood birdhouse into papier mache birds

Artist Bob Bullock demonstrates ceramics

A better shot of the ceramics demonstration

Multiple artists at work at Creative Arts Group "studio"

Dawn Mendelson working on tile mosaic

Rob Sherrill painting

Kimberly Nicholson works on jewel art

Artist Jim Burns at work

Suzanne Kustner hard at work

Cathy Manzo and Mary Wallace demonstrate puppetry in children's art exhibition room

One might be inspired working on a deck with a view like this...Carolyn Gravatte studio

Same studio, different deck - the works of Laura Wambsgans were also on display at this studio

Some of the art on display at this studio

Paper art/paper making by Colin Browne at the studio in the old fire station in the canyon - Tarbeaux Press - Cara Cara Paper

Browne hard at work

Metal work by David Williams and Gary Chatmajian were on display at studio on Woodland, if I remember right, this is by Williams

Stained glass fireplace at Yolanda Shewell studio

Clothing by Yolanda Shewell

The main piece here was once a headboard for a bed

Gallery Thirty One on East Montecito, featuring the work of Star Higgins


The brownies went quickly at Susan Wallis' stained glass gallery

Susan Wallis

If you look closely, you'll see balloons at four seperate galleries on East Montecito

Arts Commissioners Barbara Wamboldt and Cathy Imhoff

Kay Brown at gallery at 47 East Montecito

Demonstration of ink printmaking using a tortilla press

The works of Moira Love, Elena Alonzo and Gloria prins were on display at Studio 3, 66 E. Montecito

Ginny Liskow and Soozee Van Dkye Woods displayed their work at Leonora Moss in Kersting Court

Jewelry by Van Dyke Woods

Joy Philips and Jay Whitcraft visit artist David Em's studio, where they pose with the artist and his wife Michelle

Websites for some of the artists - Participating artists, if I didn't find  your or you want to switch the link, e-mail me.

Carolyn Gravatte - Painting

CreativeArtsGroup - Mixed Media

David Em - Photography, Computer Imaging

Dawn Mendelson - Mosaic

Djibril N'Doye - Painting

Ginny Liskow - Painting

Gloria Prins - Jewelry

Jill Liston - Jewelry

Jim Burns - Watercolor

K.T. Boyce - Mixed Media

Lori Koop - Clay

Lynne Fearman - Painting

Myra Epstein - Painting

Rob Sherrill - Watercolor

Studio 3 - Painting, jewelry, fabric clay

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