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Autumn Art Studios Tour

11/03/2014 10:00AM ● By Style

Batik artist Keith Smith will show at the OLAS Building in Auburn

American Historian Miriam Beard once mused, “Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” The annual Autumn Art Studios Tour offers attendees the opportunity to travel the Placer County countryside and enjoy the artful creations of local artists.


The three-day tour—this year over Veterans Day weekend, November 7-9—is in its 21st year, offering art lovers and collectors plenty of time to leisurely visit some or all of the 60 participants showing in 33 locations. Artists from Colfax to Roseville and many other Placer County nooks and crannies, offer a rare glimpse into the art-making process. Polymer clay artist Rebecca Martinez, who is presenting her wearable art on the tour, explains: “Artists’ studios are often in interesting locations—you go down roads you don’t usually travel.”

The premise of the tour is to allow “passport” holders to see where and how artists create their unique work. Studios from tiny to grand, immaculately organized to quietly chaotic, house the best-of-the-best in local art. PlacerArts Executive Director Angela Tahti says, “There is more to art than meets the eye—there are so many other things that go into the work.” 


The show of carefully selected artists and their works, sponsored by PlacerArts—a nonprofit founded in 1983 and envisioned to promote the arts and humanities to artists and the public in Placer County and beyond—aims to help attendees understand how the arts enrich our community.

There are several artists who have opened their studio for every tour since the start, yet the tour also welcomes new artists each year. “Having new artists keeps the tour fresh,” Tahti says. “We strive to always show a variety of work.” She also explains how each featured artist must display high quality and consistency in their work. This year’s talent ranges from painters and potters to glass blowers and stainless steel welders. “The tour offers a lot of diversity among the arts,” Tahti says. “You get to see the approach and the work...not just the finished piece.”


Painter Marilyn Rose will show in Lincoln


This is an excellent opportunity for the public and fellow artists to see, and possibly purchase, original art, and is the perfect venue for inspiration. “The feel of the tour is festive,” Martinez says. “It’s a fun, relaxed experience where you can meet the artists and see the pieces they created.”

PlacerArts will offer, for purchase, a three-day passport to enjoy all the open studio locations. What’s more, there will be four raffle drawings each day for $100 worth of “art bucks,” which can be used at any tour location.

A preview show of the artists’ work is now on display at the William Jessup University Library until November 10; purchase passports at locations across the county.
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