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What: El Dorado County Artists Studio Tour 2013
Who: Placerville Arts Association
Where: 16 art studios in El Dorado County
When: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22, and Sept. 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: No admission
From El Dorado Hills to Pollock Pines and Coloma to Diamond Springs, art lovers and novices alike have the opportunity to visit 16 studios showcasing the works of 53 El Dorado County artists over the next two weekends.
“There will be a great variety of really, really high quality art,” said artist Lucia Rothgeb, who will share Studio 1 in Cameron Park with seven other artists eager to meet the public during the El Dorado County Artists Studio Tour 2013.
From fused glass, giclées, jewelry and paintings to decorative and functional stoneware, original oils and sculptures, there will be something for everyone at the free self-guided tour, said Rothgeb.
Sponsored by the Placerville Arts Association, El Dorado County’s oldest non-profit art group in continuous operation since it was formed in the early 1960’s, the Studio Tour is an annual community outreach event, explained Rothgeb.
“The purpose is to bring art to the community in a convenient way,” she said. “People can meet local artists, hear about their backgrounds and even ask what they were feeling when they created a certain piece.” If they’d like to buy something then and there they may do that, too.
Rothgeb said she estimates 250 people will browse through Studio 1 alone during the four-day event. She advises art tourists to hop in their cars and make at least one full day of it, seeing as many studios as possible across the county.
Sixteen studios will be open with artists creating and visiting. Light refreshments will be served.
“We often see high school art students, couples and families, even shuttles of seniors from assisted living homes,” said Rothgeb. “All are welcome.”
Rothgeb enjoys sharing space with other artists during the annual Studio Tour. Each artist sets up in a different, usually outdoor, location.
“It’s really low-key, like an open house,” she said.
Several artists are presenting a solo show, said Rothgeb. Like Robert Sandidge in Diamond Springs or Bruce E. Gruenzel in Placerville.
“Bruce does these wonderful, classically oil painted seascapes, vistas, ships against the wind — very dramatic,” Rothgeb said.
In the past, there have been certain themes at the Studio Tours. This year there will be a little bit of everything, said Rothgeb.
Rothgeb specializes in original acrylic, watercolor, mixed media landscapes, still life and abstracts, collage, small works and calligraphy.
Among her many pieces, she will display decorative colored pencil gourds and recycled coffee bean burlap bags each handcrafted and embellished with care.
“I think this one might even fit an iPad,” she said, showcasing the different selections.
Anything might inspire Rothgeb, but she is especially fond of music and travel.
“I make music part of the art,” she said of several pieces that show sheet music mounted on notecards or canvas and then overlaid with whimsical colors.
Many of her pieces are inspired by her love of Lake Tahoe.
Rothgeb spoke for her fellow artists when asked if she has any goals for the tour.
“We’re trying to reach as many people as we can,” she said.
The 2013 Studio Tour will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22, and Sept. 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tour books are available in Placerville at: El Dorado Arts Council ArtSpace, 459 Main St.; Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St; Flowers on Main, 318 Main St.; Foothill Printing & Design, 1331 Broadway; Placerville News Company, 409 Main St.; Placerville Hardware, 441 Main St.; and Rocky’s Art and Framing, 384 Placerville Drive; and in Cameron Park Craft Castle, 3374 Coach Lane.
Those are just some of the merchants who will have tour books available. The tour book can also be downloaded in PDF form at the PAA website. Visit www.placervillearts.com to download your copy. It has all the information that you’ll need for an enjoyable and adventurous tour.
To download the free Studio Tour 2013 booklet, including maps and studio locations, visit placervillearts.com.