Reif erickson



Auburn Art Tour offers variety

By From page B5 | September 21, 2012

On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the public is invited to visit the home studios of 14 great Auburn artists. This free event  is a wonderful way to spend the day.

Some of the artists on the tour include Sonja Hamilton, Cathy Cline, Don Crawford and Patty Pieorpan Dong.

Hamilton is noted for her fluid, concise watercolors. She has taught classes all over the world and in June 2012 she taught a watercolor class in Provence, France.

Cline is an accomplished artist who makes colorful one-of-a-kind gold, silver and enameled jewelry. She has a master’s degree in jewelry design.

Crawford is a master cabinet maker who has turned his attention to wood sculpture.

Pieropan Dong creates wonderful California landscapes using oils,watercolors and block print media.

The art of Reif Erickson can be found in public, corporate and private collections throughout the Pacific Coast. His landscape pastels are masterfully created from his travels.

Dirk Dusharme, another artist participating on the tour, is an award winning designer and photographer who uses photography as a springboard into examining architecture with his own peculiar perspective.

Rita Forman is an art beadmaker whose colorful and elegant beads are handmade from glass from Italy and the U.S.A.

Roam through the yard of international award winning artist Jennifer Johnson who creates metal sculptures from discarded steel. Many of her powerful sculptures focus on the human form and horses.

Anita Posey Lowe is well known for her reasonably priced pottery. Her beautiful bowls, cups, and dishes are all one-of-a-kind works of art.

Visitors can enjoy the creative, colorful blown glass of Rick and Janet Nicholson and watch glass being formed and shaped from a simple ball of glass into a colorful sculpture of art in their studio. Some of their larger projects can be found at Kaiser Permanente in Roseville or around the world at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Shenzhen, China.

The vibrant colors and bold designs of Barbra Patich’s hand-painted silk are bedazzling as she combines steel cut into organic shapes that is woven into the silk. During the weekend she will be demonstrating painting on silk and visitors may also try their hand at using dyes and painting on silk.

Artist Diane Wood works in both metal and glass. Her study of nature is found in spiral movement of the work. Many of her large wall pieces are an expression of motion and textures through the transparency of the glass.

Paula DiLeo creates whimsical art with mixed media that has bold bright colors and detailed patterns. Her subjects vary from children to animals and flowers but her favorite subjects are faces of women with large soulful eyes.

Vincent DiLeo is a self-taught photographer. His images are created by using multiple layers of photographs and blending the colors and images into one. The symbolic nature of taking a fragment of time and blending them together has inspired him to create vibrant abstract art photos, and dreamscapes, photographic images from his dreams. DiLeo will give a short visual presentation on how he creates photographs from his dreams on both days at 1 p.m.

For a map of each artist’s studio visit All of the artists on this tour are only a short distance from each other.

North Auburn

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • Special Publications »

    Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service (updated 4/30/2015) and Privacy Policy (updated 4/7/2015).
    Copyright (c) 2016 McNaughton Newspapers, Inc., a family-owned local media company that proudly publishes the Daily Republic, Mountain Democrat, Davis Enterprise, Village Life and other community-driven publications.