North Auburn artists open studios

By May 10, 2013

On Mother’s Day weekend, May 11 and 12, art fans can visit the home studios of 16 talented artists. This free North Auburn Art Studios Tour is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors will see everything from photography to jewelry, watercolors, blown glass, pottery and much more.

One of the artists represented is Sonja Hamilton, noted for her fluid, concise watercolors. She has taught classes all over the world and teaches classes in Provence, France and Spain.

Another accomplished artist is Cathy Cline who makes colorful one-of-a-kind gold, silver and enameled jewelry. She has a masterʼs degree in jewelry design.

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

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

Marianne DeMartini creates hand carved candle lights, large lace bowls and delicate lotus-shaped bowls. All of her stoneware pieces have vibrant colors and textures.

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 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 glass bead maker. Her beads are colorful and elegant and are all handmade from glass from Italy and the United State.

International award-winning artist Jennifer Riley 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.

Browse through the studio of the creative, colorful blown glass of Rick and Janet Nicholson. Watch hot glass blown and shaped from a simple ball of glass into a colorful sculpture of art. 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 Paitichʼs hand painted silk are bedazzling. She combines steel cut in organic shapes that is woven into the silk. During the weekend she will be demonstrating painting on silk. Visitors may also try their hand at using dyes and painting on silk.

Diane Wood works in both metal and glass. Learn how molten glass is transformed into unique sculptures, vessels and glass castings.

Vincent DiLeo is a self-taught photographer who started his career working part time as a news photographer. He creates colorful abstract images of landscapes and has a great passion for creating surrealistic photographs. Some of the unique images that he creates are of flying saucers, robots and clocks floating down a river.

The North Auburn Artists welcome two new artists to their group.

Laura Bennett is an award-winning photographer who has a masters degree in photo/digital media. Bennett uses an old 8 inch by 10 inch wooden camera as well as other various pinhole and plastic cameras to create some of her images. She makes platinum palladium, cyanotype and silver gelatin prints.

David Crosby has established himself as a landscape and nature photographer. On road trips he photographs everything from desert scenes to beautiful meadows with majestic mountains in the background.

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

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