Several artists from Cambria and San Luis Obispo County at large will participate in the 16th annual Open Studios Art Tour, the weekends of Oct. 11-12 and 18-19.
Local artists featured at this year’s self-guided tour include Franz Affentranger, Mary C. Barnhill, Stephen Juel of Dancing Dog Clayworks, Peggy Vrana and Michael Miller of Earthsea Pottery, Penny Fitzgerald, Patricia Griffin, Sue Johnson and Jeanette Wolff.
A brief look at the artists and their specialties:
Mary C. Barnhill of Barnhill’s Stoneworks creates original clay sculpture, including garden sculptures and masks for Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in art and design from Cal State Northridge. She took part in the recent 927 Show in Cambria, and her work has been displayed at locations including The Vault and the Beatrice Wood Center in Ojai.
Franz Affentranger is a self-taught mosaic artist who has also taken part in the Cambria Scarecrow Festival. Franz and Vicki Affentranger’s Giant Crow’s Nest, for example, won the festival’s 2012 award for most creative entry.
At Earthsea Pottery, Michael Miller has more than 40 years of experience as a studio artist/potter; Peggy Vrana, who has been a potter for 28 years, also has experience as a woodworker and fiber artist. The two have been collaborating for nearly three decades, and their works have appeared in such locations as Moonstones Gallery in Cambria and Native Spirit Gallery in Morro Bay, as well as galleries in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. The two have lived in Cambria since 1983.
Penny Fitzgerald is a graphic artist, natural designer and photographer, whose paintings depict the natural world on canvas. In the past two decades, according to her website, she has created urban murals in Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo.
Ceramic artist Patricia Griffin is showing her “The Woodcut Series” at Hands Gallery in San Luis Obispo through Oct. 3. A Cambria resident since 2007, she works out of a studio in the old schoolhouse on Main Street, where she offers two-day workshops. Her November workshop is full, and the next one with openings is nearly a year away, in August 2015.
Sue Johnson’s paintings are inspired by light, from the soft, diffused light of the central coast to the bright sunlight of Australia, she writes on her website. Her art has been featured in the Gallery of Los Olivos, Studios on the Park in Paso Robles and Allied Arts Association of Cambria.
Multimedia fine artist Jeanette Wolff of Cambria has been a competitive artist for more than 40 years, according to her website. She has also judged art shows, owned an art gallery and taught workships. Her work has been featured in Cambria’s Chambers Gallery and The Vault, along with Studios on the Park in Paso Robles.
- Dancing Dog Clayworks is a home-based studio specializing in high-fired stoneware. Stephen Juel’s work includes goblets, “elephant mugs” (with trunks for handles) and “dragon bowls” perched on clawed feet.
A free catalogue with artist locations is available at the Cambria Chamber of Commerce or online, and more information about the artists is available online at http://art4insiders.com.
More than 230 artists from San Luis Obispo County took part in last year’s event. ArtsObispo is a nonprofit (501)c3 serving the arts community of San Luis Obispo County.