If you’re an art aficionado, you’ll feel right at home wherever you may be in San Luis Obispo County the next couple of weeks.
And Cambria is no exception. In fact, the community has deepened its involvement in the annual Open Studios Art Tour this year.
Mary Barnhill, who’s coordinating the tour locally, said Cambria has “more than doubled our number of participating artists by working with the Allied Arts Association and last year’s artists on recruitment. We think that more artists showing will get more Open Studios patrons to make the drive to Cambria.”
Last year, eight studios were involved in the tour. Six of them are returning this year, and 11 others have come on board, raising the total to 17.
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Back this year are Barnhill, Penny Fitzgerald, Earthsea Pottery, Franz Affentranger, Patricia Griffin and Jeanette Wolff.
Stained-glass artist Judy Maynard wasn’t on the roster last year, but she’s done several of the tours in the past.
“They are always great fun and exposure for the artist,” she said. “It is sometimes the only way the public can actually see art and studio space directly from the artist. I had a gallery in Cambria a couple of years back (Saiko Gallery) in the West Village, and personally for me I know that people really enjoy meeting the artist and seeing firsthand how things are done.”
Like Maynard, many of the other artists on the tour are familiar to followers of Cambria’s art scene in Cambria, as well.
They include acrylic impressionist Tish Rogers, who coordinated the 927 Art Show this past summer, and Coast Unified schools art instructor Suzette Morrow, whose students play a major role in producing scarecrows for Cambria Scarecrow Festival — which is going on at the same time.
Barnhill hopes that coordinating with the festival will boost attendance on the tour.
“We are working with the scarecrow people to try to draw that group of visitors,” she said. “Many of us are making scarecrows at the entry points into our neighborhoods. Sales and attendance were down for much of last year, and we want to get the word out that Cambria will have an awesome collection of artists this year.”
As part of that effort, Barnhill is also increasing coordination among the artists involved.
“I’ve organized our efforts by what I’m calling neighborhood ‘artist enclaves,’ ” she explained, “with the intention that each neighborhood will promote each other’s studios as well as promoting the other enclaves.”
The neighborhoods in Cambria are grouped as follows:
- Patricia Griffin, handmade pottery — 880 Main St., PatriciaGriffinCeramics.com.
- Holly McCain, watercolor and oil paintings — 880 Main St.
- Mary Barnhill, clay nature prints — 1060 Hartford St., BarnhillsEarthworks.com.
- Carolyn Edis, watercolor — 1060 Hartford St.
- Penny Fitzgerald, abstract impressionism — 870 Suffolk St., PennyF.com.
- Stephen Kellogg, landscape and abstract watercolor — 1060 Hartford St.
- Shigeko Kojimi, watercolor and oil paintings — 1085 Hartford St.
- Rosemary Pisciotta, expressionist figurative painting — 5171 Oakhurst Drive, RosemaryStudio.com.
- Tish Rogers, acrylic impressionism — 5301 Hillcrest Drive.
- Stephanie Arehart, hand-built functional ceramics — 2400 Kerry Ave.
- Dancing Dog Clayworks, ceramic sculpture and pottery — 2095 Pierce Ave., DancingDogClayworks.com.
- Earthsea Pottery, porcelain and stoneware pottery — 1420 Richard Ave., EarthseaPottery.com.
- Shirley Kirkes Mar, figurative, music and dance — 2191 Ogden Drive, ShirleyKirkesMar.com.
- Judy Maynard, stained glass — 2747 Pineridge Drive.
- Suzette Morrow, wood sculpture and paintings — 2095 Ogden Drive, Suzet.com.
- Franz Affentranger, mosaic bistro tables — 621 Canterbury Lane.
- Jeanette Wolff, paintings and mixed media — 516 Canterbury Lane, JeanetteWolff.com.
The tour is presented by ARTS Obispo and offers a catalog online atwww.artsobispo.org/system/files/OSAT2015_web_catalog.pdf
with listings and a map of studio locations.
Open Studios tour
- What: Open Studios Art Tour
- When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 10-11 and 17-18
- Information: www.artsobispo.org or 544-9251.