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Spring Open House touts interactive, family friendly day

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday the Artists’ Studio in the Foothills will host its Spring 2013 Open House, featuring open studios and resident artist demonstrations and presentations throughout the day. This event highlights the center’s programs and offers a sampling of upcoming classes, workshops, art camps and mentoring opportunities for students of all ages. Saturday is a family friendly event, so bring the kids and roll up your sleeves for a day full of fun interactive art activities!

These seasonal open house events invite the public to come meet the artists and experience the huge talent and individual artistry of ASiF Resident Artists. In addition to creating opportunity for the community at large to personalize relations with ASiF artists, these events aim also to grow public awareness of the center’s high quality fine art instruction and the huge range of course offerings, from traditional to experimental media offered by resident artists at the center.

Come enjoy the welcoming atmosphere at ASiF and venture into the creative spaces of more than 25 resident artists. Visit the community classrooms and private and shared studio spaces of Michael Angell, Rebecca Bleau, Eileen Blodgett, Deborah Bridges, Odette Brush, Phil Brown, Roseanne Burke, Ruth Chase, Susan Crocenzi, Claudia Jeffers, Barbara Harris, Sally Herring, Claudia Jeffers, Jill Mahanna, Susan Michalski, Vicki Parker, Jean Patterson, Lin Schiffner, Robin Wallace, Joanne Wohlfeld, Denise Wey, Kathryn Wronski … And a special welcome to four new ASiF Residents, Franceska Alexander, Cabrina Channing, Kris Johnson and Lil McGill, each of whom will begin teaching at ASiF starting this month.

In the Gallery

ASiF gallery and its three community classrooms will be decked out with resident art works and samplings of student works in a wide range of media —  oil, acrylic, watercolor and encaustic painting, pastels, fine art printmaking, fiber arts, collage, hand built and wheel thrown ceramics, wax and bronze sculpture, mosaics, jewelry, mixed media arts and more!

Classroom demonstrations

and presentations

Guests are invited to ongoing and scheduled presentations, demonstrations and interactive art activities in the center’s main gallery and three community classrooms throughout the day.

Schedule of Events:

Main gallery:

11 a.m.: Red Thread Creativity Circle with new resident artist, Franceska Alexander. As a special new resident introduction, and welcome to guests arriving early that morning, Franceska will lead an intentional creativity circle designed to explore and expand a shared creative collective for the day!

2D classroom:

11:30 a.m.: Free Drop-in Drawing Workshop with Ruth Chase

1 p.m.: Mosaics Demo with Jean Patterson

2 p.m.: Printmaking w/ Pressto:Barbara Harris, Sally Herring & Lin Schiffner

3 p.m.: Acrylic Painting Demo with Densie Wey

Ceramics classroom:

Noon: Mud Hut Hand-building Demo with Denise Wey

1 p.m.: Figure Sculpting - Claudia Jeffers Student Demo

2 p.m: Wheel Throwing Demo with Joanne Wohlfeld

Mixed-media arts classroom:

Noon: Encaustic Painting Demo with Deborah Bridges

1 p.m.: Abstract Painting Demo with Lil McGill

2 p.m.: Acrylics and Mosaics for Kids Interactive Art Activity with Vicki Parker

3 p.m.: Metal Arts & Jewelry Fabrication with Cabrina Channing

Private studio demos,

talks and presentations:

Ongoing throughout the day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mixed Media & Intentional Creative work with Franceksa Alexander

Expressing Yourself in 3-Dimensions-Sculpture Demo w/ Michael Angell

Fine Art Prints and Mixed Media Resin works with Rebecca Bleau

Mixed Media, Printmaking, Acrylics and Water-Media w/ Eileen Blodgett

Oil and Encaustic Painting with Roseanne Burke

Metal Arts & Jewelry Fabrication with Cabrina Channing

Weaving & Fiber Arts with Kris Johnson

Printmaking, Collage & Mixed Media Arts with Barbara Harris

Oil Painting with Jill Mahanna

Cut & Paste Collage & Encaustics with Susan Michalski

Pet Portrait Painting in Oils with Kathryn Wronski

For information on upcoming events, classes, workshops and mentoring opportunities, visit the ASiF website at www.asifstudios.com

ASiF is a 4,000-square-foot studio arts facility housing a beautiful fine art gallery and the creative homes of more than 25 visual artists. In addition to the private studio spaces are three larger shared studio/classroom spaces with a variety of specialized equipment.

ASiF is Nevada County’s one and only visual arts center and has become known for its well attended art events celebrated throughout the year by several hundred guests. ASiF owner/director Amanda Paoletti’s promotional work and art event productions have become sought after by other local downtown venues such as Grass Valley Wine Company, and Nevada City’s Clavey Winery, for which she is now producing events for the promotion of local artists shows, artisan games and other products, jewelry trunk shows and poetry and original songwriters.

For more information, go to http://www.asifstudios.com/ASIF_Studios/Home.html.


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