As If Studios – A new kind of art venue opens its doors |

As If Studios – A new kind of art venue opens its doors

As If Studios/Artists’ Studios in the Foothills recently opened at 940 Idaho-Maryland Road, in Grass Valley.

The 4,050 square-foot facility houses nine resident artists who rent private studio space on a long-term basis. The facility also includes a complete ceramic lab, a well-equipped drawing and painting studio, a new printmaking and etching press and a large format/giclee printer for fine art reproductions.

In addition, a small gallery is open to the public, showing the work of the resident artists.

Activities at As If include professional instruction in ceramics, painting and printmaking, figure drawing, a membership-style use of the facility and other community events for the visual arts.

Owner and operator Randy Rigg said his initial goal in opening the facility was to create a place where artists would want to be.

“We ended up with a lot more than that: A complete visual arts resource we really feel the community could use,” Rigg said.

The operates from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Registration for summer classes is available for pottery, sculpture, portrait painting, figure drawing, printmaking and plein air and landscape painting is offered through August.

For more information, contact As If Studios at 274-7000 or

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