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Meet the artists behind the art

For art-lovers who want to see artwork as well as rub shoulders with artists, the Open Studios Art Tour is a perfect event. The two-weekend art tour, which concludes Sunday, lets people visit the homes and studios of local artists and see the exhibits right at the venue of their creation.

This year, 84 local artists have participated in the event. The exhibited art forms include sculpture, woodworks, ceramics, photography, fiber art and jewelry. Free tour brochures are available at various locations in Nevada City and Grass Valley.

“I think that the Open Studios Art Tour is a great way for people to see where the artists create their art, see how artists work, the conditions under which they work,” said Grass Valley-based artist Irene Nicolas, who’s displaying her works in acrylic and mixed media at her studio. “There is an exchange that happens (on this tour), which does not happen when the work is purchased by someone you’ve never met. The nice thing is to talk to people about one’s art, whether they buy anything or not.”



Nicolas is displaying art pieces with a wide price range.

“I have cards and magnets for $3 to shrines for $15 to prints for $55,” she said. “I also have paintings for $200 to $300.”




Esther and Charles Escott of Grass Valley are both exhibiting their art at the event. Esther is displaying her works in soft pastel, while her husband is showing silver and gold jewelry and sculptures.

“The Open Studios Art Tour is great,” Esther said. “It takes quite a bit of work to get all of the works ready for display and also have a display area. We do it in our backyard and also my studio that opens onto the back deck.

“We have had very good sales this year, so far. Approximately 50 to 60 people are visiting a day. We are seeing a lot of beginning artists who come to share their interests.”

Esther’s works cost between $50 to $325. Charles has priced the jewelry – necklaces, ear-rings, pendants and brooches – from $20 to $125.

“I appreciate the public’s interest in the show,” Charles said. “Many people are coming. To have 50 people come into my studio on one day is wonderful. You don’t get that anywhere else.”

The Escotts said each of them had to pay $135 to enter the event, a fee they said was worth the exposure it gave them.

Kathyrn Wronski, who’s exhibiting her oil paintings, said the art tour “is wonderful.”

“It is a great way for people to see a lot of artists who don’t get to see their art,” she said. “If you come to our studio, next door at Nevada City Picture Framing, they are hosting six artists.”

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To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail soumitros@theunion.com or call 477-4229.


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