Scenes of the Season: Final weekend for Open Studios tour |

Scenes of the Season: Final weekend for Open Studios tour

The opening weekend of the Fall Colors Open Studios Tour had strong crowds according to organizers. The tour continues this weekend around Nevada County.
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WHO: The Center for the Arts with support from Nevada County Arts

WHAT: Fall Colors Open Studios and Art Tours 2013

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday


INFO:, openstudiostour-post/


The Fall Colors Open Studio and Art Tour continues this weekend around Nevada County.

There are 74 local artists welcoming the public to 34 studios and art galleries during the free tour, presented by The Center for the Arts and Nevada County Arts.

On the tour, the public will get a chance to meet artists, view new work and buy original art in a wide range of media and styles. The tour allows art lovers to see the artists¹ workspace — the place where art is made, watch live demonstrations, and learn about the art process from concept to completion.

Two local galleries, Mowen Solinsky in Nevada City and ASIF (Artists¹ Studio in the Foothills) in Grass Valley are displaying finished pieces.

This year’s tour features painters, printmakers, photographers, ceramicists, illustrators, jewelers, designers, woodworkers and more. Up to 15 locations on the tour will offer demonstrations and special projects.

Nevada City photographer David McKay, for example, is providing full access to his studio so people can see how he creates his work.

“My display has 112 linear feet of display panels outside of my studio. My studio is 1,200 square feet, with large format inkjet printers, studio lights and back drops, camera equipment (both film and digital) and a wet lab/film darkroom,” McKay said.

For this year’s tour, McKay has 180 of his color and black-and-white images displayed on panels outside and in his studio, it’s the largest presentation of photography he’s had set up for the studio tour.

McKay said that last weekend’s turnout for the Open Studios tour was good.

Artists Charles Schmidt and Barbara Neill also had success in their first weekend.

“(T)he interest in commissions was very high; and the general interest in our style of furniture was over the top. Monday we woke to an email to a commission of a coffee table and chair. At the shop on Sunday, a looker had told her friend about us, rolled into the shop; called her friend and ordered her to drop everything and come to the shop. The friend was there in 17 minutes: she bought two items and plans to buy two more chairs, at least,” Schmidt and Neill wrote in an email to The Center and The Union.

As part of the ongoing Open Studios tour activities, the Center for the Arts hosts a “Paint Like a Local Artist” workshop today for aspiring artists ages 7 and up. Art instructor Vicki Parker teaches participants to make art in the style of artists featured on the Open Studios Art Tour. Kids and parents welcome. Details and costs are on The Center’s website.

To plan a tour, look for the Fall Colors Tour Guide Companion that will include artist information, maps, nature trails, weekend events, live music and a list of tasting rooms and restaurants.

Copies of Fall Colors tour guides are available at The Center for the Arts, Art Works Gallery, ASIF Studios, BriarPatch Co-op, both chambers and Mowen Solinsky Gallery.

For more information, call 530-274-8384

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