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April 27, 2010 > Artists open their doors to the public

Artists open their doors to the public

By Julie Grabowski

Places, process, and personalities behind local art are revealed to the public during the Ninth Annual Open Studios. Saturday, May 1st kicks off the weekend tour of artist's homes and workplaces, offering a diverse compilation of art, as well as quality personal time with its creators.

"Open Studios will provide guests in and outside of the community the opportunity to view and purchase original works of art from many of the accomplished artists in the Tri-City area," says show organizer Pamela Bevans. Sponsored by the Fremont Art Association (FAA), the event features 27 artists showcasing their talents in mediums such as watercolor, photography, fiber and glass art, mosaic, sculpture, oil, pottery, and mixed media.

The tour begins at 10:30 a.m. at the FAA Gallery in Niles where work by acrylic artist Raymond Hu will be on display along with pieces from the current quarterly hanging. Open Studios are available to all FAA member artists in the Tri-City area; this year's participant houses are concentrated in 11 Fremont locations. Maps of the tour route will be provided at the gallery and are also available online at www.fremontartassociation.org for those wanting to get a head start. Signs will be posted along the route to help visitors locate each studio site.

Robyn Leimer has been participating in Open Studios for the last three years. "It's nice to be able to open up your house and share your art with people," she says. Leimer's painting has gone from a longtime hobby to a serious focus, which involved quitting her job. "I didn't want to wait until I retired to work on my skills." A member of FAA for four years, she looks forward to the Open Studios as a time to meet new people, make some sales, and just enjoy the time. "It's a nice weekend."

Margie Dickerson has been making pottery for over 35 years, and has also expanded her artistic talents into fused glass. She will be exhibiting at her home with fellow ceramics artist Akio Aochi. "I like it because it promotes the arts in Fremont," says Dickerson, who has been a part of Open Studios several times. "It's just really fun to see the different venues, and if you need a gift it's nice to buy from local artists." In addition to her handmade art, Dickerson is becoming a master gardener and will have her yard open to the public, complete with 100 irises and a koi pond. Her site will open on Friday, April 30 as part of the Art in the Garden spring sale, with hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For Dickerson the event is all about community building; bumping into old friends, making new ones, and simply coming together under the banner of art.

Visitors to acrylic artist Thomas Cory's studio will have the chance to win an original painting through a free raffle. There will also be an inventory reduction sale on works of various size and subject matter, priced considerably under market value. Those interested can also view the selections online at www.thomascory.com under Open Studio in the Events and Exhibits section.

Established in 1959, the FAA serves "to foster, promote, and encourage the production, cultivation, and appreciation of art in the community." Says Bevans, "One of the many ways the association accomplishes this is by organizing and hosting a substantial and diverse annual Open Studios tour. This is a fun event and you can discover some exciting new artistic talent, and get up close and personal with your favorite local artists in their environment."

Open Studios is a unique and illuminating look into the creative spaces and hearts of our local artists... an opportunity not to be missed.

Open Studios
Saturday and Sunday
May 1 and 2
10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fremont Art Association
37659 Niles Blvd., Fremont
(510) 792-0905
www.fremontartassociation.org
Free

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