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November 28, 2017 > Get behind the scenes at Artists Open Studios

Get behind the scenes at Artists Open Studios

Submitted By Adriane Dedic

Local artists offer demos, tours of their art studios, and original art and gift items at studio prices during the 18th annual ÒNewark Artists Open StudiosÓ Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3.

Once a year, Newark artists open their studios to the community to give local residents a peek at their newest gallery pieces and creative works in progress. Tour three studios and see the amazing work of nine artists ranging from dazzling glass jewelry; stunning tile wall murals; gorgeous paintings on silk; artist designed scarves; and masterful paintings in watercolor, acrylic, and oil. Tableware in fused glass or outdoor sculpted ceramic garden dˇcor make eye-catching style statements. Japanese inspired mixed-media pieces, whimsical textile collages, and fun fabric plush pillows are more of the unique items you will see.

Enjoy chatting with the artists to learn the secrets of their creative techniques, watch actual art demos, and chances are you will find that perfect piece of art for yourself or for someone special. This annual event is free and open to the public, so you can get a head-start on holiday gifts as well as purchase original art at studio prices.

Simone's Archer's home has been described as an art studio with a little house attached to it. Art is nestled throughout her backyard garden, while her masterful oil paintings cover the walls of her home. A kiln is the centerpiece of her studio where she fires glass for glistening jewelry and clay tiles for small and large wall murals of Tuscany and Napa vineyards. She often does custom oil paintings and clay murals for clients who ask her to recreate their memories of trips abroad. But her favorite pastime is to paint landscapes on location in Half Moon Bay, Mendocino, or local areas, capturing vistas that may not be there tomorrow.

Lynn Kozma combines various knitting and crochet techniques in her wearable designs using natural fibers. For toys and small childrenÕs clothing she may also use novelty yarn. In her wall hangings, she explores color and shape as well as use of non-traditional fibers, often adding embellishments incorporating other materials.

Derek JohnsonÕs stunning photography captures the natural beauty of our own local Bay Area as well as fascinating destinations abroad.

Nancy BentonÕs acrylic paintings are strong visual statements about the human condition and our relationship to nature and each other. Landscapes, cityscapes, and abstracts are often created as a series as she explores meaningful themes that tell a story as the viewer studies each piece. Her paintings are colorful, vibrant and rich reflections of familiar, local scenes or distant international places.

Using lush silk fabric as a canvas, Susan Helmer interprets foliage, flowers, and landscapes that you can almost feel. The gorgeous silk paintings are embellished with beads and are saturated with intense dazzling, color that make you stop and say Òwow!Ó Her love of color can also be seen in ice dyed garments, including velvet scarves and holiday jewelry.

Inspired by both the natural world and culture, glass artist Emelie Rogers will exhibit fused glass functional table decor, mid-sized plates and platters as well as gift sets including dishes, ornaments, and jewelry. In addition to her latest pieces with bar and pattern construction, her techniques of copper inclusion and screen printing result in unique glass designs.

Japanese wood block prints inspired Adriane DedicÕs colorful Geisha series featuring musical motifs, fans, and umbrellas and gorgeous kimonos. Her newest fabric collages show whimsical faces with lace flowers for hair or embellished with letters of the alphabet for a scrabble or love letter theme. She has also printed her favorite designs on silk scarves and earrings. Recently, her work was on exhibit at the San Jose Textile Museum and Olive Hyde Art Gallery.

Tetiana Taganska is an impressionist artist. Her passion and inspiration for plein air (outdoor) painting comes from wandering around local hills and California beaches. Taganska 's paintings are bright and full of sunlight. Several of her pieces won first prize at Ohlone College StudentsÕ Art Show in 2016 and 2017.

Sue Morford is inspired by the beauty of flowers and nature. Her vases and sculptures are interpretations of organic forms and lines using ceramic, glass, metal, stone and wood that express different aspects of this beauty. She has been a floral designer for over 20 years and you may have seen her very unique artistry at The De Young Museum during the Bouquets to Art exhibit where she interprets a museum painting as a floral arrangement.

See samples of artistsÕ work and a map to studio sites online at Maps are also available at Newark Library (6300 Civic Terrace Ave.).

Newark Artists Open Studios
Saturday & Sunday, Dec 2 & 3
11 a.m. Ð 5 p.m.
36541 Cherry St (Simone Archer, Derek Johnson, Lynn Kozma, Sue Morford)
6222 Thornton Ave, Suite B1 (upstairs) (Nancy Benton, Susan Helmer, Tetiana Taganska)
35911 Ruschin Dr (Adriane Dedic, Emelie Rogers)

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