Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Time to get your arts on! The Open Studios Art Tour starts this weekend. 

I'll be reporting from the field in two weeks, after Art Boy and I get to go out and visit other studios. In the meantime, say hello to some new favorites and returning veterans who will be opening their doors this weekend (October 6 and 7) in South County.

Here's looking at you, kids! James Aschbacher (aka Art Boy) will be showing  some new  painted art mirrors, along with his whimsical mixed-media acrylic and oil on wood paintings.

People who only know James' public murals around town are often surprised that he makes paintings that fit inside the house as well. Indeed, he does, and an Aschbacher on the wall is like a mystic portal into an enchanted realm of playful cats and dogs, flying fish, dancing eggs, and floating lovers.

James is #110 in the OS Calendar/Guide, here in beautiful midtown Live Oak. Stop in and see what's new!

Aptos ceramicist Jacquie Walton (#43 in the OS Guide) has been potting up a storm. Her beautiful vases, vessels and lamps pay homage to vintage Arts and Crafts design houses like Rookwood and Grueby.

This year, she has lots of new work inspired by classic Redlands, Tiffany, and Teco pottery. All Jacquie's work is hand-thrown (she doesn't use molds) and her glazes are exquisite!

Check out the preview portfolio on her Facebook page:

Fanne Fernow took a break from OS last year, but this year she's back at 17th Avenue, Live Oak, with plenty of strong new work.  Many of her new pieces combine the figurative elements (animals, women, madonnas) so beloved by her early collectors with the meditative encaustic techniques she's been perfecting over the last couple of years.

 The results are vibrant, complex, graphic AND fun! Take a look for yourselves!

Every picture tells a story at Fanne's studio this year. "Long Time No See" (her happy dog painting at the OS Preview Show at the Art League) is a sally to her early fans.  A pair of her cheeky cat paintings, "What Took Her So Long?" and "She Was Blue," continue the saga, accompanied by an entire wall of bright, buoyant paintings in the "Flowerhead Sisters" and "Black Madonna" series. 

And don't miss yet another new series of intricate, triangle-pattern abstracts like the hypnotic "In the Gloaming."

Also welcome back assemblage artist Faye Augustine. (Another Live Oakie, she's # 125 in the OS Guide.) MIA from OS for the last few years, she's back, showing new paintings on wood, a few vintage assemblage pieces, and lots of the 3-D work that is just so Faye—small altar pieces, voodoo dolls, and her "Creepy Doll" line of painted and embellished fabric critters with attitude!

I took a good pic of the dolls too, but the digital camera ate my photo. Must have been voodoo at work! Better stop in and see them in person.

This is just a teeny tiny fraction of the artists throwing open their studio doors this weekend. Pick up a copy of the OS Guide, get the OS App, or visit the OS website to see them all. Studios are open to the public 11 am to 5 pm Saturday and Sunday, so get out there and get inspired!

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