Saturday, June 3, 2000 - 6-9 p.m.
A year-round event, Arts Alive! is presented by
the Humboldt Arts Council and
OPEN STUDIO TOUR JUNE 10-11
by BOB DORAN
SATURDAY'S ARTS ALIVE! OPENING AT RAMONE'S IN Old Town features 51 artists who work a wide variety of media -- everything from bookbinding and woodcarving to watercolor and oil painting. What do they share in common? They all live and work in Humboldt County. And all of them are participating on the 2nd Annual Open Studio Tour next Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11, where the artists open their doors and invite the world to see where they work.
"The event next weekend includes artists' studios from Trinidad to the north, Blue Lake to the east and Fortuna to the south," explained Sasha Pepper who is coordinating the tour. "Each artist will have a small piece at the Ramone's show. The idea is to give people the opportunity to look at the work, pick up a map showing the locations of all the studios and plan their itinerary."
Pepper is a painter who had participated in open studio tours in San Francisco before she moved here six years ago. Last year she was talking with Susan Fox, a Eureka artist, and the topic came up. They two women joined forces to make it happen.
"Susan has a background in graphics so she made the original map; that's the key to the whole thing. It's an artist-generated event and it's a great thing for artists. It gives them another venue besides galleries to show and sell their work. And it's a wonderful thing for the public. You get a sense of the creative process by seeing where the art is created."
The Open Studios preview begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at Ramone's Bakery and Café, 209 E St., Eureka. Maps will be available all week at the Ink People Gallery, Morris Graves Museum of Art, the Art Center in Eureka, Northtown Art Supply and Wildberries Marketplace in Arcata.
The Open Studio Tour runs from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11. For more information call the Humboldt Arts Council at 442-0278.
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