November 9, 2004 > Local Artists Strut Their Stuff!
Local Artists Strut Their Stuff!
by Florence Ion
A treasure map has been drawn by residents of the Tri-Cities and they have decided to share it with everyone. This altruistic offer is impressive since these people have not only decided to share the location of these treasures, but also invite the public to enter homes, studios and work areas to view and acquire the riches for themselves.
Treasure hunters will be invited into seemingly normal looking houses, but will unearth riches beyond mere platinum, gold and silver. At one "X" on the map, explorers will unearth charming ceramic wall tiles and vivid paintings of Tuscany done by artist Simone Archer. Exposure to the wealth of the first location visited will only whet the appetite for more.
Another site finds life-size torso sculptures and glistening raku vessels by Mike Bennett Continuing on to additional "treasures" provides encounters with local artists David Dunlap, Dmitry Grudsky, Susan Van Wambeck, Susan Helmer, and Nancy Pratt. More site guardians await your visit as 11 artists are participating in the Newark Artists Open Studios event.
On Saturday, November 20th and Sunday, November 21st, from 11am to 5pm, everyone is invited to embark on their own treasure hunt of the 6th Annual Newark Artists Open Studios. Stroll through studios mapped out in the Newark area, and admire a variety of works that include ceramic sculptures, jewelry, etchings, mixed media, and an endearing display of children's art.
Some artists on the roster will illustrate the techniques they use to make their pieces. Adrian Dedic, coordinator of the event and an artist in the show, says the demonstrations are an important element of the showcasing because "you've gotten to know the artist and story behind it." Several of the demonstrations include wood burning on gourds by Denise Miller, Dedic's own traditional etching process made famous by Rembrandt, Simone Archer's electric kiln, and Polly Kavanaugh's raku-style ceramics.
The art on display is also for sale at bargain prices since the pieces are sold directly from the artists and exclude museum or studio fees. Holiday cards can also be purchased at the event; artists will be selling professional note cards with the image of their paintings. 10% of the profits will benefit the Newark Fine Arts Mini Experience (FAME) volunteer program that introduces children to creative expression such as classical music, opera, and painting.
The Open Artists event has expanded in recent years and now includes seven studio sites and 11 different artists. Many of these artists have won awards in competitive art shows and have presented their works from California to New York. Dedic will be hosting two guest artists from Fremont at her location.
Photos of the artists in action can be found at the Newark Library from Oct. 14th through Nov. 22nd, and a preview exhibit is on display at the Silliman Activity Center from Nov. 13-21. Information and directions to the studios can be found at the Newark Library (6300 Civic Terrace Ave.), the Silliman Center (6800 Mowry Ave.) or by visiting www.myartiststudio.com/openstudios.html or calling Adriane Dedic at (510) 794 - 3436.
Newark Artists Open Studios
November 20 & 21
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.