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November 14, 2007 > Newark Artist Open Studios

Newark Artist Open Studios

Local Artists offer demos and tours of their art studios

By Mona Shah

Ever wonder how artists find inspiration and transform their visions into works of art? Satisfy your curiosity by visiting local art studios and asking artists how an idea is transformed into a finished product during the Newark Open Studios. Newark resident artists will once again open their doors during this annual event to share their workshops and methods with the public.

Established and emerging artists will showcase completed works as well as works-in-progress. The event provides art lovers with the opportunity to meet artists, tour studios and purchase original artworks that have not been exhibited elsewhere.

The 9th annual Newark Artists Open Studios features six studio sites and thirteen artists with resident and guest artists at each site. The studios are all within a few miles of each other so it's easy to visit every site.

Guests will have the opportunity to visit an amazing variety of art including glass jewelry, ceramic tile, bird baths, oil paintings of Coyote Hills, pastel portraits, tile murals, New Orleans street scenes, Japanese inspired prints, stunning photography, and fabulous ceramic pottery. It's a perfect time to jumpstart holiday shopping with a vast selection of original holiday gifts - whether you choose an original oil painting or a set of note card reproductions signed by the artist.

Several artists will demonstrate their techniques and welcome the opportunity to share their "tricks of the trade." For example, those who visit Simone Archer's studio will peek behind the scenes of a ceramic studio and see an electric kiln that bakes here original designs on individual tile pieces to form stunning ceramic bird baths or tile wall murals of rolling vineyards.

Many Newark artists exhibit their work in galleries from California to New York and have won awards at numerous competitive juried art shows.

Here is a preview of the creative artists at Newark Artist Open Studios:

35391 Newcastle Court:

Akio Aochi - Ceramic pottery, plates, mugs, bowls, platters

Dee Murphy and Heidi and April Davis - Glass, stone, and bead jewelry pendants, earrings, and bracelets

Barbara Miller - Nature photography

36541 Cherry Street:

Simone Archer - Paintings and picturesque ceramic wall murals

Mary Kay Chicoine - Oil paintings of Coyote Hills, and Bay Area landscapes.

36493 Bridgepointe Drive:

Linda Patterson - Oil, acrylic, and pastel landscapes with scenes of Mission Peak and Coyote Hills. Nature sketches used to fabricate 15 concrete walls on the San Tomas Aquino / Saratoga Creek Trail in Santa Clara.

5264 Salisbury Drive:

David Dunlap - Oil paintings of New Orleans, jazz musicians, and city street scenes.

35627 Reymouth Drive:

Susan Van Wambeck - Pastel portraits, digital collages.

Susan Helmer - Sculpturistic jewelry pieces, elegant pendants

35911 Ruschin Drive:

Colleen Hernandiz. - Delicate watercolor paintings of koi, egrets, and flowers .

Adriane Dedic - Etchings, fabric collage, Japanese wood block prints, and mixed media art of geisha, bicycles, and funky shoes. See an etching press and print making demonstration.

9th Annual Newark Artists Open Studios
Saturday and Sunday
November 17 and 18
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(510) 676-3938

The event is free and open to the public

A preview will be shown November 3 - 19, at the Silliman Activity Center, 6800 Mowry Ave., Newark.

Maps available at:
Newark Library, 6300 Civic Terrace Ave
Newark Community Center, 35501 Cedar Blvd.
Silliman Activity Center, 6800 Mowry Ave.
Participating artist studios

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