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November 19, 2008 > Newark Artists Open Studios

Newark Artists Open Studios

By Mona Shah

Each year, the public is treated to an incredible opportunity; a chance to glimpse inside local art studios, meet artists and understand the creative processes that result in finished artwork. This year, the Newark Artist Open Studio's has encouraged local artists to open their workshops to the public, allowing personal visits, browsing and purchase from a plethora of offerings.

Local high caliber talent is immensely beneficial for the entire community - artist, buyer and those who simply appreciate fine art. This year, you can stroll through the studios of local, professional Newark artists and see an amazing variety of art and unique gift items. These award-winning artists have displayed their art in galleries and juried shows in major cities throughout the country. You will see stunning ceramic tile bird baths and tile murals of Tuscany, beautiful oil paintings and pastels of Coyote Hills, colorful New Orleans street scenes, mosaic sculptures, Japanese inspired prints of geisha, delicate water color paintings of koi fish, birds, and gardens, mixed media, portraits, art quilts and much more. New this year, you can purchase coffee mugs, t-shirts and small art tiles with the artist's original art.

This year's Newark Artists Open Studios features five studio sites and ten artists with resident artists 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.

Don't miss the opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn "tricks of the trade." Linda Patterson will give tips on creating a travel sketch book, Adriane Dedic will explain how an etching or Japanese wood block print is made, Simone Archer will show how she fires ceramics in her kiln, Susan Van Wambeck will share her pastel and portrait techniques, Dmitry Grudsky will demo his masterful mosaic tile process and visitors can watch David Dunlap work on his oil painting of favorite scenes in New Orleans. Children will enjoy seeing a children's art exhibit by Simone Archer's students.

A preview exhibit through November 23 at the Silliman Activity Center, 6800 Mowry Ave. in Newark will showcase a sample of art from each artist. The event is free and open to the public.

Here's a preview of the fabulously creative artists you will meet in their studios:

36541 Cherry St.
Artists: Simone Archer, Mary Kay Chicoine, Robyn Leimer
Picturesque ceramic wall murals of the vineyards of Napa, and Tuscany, oil landscapes of Bay area, Venice, European cityscapes and countryside

36493 Bridgepointe Drive
Artists: Linda Patterson
Oil, acrylic, and pastel landscapes with scenes of Mission Peak and Coyote Hills, travel sketches of Europe

5264 Salisbury Drive
Artists: David Dunlap
Oil paintings of New Orleans, jazz musicians, and city street scenes

35627 Reymouth Drive
Artists: Susan Van Wambeck , Colleen Hernandiz
Pastel portraits, digital collages, delicate watercolor paintings of koi, egrets, and flowers, artist designed t-shirts

35911 Ruschin Drive
Artists: Adriane Dedic, Denise Miller, Dmitry Grudsky
Etchings, wood block prints, fabric collage, mosaic tile, mixed media geisha, bicycles, oil and pastel landscapes, quilts, art mugs and t- shirts

Newark Artists Open Studios
Saturday and Sunday, Nov 22, 23
11a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

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