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June 8, 2010 > Mission Trails Artists Open Studios

Mission Trails Artists Open Studios

By Mona Shah

Art can be served in many forms, and the Mission Trails Artists Open Studio offers a buffet of creativity. Fourteen award-winning artists will display their original art and gift items at two popular East Bay studio sites Saturday June 12 and Sunday June 13.

Several of the exhibiting artists are well known in the Bay Area as "Artists 7" and have exhibited widely at city and community galleries. "Artists 7" began exhibiting together in 2000; the collaborative is celebrating its 10th anniversary with "Mission Trails Open Studios."

This is a great opportunity to meet local artists, who have exhibited in galleries and juried shows throughout the country. Offering a rare glimpse into the creative process, Open Studios allow participating artists to exhibit a wide variety of techniques that are sure to fascinate visitors.

At Denise Oyama Miller's studio, exhibits will highlight six popular artists. At Cindy Sullivan's artist studio, meet another eight talented artists.

The event is free and open to the public. Items range from large and small art pieces to affordable gift items.

Denise Oyama Miller's House and Studio
270 Tordo Court, Fremont

Exhibiting Artists: Simone Archer, Adriane Dedic, Denise Oyama Miller, Judith Oyama Olson, Buck Olson, Nancy Ryan

Garden art enthusiasts will enjoy Simone's hand made ceramic tiles that fit together like a puzzle to create bold indoor or outdoor wall murals of vineyards and local city scenes. Adriane will demonstrate her unique approach to printmaking that combines traditional wood block and etching techniques with contemporary digital manipulation. Denise will show her award-winning art quilts, stunning designer apparel, watercolor paintings, and intricately decorated gourds. Judith has beautifully woven blankets from wool that she cards and spins from her own sheep. Buck is a master wood turner with a variety of functional and sculptural wood pieces. Nancy's vibrant art quilts and Asian theme quilted vests are always popular as visitors love to try on the beautifully designed wearable art.

Cindy Sullivan's House and Studio
1423 Deschutes Place, Fremont

Exhibiting Artists: Marge Barta Atkins, Jean Bidwell, Susan Helmer, John Ries, Kathy Ries, Marcia Ritz, Francie Shaw, Cindy Sullivan

Color is dominant in Marge's beautiful floral paintings that are also available as smaller matted pieces and note cards. Jean will display several of her recently exhibited paintings that explore the forces of nature, the sky and heavens. Jewelry pieces by Susan are stunning fashion statements and her gorgeous silk paintings are saturated with intense dazzling, color dyes that make you stop and say "wow!" Kathy's photographs are moments in time. Glimpses of a historic ghost town or the momentary light on a flower are poetically captured to show the fleeting beauty around us. John can tell a story with pencil, oils, pastels - or a dimensional vision in metal. He strives for realism, whether in his western and wildlife art or a beautiful still life. Cindy Sullivan works primarily in transparent watercolors. Her exciting most recent pieces are bright collage abstracts on very textured paper. Francie creates jewelry using vintage and new pieces, beads, anything that appeals to her that would make an interesting piece of jewelry. She also hand knits soft yummy scarves with embellishments and has photo cards of her travels.

Mission Trails Artists Open Studios
Saturday and Sunday
June 12 and 13
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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