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Have an artistic Mother’s Day weekend

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This weekend’s North Auburn Art Studio Tour features eight stops and nine studios showing artworks of a dozen award-winning local artists. The tour operates from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and is free and open to the public. Artists featured on this tour are Sonja Hamilton, Jennifer Johnson, Anita Posey Lowe, Rick and Janet Nicholson, Cathy Cline, Patty Pieropan Dong, Diane J. Wood, Jim Farley, Linda Farley and Andy and Shana Laursen. This year the North Auburn Art Studio Tour artists are offering visitors the opportunity to collect Artist Trading Cards. By visiting the 9 studios all guests over the age of 18 may collect a trading card from each artist. When guests have 10 different cards — the Nicholsons and Laursens each count as one “artist” — at the last studio they visit, their name and contact information will go on a list for the free drawing and the opportunity to win a work of art of one of the artists. Anita Posey Lowe creates ceramic bowls, cups, plates and individual casserole dishes using lead-free glazes and working in earth tones. Aside from her functional pottery Anita’s sculptural art is a mixture of wheel thrown, hand built or a combination of both, she uses several methods of firing — raku, reduction or pit — to get results. She plays with forms to perfect concepts that reflect her personality. Cathy Cline, a jewelry artist and artist-in-residence at the Arts Building in Auburn, continues to explore the creative challenge of designing gold, silver and vitreous enamel one-of-a-kind jewelry. She is also currently using her watercolor and acrylic landscape painting background to create new “paintings” and functional works in vitreous enamel. Cline and Lowe will share studio space this weekend. Jennifer Johnson is an Auburn artist who creates exciting and distinctive sculptures created from found and discarded steel. The sculptures form a powerful and, at times, controversial, expression of personal experience and social stereotypes. Her sculptures range in size from 15 inches to 15 feet. View her work at www. jjohnsonstudio.com. Andy and Shana Laursen are internationally known photographers focusing on African wildlife and landscapes. All sales from the Laursens’ art are donated to various charities. Patrons that purchase their photographs during the Mother’s Day weekend tour will be contributing to Boys and Girls Club of Auburn. Sonja Hamilton, a San Francisco born artist, teacher, and calligrapher, is noted for her fluid, concise watercolors of landscapes, seascapes and flowers. Hamilton has taught in adult education since 1967, and has conducted workshops and tours both in the U.S. and abroad. Linda Farley enjoys painting in a style she describes as “Spirit Painting.” She started painting in her early 20s and it has been evolving over the last 40 years. She taps into what Carl Jung would call the collective unconscious. Farley paints in many medias, including oil, acrylic and tempera. A friend introduced her to fused glass work and now she makes unique pieces of fused glass jewelry which she combines with beads. Jim Farley is a wood artist who shapes local and exotic woods to form sculpted clock bases, boxes, candle-holders, fantasy figure and dinosaur puzzles and words. His shop-studio will also be open for viewing during the tour. Patty Pieropan Dong enjoys working in a variety of media including oils, watercolors and block printing. Her subjects include California landscapes, plein air work from Europe and the Caribbean as well as still life and portraiture. Rick and Janet Nicholson of Nicholson Blown Glass celebrate 30 years of glass and marriage in 2009. The emphasis in their small studio is on creativity and innovation. Their works involve figurative sculpture, sculptural lighting, and multiple piece wall and ceiling installations. Diane J. Wood works both in metal, glass casting, Pate de Verre, and kiln form glass. Her work most often arrives in the form of faces, study of nature and spiral movement within the glass work. With her background in ceramics, she makes all her owns glass forms for her sculptural wall work. During the studio tour, some of Wood’s home-school students will also show their art work. All artists are within a few miles of each other. For the map to the studios and more information about the artists call (530) 889-2002 or visit the tour’s Web site, north auburnartists.com.