North Auburn artists open studios for Mother's Day tours

Loomis Art Loop invites public, as well
By: Krissi Khokhobashvili, Journal Features Editor
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It’s time to start thinking about what to do for Mother’s Day, and an out-of-the-ordinary option is to visit North Auburn’s artists in their studios.

This is the 17th year of the North Auburn Art Studios Tour, and 15 artists are participating. For no charge, visitors are welcomed into the studios of the artists, whose media range from fine jewelry and enamels by Cathy Cline and clay work by Marianne de Martini to photography by Vincent DeLeo and watercolors and silk scarves by Sonja Hamilton.

“I think there’s an awful lot of talent up here,” said wood sculptor Don Crawford, who will open his studio to display the art he creates with alder wood, grinders and saws. Like several stops along the tour, Crawford has partnered with another artist to present at one location. Along with wood sculptures, visitors can also view photography by Dick Dusharme at Crawford’s Moss Rock Drive studio.

The tour is not only an opportunity to meet the artists of North Auburn, organizers said, but also  to explore the area’s restaurants and wineries.

There will be refreshments at the studios, and artists will sell their work. Metal sculptor Jennifer Riley has created several new pieces for the tour, and invites guests to explore both her studio and outdoor sculpture garden.

“I weld, and cut with a plasma torch,” she said. “I’ve even let people put on my gear and try it themselves, because people want to know, they want to understand, and it’s exciting to watch and do.”

Janet Nicholson has been involved with the tour since its inception, and said the event has grown over the years into something that artists and art lovers look forward to each spring. Nicholson and her husband, Rick, will demonstrate glass blowing at their Bell Road studio.

“It’s just interesting to watch, and so physical,” she said. “We really wanted to bring people in the community out to see what we do.”

“Every place is different,” Riley added. “It’s fun to be able to talk to an artist, and ask questions and see why they create what they do, and what makes them tick.”

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North Auburn Art Studios Tour
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 12 and 13
Where: 15 studios in North Auburn
Cost: Free
Map and info:; (530) 889-2002




Loomis Art Loop

The ninth annual Loomis Art Loop Spring Open Studios Tour, takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 12 and 13 at five Loomis studios. Thirteen artists will discuss their work and share techniques.

Exhibits include jewelry, pastels and watercolor works at the home of John and Brenda Dominguez; jewelry, gourd sculptures, oil paintings and ceramics by Judy Arrigotti and Lisa Bone at Horton Irish Farm; and oil painting demonstrations by Victoria Brooks, whose “A?Reflective Trio” is pictured above.

The event is free. For information and a map, visit