Prestigious Ojai Studio Artists Tour set for October 10, 11 & 12, 2015 — Columbus Day Weekend

generic arial, drugs sans-serif;”>The 32nd annual self-guided Ojai Studio Artists Tour – one of the premier art events in California – is set for Columbus Day weekend, pharm October 10, 11 & 12. Last year was the first three-day event in the Tour’s history and proved so successful they’re offering it again. “Collectors liked having an extra day to think about the work,” said OSA Board President, Soni Wright.

Gayel Childress in her studio

Gayel Childress in her studio

Fifty artist studios throughout the breathtaking Ojai Valley will be open each day from 10am to 5pm. Artist demonstrations proved so popular last year they’ll be expanded in 2015 with the Demonstration Schedule distributed in advance.

A new addition this year: five pre-Tour workshop options on Friday, October 9th, for those who want to make art as well as see art. Five very different Workshops will be offered, each taught by an OSA member who is a master in the workshop area involved. The workshops are: Silk Marbleizing, Making Paste Paper, Printmaking, Ukrainian Egg Decoration, and A Paint Party. Registration and fee details are online at ojaistudioartists.org. A free Tour ticket accompanies each workshop registration.

Another pre-Tour highlight is the special free lecture offered at 7pm on Friday, October 9th for locals and early arrivals. Led by OSA artist and ceramics/glass genius Richard Flores, the program introduces the work of each Tour artist and is designed to help people plan their personal Tour schedules.

Other 2015 OSA highlights include 13 artists who will feature demonstrations tour the three-day tour. The artists include painters; clay, bronze and stone sculptors; printmakers and one potter! Demonstrations range from painting with an I-pad (Ray Harding) to designing your own fountain (Rockstacker Martha Moran) to building life-size clay sculptures without firing (Fayrene Parrish).

The following highlights participating artists and their unique demonstration features:
Jannene Behl: pastel painting; Ingrid Boulting: oil painting; Gayel Childress: encaustic and group painting; Valerie Freeman: clay sculpture; Ted Gall: patinas on bronze; Ray Harding: using I-pad in painting; Gail Hercher: paste papers; Patrish Kuebler: pastel and encaustic; Martha Moran: petroglyph-cutting and designing your own fountain;
Fayrene Parrish: building life-size clay sculpture without firing; Amy Lynn Stevenson: acrylic painting; Linda Taylor: Collagraph, Relief and Monotype printmaking; potter Bruce Tomkinson: wheel-throwing and decoration.

Also popular, Saturday’s Dessert Reception and live music event, open (free) to all Tour artists and ticket-holders. The event features a raffle of beautiful baskets filled with original art and fine local products, such as Ojai honey, olive oil and lavender.

Proceeds from the Tour and Art Basket Raffle fund OSA’s “Artreach Program” of youth art scholarships and funding for community arts needs.

Tour tickets are $30 in advance and cover studio visits all three days and admission to Saturday’s Dessert Reception. Tickets and Tour brochures are available at ojaistudioartists.org, and on Tour days at the Art Center.

The Ojai Studio Artists Tour has a rich legacy, from early days that included the celebrated Beatrice Wood, Horace Bristol and Otto and Vivica Heino, to today’s membership of distinguished, award-winning artists. Come see why leading critics and media describe the Ojai Studio Artists as “world-class,” and the Tour, “a rare experience” – while the growing influx of stylish shops and trendy restaurants only adding to Ojai’s unique “destination appeal.”

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Valerie Freeman–Sculptor

Tour Facts:
October 9, Friday: Five daytime art-making Workshops with registration and fee details at ojaistudioartists.org. Free Pre-Tour program for locals and early arrivals, 7pm Ojai Center for the Arts, 113 S. Montgomery  October 10, 11 & 12, Saturday, Sunday &-Monday: OSA Studio Tour, 50 artists, 10 am to 5 pm October 10, Saturday night: Dessert Reception, Live Music, Art Basket Raffle 7 to 8:30

Advance Tickets: $30 adults, $15 for youth 16 and older; youth 15 and under free
Tickets available online at: ojaistudioartists.org

Tickets bought on Tour days are $35 adult, $15 youth.

Ojai Studio Artists mission:. . . to create an environment where artists thrive ? professional and student alike — and fulfill the potential of the arts to enrich lives and build community. The Ojai Studio Artists (OSA) are an approved 501 (c) 3 nonprofit.

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Jannene Behl.

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