Shared Experiences: By Sandi Sigurdson

Each year, community leader, Sandi Sigurdson, marks her calendar for the Open Studios Art Tour and plans her route.  Recently, she looked around her home and noticed all of the great pieces she and her husband Steve McGrath have purchased during the Tour.  “I bet lots of visitors have shared my experiences on the Tour and found ‘gems’ for their homes,” Sandi pronounced.  “Every year I am surprised by some unique and talented artist!”

What special treasure have you found?  Tell us your story by sending an email with images to our Program Assistant!

Andrea Raft

Ann Bonestall

Foxlo Studio Cambria

If you haven’t found that special something yet, you will get another chance this October during ARTS Obispo’s Open Studio Art Tour running the weekends of October 13/14 and October 20/21, 10:00am to 5:00pm.  For a complete list of participating studios and maps, you can download a catalog or see a list of venues where you can pick  up a printed copy on ARTS Obispo’s website.  To stay connected, you can also follow the Tour on Twitter:  @artsobispo #OSAT2012.


“Keep an Eye Out for…” By Craig Kincaid

I’m really looking forward to showing my photographic art during the Open Studios Art Tour.

My “one man show” at Linnaea’s Cafe during the month of April was well received.  My idea to create “abstract” photographic art comes from my respect of painters who created abstract and impressionistic art: Henri Matisse, Vincent van Gogh, Cezanne, Braque, Kadinsky, Mondrian, Miró and Picasso to name a few.

Abstract art uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world.  While I don’t create abstract art, I see it in natural objects and scenery which when isolated without a frame or border looks abstract.  Many times I get the question, “What is it?”  Here are 3 examples of pieces from my gallery that will be for sale . . . Did I mention that each piece is large: 30″ x 40″?  I look forward to meeting you during the tour.

Under the Bean

Dry Vernal Pool

Full Moon Over Angel Island

More of Craig’s pieces can be seen on his blog and at his San Luis Obispo studio during both weekends of ARTS Obispo’s Open Studios Art Tour.

Inspire Me! by Craig Kincaid

Where does Craig Kincaid get his inspiration?

I am inspired by finding common items which are naturally arranged or unnaturally arranged which create a somewhat abstract pieces of art using digital photography as the medium.

I found these images at the Collings Guitar Factory in Austin, Texas.

Stop by and visit my studio in San Luis Obispo, #146 in the Open Studios Tour Catalog!