“In My Studio, I Am…” By Carol Paquet

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In my studio I am working on a private commission for a Tahoe residence. The piece is an oil on canvas, fairly large at 35″ x 52″. The client was looking for something that was reminiscent of the trees in that area and Fall colors. This is a work in progress.

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The handicap accessible working studio in Arroyo Grande will be open the first weekend of the Open Studios Art Tour. To view more work by Carol, check out her website. Her focus is on abstract landscape based oil paintings.


My Favorite Tool: Lori Wolf Grillias

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Old credit cards are my favorite tool.  These humble pieces of plastic can scrape, spread, and mix colorful aged surfaces that provide inspiration for new narratives.  After setting down watercolor washes, I squeeze out acrylic paint and proceed to layer opaque color onto translucent surfaces.  Some flat color will stay others will be wiped away, revealing a thin film.  The cards will change not only the opaque layer of paint, but the translucent one as well.  There is also something very soothing about using whole arm movements!

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Stop in Arroyo Grande either weekend of the Open Studios Art Tour to experience Lori Wolf Grillias’ work. Her studio is listed as number 195 in the catalog. To view more of her reflective emergence mixed media paintings beforehand, check out her website.

“Keep an Eye Out for…” Cindy Dubbers & Holly Louen

…Crimson Heart Studios and Tuscan Road Designs!

Best friends and fellow artists, Cindy Dubbers and Holly Louen have combined their resources and art into one location, Cindy’s working studio in Arroyo Grande for both weekends of Open Studios Art Tour.

Cindy at Crimson Heart Studios is a creative mixed media artist specializing in home decor, custom sari silk lampshades, succulent gardens and embellished vintage furniture.

Holly at Tuscan Road Designs specializes in handcrafted gemstone jewelry utilizing components gathered from numerous world travels. In addition, you will find unique home decor items such as wine bottle stoppers and decorated vintage bottles.

Check out their ad in the Open Studios Art Tour catalog on page 53.

Catalogs can be downloaded on ARTS Obispo’s website or printed copies are available throughout the county (locations are also listed on the website).

Above & Beyond: Rich and Kersti Lasiewski

Rich and Kersti Lasiewski will have several demos during the tour, so be sure to stop by their Arroyo Grande studio (#213, page 49 of the Open Studios Art Tour catalog). Rich makes glass beads in a torch and may include methods of decorating the beads for anyone interested. In addition, both Rich and Kersti will explain making fused glass pieces and are glad to discuss different methods of casting glass. Their kilns will be set up for the discussions.

Have a smartphone?  Download the Open Studios Art Tour app from your phone’s app store.  Or, you can find a catalog online or printed copies throughout the county.   Tour information and a list of catalog distribution locations can be found on ARTS Obispo’s website.

Origins: Rich Lasiewski

I have spent a large part of my life looking at pictures–mainly of people’s insides, and in black and white. I am a retired Diagnostic Radiologist.

I’ve loved glass since I was a kid melting glass rods in a Bunsen burner.  Shortly before retirement I decided to learn more about art and art glass, so I started with weekend beadmaking and fusing classes. With the creative process being difficult for me, I began with art classes at Hancock and Cuesta College. I then became a nearly full-time student at Cal Poly for 3 years, thanks to Crissa Hewitt and George Jercich, studying glass fusing, casting, blowing, and metalsmithing. This lead to teaching “Summer Glass” classes there for 7 years.

At home, I built a studio and then filled it with the equipment (a.k.a. toys) needed to make kilnworked and torchworked glass, metal and glass jewelry, and sculptures. Glass is my medium, and I have always loved paperweights.

My wife of 43 years, Kersti, and I collaborate frequently–especially with jewelry, where she will incorporate my glass beads into beautiful pieces. I enjoy experimenting with different methods to produce the final work: different colors, materials, shapes and sizes. I try to avoid repetitive pieces which would be boring and have been accused of playing rather than being a serious artist.  I really do enjoy it.

I have had enough ‘serious’ in my life as a physician, now I want to enjoy myself and also people do seem to get enjoyment out of seeing our finished pieces.

Rich & Kersti’s Arroyo Grande studio will be open both weekends of ARTS Obispo’s Open Studios Art Tour.  Stop by and see them!

Inspire Me! By Cheryl Barton-Petrie

Beauty in Organic Form

I don’t think of ‘starting’ as an artist, but just responding to the beauty in the world around me. The simple form of nature is what I try to capture in my etchings, drawings, and gel transfers.

Be sure to stop by Cheryl’s studio the weekend of October 13th & 14th during ARTS Obispo’s Open Studio Tour In the meantime, you can also see more pieces on her website.

Inspire Me! by Laurel Sherrie

Nature-driven Art!

San Luis Obispo County offers an ideal environment for me as my work is driven by the forces of nature.  California is amazing with the variety of climates and scenery.  I see paintings everywhere.  There is a lot to communicate, and I do it with paint.

Painting outdoors is my favorite ‘studio.’  Working plein-air, especially with early-morning and late-afternoon light is invigorating.  The drama of the shadows and the golden cast on the mountains or the sea creates wonderful designs, and the outdoor work fosters an intense involvement with the landscape.

“Terrace Hill, Mountain Majesty” 24″x36″, oil. ©Laurel Sherrie

Protecting the environment through my art is a primary goal:  To foster passion for nature and inspire people to help save the treasures that we have.  I’m on the Board of San Luis Outdoor Painters for the Environment, SLOPE.

Also at my Open Studio this year:
Pete Skarda – 1st time Open Studio artist who crafts wood boxes, jewelry and other treasures that showcase the beauty of natural wood.
Lisa Stromsoe – Join an exciting Studio Talk, “Nature-Driven Art & Crafts on the Central Coast,” on Sunday, October 21, 1 PM.

You can see more of Laurel’s work on her website and be sure to stop by Arroyo Grande studio either weekend of Open Studios Art Tour!  In Arroyo Grande, catalogs for the tour can be found at the Arroyo Grande/Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce or Village Framing.