“Keep an Eye Out for…” Rosi Lusard

I’ve been doing a lot of doodling in ink images- some in my color packets, some pieces matted. This one shouldn’t be too hard to find.

Rossi Lusardi - doodle piece

To see this piece firsthand, along with paintings and collages, stop by Rosi Lusard’s working studio either weekend of the Open Studios Art Tour. Listed as number 33 in the catalog, this artist is located in Atascadero and has a website.


Story Time with Hunter Hogan

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I am interested in painting landscapes that are not literal. In a previous time, I was a tapestry weaver, so am not surprised to carry over the building blocks and textures of a tapestry into my paintings. All of my work starts with loose sketches, some made outside, some made up.

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In some paintings I retain more of the substance of the picture, but in others I completely paint it away. I have begun a whole new pallet after moving to San Luis Obispo from the desert a year ago and am enjoying where it takes me.

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Hunter Hogan’s working studio will be open the first weekend of Open Studios Art Tour 2013. It is listed as number 31 in the catalog, located in Atascadero. To view more of her work before October 12th, you can visit her website.

Inspire Me! By Rosi Lusardi

Rosi Lusardi

I’m inspired by nature’s animals, plants and landscapes. By man’s creations in art, architecture, technology, words and music. I use these in all my work, and have had a lot of fun creating four color packets from my ink drawings. Each packet contains 14 drawings, some with multiple images overlapping, that can only be seen by twisting and turning each picture. Others are with one animal surrounded by a maze of “zen doodling.” See them at my studio in Atascadero either weekend. The originals are also for sale.

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Be sure to stop by Rosi Lusardi’s studio in Atascadero during both weekends of the ARTS Obispo’s Open Studio Tour. Her working studio is number 33 on the tour and features paintings, collage, glass, and yard art. In the meantime, check out her work at her website.

Above & Beyond: Rosi Lusardi

Immersed in Art.

Rosi Lusardi – SunMyth Studio (#31, page 11 in the Open Studios Art Tour catalog)

I’ve spent my life doing art–had to try it all (drawing, painting, photography, stained glass, fused glass, bronze casting, tie-dyeing, Shibori, ceramics, fabric painting, collage, illustrating children’s books, coloring packets, yard art, gardening and the list goes on!). I found some I can do, some I can’t, and some challenge me for decades.

I have discovered that I love to live with art, so nothings safe. My home and studio are a collage of art from the normal paintings and drawings, to a plethora of painted floors and walls, yard art, found art and creations everywhere.

For Open Studios Art Tour, my artist friend Tracy Paz ( #34 in the catalog) and I try to create a welcome atmosphere with food, music and a complimentary art gift. The glass fussing studio is open with displays of various stages of the process and notes.  We have helpers as well, to answer questions about processes. Hope you’ll stop by, you won’t be disappointed!

Visit Rosi’s website to see more of her pieces and be sure to stop by her studio either weekends of ARTS Obispo’s Open Studios Art Tour.

“Keep an Eye Out for…” By Sandra Rude

 Keep an Eye Out for…My Work at the Open Studios Kick-Off Party!

Nature is my usual subject for wall-hangings woven on my jacquard loom.

Images such as ‘Blue Bayou’ below are a lot of fun to weave. I begin with a digital image, usually a photo taken by me or someone in my family, or by friends and acquaintances. That way I feel a personal connection with the image. In Photoshop, I manipulate the image until I’m sure it will look perfect interpreted as a weaving. Then, still in Photoshop, I convert the image into a data file of the type the jacquard loom (which has an electronic interface) eats for lunch. The final data file contains only black pixels and white pixels; hues and values are ignored in the translation process. As the computer sends information about the data to the loom line by line, a black pixel represents a thread that the loom will lift; the white pixels are threads that will not be lifted.

Then I throw a shuttle across the shuttle race, and here’s where it gets tricky – the weaves I’ve defined for the current image assumes I will throw the shuttles in a certain order. For example, while weaving Blue Bayou, I threw the shuttle with grey yarn first, then the shuttle with violet yarn, and then the shuttle with gold yarn. If the shuttles are thrown in the wrong order, the picture will start to look very strange! The black yarn is only in the vertical direction, and these are the threads the loom lifts (or not, as appropriate). This is where good record keeping is a requirement!

I also create Woven Portraits. These weavings are based on photographs, too, but usually family photos. I have woven a young couple’s engagement photo as a wedding gift from a relation. I have woven my husband’s parents’ wedding photo as an anniversary gift from my husband and me (and am I the favorite daughter-in-law now?). These are all woven in black and white, because that’s the form most old family photos come to me. The weaving below is based on a photo taken by my mother of my sister, aged maybe 2 (so the original dates back to 1942 or 1943), with her first Jack-o-Lantern. There’s an almost endless list of events that can be commemorated with a weaving: birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, you name it!


Be sure to stop by the Open Studios Art Tour Kick-Off party Friday, October 5th at The Court Street Terrace, downtown San Luis Obispo between 5:30 and 8:30pm.  Tour catalogs will be available, and you can purchase raffle tickets to win $300 in ART Bucks to spend on art during the 2012 Tour!

“Keep an Eye Out for…” by Barry Lundgren

I have been a woodturner for over 20 years, showing my finished work in art venues more frequently in recent years.  I start with wood I find or wood my friends and local work crews send my way to transform.

I work with olive, black acacia, oak, walnut and locust wood (some new, some reclaimed) and traditional wood-turning methods with a lathe, band saw and chain saw to discover and create the most visually pleasing shapes.  My artistic goal is to find the ‘treasure’ in the wood–the inner beauty that is not seen at the outset.  Each piece is unique and sculptural.

I make burl and hollow forms, vases, vessels, urns with threaded finials, and salad bowls. However, my clients always return for my organic natural-edge bowls. They’re unique and everybody loves them. Another unusual aspect of my designs is that, when possible, I leave the bottom surface showing burl spikes which are really different. Guests like to look at mirrored-display surfaces holding my designs so they can see the unusual undersides of my pieces.

For Open Studios Art Tour, visitors of all ages really enjoy seeing sawdust strewn around, tools I use and the wood in various stages of design.  They like a real working studio experience and I give them that every year!

You can also see more of Barry’s unique pieces in the  ARTS Obispo’s Visual Artist Directory.

Origins: Kira Fluer Olshefski

So where do I begin?  What is the origin of my art?  My earliest memory of being labeled an artist was in the third grade.  My teacher and her aide were standing over my shoulder singing praises of my work and saying,  “What a little artist she is!”  So what was this fabulous masterpiece?  It was a drawing of a penguin in a winter scarf, of course.  What a wonderful feeling being acknowledge for my art.  Those adorable penguins will melt people’s hearts every time.

I moved beyond winter-accessorized penguins when I took art class in high school. During the summers, I took Chinese brush painting classes.  The instructors I had were true inspirations to me. When it came time to apply for college, I seriously wanted to major in art.  Unfortunately, I was a victim of “teen-aged fuzzy brain and scattered thoughts syndrome.” I had no clue of how to put a portfolio together and didn’t realize the deadline for college applications was only a week away. Since I didn’t have a portfolio, I did manage to complete my applications and be accepted to Cal Poly majoring in Biological Sciences (a.k.a. second choice major). Okay, so the art thing had to be put on hold, but I did have elective units!  Between labs of botany, bio chemistry, zoology and physics, I took a variety of art classes.

After college, I went into the teaching field, sharing my knowledge of the sciences and art with elementary students.  My students and I took many walking field trips with drawing materials.  I ruled my class with a white board marker.  I used art as a way to positively manage the classroom.  The students knew that if they were attentive and working diligently during lessons, then they would be treated to an ongoing whiteboard cartoon of my last name caricature, “The Old Chef that Skis (Olshefski).”  Thanks to the students good behavior the old chef had many adventures escaping sharks, entering the Olympics, extreme sports, and much more. I have encountered students from my early years of teaching who still remember my whiteboard artwork and field trips.

My teaching years ended with a pink slip due to a lack of school funding.  Now what do I do?  While figuring out what I was going to do next, I began taking oil painting lessons with Atascadero artist, Tracy Di Vita.  Tracy is an artist that I have admired for many years.  My family and I were regulars at her Open Art Studio. With her inspiration, I learned the medium of oil paint.  It only took 30 years, but now I can say I have a portfolio!  I have travelled full circle back to my original passion of art.  For 25 years teaching was my identity.  Now I don’t have to introduce myself anymore as a laid off teacher; I can call myself an artist.  My work is in Morro Bay at the Gallery at Marina Square, and now will be available at Open Art Studio Tour 2012.

Kira’s studio information can be found in the Open Studios Art Tour catalog, studio #27, page 10.  Need a catalog?  They can be found online and throughout the county.   In Atascadero they can be picked up at The ARTery and the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce.