Studio doors open today for Sierra Art Trails

Sun-Star correspondentOctober 4, 2012 

— Artists and artisans in the Yosemite foothills have opened their doors this weekend for the Sierra Art Trails. The open studio tour begins today and lasts through Sunday marking the 10th anniversary for this event.

Surrounded by the beauty of granite cliffs, majestic oaks and fiery sunrises and sunsets, foothills artists find daily inspiration.

Don't miss this opportunity to connect with the artists in a personal way. By entering a workspace you can watch demonstrations, learn special techniques, ask questions and discover the insights and experiences behind their creations.

Over 100 participating artists will be on this year's tour. Featured artwork will include:

• Vibrant watercolors by Vicki Thomas

• Michael Frye's fine art landscape photography

• Mixed media and fiber art of Vivian Helena

• Sculpted woodturning by Kenneth Maggard

• Scenic photography by Rikki Alley

• Merylyn Whited's metal, enamel and stone jewelry

• Water media artistry in Patricia A. Allen's plein air paintings

• Photography by Lori Ann Cole of Flying Ardvark Ranch

• Terry Robinson's brilliant landscape paintings

• Becky Caraco's fused glass jewelry

Caraco will demonstrate flameworking with a portable torch each afternoon of the tour at 2 p.m. at Penny Otwell's home studio in Mariposa.

The Stellar Gallery in Oakhurst sponsors the annual Sierra Art Trails tour and offers a number of exhibits and special events throughout the year. The gallery is at 40982 Highway 41.

The Sierra Art Trails catalog serves as a ticket for two, and allows entrance to all venues. Catalogs may be purchased for $18 at the Merced Arts Council, 645 W. Main Street; the Mariposa County Visitors Center, at the north intersection of Highways 49 and 140; the Sierra Artists Gallery, 5031 Highway 140 in downtown Mariposa; Casto Oaks Fine Wine and Art, 5022 Highway 140 in Mariposa; and at several businesses and galleries in Oakhurst.

A copy of the catalog may be downloaded at the Sierra Art Trails Web site. It includes a detailed tour map as well as brief summaries about the artists.

Communities represented in the region are Ahwahnee, Bass Lake, Coarsegold, Mariposa, Oakhurst, North Fork, and Yosemite Lakes Park.

To learn more, visit, or call the county visitors center at (209) 966-7081.

Debbie Croft writes about life in the foothills communities. She can be reached at

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