Painting watercolors on clay on board (Aquabord) in my studio.
Julie Hirota with her exhibit of textile murals in the living room.
The Loomis Art Loop Open Studios Tour last weekend was a great success. This is our 7th Loomis Art Loop on Mother’s Day weekend, and attendance gets better every year. Mornings started out slow but by noon we were very busy and stayed that way all afternoon both days. We were so busy at times that my little studio could not hold all the visitors trying to enter.
It was great fun to see friends, students, and visitors that we know from previous years. We know that at least half of our visitors were artists, which makes for great discussions while I am demonstrating. I love sharing my latest discoveries and hearing about other artist’s latest work.
I was kept busy demonstrating and answering questions in my studio upstairs while Julie was describing her techniques downstairs where she exhibited her work. Our hostesses, Theta on Saturday and Linda on Sunday, were busy welcoming our visitors, answering questions and ringing up sales. Thank you both, we could not do this without you.
And for all you artists out there reading this; I am happy to report sales were surprisingly very good! Where as last May sales were practically non-existent, this year they were excellent. Original paintings are selling again; however, it is the small paintings that are selling not the larger more expensive pieces. Sales of my small prints and cards were the best ever, showing that although people are buying again, they are not making big purchases. Julie also sold original pieces and loads of cards and prints and books. The other artists at the other studios had similar results.
Most of all, everyone, artists and visitors alike, had a really fun time!
Here’s photos of the other artists at their studios:
Millie Beatie with her pots.
Cindy Bonito busy demonstrating relief printing.
Brenda Dominguez with one of her paintings.
Susan Goodmundson shows her work with Brenda.
That’s Doug Horton under those glasses, working on jewelry at his studio at the Horton Iris Garden. The iris were incredible this year!
Paula Amerine also shows at the iris garden, inside the Horton farm “art barn”.
Victoria Brooks demonstrated oil painting in her beautiful studio.
Thien Dao exhibited her clay sculpture in Victoria’s garden, but not trusting the weather this year, the ladies erected a tent. Good thing, it rained Sunday afternoon.
Larry Brenden with a beautiful piece in his photography studio.
We do our Loomis Art Loop every Mother’s Day weekend and the third weekend in October. So hope to see you here October 16 or 17.