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To-do this weekend: Sierra Art Trails

Anita Stoll "Awesome Morning" Sierra Art Trails October 2013

It looks like a glorious weekend, weather-wise, for the 11th edition of Sierra Art Trails. Which shouldn’t be a surprise. I can remember only one time going to this annual event when it rained. It’s blessed.

I give a rundown on the three-day event, which starts today, in Friday’s 7 section. The condensed version: Buy an $18 catalog, which serves as a ticket for two people to visit the  private studios and galleries of more than 100 artists in the Yosemite foothills. (Pictured above: Anita Stoll’s “Awesome Morning.”

As part of my article, I include my recommendations for suggested stops based on past Art Trails experiences:

Carolyn Hartling Home Studio: Retired from a career in interior design, she now focuses on watercolors and pastels. Her spectacular Coarsegold house is on the banks of the Fresno River.

Anita Stoll Home Studio: Long a favorite local artist of mine, Stoll’s pastels waver between representations of nature and abstraction. (And she always gives away M&Ms.)

Slim’s Koffee Shak: This North Fork stop, which this year features works by married artists Michelle Sonoqui Gillette and Craig Schub, is a great place to view art and relax with a beverage.

Burdick Home Studio: Don’t miss this beautiful Coarsegold setting and some gorgeous watercolors.

KT-Lee Alpaca Ranch: If you have some less-than-serious art lovers along with you on your trip, a stop here along Road 274 to see the alpacas will keep them busy while you check out the sculpture and woodworking.

Queen’s Inn: If there’s a social center to Sierra Art Trails, this Oakhurst inn is it — especially when the wine bar is open.

Kris Kessey Home Studio: A charming stop along Highway 49 in Ahwahnee includes Norma Rogers, Kathy Marks and Edward Gillum.

Bob Boomer Home Studio: This Ahwahnee stop is a great place to visit if you’re interested in Western-themed art.

David and Charlotte Hoffman Home Studio: This Mariposa outpost is one of the farthest stops from Fresno — and well worth the trip.

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