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.