Celebrate Local Artists with Altadena Open Studios Tour This Weekend

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By VERONICA AN

8:11 am | December 3, 2016


Three years ago, the concept for Open Studios Tour was born out of a coffee conversation and love of art. Mary Gothard and her husband had hosted a lively open studio at their Altadena home for 10 years and, in 2013, partnered with Ginko Ching Lee to expand the event to include 16 artists at three locations. This year’s Open Studios Tour includes 53 artists and twenty locations.

“Our goal is to untie the community, where we all work and play, through art,” said Mary Gothard, Board of Directors Chairperson.

Open Studios Tour gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at each artist’s life and creative process rather than just displaying their works in a sterile gallery setting. Explore mixed media works, jewelry, media, sculpture, textiles, spoken word and many more art forms.

As Gothard explained, Open Studios considers all medium of art and works to connect artists with others in the community.

“I like the camaraderie and working with diverse people,” said Nina Ehlig, who has participated in Open Studios four times. “The main goal is to have fun.”

Stop by the Altadena Library for a preview of the artists’ works,brochures, maps and information for the self-guided tour. Along the route there will be many handmade one-of-a-kind gifts for purchase as well as art for sale.

The two day tour takes place on Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, December 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for more information visit http://openstudios.gallery/

The Altadena Library is located at 600 East Mariposa Street in Altadena. Call (626) 798-0833 – for more information.