For many artists, there is a sacred space where they create. It may be hidden away in their backyard, in an old warehouse on the edge of town or in our community art centers. In San Diego, artists are assuredly working behind the scenes in every part of the County. Regardless of where these spaces thrive, you can count on them being as unique and inspirational as the individual artists and their artwork.
On this year’s tour, visitors will be able to enjoy and purchase diverse artwork including oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, fiber art, jewelry, ceramic art, woodwork, glass art, collage, sculptures and photography
Open Studios San Diego returns this October offering the public the opportunity to step inside these creative spaces. The event kicks off with a month long exhibition at The Studio Door in North Park showcasing the works of participating artists. On Saturday, October 8th, an artists reception will be held from 6 PM – 9 PM where the public can view a sampling of the art, meet the artists and pick up maps to plan their personalized tours of artist studios. The following weekend, artists across San Diego will open their studios on Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM to welcome the public into their inspirational spaces.
“For art lovers who enjoy looking at finished works of art in a gallery or while sipping wine at an art reception, studio visits offers a much richer experience. I find that there is a deeper connection between patron and artist when you can see the creative space and the process of an artwork in progress,” said Patric Stillman, owner of The Studio Door and producer of Open Studios San Diego. “I take great pride in the artworks hanging on my own walls that I purchased directly from an artist while in their studio. It’s personal and unique.”
More than twenty-five artists, many of whom have won national and international awards,are participating in the Second Annual Open Studios San Diego. Here’s an opportunity to get to know a few of them:
Amidst a busy life of practicing immigration law, Danielle Nelisse finds tranquility through her art. After twenty years of legal practice, Danielle has returned to her love of creating large abstract acrylic and oil paintings. Her work reveals her concern about the state of the natural world and gained local attention with her series of abstract works on the theme of wildfires. For Open Studios San Diego this year, Danielle will be joining sculptor Julia S Rasor and painter/printmaker/ jeweler Gabrielle Bitter at the San Diego Artist Retreat in Fallbrook.
Whether she is found in the studio or in the garden, Nancy Plank has discovered a deep connection to the flowers of the rose. In her realistic oil paintings, Nancy’s work offers viewers an immediate connection to past masters who were drawn to the beauty of soft shades of grey and green, offset by delicate pink and yellow hues. Earlier this year, she was selected as one of the artists to represent North Park’s Festival of the Arts and is still inspired by the sights she saw last year in Paris, where she was sent by art instruction video company Lilliedahl in recognition of her creativity. Nancy Plank and Paula Des Jardins will both be opening their Kettner Arts studios in Little Italy.
Weaving glass as if it were made of fabric, Crisinda’s fused-glass fine art takes on a whimsy and sparkle that underscores her love of the magic that light offers as it passes through her artwork. Crisinda enjoys exploring the boundaries of defining where craft and fine art meet or separate. Last year, she was selected by Slumpy’s, a national fused glass supplier, to test out their latest molds and was featured in their international catalog. Throughout the month, you can see her work along with the nine studio artists of The Studio Door in North Park, which is the headquarters for Open Studios San Diego.
On this year’s tour, visitors will be able to enjoy and purchase diverse artwork including oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, fiber art, jewelry, ceramic art, woodwork, glass art, collage, sculptures and photography. Open Studios San Diego participating artists, at the time of this printing, include: Hyacinthe Baron • North Park, Gabrielle Bitter • Fallbrook, Pierre Bounaud • Talmadge, Manuelita Brown – Encinitas, Paula Des Jardin – Little Italy, Dennis Dixon • North Park, Joan Hansen • Chula Vista, BJ Lane • Fallbrook, D. H. • La Mesa, Linda Literal • East Village, Evelyn Loss • North Park, Crisinda Lyons • North Park, Dixie McCarthy • North Park, Danielle Nelisse • Fallbrook, Nancy Plank • Little Italy, Julia Rasor • Fallbrook, Alexia Rose – East Village, Patric Stillman • North Park, Danne Sadler • North Park, Chris Smith • North Park, Stefan Talian • North Park, Christina Ilene Thomas • North Park, and Combat Arts San Diego • East Village
Can’t get enough? Short videos of last year’s participating artists, most of whom are returning this year, can be found on The Studio Door’s YouTube channel at:
For more details about the self-guided tours of San Diego’s artists, visit www.OpenStudiosSanDiego.com or stop by The Studio Door (3750 30th Street) during gallery hours (Tues – Sat Noon – 7 PM / Sun Noon – 4 PM).