Local art tours make Mom’s Day special

Loomis, Auburn shows provide peek inside studios
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Seven Auburn-area studios will open their doors this Mother’s Day weekend for exhibits and demonstrations. The North Auburn Spring Studio Tour allows art-loving moms and their mom-loving entourages to not only see works but, many times, see the creative process at work in a studio environment. It’s also an opportunity to buy a memorable Mother’s Day gift. The stops include visits to the studios of a watercolor painter, a landscape photographer, a steel sculptor and a husband-and-wife team of internationally known artists in glass. The studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, with the event available to the public at no cost other than a few spare hours and some burned gas in the tank. For directions or an invitation to the tour, phone (530) 889-2002. The lineup consists of: • Larry Brenden, a Washington State-raised landscape photographer. • Sonja Hamilton, a watercolor teacher who has done workshops in Europe and Canada as well as in the U.S. She’s had more than 100 solo exhibits. • Jennifer Johnson, an award-winning steel sculpture artist, using new, found and discarded steel. • Anita Posey Lowe, who makes different shapes and forms of pottery that is either hand-built, wheel-thrown or a combination of the two. • Rick and Janet Nicholson, who will be demonstrating their blown-glass artistry. Each piece is done free hand. • Cathy Cline, who designs gold and silver jewelry and enamels inspired by nature. • Diane Wood, a fused glass and metal artist, also finding inspiration in nature. A little farther afield than North Auburn and the many galleries dotting the local landscape, Loomis artists are also putting on a Saturday and Sunday open-studio event. The Loomis Art Loop Mother’s Day Weekend Studio Tour will offer seven locations and 12 artists. The lineup includes Penryn watercolorist Sandy Delehanty, who was on the first Loomis Loop tour five years ago. Delehanty’s work from her 8041 Boulder Creek Road studio is impressing art lovers on an international level. One of her paintings of rhododendrons is featured in the latest issue of International Artist magazine, which has an audience in 65 nations. Other Art Loop artists and sites include: Millie Beattie, porcelain vessels and clay art, 6410 Arcadia Ave.; batik artist Helen Phillips, 8370 Leak Lane; Victoria Brooks, oil and watercolor painting, 4717 Vista Cove; and Felicia Lamb, acrylic and watercolor painting, 4990 Lexington Circle. The studio of Imi Lehmbrock-Hirschinger, showing oil and mixed media, and her husband, photographer, James Hirschinger, is located at 3700 North Lakeshore Blvd. Susan Goodmundson will show watercolors and oils at the studio of Brenda Dominguez, a watercolor and colored-pencil artist, at 3578 Silver Ranch Road. Showing with jewelry and ceramic artist Doug Horton in his studio at 7440 King Road are Paula Amerine, who works in oils and oil pastels, and Deanna Marsh, who will show metal sculpture and fused glass. Each of the Loomis Art Loop artists has donated a unique piece of work for a raffle to benefit the Blue Goose Fruit Shed renovation project. The art is on display in the fruit shed at Blue Goose Produce until May 17, when a drawing will be held during the Celebrity Chef event. Maps to the Art Loop studios are available at the store. Studio maps are also available at businesses throughout Loomis, or on the Web at The Loomis tour will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Loomis News Editor Martha Garcia contributed to this story. The Journal’s Gus Thomson can be reached at