Take the ‘Trek’

Art Studio Trek showcases 19 artists in south Placer County
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Ever wonder what goes on behind the closed doors of an artist’s studio?

Now is your chance to find out. Artists open up their workspaces and give you a sneak peek at the inner workings of their creativity during the free 5th annual Art Studio Trek in south Placer County Saturday and Sunday.

Download a passport and make your way around Roseville, Granite Bay and Rocklin to explore the combined efforts of 19 artists at 13 studio locations. The trek features artists who create glass sculptures, paintings, ceramics, gourds, textured metal printmaking and more.

“It’s very entertaining,” said sculptor Judi Stickney of Granite Bay. “It’s educational. These are professional artists. We have quality people and quality work. A lot of them are teachers so they have the ability to explain what they do. It’s just a nice day.”

Stickney will open her studio, where she uses stone, bronze, gems and minerals to make her pieces.

The 20-year veteran sculptor was part of the trek’s initial group of artists in 2006. Organizers limit the group to 20 artists each year — a core group of 16 or 17 always participate.

“We want to make it realistic for people to see each studio,” Stickney said. “We have guest artists, so it changes every year to keep it fresh.”

Another core artist is Darlene Engellenner who will open up her Roseville studio to show visitors how she makes block prints and collages — and then give them a chance to try.

“We really feel like the art community here needs to be recognized,” Engellenner said. “There’s a lot of talent around here and we get to teach children about how art is created.”

During the trek, visitors can purchase artwork, watch demonstrations and possibly win door prizes and original art.

To be eligible for the drawing, visitors must sign-in and collect individual artist stamps on their “Passport Map” from a minimum of 10 artists, and submit their entry to the final studio they visit.

One of the studios on the map is home to Roseville artist John Johnson, who makes composite photographs.

“I participate because it is the best show in town,” Johnson said. “It’s a bunch of good people — if it weren’t, I’d be long gone.”

Artist Diane Ruhkala Bell will show visitors the printing press in her Rocklin studio that she uses to create monotype, relief and collagraph prints. She will explain different processes and give art enthusiasts the opportunity to make their own monoprint.

“The kids jump right in, but sometimes I have to slightly nudge adults to have fun and just play with the paint,” Bell said. “I also show my assemblage pieces created from old rusty metal, wood and paint.”

The trek is a win-win for all, she said.

“I participate because I love to share what I create with other people, young and old and in between,” Bell said. “Their reactions and interpretations are always different and enlightening. I learn, they learn and it’s all good.”

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Art Studio Trek

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1

Where: Studios in south Placer County. Passport map is available online.

Cost: Free

Info: Visit


Artists featured on the trek:
Patricia Abraham
Diane Ruhkala Bell
Carol Bellamy
Judy Butler
Judy Dillon
Steve Dillon
Darlene Engellenner
Chris Foster
Elma Jella
John F. Johnson
Barbara Killeen
Marcia Murray
Lynda Pike
Patty Paige Short
Jenny Stepp
Judith Stickney
Deidre Trudeau
Richard Vierra
Lori L. Wylie