The 2013 Sierra Art Trails (Oct. 4-7) catalog cover, a photograph of Yosemite's iconic El Capitan, is by Franka M. Gabler of Oakhurst.
Gabler's main inspiration is nature ... always evident in her work is the magnificence of California landscape, the everlasting change of the seasons, the simple and complex interaction of the water, rocks, sky, plants and wildlife of the high country mountains.
"I took this image of El Capitan the morning after the first snowstorm of the season, which coincided with peak fall color," Gabler said. "It was a rare year when the foliage of all the trees oaks, maples, dogwoods, willows, and cottonwoods turned simultaneously. I have never witnessed Yosemite so beautiful."
She said as the sun appeared behind the South Rim of the Yosemite Valley, it illuminated the snow covered trees, and partially melted the snow, to reveal beautiful color transitioning from dark greens of conifers, whites of snow-covered trees, through warm grays of sun-lit El Capitan, to bright shades of yellow, orange, and pink colors of fall.
"Since it was an overall dry year, the flow of Merced River was very low, resulting in sporadic pools of quiet water," Gabler explained.
Learn more about her work at: frankagabler.com.
Gabler will be showing her work in her home studio in Coarsegold, along with the ceramic artist and painter, Amy Morgan, during the Oct. 4-6 11th Annual Sierra Art Trails Open Studio Tour, featuring more than 100 artists at studios, workshops and galleries throughout eastern Madera and Mariposa counties.
"We're really excited for this year ... we have some amazing works of art to share with the public," said Jonathon Bock, president of the Sierra Art Trails.
Bock said the artists are making bigger efforts with their presentations this year.
The cost to attend the self-guided tour is $18 for two adults. The 2013 Sierra Art Trails Catalog, which also serves as the admission, contains a profile of each of the artists, maps and other information regarding the area.
"I'd like to see even more people support the arts and get the catalog it's a great resource for culture in the area," Bock said.
A preview of the artists is currently on display at Yosemite Gallery Row on Highway 41.
In a Sept. 14 ceremony, artist Jerry Bosworth received the annual Community Award in which the Sierra Art Trails purchased one of his works for $500 as a show of gratitude for his efforts in bolstering the art community. Bosworth accepted the donation under the condition that he be allowed to give it to the Student Sponsorship Program.
Another community award, the Keeper of the Flame Award, was given to the Children's Museum of the Sierra. The award is given to a person or organization that embodies the Sierra Art Trail's mission of promoting the importance of and value of arts in society.
Bosworth will be donating 25% of each photograph sold during the tour to the Little Church on the Hill restoration project, while another artist, James Hudson, is donating 100% of his proceeds to the Ahwahnee Volunteer Fire Department.