Catalogs are now available for one of the premier art events in Central California - the 14th Annual Sierra Art Trails featuring more than 100 artists Sept. 30 - Oct. 2.
Sierra Art Trails provides the unique opportunity to meet artists, visit their studios to see the creative process, and to purchase original fine art directly from the people who create them.
The open studio tour showcases artists working in oil, watercolor and pastel painting, mosaic, sculpture, woodcarving, photography, jewelry, fiber arts, ceramics, glass, and mixed media.
The $20 146-page spiral-bound catalog, that serves as a ticket for two to the Art Trails event, includes a list of all the artists with small bios, their viewing locations, and detailed maps to get you there.
According to Jon Bock, Sierra Art Trails president, the new catalog its self is a work of art that is a great guide to art and culture in the Mountain Area.
The catalog also contains features articles such as “Healing and Artwork in a Ponderosa Graveyard” by Chelsea J. Wilhite.
The article looks at the catastrophic tree mortality rate that has, and still is, ravishing the mountains up and down Central California, and the emotional grief felt my artists by the devastation.
The catalog also includes information about the Sierra Art Trails Public Art Fund, the Sorenson Sculpture Project, Student Sponsorship Program and the Keeper of the Flame award.
The Keeper of the flame is presented annually to a business or organization in recognition of their contributions to the arts and the creative community. This year’s recipient is Allard’s Art in Fresno.
Allard’s, a family-owned business, has contributed to Sierra Art Trails for many years and donated “Allard’s Bucks” to the students chosen for the Student Sponsorship program, allowing them to purchase art supplies to prepare for the Art Trails.
Hoffman honored with cover
Oakhurst photographer David Hoffman’s “Dawn, Tioga Lake - Inyo National Forest” was selected for the cover of the 2016 catalog.
As a youngster vacationing with family on the coast and in the Sierra Nevada, Hoffman was exposed to the varied landscapes of his home state. After completing undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of California, Davis, he settled in Tulare County. At the time other responsibilities and interests kept him from pursuing photography.
It was in 2006, when Hoffman moved to Oakhurst with his wife, painter Charlotte Hoffman, that he began to concentrate on his work in landscape and nature photography.
He is drawn to quiet, more intimate scenes that people often bypass without notice.
“My emphasis is not on subject matter, but on the visual, and sometimes emotional impact of an image,” Hoffman said. “My photographs encourage the viewer to take a closer look at the world around them ... to notice the rich imagery in our surroundings that so often slips by unnoticed and unappreciated.”
Preview exhibit opens Sept. 3
Stellar Gallery at Gallery Row, 40982 Highway 41, will host the Art Trails Preview Exhibit from Sept. 3 through Oct. 2. The Gala Reception will be held at the gallery, 4 - 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10.
Bock encourages art lovers to view the preview exhibit that will feature examples of artwork by all the participating artists.
“Take note of the artists that you want to most visit on the Art Trails,” advises Bock. “This will help you plan your route when the big event arrives. And come meet the artists and enjoy the hors d’oeuvres and entertainment at the Sept. 10 Gala Reception.”
Catalogs can be ordered online or in Oakhurst at Stellar Gallery, Timberline Gallery, Oakhurst Frameworks, Artifacts, and Western Sierra Nursery, Kuhl by Design in Coarsegold, Casto Oaks Fine Wine and Art and Mariposa Arts Council in Mariposa, and Madera County Arts Council / Circle Gallery in Madera.