Open Studio on the River in Coloma 9/27 & 9/28

painting by Mary Ann Young BroddrickFour talented local Coloma-Lotus Valley artists invite the public to their art show and sale at Kelly Ahola’s studio on the South Fork of the American River on Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 28, 2008, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. They will be showing and selling paintings, glass mosaics, note cards, jewelry, painted porcelain and ceramics, stained glass kaleidoscopes & mobiles. This is one of many weekend offerings of the annual El Dorado Artists Studio Tour. Bring a friend, come have some refreshments and meet your local artists.

Kelly Ahola – Glass Mosaics, Note Cards, and Jewelry

mosaic by Kelly AholaKelly has always loved to make mosaics, paint, embroider, and quilt. She started making mosaics with a vengeance after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake supplied her with many broken dishes to incorporate into pieces of art. Kelly now teaches mosaic classes in her studio on the river in Coloma. She and her family have lived in the Coloma Valley since the 1970’s, with some of those years spent in Santa Cruz.

Mary Ann Young Broddrick – Pastel, China Painting, Watercolor, Mixed Medium

Mary Ann started painting porcelain in 1969 when her two sons were young, and taught porcelain painting for 15 years. She has drawn, worked in watercolor, and restored Antique Glass for many years and studied with many teachers. Mary Ann then found pastel, and now plein air painting with pastels is her favorite of all mediums. She says, “When I hike into the high country and witness the vistas that capture my breath, I just have to paint them. I want my clients to enjoy the views and places I have traveled to, plus have the feeling that I feel when I’m painting, which is an immense enjoyment of this picturesque country that we live in.”

Michelle Sage Kite – Light-catching Glass Art Mobiles and Kaleidoscopes

glass art by Michelle Sage KiteLocal artist Michelle Sage Kite has taught art in public schools for over 20 years. She currently teaches at El Dorado High School. Glass is her new medium to explore and she finds its possibilities seem endless. Michelle enjoys the way light plays with glass and adds a new dimension to its beauty. She is delighted to have this opportunity to share art in our lovely community, and hopes for many to visit their show.

Kristina Nugent – Colorful Plein Aire Landscapes in Oil and Watercolor

painting by Kris NugentKristina is a Professor Emeritus and has received international art awards at the San Diego Museum of Art and Albuquerque Musuem for her paintings in watercolor and oil. She exhibits nationally. Kris paints and lives on the American River where she and her husband have been raft guides, hot air balloon pilots and international guides.

To get to the studio: From Highway 49 through Coloma, turn east onto Marshall Road at the stop sign. Go 1/4 mile to 6921 Marshall Road on the right — look for the yellow “Studio Tour” signs.

If you need further directions or have any questions about the Coloma-Lotus show, call (530) 626-7823. For more information about the tour and other participating artists, contact the Placerville Arts Association.