ANNUAL FALL OPEN STUDIO/BASH AT 33ARTS & THE STUDIO SANTA ROSA
It’s that time of year! Our annual open studio event will take place on the first weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, November 2 & 3, from noon to 5pm.
If you’ve ever attended Art at The Source and Sonoma County Art Trails, and wondered about all the other artist studios at the site formerly known as “The Barracks” at 3840 Finley Avenue, now is your chance !
In addition to over 40 artists who will open their creative spaces to the public, there will be food (“A Guy and His Grill” food truck), music, and beer and wine for sale. Art, food and beverages, and music, available until 5pm. Both 33Arts and The Studio Santa Rosa (the two long pale green buildings across the parking lot from each other) will be open!
New this year is the “afterparty”. When the studios close, the big music begins, from 5pm – 7pm, with Grace Amulet and the Holy Ghost.
This event is free and open to the public. Come for the art, stay for the food/beverages, and bring your dancing shoes!
The artist studios at 3840 Finley Avenue, Santa Rosa will host their first Artists Garage Sale on Sunday, September 22, from noon to 4.
Artists at Studio Santa Rosa and 33Arts (in the former Naval base buildings aka “The Barracks” off Wright Road/Fulton Road) will sell off their no-longer-need art materials, tools, and supplies at bargain basement prices.
Organizer Luann Udell says, “Artists accrue quite a lot of stuff they never use in their creative process, especially mixed media artists. Our group is super excited to clear out space and pass these items on to a good home.”
Frames, brushes, paints, etc. will be some of the offerings, as well as artwork—older work, seconds, discontinued items, etc. New art, too!
But there will be a range of delightfully unusual items, too. Rubberstamps (and leather stamps, and metal alphabet sets), old dental tools, ugly pearls, vintage fabric, old wood and metal boxes, and more. Even the buildings’ managers are on board. “I have a lot of weird stuff to move!” says 33Arts manager Julian Billotte. His wife Anna chimed in, “Me, too!” The Studio Santa Rosa manager Greg Brown says, “Ditto!”
The event is free and open to all. Creatives, makers, artists, art teachers, art students, and art organizations are encouraged to attend, because….“We need you to buy this stuff so we have room to buy MORE stuff!”
Okay, that was my official announcement. Here’s my backstory:
Years ago, my friend Bonnie Blandford told me about an artist garage sale she’d started years go. (It’s still going!) The rules were strict: Only art supplies, materials, and tools the artists’ had used (or thought they were gonna use!) in their work. Also artwork: Seconds, discontinued items, damaged work, etc.
It was hugely successful, to the point where eventually, some artists had to take sabbaticals because they’d cleared out all their unwanted/unneeded stuff.) She went on to participate in an online version of this, at The Artist Garage Group on Facebook.
I was enchanted with the idea! I started one where I lived, in Keene NH. I found a large room at our public library, marked out spaces for each participant, and invited all the artists I knew to participate.
It was a lot of work. It was so much work, I didn’t have time to put together and label MY stuff! But it was also a huge success, and people begged me to do another one the next year.
Unfortunately, that was the year we sold off almost everything in our house, and moved to Santa Rosa California in 2014.
I recently moved my studio again, to 3840 Finley Avenue. I also had to clear out a space where I’d stashed my antique boxes, frames, and framing supplies.
I thought, “I could have an artist garage sale here!” I wouldn’t have to haul stuff to another venue, I could do it in the building.
Then I thought, “I wonder if anyone else here accumulates as much wonderful stuff as I do….?” Turns out, yeah, they do!
So we have around two dozen artists, maybe more, who will be unloading all kinds of useful, wonderful, quirky, eclectic stuff. (Turns out the two buildings’ managers are REALLY excited about this!)
Down the road, I hope to make this a more inclusive event. We have a lot of artists in Sonoma County, most of us have been making our creative work for a long time, and we’ve all accumulated a lot of flotsam and jetsom along the way. (Really nice flotsam and jetsom….!)
So come on down and see what you can find! Bring a friend or two, or six. I can almost guarantee you’ll find something you just can’t live without (because that’s what we thought when we got it.)
Reuse, repurpose, upcycle, and share. It’s good for us, it’s good for you, and it’s good for our planet. (And it’ll be fun, too!)
I will be open from noon to 4 this Saturday, August 3.
I think there will be other artists in my building at 33Arts at 3840 Finley AVE (aka “The Barracks”, a former naval air base recently transformed into artist studios.) “First Saturday” is a monthly event, started with Studio Santa Rosa, the art studios in the building across the parking lot from us.
So you get two buildings full of art for the price of one! Er….the event is free, of course.
I have new work in jewelry, but I’m preparing to restock five galleries in New Hampshire (part of the League of NH Craftsmen’s network).
Come tell me if I’ve managed to provide a cohesive body of work for each one! Oh, and one pair of earrings is for my sister back in Michigan, so you can’t have those. (But I can always make you a similar pair.)
Please note: This year I’m a guest artist at SALLY BAKER’s studio, not mine.
And I’m in good company!
Well, I was so busy making new stuff, and organizing my new studio space, and picking up spilled seed beads (it happens all the time), I forgot to let you know…..
Art at the Source starts this weekend! Two weekends, actually. This Saturday and Sunday and next, June 1-2 and June 8-9, from 10-5.
Come for Sally’s extraordinary watercolors, sophisticated and beautifully precise, a bold, unique style I’ve never seen duplicated anywhere else.
Stay for Joann Cassady’s whimsical ceramic work, including garden sculptures, and Mark Freed’s colorful, intricate glass work.
And me! New jewelry featuring cast sterling horses and my own little handmade animals, with repurposed “old pawn/Native American/Taxco sterling-and-turquoise jewelry (with a little antique coral thrown in!) Also small framed work, small sculptures, and larger framed fiber collages.
Same ol’ bright red hair, and smilin’ face. :^)
See you there!
P.S. Some folks have asked why I’m not doing AATS at my own studio. When the application period for AATS began, I was still at my South A Street, which was not eligible for AATS (wrong side of 101.)
Sally Baker graciously invited me to show with her! It wasn’t til two months later that I moved into my (now eligible) studio at 33Arts. So a big shout-out and a thank-you to Sally! Without her, I wouldn’t have been able to do AATS at all this year… But NEXT YEAR, we’ll see what happens!
First…A big heart-felt thank you to all who sent me their snail mail address for this year’s Sonoma County Art Trails catalog/guide! I heard from almost 30% of my newsletter list, which any marketer will tell you is a great response rate! I have less than 18 addresses to go to meet the requirement, so you were a huge help! Second…My first class here in California! Check it out!