North Auburn Art Studios Spring Tour
May 10 & 11, 2014

Saturday & Sunday - 10am to 5pm


Spring Tour Postcard 2014
scroll down for artist biographies and website links


free admission
demonstrations ~ sales

Preview Video

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2014 Spring Tour Map

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Meet the North Auburn Artists

Join the participating artists for their preview reception.

Auburn Artwalk
6 to 9 pm
Courthouse Coffee

1425 Lincoln Way, Auburn
The artwork will be up through May.


Well known Californian artists will be participating together in The North Auburn Artists Spring Studios Tour Saturday, May 10 and 11, 2014 from 10am to 5pm. The tour is free and all artists participating in our annual North Auburn Art Studios Tour are within a few miles of each other. Scroll down to learn more about each artist and link to their websites for more information and images.
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Jennifer Riley Jennifer Riley - A (map locator)
Jennifer Riley is an Auburn, Ca. artist who creates exciting and distinctive sculptures created from found and discarded steel. The sculptures form a powerful and, at times, controversial, expression of personal experience and social stereotypes.  Currently showing throughout California and in Washington, she is an award-winning international artist who focuses her work on the human form and horses. Her sculptures range in size from 15 inches to 15 feet. Jennifer Johnson's studio is open year-round by appointment, inviting the visitors to roam through the garden of sculptures and watch creativity in progress in the studio. Purchases can be made directly through the studio or at any one of her galleries. Jennifer invites corporate and private commissions and has a mailing list for show information.
Connie Rodriguez Connie Rodriguez - B (map locator)
ConnieRodriguez's journey as an abstract artist began with carreers as a Jungian psychology, an art psychotherapist, an author and a dream tender. She wants her paintings to engage the viewer in order to inspire and move. She received her BA in art in 1984. Although she began working in watercolor, she loved the briliance as well as the transparency that acrylics offer and has been woking in acrylics with mixed media ever since. Her attention is captured by the many possibilities and opportunities that arise once the paint begins to speak through the canvas. She often will use essential oils in her work to add another psychoactive element to the piece, imbuing its essence through the paint. Just like the night time dream, for her painting is a waking dream. Just as we are the receiver of the dream and its symbols, the story is told not by her but by the image.
Nicholson Blown Glass
Rick and Janet Nicholson - C (map locator)
Rick and janet Nicholson of Nicholson Blown Glass emphasize creativity and innovation. Originally from Hawaii and Ohio, respectively, Rick and Janet built their studio in Auburn in 1982. They have opened for Mother's Day weekend since 1996. Their painterly approach to glass blowing results in figurative and avian sculpture, sculptural lighting, and multiple piece wall and ceiling installations. The combination of glass and metal have allowed their work to expand into large scale commissions. While Rick is the master glassblower, Janet assists and is the colorist and designer of their successful collaboration. Rick was a TA for Dale Chihuly at Philchuck in 1981 and continues to study with masters. A love of birdwatching and and recent classes with Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen and Pino Signoretto have inspired the Nicholsons to create new hot sculpted bird forms. Since glass blowing is a fascinating process to watch, their studio has always been a favorite stop on the tours."like" their Facebook page and enjoy their blog. Visit for more information and schedules.

Patty Pieropan Dong Patty Pieropan Dong - D (map locator)
Patty Pieropan Dong enjoys working in a variety of media: oils, watercolors, and block printing. Her subjects include California landscapes, plein air work from Europe and the Caribbean as well as still life and portraiture.  A graduate of Boston University with a BFA in painting, she also did post-graduate work at Boston State College and Suffolk University.  In addition to teaching art and painting, Patty is a member of the Old Town Gallery of Art and active in the Placer Arts Council as an Art Walk committee member, Autumn Art Studios Tour steering committee member and Placer Artist's League board
Dirk Dusharme Dirk Dusharme - E (map locator)
Award-winning designer and photographer Dirk Dusharme uses photography as a springboard into examining architecture and the intersection of people and their man-made landscape. Sometimes stark, often wildly bright, and always from his own peculiar perspective, Dusharme’s architectural pieces make you look at your built environment in ways you never imagined. Visit his website at
Vincent DiLeo

Vincent DiLeo - F (map locator)
Vincent is a self taught photographer who has explored many different kinds of photography. His images are continually evolving. His work is called Convergent Media. He believes that the fusion of photography and computer manipulated images may result in the creation of an entirely new medium. The creative possibilities are endless and this emerging new art form has inspired him to create many new works. In his abstract work he is drawn to the use of color and texture and has tried to create an emotional bond between the imagery and the viewer. His "Dreamscape" series was inspired by unusual dreams. He attempts to recreate his dreams in a way that others may be able to identify. Creating photographs from his dreams has been an interesting creative challenge that he continues to


David Crosby David Crosby - G (map locator)
David Crosby started his photography business in 2006. He has established himself as a landscape and nature photograher. On his road trips he photographs everything from desert scenes to beautiful meadows with majestic mountains in the background. David believes "The camera cannot see like the human eye. It is up to the photographer to develop his images in such a way as to mimic what the eye can do...reach into the shadows and tone down the brightness, control contrast and determine the composition. There is no substitute for starting out with a good imagebut the artistry continues with the development of the image. That is the difference between snapshots and fine art."
Ardith Gray Ardith Gray - H (map locator)
Ardith Gray has worked as a designer since art school days and is a graduate of the Burnley School of Art in Seattle, has a BFA from San Jose State and an MFA from San Diego State.Her undergraduate studies were in glass and textiles. She has taught Beginning Sewing, Theater 101, Costume Design, Millinery, Fashion Illustration and Textiles. At TheatreWorks in Palo Alto she was Costume Director/Designer until she retired in 2002. She was assistant to the designers at the Royal National Theater in London and has also worked in the movie industry. Her costume design work has been seen in over 25 theater productions and most recently she designed "Robinhood, Men in Tights at CSU, Sacramento.
Barbra Paitich
Barbra Paitich - I (map locator)
Silk and steel are her specialty. For many years she has combined the elegance and drape of hand painted silk woven with steel cut in organic shapes to create unique and flowing wall hangings.Vibrant color and bold designs are her trademark and make her work unique. Along with large installations, her work includes scarves, framable greeting cards and luminaries. Her studio is set up for visitor participation. Adults and children are encouraged to try their hands at applying dyes to silk. Barbra also offers kiln fired glass jewelry and accessories. A beaded jewlery line "Baja Elegance" incorporates unique tube shells she finds on a remote island in southern Baja California.www.Barbra
Don Crawford

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Auburn resident Don Crawford has spent the last 40 years in furniture and cabinet making. Heavily influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, his cabinetry and furniture reflect the design elements of Greene & Greene, Frank Lloyd Wright, and other early 20th century designers. Recently Don has turned his attention to wood sculpture. These organically inspired abstract pieces are also influenced by the late 19th, early 20th century designer, Rennie Macintosh. Don hopes his sculptures give you as much pleasure to look at as he enjoyed making them.


Diane Wood


Diane J Wood - K (map locator)
Diane J Wood works both in metal, glass casting, Pate de Verre, and kiln formed glass. Her work most often arrives in the form of faces, study of nature and spiral movement within the glass work.  With her background in ceramics, she makes all her owns glass forms for her sculptural wall work.  The glass work is an expression of movement, textures, and the use of transparency of the glass.  Diane has studied under Dan Fenton for glass casting, and Pate de Verre glass work. She has a fine art jewelry glass line, and glass sculptural work that is shown in galleries in the United States, private residences and internationally.  She teaches metal and glass art in Charter schools, as well as, being an instructor in fused glass at Sierra Community College, Rocklin,

Anita Posey Lowe


Anita Posey Lowe - L (map locator)
Anita Posey Lowe is well knownfor her beautiful and reasonably priced ceramic bowls, cups, plates and individual casserole dishes that are microwave, dishwasher and oven safe.  She notes that her glazes are lead-free and safe for food and drink. The colors she works with are earth tones; tan, blue and green when overlapped they create beautiful blends.  All her pots are hand thrown, trimmed and signed.  Aside from her functional pottery Anita’s sculptural art is a mixture of wheel thrown, hand built or a combination of both, she uses several methods of firing -- raku, reduction or pit-- to get results.  She plays with the forms to perfect concepts that reflect her personality.  She says, “each ceramic piece is one-of-a-kind”. A graduate of San Francisco State University with a BA in art, emphasis in ceramics, Ms Lowe has been developing her technique for more than 40 years.  "No matter how much effort I put into a clay piece, the fire, glaze, wind, air and timing all play a role and control of the final outcome of the pottery is left to Karma," says Anita Posey Lowe.  "That's the beauty of pottery and why I enjoy working with it."

Nancy Polli


Nancy Polli - M (map locator)
Originally an art major in college, Nancy has worked as a Marriage & Family Therapist for more than 30 years, making art in her free time. Last year she decided to focus more intentionally on her art and now works daily creating whimsical mixed-media pieces on canvas and paper. She also teaches creative process though mixed-media art- journal classes in her home studio.

Reif Erickson
Reif Erickson - N (map locator)
Reif Erickson is a regional artist with works in public, corporate, and private collections throughout the Pacific Coast. Reif (pronounced ray-f) has been pursuing his art career for the last 30 years and contributes much of his success to his continuing practice of painting "on location" in what he refers to as Fresh Air™ painting. Through careful observation and technical expertise, Reif achieves masterful landscapes of California, Hawaii, Alaska, and the Southwest. Reif had a solo exhibit of 68 pastels in the Blue Line Gallery in 2013.
Talver Germany Talver Germany-Miller - O (map locator)
A native of Sacramento, Talver Germany-Miller received a BA in Studio Art, BA in Social Science/Anthropology and an MS Degree in counseling Education from California State University Sacramento. She is presently an Adjunct Professor of Art at Folsom Lake College. Currently, her art is jewery making and painting but as a woman of ability and talent, she is able to explore any number of mediums to express her creativity. Her teaching and own work involves abstract, figurative, plein air and mural painting, clay sculpture, pen and ink and jewelry making. This contributes to her goal of producing more sophisticated and challenging works that pass on to her students through developing her teaching skills. In addition, she has begun to assimilate her personal experiences of the West Indies (Jamaica) in the creative use of color, form and texture in her art work.
Sonja Hmilton Sonja Hamilton - P (map locator)
Sonja Hamilton is a San Francisco born artist, teacher, and calligrapher. Sonja is noted for her fluid, concise watercolors - whether landscapes, seascapes or flowers. She graduated from San Jose State University with a BA Degree and holds a Lifetime Special Teaching Credential in Art, has exhibited widely, and has paintings in private collections in the USA and internationaly. Sonja has taught in adult education since 1967, has conducted several workshops in Hawaii, California, Arizona, Nevada, and was an instructor on a tour of Italy and Greece, the Canadian Rockies, France, Belguim, Switzerland and Provence. She has won several Best of Show, First Awards, and the Grumbacher Gold Medallion.  "Although I draw and paint in many media, I find watercolor the most exciting, spontaneous, and challenging. When I paint, my cares leave and I become totally immersed in what I am doing. Watercolor is exhilarating, yet most relaxing for me - a great joy. It's who I am."



Jennifer Johnson Sonja Hamilton Anita Posey Lowe Cathy Cline Jim Farley Linda Farley Diane Wood Patty Dong Reif Erickson Ty Conners Dirk Dusharme Don Crawford Linda Farley Anita Posey Lowe Diane Wood Cathy Cline Ty Conners Jim Farley Jennifer Johnson Reif Erickson Don Crawford Sonja Hamilton Patty Pieropan Dong Dirk Dusharme