North Auburn Art Studios
Annual SpringTour
Dedicated to the memory of artist and friend
Reif Erickson

May 9 & 10, 2015

Saturday & Sunday - 10am to 5pm
Mothers Day Weekend

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complete with artists information and map


18 Artists - 12 locations
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North Auburn Art Studios Tour

The artists of the North Auburn Art Studios Tour and
the Auburn Community are saddened by the loss
of Reif Erickson on March 26, 2015.
"I touch the earth with my heart and paint the spirit of the land"

Vincent DiLeo - A, Sonja Hamilton - B, Cathy Cline & Anita Posey Lowe - C,
Jennifer Riley - D, Barbra Paitich - E, Nicholson Blown Glass & Rita Forman - G,
Nancy Polli & Reif Erickson will not be open - H, Diane Wood - I,
Don Crawford & Dirk Dusharme - J, Patty Pieropan Dong & Ardith Gray - K,
Linda Green, John Kennedy & Max Redpath-Kennedy - L,
David Crosby - M, Marianne DeMartini - N

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free admission
demonstrations ~ sales


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MAP Autumn Art Studios Tour

Meet the North Auburn Artists

Join the participating artists for their preview reception.

Auburn Artwalk
6 to 9 pm - Thursday April 9
Courthouse Coffee
1425 Lincoln Way, Auburn

VIDEO 2015


18 well known Californian artists will be participating in The North Auburn Artists Spring Studios Tour Mothers Day Weekend Saturday, May 9 and Sunday May 10, 2015 from 10am to 5pm. The tour is free and all participating artists 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.

Vincent DiLeo Vincent DiLeo - A(map locator)
Vincent creates colorful photomontages from photographs that he has taken. He has recreated some of his lucid dreams as a photomontage. His favorite dream shows him flying in the sky above his friends and encouraging them to join him. Vincent's strong interest in politics has led him to create a photomontage called "The Robots Are Coming". This satirical piece was created during countless hours of watching the news as both political parties blindly follow their leader. The Speaker of the House or Senate is portrayed as an oddly dressed mannequin, while a group of robots are marching in line and in perfect sync. A surrealistic background surrounded by windmills adds a strange and eerie feeling. Nearby is the face of a black and white bird flying by and watching the progression of the minion robots. Vincent says, "This bird can symbolize anyone of our presidents." Visit his website to see a selection of his images.
Sonja Hamilton

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Sonja Hamilton is a San Francisco born artist, teacher, and caligrapher. 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, Australia, Canada, Mexico, France, Japan and China. 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, Belgium, Swtizerland, and Spain. In 2015, she will be teaching a watercolor workshop in Tuscany. Amongest her numerous awards are several Best of Show, First Awards and the Grumbacher Gold Medallion. Sonja's watercolor (reference) book will be published in 2015 with photos of her many paintings and charts. "Although I draw and paint in many media, I find watercolor the most exciting, spontaneous, and challenging. When I paint, my cares leaves and I become totally immersed in what I am doing. Watercolor is exhilarating, yet most relaxing for me - a great joy. It is who I am."


Cathy Cline Cathy Cline - C
Cathy Cline is a well known jewelry artist and artist-in-residence at the Arts Building in Auburn, continues to explore the creative challenge of designing gold, silver and vitreous enamel one-of-a-kind jewelry.  She is also currently using her watercolor and acrylic landscape painting background to create new “paintings” and functional works in vitreous enamel.  “I am fascinated by the interplay of reflections, color, movement, texture and transparencies in nature.  I enjoy interpreting nature’s beauty in my work.” Cathy has a Master’s Degree in Jewelry Design, studied jewelry in London, England and Guadalajara, Mexico.  Also she completed The Revere Academy’s program and achieved Graduate Jeweler’s status.  In the area of enameling, she has taken numerous seminars and workshops from nationally and internationally known enamellists.  She has taught jewelry design for over 30 years in college and high school.  Cathy will be sharing studio space with ceramic artist Anita Posey Lowe during the Mother’s Day Weekend Studio Tour.
Anita Posey Lowe
Anita Posey Lowe - C(map locator)
Anita Posey Lowe is well known for 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."
Jennifer Riley Jennifer Riley - D(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
Barbra Paitich Barbra Paitich - E(map locator)
Barbra Paitich is an artist who uses a wide range of media. Her passion in art began when she was a child. She earned a BA at San Jose State University and her art was honed through her own efforts and experimentation in the years that followed. She is best known for the vibrant and lush colors and form used in her wearable silk scarves. This is also seen in her decorative throws for furniture and wall art. The wall art is usually hung or woven with metal that has been cut into organic shapes using a plasma torch. This metal work evolved to include copper and brass jewelry formed and cut into pleasing designs that include dichroic glass accents. Barbra demonstrates her work by painting on silk during the studio tour and encourages visitors to try their hands at silk painting while they are at her studio. www.Barbra
Nicholson Blown Glass

Rick and Janet Nicholson - G(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 equine, 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. 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.


Rita Forman

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Rita Forman is an Art Glass Beadmaker. Her beads are fun, colorful, cheerful and sometimes very elegant. She uses patterns, textures, bold colors and intensive desgins in her beads which she makes into earrings, bracelets, necklaces and pendants. She personally handmakes all the beads using a torch to melt and shape the glass. The beads are then annealed in a kiln so they will not crack. The glass rods she melts in the flame to make her beads is handmade glass from Murano, Italy and Portland, Oregon. In addition to selling her beautiful and stylish jewelry, she sells loose beads for the bead lovers that like to use the beads in self-made projects. She has two tables covered with beads to choose from. Rita enjoys meeting and visiting with the artists, collectors and art lovers that come to the tour. This Spring she will be showing at the Nicholson Blown Glass studio.


Nancy Polli Nancy Polli - H(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. Nancy shared a studio and life with Reif Erickson who passed away March 26, 2015. Unfortunately, her studio will not be open on the tour this May.
Reif Erickson Reif Erickson - H(map locator)
Reif Erickson has left our world and is not longer a tour participant. We will miss him.
Diane Wood
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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,
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.


Dirk Dusharme

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Dirk Dusharme is an art photographer with a bent toward abstract interpretations, slice-of-life and the just plain strange. He specializes in commissioned art, portraiture, Architectural photography - with a twist and photojournalism. He shares a home studio with his father-in-law, wood artist, Don Crawford. Visit his website for more information and images.




Patty Pieropan Dong

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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 BA 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 Auburn Old Town Gallery of Art and active in the Placer Arts Council as an Art Walk committee member, Autumn Arts Studios Tour steering Committee member and Placer Artist's League board member.


Ardith Grey

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Ardith Gray has worked as a designer since Art School days and is a graduate of The Burnley School of Art in Seattle, San Jose State, BFA and San Diego State, MFA. Her undergraduate studies were in glass and textiles. She has taught Beginning Sewing, Theatre 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 Theatre in London and has worked in the movie and theater industry. Her costume design work has been seen in over 25 theatre productions and most recently she designed “Robinhood, Men in Tights” at CSU, Sacramento. Ardith is an active participant with Auburn Old Town Gallery and the Placer Arts Art Walk. On Mothers Day weekend she will be showing at Patty Pieropan's studio.


Max Redpath Kennedy

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Max works from life to create paintings in oil and acrylic, and drawings in pastel and charcoal. Her portfolio includes still life subjects and her first love, the human figure. Max's color palette is clear, pure and vibrant as she paints layer upon layer, until that "Aha!" moment when she thinks, "This needs more red". Max's work process, a fushion of classical and organic approaches, is concerned with techniques that allow her to make sense of what she sees. In a chaotic world,Max (from Maxfield) is ahppy to create work that honors the everyday goodness of life and the human form, that is approachable, and that is, simply, lovely. Along with showing her work in Placer, Amador, Nevada and Sacramento counties, Max has also done commercial book illustration, film animation for Lee Mendelsohn Studios, and posters for NBC TV. Retiring from a career in public education, Max can be found daily in her new North Auburn "Artists in Cahoots Studios and Gallery." John Kennedy and Linda Green will show together with Max. Find Max on the web at and on Facebook at Max-Redpath-Kennedy-Artist.


John Kennedy

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Strange how small encounters can change a life in big ways. In John’s case, the encounter was with fire, Raku, and clay. What began as an evening pottery class at the local High School has come to change his life.  John has always been interested in the science and mechanics of how things work—or often don’t work. Learning the concept of Wabi-Sabi, i.e., unintentional happenings that lead to beautiful imperfection, has deepened those interests. From Raku in the High School parking lot to working on his neighbor’s home built kick wheel, and then, after a 25 year lull, wandering into The ARTS Building and signing up for a clay class.  John works in clay with a special interest in glazing and firing techniques. He explores Celtic mythology in his sculpture work and looks for new ways to interpret face molds in his explorations with Raku. Lately he has begun the challenge of working from live models for his Celtic sculpting projects.  You can find John most days at his new North Auburn “Artists In Cahoots Studios and Gallery.”  On the web at Artists-In-Cahoots.comand on Facebook atArtistsInCahootsAuburn



Linda Green

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Linda Green has worked as a figurative abstract acrylic artist for the past two decades. Significant works include her "Passion of People" series and her 2009 "Women at the Window" series. Linda's background is rooted in watercolor which influences her current painting process. Artistically inquisitive, Linda has recently begun exploring the interplay of ceramics and oil painting allowing her to express her thoughts in a new series of works, "Behind the Chain Link Fence". This series will upon completion, incorporate ceramics, painting and, ultimately, a collection of short stories and poetry. Linda received her education at California State University Sacramento and has been an Artist in Residence of The Arts Building in Auburn, California since August of 2000. She will show with Max Redpath-Kennedy and John Kennedy in their new studio as part of "Artists in Cahoots".


David Crosby

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David Crosby is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Auburn, California, close to the snow and an hour and a half from the coast. He started his photography business in 2006. He shoots mostly landscapes but also wild life and the occasional wedding. The camera can not 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 of course determine the composition. There is no substitute for starting out with a good image but the artistry continues with the development of that image. That is the difference between snapshots and fine art.

Marianne DeMartini

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German-born studio potter, Marianne DeMartini, has lived in Auburn and maintained a studio since 1981. She creates hand carved candle lights, large lace bowls, delicate lotus-shaped bowls, and marbled jars made of two clays. The pieces are hand thrown on a wheel and then carved by hand. After completing the design, they are bisque-fired. Cone 6 stoneware glazes ranging from a muted multi-layered cream to vibrant blues and greens are then applied for a final firing.




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