You can find a slew of Valley artists on the ARTrail, an event in which 160 of Sonoma County’s premier artists open their usually private studios to the public. Those interested can pick up or download a map and head out to tour ARTrails Open Studios on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12, 13, 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Long-time collectors know ARTrails’ juried artists offer exclusive works in a variety of diverse forms such as glass, clay, paper, paint, fiber, metal and wood. Art lovers can get all the information needed online, including stories and interviews of the artists, at ARTrails.org. Pick up a catalog at one of the designated locations, listed on the website, which features maps indicating the studio locations and an image of work by each artist.
ARTrails tours can be totally customized to one’s personal taste. Since the tours are self guided, attendees can plan to visit the studios of artists whose work appeals to them, or focus on one or more of Sonoma County’s five diverse geographical areas, including Santa Rosa, Healdsburg/ Geyserville/ Windsor, Sonoma/Kenwood, Sebastopol/West County and Petaluma. Simply follow the blue and white ARTrails signs to studios into the dynamic world of art in action. Visual media represented include: painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, glass, woodwork, fiber arts and jewelry
ARTrails is a program of the Arts Council Sonoma County (ACSC), a federally designated nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the visual, performing and literary arts within Sonoma County. The Arts Council of Sonoma County represents 130 nonprofit organizations and more than 27,000 artists of all disciplines through advocacy, collaborative programs and re-granting.
For ARTrails maps or more information, visit <a href="http://sonomaarts.com/artrails/">sonomaarts.com/artrails/</a> or call 579-2787.