Where to feast your eyes, in Sonora, CA, on the 2nd Saturday of each month and all year long!
"CELEBRATING 11 YEARS in DOWNTOWN SONORA"
""Artists in the Window"
February - March 2020
Alexis Halstead & Renetta Hayes
Alexis Halstead’s work is inspired by the pottery of her Cheyenne roots, the Pueblo potters of northern New Mexico and Arts and Crafts designs of the early-twentieth century. Her work consists primarily of sculptural vessels: vases, pots and bowls.
“I love that I start with a lump of mud and, if successful, end up with something useful and beautiful. I have been inspired by the work of coil-building Pueblo potters of the Southwest and especially the artist Tammy Garcia. I am also interested in slab construction. None of my work is thrown on the wheel.”
Alexis holds a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute and an MBA from Golden Gate University. She attended ceramics classes at Columbia and has studied traditional Native American coil construction and techniques in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Aloft Art Gallery
Renetta’s painting career began 40 years ago with an art degree from San Jose State. After graduating she taught in a Fine Arts Mini School where she worked with her students developing their creativity.
Serious painting started 20 years ago. Renetta and her partner built a new home in Jamestown and when she was fully retired from business they built a north-facing studio specifically for painting and quilting.
I asked Renetta about her process, “I generally work from photographs taken by myself or my family. I usually have a couple of paintings being developed in different media as well as an unfinished quilt or two. I like to do landscapes with a subject matter.”
Besides being a painter and a quilter, Renetta has another amazing skill, she has been a private pilot and at one time had her own plane, a Cessna Champ. She no longer flies but, “still aches for it.”
Tuolumne County Arts
The Collection of Charles & Mary Smith
Mary and Charles Smith's collection focuses on original local art by young, up and coming artists who are doing unusual work.
The Smiths have collected a large and eclectic range of pieces over the past several years. It is their hope that this show inspires others to support local art and highlights the interesting mix of mediums, subjects, and talents in Tuolumne County.
The Smiths actively encourage everyone to go out and buy local art: to purchase something that moves you, that challenges you, that makes you recoil, that makes you smile, that makes you think.
Tuolumne County's art scene can only thrive when we support our local artists by purchasing the art they put their hearts and souls into.
*House O’ Beauty will be hosting an open make and music night. Bring your own art supplies, instrument, or snacks/drinks to share. The space will be available for jamming, socializing, and art making! Come hang out and get to know your creative community a little better.
19 Bradford Street (Westside)
Sonora, CA 95370
Take time to enjoy works by Studio B's outstanding artists: Rayna Coller, Irene Deaver & Sherie Drake, Linda Webb
Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 11 am - 4 pm
Special hours for 2nd Saturday: 3pm-8pm