Monday, October 4, 2010

Ojai Studio Artist Tour - 2010

It's that time again! Time to get inspired, meet some wonderful artists, see their creative spaces and explore beautiful Ojai! I usually cruise around, map in hand, with my Mom, my sister, or both and have a yummy lunch break at Farmer and the Cook to talk about the artists and all the things we were inspired by.

It's the annual Ojai Artist Studio Tour this weekend, so if you happen to be in the neighborhood (in the Ojai Valley - Southern California and inland between Ventura and Santa Barbara off the 33!) come on by!

Imagination is the true magic carpet.

~ Norman Vincent Peale

Ojai Studio Artists Tour

October 9 & 10, 2010, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Our annual studio tour is a entertaining self-guided tour spanning the Ojai
Valley and nearby surrounding areas. With ticket purchase, you will receive a map
of the participating artists' studio locations. Visit our "About Ojai" page for links to informational sites about the Ojai Valley. Please note, while you will be driving or bicycling from studio to studio, walking shoes are recommended.

TOUR TICKETS are $31 for advance ticket purchase and
$36 for tour weekend ticket purchase.
(ticket price includes the reception and a $1 ticket handling fee).
Student tickets (must be under 23 years of age) can be purchased for $21 at the
Chamber of Commerce with student I.D. Children 12 and under are free.
Tickets are good for both days. All tickets are final; no refunds.

TICKETS BY PHONE: Call (805) 646-8126,
10 A.M. to 4 P.M. or fax (805) 646-9762 for assistance.


On the website

These beautiful pastels are by my wonderful teacher Bert Collins who is one of the studio artists on the tour! Isn't she amazing?

She creates these beautiful and magical worlds with her pastels. She is also a genuinely sweet and amazing woman. We love her. She will hang about 20 pieces in her studio for the tour and most, if not all, will be sold by the time the tour starts. (People show up at 6 am that morning and draw numbers and pick out their pieces!)

These below are so much more beautiful in person and I shot them during class when they were leaning on the floor in bad light!

Bert Collins - pastel 2010

Bert Collins - pastel 2010

I don't believe in an art
that is not born out of man's need
to open his heart.

- Edvard Munch


Joyce said...

Bert's art is beautiful!!

By the way your soup sounds delicious. xo

Kiki said...

Gorgeous and inspiring...wonderful!

erin said...

oh my, i would love to go on that tour...if i was closer. bert's pastels are amazing...i went to the link you added and i am totally struck by the fact that she is quite handicapped and yet produces these incredible pieces!! thanks for the inspiration.

joanne May said...

The Ojai Artist Tour sounds wonderful. I wish we had a sophisticated art tour like this in England!
The pastel drawings are very dream like. Just amazing!
Your friend sounds like a beautiful lady and the beauty also shows in her work. I can understand why her drawings sell so well.
As always, really good to see you again! :-)

Kerry O'Gorman said...

Wish I could see this show, it looks wonderful. I especially love the 'girl on the horse' you know who that is? Have fun!

Loree said...

Beautiful work. I wish I could go to the studio tour.

KathyA said...

Bert is talented!
Would love to live in CA!!

ArtSparker said...

Sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day, and the weather this weekend should be more reasonable.