This year's Markleeville Artists Open Studio Tour will be Saturday and Sunday.
This year promises to be extraordinary because it is the 10th anniversary of the event, so artists and local shops and restaurants are gearing up to make the weekend memorable. Mother Nature is already at work coloring the willows along the river, so by that weekend the fall color should be spectacular.
This is how the event works: artists in the Alpine County area open their studios to the public 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the weekend. There is no charge for the studio tour.
To find the studios, you will need a free guide provided by the Chamber of Commerce. (The Chamber is located in Markleeville on Highway 89, six miles from the intersection of highways 88 and 89 in Woodfords, 25 miles south of Lake Tahoe, and 60 miles south of Reno.) -The guide includes some information about each artist and a map to each location. -
From the chamber, visitors will be able to walk to several of the artists' studios. Many more artists have studios in their homes, located a short driving distance from downtown.
Bright yellow and gold banners will be hanging to mark each artist's studio.
This year there will be pottery, photography, stained glass, oil paintings, watercolors, hand-painted silk, and fabric art.
Artist Charles Muench will be releasing his first book, Markleeville Memories- Paintings of a Sierra Town at the Raymond View Road studio. His oil paintings will also be on exhibit.
Sandy Baenen will have applique, scratchboard wor\ks, cycling illustrations, and note cards.-
Noel and Linda Bottoms of Star Force Studios offer unique jewelry as well as photography and paintings.
Peter Chope will exhibit watercolors of the Sierra as well as of the Sonora Desert of Arizona.
Russel Ketenjian aims to "exalt the human spirit through music and art," with his artistry.
Richard Shokouh is a glass artist, exhibiting a variety of stained glass art and paintings.
Mark Vaughn and Carolyn Vaughn offer creative pottery, pizza stones, and functional ware.
Evelyn Yonker will display her new clay sculptures, silk scarves, abstract paintings, and pastels.
Patt Baenen-Tapscott is a guest artist who works in fabric arts.