Fall brings color and artists to Markleeville | RecordCourier.com

Fall brings color and artists to Markleeville

by Joyce DeVore

Fall color is just beginning to transform Alpine County into its celebrated and breathtaking season: It should be ideal for this year’s Markleeville Artists Autumn Open Studios 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5-6.

Eleven artists will participate this year, marking the 11th year of the studio tour.

Local artists open their home studios to the public for those two days, while guest artists, who reside near Markleeville, bring their works to downtown Markleeville for the public’s convenience.

Register at the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce and pick up a free color map with directions to each art site and contact information for the artists.

Within walking distance, you will find four studios. Noel and Linda Bottoms will be at Intero Realty, where they will display hand-crafted jewelry set with semi-precious stones, photography, and cards. Erik Holland, a masterful plein-air painter and a true fan of the Markleeville area, will have his oil paintings on display at the Markleeville Library. Holland will only be available on Saturday, although the library display will be open both days.

The fourth downtown studio is especially important this year because the artists have dedicated this year’s event to Peter Chope, the prominent water color artist and graphic designer who lost his life to cancer last April. Hosts Sandy and Patt Baenen will have a variety of items crafted with contemporary fabrics; while showcasing two previously unviewed watercolor paintings by Peter Chope. At 5 p.m on Saturday, join the artists in a toast to Chope on the back deck of his studio at 279 Montgomery St.

The next group of artists are located a short distance down Hot Springs Road. On Raymond View Drive, you will find Charles Muench, whose talent and passion for the outdoors have combined to make him a world-class artist. Muench strives to understand what he paints, immersing himself in the setting to listen, feel, and see the lonely Sierra landscapes he loves. Muench was the featured artist in Southwest Art magazine, April 2013. His recently published book Markleeville Memories: Paintings of a Sierra Town will also be available.

Markleevillage, just across from the Muench studio, has four studios. Russel Ketenjian, on Timber Lane, has beautiful oil paintings of the Sierra and creative pottery. Just around the bend, Carolyn and Mark Vaughn have exquisite creative pottery, Raku pottery, and functional ware. Also showing at the Vaughns’ studio, Reena Spansail explores her interior landscape in oils and glass. Richard Shokouh’s studio features his magnificent stained-glass pictures as well as his oil paintings.

Perhaps after a refreshing beverage and a bite to eat in Markleeville, visit the local art shop and then head toward Woodfords to visit Evelyn Yonker’s home studio. She will be showing sculpture, plein-air paintings, abstract art, pastels, as well as hand-painted silk scarves.

The event is funded by local sponsors: including wonderful dining spots such as The Deli, Sorensen’s, Hope Valley Café, The Toll Station, CJ’s Woodfords Station, and The Wolf Creek restaurant; and businesses Markleeville Art & Soul, Intero Real Estate Services, Markleeville General Store, Markleeville Gas, Alpine County Chamber of Commerce, and Alpine County Friends of the Library.

Thank you for your past support of the studio tour and we hope to see you this Oct. 5 and 6.