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North Coast Open Studios

Juried Show - Call for Artists - Opening Reception and presentation of jurors awards

September 2, 3, 9, 10

Members of the North Coast Artists' Guild are planning the annual juried show, "Wet Paint ~ The Best of 2005"  in the Burnett Gallery, Gualala Art Center.  The show is open to all artists and to all media (except film and video).  There is one key criterion:  that each entry must have been finished early. 
The Jurors include: D.A. Bishop and Tamsen Donner. 
D. A. Bishop was born in rural Virginia and has lived in numerous locals along the Eastern seaboard. Don attended Mary Karl Vocational school and studied photography and later studied art history at Daytona Beach College and the Atlanta School of Art. He paints working from the live model, landscapes and architecture.  Showing nationally and regionally, he has built a solid reputation with his dedication to paint and the will to see each new work as a beginning. He is currently showing at A Street Gallery in Santa Rosa and also, with Tamsen Donner, at Quercia Gallery in Duncans Mills.  The Quercia Gallery exhibit ends on November 28, 2005. Bishop has traveled extensively, visiting museums worldwide and has always worked from the live model. Regionally, his work has recently shown in these fine galleries:  Casa Design, Calistoga, A St. Gallery, Santa Rosa,  Quercia Gallery, Duncan Mills, Graton Gallery, Graton, QuickSilver Mine Co.Gallery in Forestville, and John Natsoulas Gallery, Davis.  

Tamsen Donner spent her formative years in the then-rural Los Altos, California. She later moved to Austin, Texas with years abroad in England and France. She attended the L`eo Marchutz School of Painting and Drawing in Aix-en-Provence, France,  painting en plein air, sometimes the same motifs as Cézanne and Van Gogh, and also studied at the Art Institute in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  In 1978 she studied at the Art Students League in Woodstock, New York, and later graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.
Tamsen's first exhibition was in Freiburg, West Germany. She has also shown in Vermont, Texas, Northern and Southern California. Tamsen participated in "Art Documentation 2000" in Sillico, Italy, and, in addition to her current show at Quercia Gallery, Duncan Mills, her exhibits have shown in numerous local galleries, including the Sonoma Museum of Visual Arts,  the Local Color Gallery in Bodega, the Artful Eye Gallery in Healdsburg, the Graton Gallery, and through her participation in "Art For Life" and Open Studios with "Art at the Source."

A few important items:
  a.. In 2004, there were more than 190 entries in this juried show and sales from the show were approximately $11,000. To make this show run smoothly, artists must postmark their Entry/Registration Forms to Gualala Arts ASAP, or No Later Than Monday, November 28, 2005.
  b.. $1,000 in jurors awards will be presented to participating artists.
  c.. This year, the number of pieces accepted will be limited by the gallery's size and the need to display each piece well. 
  d.. Entry forms are available at Gualala Arts and CityArt.  Information is also available on the North Coast Artist's Guild website: listed under "Opportunities for Artists" and includes a downloadable Entry/Registration Form.  The Gualala Arts Center has also listed the Entry/Registration at, under "Forms."  Information is also listed on the Cultural Arts Council of Sonoma County (CACSC) website:   It is listed under both "Call to Artists: and " Events."  The Entry/Registration form is also available by request with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Gualala Arts, P.O. Box 244, Gualala, CA  95445. 
e.. The Opening Reception and presentation of jurors awards is Saturday, December 10th  from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  


Annual Open Studio Events

June 3-4, 2006
Central County

Rio Dell
King Salmon
June 10-11, 2006
North County

Blue Lake
Dows Prairie

June 17-18, 2006
South County

Myers Flat
Rio Dell


North Coast Open Studio Tour was initiated by two local artists, Sasha Pepper and Susan Fox, who had participated in studio tours in larger metropolitan areas. In 1998, Open Studios became a program of the Ink People and the Humboldt Arts Council provided administrative and gallery support to the fledgling event. Grassroots support was immediate; artists pooled a reasonable fee of $40 each which paid for signage and map books containing an image of a representative piece of each artist’s work and directions to each studio. Artists with marketing expertise worked on advertising sales for the map book and spread marketing duties between them, securing spots in the newspapers and newsletters to reach local art patrons.


Traditionally, the North Coast Open Studios Tour was held over one weekend and focused on one-off visual artisans and craftspeople. In 2005, the tour will offer two weekends, with a broader repertoire of artists, including the art-based manufacturing community. It is our hope that each community within Humboldt County is beginning to develop their own artistic identity.


There are four overarching goals for Open Studios in 2005. The first is to increase artist participation; second is to increase attendance and sales through intensive marketing; third, provide basic business education and specialized topical instruction to artists to prepare them to do business; and fourth, to measure quantitive and qualitative results of our efforts.

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