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Open Studios Art Tour 2017

October 14/15 & 21/22

Featuring: Linda Lewis, Ana Bass & Pat Harkness

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Guest Artist: Gregory Simmons

Close Up Landscapes of the Central Coast

July 1st through September 30th

Gregory Simmons is a contemporary realist painter currently composing a series of close up landscapes of the central coast, intertwining still life of reflective and transparent objects from his studio in Atascadero, California. Travel has been fundamental to Greg’s development as an artist. Living in Hawaii for a short period at eighteen opened his eyes to adventure and life’s possibilities. Immersion in other cultures and observation of artists from Denmark, New Zealand and Australia, influenced his luminous detailed glazing technique with acrylics.

With a background in commercial art, advertising and dental ceramics, has allowed Simmons to define his creative work with detail and precision. In the summer of 2001, Greg moved to the beautiful central coast of California to paint full time with complete dedication. He has participated in group and solo shows where his work are included in numerous private and public collections.

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Guest Artist: Ken Christensen

Watercolors by Ken Christensen

May 4th – June 30th, 2017

Ken Christensen is a classic, on-site landscape painter with influences filtered down from the French Impressionists and Fauves. He paints with the vision, color, and verve of such painters as Van Gogh, Vlaminck, Marquet and Derain and with the American perspective of Hopper and Benton. Ken Christensen paints with an intensity and bravura that reveals the glory and beauty of even the most mundane scenes. Rather than the standard post card views, Mr. Christensen seeks out the particular that his personal vision can raise to the universal.

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Guest Artists: Roger Combs & Julie Dunn

March 2 – April 30, 2017

Artist’s Reception: Sunday, March 5th, 2 – 5 pm

Esalen by Julie Dunn

Julie Dunn is an accomplished artist and art educator. She presents an unusual and refreshing style of painting known as Tempera Batik painting on paper. Her unique work is characterized by vibrant color and an appealing textural surface, beautifully combined with compelling imagery. Admirers of her paintings find them reminiscent of traditional fabric batiks, silk painting, woodblock prints, and even stained glass. Her subjects include Central Coast and desert landscapes, endangered and exotic species, and incredibly beautiful flowers.

Montana de Oro by Julie Dunn

With a BA degree in drawing and painting, and a teaching credential in Art Education, Julie’s art career has spanned over 35 years. She now enjoys painting, exhibiting, and sharing her specialized technique with others, offering demonstrations and hands-on workshops. Julie also participates in local and regional art festivals and juried exhibitions, where she has won several awards for her paintings.

Spooner’s Cove by Julie Dunn

Bench by Roger Combs

Roger Combs is an original designer and accomplished woodworker. He crafts limited production and one-of-a-kind pieces in select domestic and exotic hardwoods. Best defined as a combination of an Asian style with the elegant simplicity of Danish design, the aesthetic beauty of each piece will enhance a variety of home and office environments.

Stool by Roger Combs

A native of Central California, Roger graduated in 1982 from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo with a BA degree in Industrial Arts, with a concentration in furniture design and construction. His woodwork is distinguished by timeless design, seamless joinery, and fine finishes.


“I believe in creating functional art that combines good design with hand selected domestic and exotic hardwoods. Lumber is my palette – a variety of colors, textures, and grains that reveal themselves to me. The process of creating pieces begins by following the flow of the wood. I love the passion of feeling a piece coming together – rough cutting, final dimensioning, solid joinery, shaping, and diligent sanding to detail. Finally, I hand finish with numerous, nurturing coats of oils to enliven and preserve the wood. My pieces call out to be touched, caressed, and appreciated for a lifetime.”


Stool by Roger Combs

Roger Combs is passionate about his craft. His love and respect of wood is evident in his attention to detail, and in his excellent hand-rubbed oil finishes. The beauty and sophistication of Roger’s furniture is enhanced by his use of natural materials that will always be in style. His sculptural, functional work is designed to be enjoyed for years to come.

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Guest Artist: Mary McCrea

January 7th – February 26th

Morro Bay artist Mary McCrae exhibits acrylic paintings of succulents at Sayva Creative Gallery from January 7th to February 26th. The artist explores the natural patterns in agaves and other succulents in fine detail until the abstract tendencies of nature are revealed.

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Holiday Open House

Deb Lysek

Deb Lysek

Saturday December 3rd  4-7pm

featuring Jewelry by
Linda Lewis, Ana Bass, Pat Harkness

with guest artists
Kasey Burgunder, Kurt Schiller, Richard Jordan and Jayne Cairns

Silk Scarves by Deb Lysek 

Refreshments will be served


Richard Jordan

Richard Jordan

Kurt Schiller

Kurt Schiller

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2016 Open Studios Art Tour

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October 8 & 9
October 15 &16
10am – 5pm
Website & Catalog Info

Ana Bass – #68 in Open Studios Art Tour catalog
Kasey Burgunder – #69 in Open Studios Art Tour catalog
Linda Lewis – #70 in Open Studios Art Tour catalog


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Guest Artist: Flo Bartell

August 8th through Sept. 30th
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Flo Bartell“I paint with encaustic because the smooth, glossy surface, the pleasant aroma, the soothing rhythm of my torch, the unpredictable nature of the medium, and the intense color and movement possible with hot wax and pigment are seductive and satisfying.”
– Flo Bartell


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Guest Artist: Ingrid Brink

June 16th through July 31st
Artist reception: Saturday June 18th from 4 – 6pm

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Ingrid BrinkIngrid Brink earned a Bachelor Degree in Art from Humboldt State University and a California lifetime teaching credential. She has studied under such notable watercolorists as Dong Kingman, Katherine Chang Liu, and Edward Reep. Ingrid Brink’s paintings have been accepted in many National competitions and she began teaching watercolor classes at the college level.

In 1988, she was voted in as a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society (one of approximately 600 in the U.S.). The following year she was awarded a grant from the California Arts Council as an Artist in Residence to work in two elementary schools. Nine grants later and with unwavering support from parents, students and staff, her residency turned into a 23-year career. As a teacher and artist, she knew she was successful when she would hear: “You’ve changed the way I see.”

Her first trip to Hawaii in 1976 launched a lifelong yearning to return, which she did. In 2003, she and her husband bought a home in Waikoloa Village with a great view and, equally important, a huge lanai for painting. Ingrid and her husband Jan now live in the best of both worlds, Baywood Park on the central coast and part time on the Big Island of Hawaii. The interplay of land, sea and sky, and the colors and textures of Hawaii and the Central Coast, particularly the ” Back Bay” in Baywood continue to ‘change the way I see’ and inspire me to paint!”

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Guest Artist: Loren Fisher

May 19 – June 15th

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Loren FisherRaised in Los Osos by a free-spirited Fire Chief, a tough-as-nails Military Commander, and two Golden Retrievers, Loren is an elegant aggregate of her upbringing. She is an expression of easy-going, strong-willed determinism. She is rough and raw and motivated, yet childishly innocent and light-hearted: attitudes that manifest in her artwork.

The flowers are a reflection of her simple, naïve appreciation of beauty which has led her to paint, create, and get lost in the Sierra Backcountry.

The trout are a reflection of her stead-fastedness that has pushed her towards mountain climbing, competitive distance running, and earned her a spot at the Tulane School of Medicine this fall.

In her travels, she finds peace + deliberation in painting the trout and flowers she knows from home. Each is a blend of her familiarity with the subject and the surroundings in which she finds herself.

As an artist, Loren’s identifies with the vibrancy of bright, deep pigments found in watercolor, and the sharp contrast achieved with ink. Her paintings tend to both defy and define the boundaries that the eye is used to formulating in reality as the trout’s spots fly from its fins onto the blank paper, and the black lines sculpt the trademark shape of the her fish and flowers. Loren constructs her images by allowing the free movement of water on the paper to dictate where the pigment will settle. The final products showcase layers of thoughtful application that simultaneously personify the spirit of each subject’s liveliness and exposes her own.

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