The 17th annual North Coast Open Studios is coming up the weekends of June 6-7 and June 13-14, from Rio Dell to Trinidad, and east to Hydesville and Blue Lake. 140 artists and artisans around Humboldt County open up their creative spaces, share their passion and give demos to art fans of all ages.
Goals for this year’s event included expansion into artisan manufacturing, more, different types of art and increased youth involvement. This year, event organizers welcome artisan manufacturers Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate – open the first weekend in Eureka – and Humboldt Bay Coffee Company – open both weekends in Eureka. One-third of this year’s participants are new to the event.
Each year, North Coast Open Studios runs a benefit raffle, featuring three beautiful art pieces by participating artists, to support the consistently rising costs of putting on the free community event. This year’s raffle pieces include a framed oil painting on panel by Fortuna’s Teresa Saluzzo; a handwoven, hand-dyed, 100% silk scarf by Carolyn Jones of Bayside; and a four piece ceramic whiskey set by Fieldbrook potter Lisa Enge. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20, available at the artists’ studios or by calling the Ink People’s office at 442-8413 to pay by phone.
Saluzzo is in her third year of participation in North Coast Open Studios, in her Fortuna home and art space. Also a steering committee member, she says she comes back to Open Studios each year for the social aspects, in addition to the opportunities to show off the variety of art she creates.
“Artists are generally isolated in their studios when they’re creating,” says Saluzzo. “I love having people come in to visit and talking to them about what’s going on.”
Last year, Saluzzo’s studio featured block print demonstrations, and this year she has jewelry made from vintage buttons, in addition to her paintings.
North Coast Open Studios happens during the first two weekends of June, each year. Event guidebooks are available at art-supporting businesses throughout the county and searchable listings are available at www.northcoastopenstudios.com. NCOS is also on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
North Coast Open Studios is a DreamMaker Program of the Ink People Center for the Arts and would not be able to possible without the financial and community support of its participating artists, Pierson Building Center, Wildberries Marketplace, Umpqua Bank, and many more local businesses and organizations.