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Beauty Blooms From Rocklin to Folsom to the Foothills of El Dorado County

Mar 30, 2015 02:00PM, Published by Style, Categories: In Print, Arts



Spring in the foothills is a display of art in itself, with yellow daffodils, orange poppies and flowering  pink plum trees blooming amongst the lush greenery of rolling hills. Spring is also prime time to view the works of masterful local artists during the annual art events happening throughout the region, which provide an opportunity to not only purchase art, but also meet artists personally and view live demonstrations.

Art Studio Trek

Known as the Art & Chocolate tour since it began nine years ago, 17 local artists display and demonstrate their works in various studios throughout Roseville, Rocklin and Granite Bay. Amongst the 10 locations, peruse watercolor and acrylic paintings, ceramic and bronze sculptures, jewelry and photography—all while sampling tantalizing treats. “It’s our goal to offer a small tour with quality work [that’s not] only free to the public but allows them to see it all in one day,” says founder Pat Abraham.

Dates & Times: April 25-26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Various art studios in Roseville, Rocklin and Granite Bay


El Dorado Hills Art & Wine Affaire

Now in its 12th year, the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce, together with the Optimist Club, transform the fountain-studded, cobblestone streets of the El Dorado Hills Town Center into an art and wine lover’s paradise. With the center closed to traffic, wander the outdoor booths of nearly 100 talented artists and enjoy sips from 25-plus top wineries, including Madroña, Terra d’Oro and Nello Olivo. This year’s family-friendly affaire features a children’s art area in the Theater Plaza, numerous live musical acts, a doggie hydration station and beers for purchase.

Dates & Times: May 9-10, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. per day.
Cost: Free entry, $25/per person for wine tasting, $5/glass for beer
Location: El Dorado Hills Town Center

Loomis Art Loop

At this 12th annual event, 14 artists display their masterpieces in six local studios nestled in Loomis, all located within a 10 minutes’ drive of each other. “I love being outside and showing my work, especially as the irises are blooming at the Flower Farm,” says participating artist Paula Amerine. “There’s also a high caliber of artists who are each taking a unique approach to the medium they’re showing.” Plan on packing a picnic lunch to enjoy while basking in the Loomis Basin’s beauty.

Dates & Times: May 9-10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Various art studios in Loomis

North Auburn Art Studios Annual Spring Tour

For 19 years now, artists in the North Auburn area of both local and international acclaim, have gathered to showcase various works in their studios—all conveniently located within minutes of one another. This year, 20 artists will be on tour offering live art demonstrations while discussing their work in mediums such as pastels, glass, photography, wooden sculpture, ceramics, watercolor, acrylic painting and mixed media, to name a few. A brochure and map are available for print from the website. 

Dates & Times: May 9-10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Various North Auburn Art Studios

Spring Art Studio Tour

Uniquely hosted at artist’s private residences and studios, this annual event—sponsored by the El Dorado Hills Arts Association (EDHAA)—features over 40 fabulous artists. Ranging from painters to photographers, glass artists to sculptors and jewelers to printmakers, the tour was founded 10 years ago to serve artists located in the middle of the popular, larger art hubs of Sacramento and Placerville. “Talking to the artists in private settings, you get the opportunity to ask them specifics,” says participating artist Joey Cattone. “It solidifies your attitude about a piece when you understand the work that went into it.”  A map to participating studios can be found on the EDHAA website.

Dates & Times: May 30-31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Private residences from Cameron Park to Folsom



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