| OCTOBER 2016
Artists Throw Open Their Doors Open Studios San Diego lets the public peek into artists’ work spaces October marks the return of selfguided artist tours in San Diego County when San Diego’s fine artists throw open their studio doors to the public. For many artists, there is a sacred space where they create. It may be hidden away in their backyard, in an old warehouse on the edge of town or in our community art centers. In San Diego, artists are assuredly working behind the scenes in every part of the county. Regardless of where these spaces thrive, you can count on them being as unique and inspirational as the individual artists and their artwork. Open Studios San Diego returns this October offering the public the opportunity to step inside these creative spaces. The event kicks off with a monthlong exhibition at The Studio Door in North Park showcasing the works of participating artists. On Oct. 15-16, artists across San Diego will open their studios from 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. to welcome the public into their inspirational spaces. “For art lovers who enjoy looking at finished works of art in a gallery or while sipping wine at an art reception, studio visits offers a much richer experience,” said Patric Stillman, owner of The Studio Door and producer of Open Studios San Diego. “I take great pride in the artworks
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hanging on my own walls that I purchased directly from an artist while in their studio. It’s personal and unique.” More than 25 artists, many of whom have won national and international awards, are participating in the second annual Open Studios San Diego. Here’s an opportunity to get to know a few of them: Danielle Nelisse
Amidst a busy life of practicing immigration law, Danielle Nelisse finds tranquility through her art. After 20 years of legal practice, Danielle has returned to her love of creating large abstract acrylic and oil paintings. Her work reveals her concern about the state of the natural world and gained local attention
with her series of abstract works on the theme of wildfires. For Open Studios San Diego this year, Danielle will be joining sculptor Julia S Rasor and painter/printmaker/ jeweler Gabrielle Bitter at the San Diego Artist Retreat in Fallbrook.
Arts and is still inspired by the sights she saw last year in Paris, where she was sent by art instruction video company Lilliedahl in recognition of her creativity. Nancy Plank and Paula Des Jardins will both be opening their Kettner Arts studios in Little Italy.
Whether she is found in the studio or in the garden, Nancy Plank has discovered a deep connection to the flowers of the rose. In her realistic oil paintings, Nancy’s work offers viewers an immediate connection to past masters who were drawn to the beauty of soft shades of grey and green, offset by delicate pink and yellow hues. Earlier this year, she was selected as one of the artists to represent North Park’s Festival of the
Weaving glass as if it were made of fabric, Crisinda’s fused-glass fine art takes on a whimsy and sparkle that underscores her love of the magic that light offers as it passes through her artwork. Crisinda enjoys exploring the boundaries of defining where craft and fine art meet or separate. Last year, she was selected by Slumpy’s, a national fused glass supplier, to test out their latest molds
and was featured in their international catalog. Throughout the month, you can see her work along with the nine studio artists of The Studio Door in North Park, which is the headquarters for Open Studios San Diego. On this year’s tour, visitors will be able to enjoy and purchase diverse artwork including oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, fiber art, jewelry, ceramic art, woodwork, glass art, collage, sculptures and photography. Open Studios San Diego participating artists include: Hyacinthe Baron, North Park; Gabrielle Bitter, Fallbrook; Pierre Bounaud, Talmadge; Manuelita Brown, Encinitas; Paula Des Jardin, Little Italy; Dennis Dixon, North Park; Joan Hansen, Chula Vista; BJ Lane, Fallbrook; D. H., La Mesa; Linda Literal, East Village; Evelyn Loss, North Park; Crisinda Lyons, North Park; Dixie McCarthy, North Park; Danielle Nelisse, Fallbrook; Nancy Plank, Little Italy; Julia Rasor, Fallbrook; Alexia Rose, East Village; Patric Stillman, North Park; Danne Sadler, North Park; Chris Smith, North Park; Stefan Talian, North Park; Christina Ilene Thomas, North Park; and Combat Arts San Diego, East Village. Open Studios San Diego Exhibition The Studio Door, 3750 30th St. San Diego Oct. 1-22 Self-Guided Studio Tours Oct. 15-16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.