Sunday, October 24, 2010

Art Tours 2010, First Weekend

We've covered a lot of ground over the past couple of days, visiting artists on the Hwy. 62 Art Tours. Weekend One this year covered Joshua Tree, 29 Palms, and Wonder Valley. We started out yesterday in JT at Ellie Tyler's brand new studio. There's Ellie in the doorway--a beautiful space for her beautiful photography!

Then we went on to Karine Swenson's place--always one of our favorite stops. We were sorely tempted this year by a large and extraordinary painting of a Joshua tree. For now, we've brought home a giclee of a jackrabbit--plus a winter hat for Bill crocheted by John Lauretig.

Next we visited Rik and Cat Livingston's studio, where this piece of yard art caught our attention. Rik and Cat produce an amazing array of humorous art, which is interspersed with their massive collections of comic books, action figures, and more.

After a delicious lunch at the Crossroads Cafe, we headed out to Wonder Valley and the studio of Perry Hoffman, where Mayah Martin also had work on display. I brought home this Buddha statue of hers.

Today we kept it simple, visiting two more of our favorites: Ellen Hill and Mike Smiley. We finally sprung for one of Mike's iconic small statues, a hawk carved in limestone.

If you're in the area and feel inspired to check out the tours, they continue next weekend--Ellie, Ellen, and Mike's studios will be open then, too, and Mayah will be showing at a different location in Pioneertown. Full details are available by clicking here