Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hwy. 62 Art Tours Start This Weekend: Studio 13 Preview Friday Night

The 12th Annual Hwy. 62 Art Tours start this weekend, with over 100 artists throughout the Morongo Basin opening their studios to the public. This year Bill was invited to team up with three other artists in our neighborhood. Their venue, Studio #13 on the tour, will kick things off with a preview night this Friday, October 18, from 5-8 pm. Weekend hours will be Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19-20 and 26-27, from 9 am to 5 pm. Along with the great art, there will be food and live music at Studio #13. Please stop by, we'd love to see you!

Here are some brief blurbs about the artists and their work. For more information, and for directions to Studio #13, visit www.hwy62arttours.com

Kathi Klopfenstein’s introduction to the world of basketry came in 1995 when she took her first basket class at Idyllwild Arts. She has studied basketry with over 20 teachers. She specializes in sculptural basketry, incorporating elements such as antlers and ceramics into her unique creations.

Gourd artist Paul Klopfenstein is inspired by traditional Native American images. He draws his designs by hand and then uses a power-carving tool to create the depth and texture. He has demonstrated his technique at gourd festivals and taught numerous classes for the California Gourd Society.

Deane Locke creates paintings, drawings, and illustrations in watercolors and pastels. Her subject preferences lean toward barns, blooms and birds. She is a member of the Chaparral Artists, Morongo Valley Art Colony, Desert Art Center and Watercolor West.

Bill Dahl is especially inspired by California’s deserts and the Eastern Sierras. His photographs have appeared in juried shows and won awards in Santa Barbara, Ojai, Yucca Valley, and Twentynine Palms, California. He has three books: Shared Visions I, Shared Visions II, and In the Mojave, where his photos are accompanied by poetry by his wife, Cynthia Anderson.