The third annual Art Studio Tour last weekend again began with 5 to 8 p.m. Friday night Black Tie and Tennis Shoe reception and auction at the Manley Art Center.
Champagne, hor d’oeurvres, and elegance mixed with humorously decorated tennis shoes gave a certain savoir faire to the event.
Auctioneer Steve Combs, who received more help from a sassy crowd than he expected – or probably wanted – attempted to squeeze as much money from the bidders as possible.
According to Vi Burton, one of the event planners, the auction provided $820 and tour book sales $880. The money will be used by Pelican Bay Arts Association members toward a new roof for the art center.
In addition to the Friday night reception, the $10 tour pass included the opportunity to visit with 20 artists at 10 art studios, showing and demonstrating paintings in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, mixed media, and collage, porcelain painting, basketry, wood carving and wood sculpture, photography, ceramics, and beading.
Burton said that having the tour on the same weekend as the Relay for Life and the Kite Festival probably affected the number of tour participants. “It was a little slow,” she said. The Burtons’ studio is up Mountain Drive, and she indicated that she believed the detours had a lot to do with the smaller number of visitors.
“We did have several new artists participating in the tour, and some guests said that it was the best tour yet for them,” she added
Beginning with Bobbie Geney demonstrating her work with pastels and Craig Barnes working on a wood sculpture at Geney’s studio, listed first in the tour book, on Cape Ferrelo Road to the studios of Claudia Mach and Nancy Hope Moore at the south end of Harbor, the artists entertained visitors with inside information and demonstrations of their work.
In addition to her own work, Claudia Mach’s studio in Harbor also provided space for three other working artists, her daughter Susan Mach creating ceramics, Maryjane Carlson working with clay, and Sara Logan painting watercolor portraits.
“Everyone seemed to be having a good time and everyone was very chatty,” Mach said. “My daughter said she sold enough ceramics to pay for her trip from California and I sold a basket and a painting.”
Logan added, “It was absolutely wonderful. I enjoyed it immensely. I did graphite drawings of three young girls and the aunt of two commissioned me to do a portrait of her two nieces together.”
In between those two studios, guests met Audi Stanton in her Holmes Drive studio; Bette Sherbourne and Sharon Guinn at Sherbourne’s studio on Ransom Avenue, photographers Mike Roberts and Kara Roberts Hoffman at Village Express Mail Center; painters Len and Vi Burton, Jim McCarten, plus Jewell Johnson’s beading and Karen Vogt’s assemblage art, all at the Burtons’ Mountain Drive studio; Jim Liatti and his wood carving on Benham Lane; Jean Beebe with watercolor and porcelain and Mureen Walker’s photography at Beebe’s Oceanview studio; and Nancy Moore Hope’s flora, fauna, children, ocean, and bunnies at her Sandpiper Place studio.