DO IT: Capitol Artists’ Studio Tour

 By Ashley Robinson

Whew! Busy, busy week here in Sacramento.

Among other activities going on, the Center for Contemporary Art Sacramento (CCAS) presents its 2011 Capital Artists’ Studio Tour (CAST) this weekend! This annual event features 150 Sacramento artists, giving visitors first-hand knowledge about the Sacramento art scene by opening up artist studios located here in Midtown.

FULL DISCLOSURE: I am volunteering for CCAS this year promoting their CAST event … not getting paid, just racking up karma coins. Plus, I believe in supporting the arts, so it’s not a heavy haul.

Guests are recommended to start off at CCAS on 19th and walk/bike/skip/rollerblade from studio to studio using one of the handy maps they provide at CCAS. CAST offers a rare chance to explore the arts community in a totally interactive and comprehensive way. (Plus, this year you can check out the new multi-studio, artist co-op Verge facility on S and 6th.) You can talk to the artist about what inspires them, how they work, and how much certain pieces go for. Yep, CAST is a great opportunity to buy art from your local artist. And sometimes for pretty cheap.

Oh, and before you say something like, “Why can’t I just do that at Second Saturday?” Ok, well, we won’t get into the politics of Second Saturday right just yet, but, it is totally different. 150 artists, open studios, informal conversations about art, not pushing through strollers for free cheap wine … but I digress.

After you have scoured the Midtown art studio scene, head over to Lounge on 20 or 58 Degrees for some Sparkling Wine and Cheese. (That’s just my suggestion …)

For information, maps, artist roster, etc., go here:

Ok, so here’s what the weekend is going to look like:

Capitol Artists’ Studio Tours  

WHEN:  Saturday, September 10, 10am-4pm and Sunday, September 11, Noon-4 pm 

WHERE: All studios are within 4 miles of CCAS, 1519 19th Street, Sacramento.

CCAS will serve as the home base where tour-goers can get free maps.

WHAT:  A free self-guided tour of 150 Sacramento area artists studios open to the public, where guests can meet the artists, learn about their creative process, and see and purchase their work.  The 150 participating artists work in a variety of mediums and styles, including:  Sculpture, Painting, Functional Art, Landscape Painting, Multimedia, Photography, Realist Painting, Textile, Film/Video and Installation. Additionally, there will be opportunities for tour goers to try their own hand in the artistic process. Admission is free.

OPEN Interactive

WHEN: Saturday, September 10, 10am-4pm and Sunday, September 11, Noon-4 pm

WHERE: The Art Foundry Building, 1021 R Street, Sacramento

WHAT: This is a hands-on abstract art exhibit that will immerse visitors in the process of abstract painting. Visitors will have the opportunity to create their own abstract expressionist works with help from abstract artist Lisa Fernald Barker and art docents.  Participants can throw paint from cans like Jackson Pollock or concentrate on color combinations and brush strokes like the late Richard Diebenkorn.  Open Interactive is sponsored by University Art in Midtown, Sacramento.

Second Saturday Reception

WHEN: Saturday, September 10, 6-9pm

WHERE: CCAS, 1519 19th Street, Sacramento

WHAT: This social event is open to the public.

 Hope to see you there!!

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