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Coastside artists open doors this weekend

Open Studios, other events aimed at meeting artists

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Posted: Thursday, May 3, 2012 3:40 pm

Over this weekend, scores of Coastside artists are opening their doors and their talents to the community in a rare weekend full of art.

Three events, in which close-knit local communities of artists, will spread over the entire weekend. Coastsiders will have multiple chances Saturday and Sunday to meet artists, catch up on the latest works by their favorites, purchase artworks or simply enjoy how the scenic beauty of the Coastside translates to expression in art.

The weekend will begin on Saturday, May 5, with “A Gathering of Women Artists,” an annual event in which a close-knit group of friends show and sell their art at a Montara home. “Coastside Open Studios” with the Colony of Coastside Artists will feature about 25 of CoCA’s more than 100 members from Montara to Half Moon Bay, either solo or teamed up, opening up their studio doors to art lovers and friends. And the weekend wraps up with the “Spring Art Stroll” presented by Half Moon Bay South Main Arts.

Nine women artists will make up the “Gathering of Women Artists” scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at a Montara home. The Gathering traces its roots back about 15 years when Montara artists/arts lovers Tracey Walsh and Chris Pritchard, and their daughters, respectively Leah and Niki, set out to “share our arts and crafts with the Coastside,” said Pritchard.

The Gathering, she said, offers “an appreciation for women’s art and crafts in an intimate setting rather than a retail store.”

Pritchard and daughter Niki Pritchard-Bell with jewelry, and Walsh with photography, are still exhibiting their art at the Gathering. Joining them are Coastside artists Connie McClintock (jewelry,) Kathleen Smith (fantasy art and hand-painted pillows,) Karin Fay (handcrafted knitted and sewn scarves,) Stephanie Erskine (plein-air painting,) Loren Demers (handcrafted paper) and Ana Doria Quesada (Ukrainian egg art.)

For information, call 728-7848.

Good weather on the weekend before Mothers’ Day makes it a good time for the arts groups to show their talents, though there is “sort of an overlap” among them all, said Patt Sheldon, a member of the Colony of Coastside Artists. Their Coastside Open Studios is set from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday May 5 and Sunday May 6.

At that time a number of the artists will open their studios, many of which are in their homes, and demonstrate their arts and sell artworks, in the group’s third Open Studios in its two years in existence. Maps, with a listing of artists and their art, are available at the Half Moon Bay Library, and also at some Coastside shops and restaurants.

“With Open Studios, a lot of us are doing demonstrations so people can see how the art is made before they purchase it,” said Sheldon. “They can see it hand-done and it kind or personalizes the piece you’re buying.”

Fine art, painting, mixed media, glass, photography textiles, jewelry and sculpture are the media that CoCA artists will be showing.

For information, call Sheldon at (650) 714-0560 or email

The public is welcome to join in with the Spring Art Stroll presented by the Half Moon Bay SOuth Main Arts, more than 40 artists with venues from the 600 to 800 blocks of Main Street, from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The Art Stroll is not an Open Studio per se, said local gallery owner Ellen Joseph. Rather, it is structured so that visitors can take a colorful stroll down Main Street and stop into various businesses that sell or promote art or are currently holding exhibits.

“It’s like an open house for all the venues,” said Joseph. “We’re inviting the public to enjoy art at our end of town.”

Those include Cottage Industries at 621 Main St., Barterra Winery & Courtyard Gallery and Personal FX at 643 Main St., Coastside Photography and Ms. Kitty’s Harmony Road at 731 Main St., Designs Dell’Ario at 755 Main St., the Old Thyme Inn & Gallery at 779 Main St., the Balancenter Photography Exhibit at 785 Main St., the Coastside Land Trust Gallery at 788 Main St., Spring Mountain Gallery at 790 Main St. and the Ellen Joseph Gallery & Studio at 840 Main St.

The Spring Art Stroll will also include live music. Musicians include singer Kellie Morlock and guitarist Ray Olson at Spring Mountain Gallery and harpist Pamela Bowen at Barterra Winery and the Courtyard Gallery.

For information on the Spring Art Stroll, call 728-7518 or visit

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