For Mother's Day, I spent a couple hours with my *moms* and one of my sisters, walking the open studios of the ICB building in Sausalito. This was probably the fifth year I've toured the open studios and ICB is always my favorite spot because there are so many incredible artists all in one place. Not to mention, Heath Ceramics is just next door.
These were some of my favorite artists today:
Kim Ford Kitz standing in front of Chinatown. I was so excited to discover Kim's work after seeing her fliers around the building featuring a beautiful abstract image in shades of greens and teals. When I finally made my way into studio No. 282, I was amazed to find a varying body of work. While I came for her abstract work, I ended up falling in love with this piece. (I've made arrangements to bring it home this week :)
Suzie Buchholz I love color and I love her work!
Elizabeth Gorek's studio was closed, but her "Having Swum" mesmerized all of us from the hallway. Her website is incredible as well - you must visit.
My sister and I were completely captivated by Deborah Bertola vibrant farm animals. She was lovely to talk to as well. She had a wonderful story that began at the age of 57 when she left a successful career in finance and picked up a paintbrush for the first time in her life. The rest is history.
The image below, if you can believe this, is a large tapestry. We walked past it in the hallway and as if the colors, size and imagery weren't enough, to realize it was woven on a loom was too much!
Here, artist Alex Friedman is working on a new piece which will feature birch trees - my favorite! Her enormous collection of yarn alone was photo-worthy.
Marin Arts Open Studios
May 7, 8, 14 and 15, 11am - 6pm