Artist studios in the East Bay began holding open houses last weekend for art lovers to explore, and this weekend starts the turn for cities on the Interstate 680 corridor.
East Bay Open Studios, an annual event for more than 40 years, includes more than 70 artists in 16 East Bay cities including Pleasanton, Livermore, Fremont, Walnut Creek, Pinole, El Sobrante, Richmond, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, Piedmont, Alameda, Hayward, Concord and Pacheco.
The public is invited for three weekends to visit artists working in visual mediums including, but not limited to, drawing, print making, fiber art, photography, digital art, mixed media, ceramics, painting, wood working, jewelry, installation art, illustration, sculpture, collage and more.
The free event kicked off June 1 with a preview exhibition, then during Weekend 1 artists in bayside cities held open houses. Studios will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. this weekend (June 15-16) and next weekend (June 22-23).
A list of participating artists and a guidebook to download are at www.eastbayopenstudios.com, which includes a description of the works and price ranges.
In Pleasanton, open houses during Weekend 3 (June 22-23) will include Leta Eydelberg, who paints watercolors of magical and fleeting moments; Maryann Kot, an illustrator with a love of nature; and Jan Loomis, a diverse abstract artist offering 2-D paints and whimsical 3-D needle felting.
The Bothwell Arts Center, 2466 Eighth St. in Livermore, will feature five local artists -- Linda Ryan, Judy Rice, Barbara Stanton, Amy Greenberg and James Bonacci -- and will have live jazz and light refreshments next weekend. It will have a special exhibit by artist Oneida Stowe, who is also an educator and taught at Las Positas College for 15 years.