Looking for art? East Bay Open Studios has you covered

Artists holding open studios next two weekends

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, 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.

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Posted by Amy
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 21, 2019 at 9:23 am

We welcome visitors to our studios this weekend. Talk to artists, see their new work! As one of the participating artists, I can tell you that I really welcome your visit. I will be at the Bothwell in Livermore. We will have a very talented music group performing Jazz on Sunday at 11.

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Posted by Dennis Baker formerly of Pleasanton
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 21, 2019 at 12:28 pm

Our schools are not doing enough to teach our children about one of the most essential activities in life… Creating…
The open studio concept has been around for decades. It brings together artists with the community to show firsthand how one can keep our creative spirit alive. By visiting an artist in their home or studio you can ask questions..... see their workspace... learn about their tools. It’s an opportunity to learn about....colored pencil.... clay and ceramics… oil and acrylic painting… turning wood…watercolors...drawing...... It’s an opportunity to find a teacher, or mentor.... see just how much you can do in a very small space.... you don’t need a large studio.... just a desire to create and interact with that which lives within.

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Posted by Sawsan Wolski
a resident of Dublin
on Jun 21, 2019 at 12:40 pm

It is very exiting to put the tri Valley art on the map!
It is also Important for the community to come out and show the support for the local art seen.
We hope to see a great turn out for this weekend.

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