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View into an artist's world

Sonoma County residents will have the opportunity to check out the studios of fine artists throughout the county during the Arts Council of Sonoma County's 28th annual ARTrails Open Studios Tour.

The self-guided tour is held over two weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12-13 and Oct. 19-20. The tour gives participants a chance to talk with the artists, view their studio, purchase art or watch art being created.

This year, there are 21 Petaluma artists, out of the 160 artists countywide, participating with studios here in town.

"The fun thing about ARTrails is that not one single artist is like the other one," said Jan Schultz, a Petaluma metal sculpturist and longtime ARTrails participant. "All the work is so individualized, so no two painters or ceramicists have the same style or work."

The types of art represented at ARTrails is also as diverse as the artists themselves, with work ranging from painting, photography and ceramics to fiber art, woodturning and metal sculpture.

"I think the diversity is fabulous," said Schultz. "It's also great we have so many Petaluma artists taking part this year. You don't need to leave town to enjoy ARTrails."

The artists opening their studios in Petaluma include: Robert McFarland, Peggy Sebera, Denise Leite, Deborah Garber, Lance Kuehne, Michele Rosett, Joanne Tepper, Phyllis Calvin, Joseph McDonald, Sharon McAuley, Jane McDonald, Henry White III, Sandra Speidel, Ralph Ramirez, Gerald and Kelly Hong, David Alan Boyd, Sylvia Gonzalez, Marta Shannon, Jan Schultz, Diana Majumdar, and Tim Schaible.

The work of many of the ARTrails Petaluma artists is also on display through Oct. 25 at Gallery One, 209 Western Ave. Copperfield's Books at 140 Kentucky St. is hosting a window display of local ARTrails artists, as well.

Free ARTrails maps are available at the Petaluma Visitors Center, Petaluma Arts Center, Copperfield's Books, Gallery One, Colabi Gallery, Aqus Caf? Apple Box Caf?and Waterfront Gallery, or visit www.sonomaarts.com/artrails to download a copy.

For more information on ARTrails, call 579-2787.


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