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Studio tour offers fall feast for the eyes

By: Lauren Gibbs, The Placer Herald
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Creativity will be on display at Finn Hall this weekend for the 17th annual Autumn Art Studios Tour. The county-wide tour will showcase 90 artists in 57 locations. In Rocklin, six artists, all with varying styles and mediums, will not only display their work, but demonstrate their art while visitors contemplate which pieces to purchase. Connie Omans will show her mixed media and jewelry pieces. Craig Johnson’s photography will be on display. Shermm Moore will have his bronze and stone pieces on display. Judie Larson will exhibit her colored pencil and watercolor works. Betsy Kritzon’s mixed media gourds will be showcased. And the works of Gayle Rappaport-Weiland will also be on display. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 12-14 at Finn Hall in Rocklin, as well as numerous other locations throughout the county. Rappaport-Weiland has been involved with the show since its start 17 years ago and said it’s an opportunity for visitors to see innovative and high-quality work. The tour also offers gift ideas such as greeting cards, mugs, custom jewelry and bookmarks if people choose to spend their dollars locally. Work for sale ranges in price point from a dollar to thousands of dollars, Rappaport-Weiland said. New to the show this year, Moore, Johnson and Kritzon will bring more variety to this year’s event as each specializes in something different. Moore said he attended the tour for years, but this will be his first showing at the tour. His stone sculptures vary in size and the finished product is sometimes unknown to Moore when he starts creating, he said. “I’m drawn to make art and the passion of the moment (of creating) is what it’s all about,” Moore said. Johnson said he began to focus more intently on his photography within the last two and a half years. He not only takes his own photos, but also creates colorful images from black and white negatives. He said he uses his camera lens as a means of communication. “I do it because I want to share my memories, my visions with the people,” Johnson said. Kritzon has done shows with Rappaport-Weiland in the past, but is also a first-timer at the Autumn Art Studio Tour. For the last six years she has been refining her decorative gourds. “Gourds are man’s first tupperware – they go back that far,” Kritzon said. Rappaport-Weiland said Kritzon’s work was the top seller at a recent show in Sacramento and expects the same for this upcoming show. Kritzon will have about 20 pieces on display and will be taking only a dozen commissions for people who want one of her works before Christmas time. In many art shows, people are asked to refrain from touching the works, but this show is different. Kritzon said she encourages people to feel her work. “It’s a way of sharing who I am,” she said. For Rappaport-Weiland, the show is a weekend to meet art enthusiasts and demonstrate her work. “People know that I’m here,” she said. “It’s the only time of the year that you’re going to see the bulk of my work in one place.” Inside her Rocklin studio, Rappaport-Weiland has her work decorating the walls, showing off her talent. “This all comes from my soul – it’s my calling in life,” Rappaport-Weiland said. “For me, it’s a journey – it’s my life. It’s my breath, it’s my passion, it’s my joy. I can’t separate my art from my life because my art is my life.” 17th annual Autumn Art Studios Tour When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 12-14 Where: Finn Hall, 4090 Rocklin Road, Rocklin Cost: $10; children in kindergarten through 12th grade are free; Visitors can also enter the raffle prize – a collection of work from each of the six artists at Finn Hall Tickets available at Finn Hall during the tour Information: placerarts.org