Artists open studio doors to the public this weekend

By Judy Nachazel

Jerry Meloche, one of the artists featured in this weekend’s Ramona Artists Open Studios Tour, works on a painting of Ramona Town Hall during Doug Oliver’s National Day of the American Cowboy open house in July. In the background are other paintings by Meloche. After a 35-year career in law enforcement, Meloche traded his gun for a paintbrush. For the past 18 years, he also has been cartoonist for the Ramona Sentinel. Sentinel photo/Maureen Robertson

Join in the fun when 19 area artists invite the public into their private studios this weekend. The ninth annual Ramona Artists Open Studios Tour runs Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The artists’ works reflect a variety of media including painting, cartooning, wire sculpture, woodturning, ceramics, photography, jewelry, quilt art, weaving and fiber art, gourd art, stained glass, and glasswork.

Open Studios showcases the work of many award-winning artists. It allows a more intimate setting to ask questions to obtain a deeper level of understanding and appreciation of their artwork — to make connections. Every studio is different, and not just because of the different types of media the artists use.

Participating artists include Jim Berger, Linda Kelly, Gwen Pellecchia, Bob Nabours, team Nancy Wiley and Richard Miller, Regina Wilson, Jerry Meloche, Marina Jenkins, Donna Davis, Helen Wilson, Tracy Potter, Jolinda Marshall, Jil Streed, Carol Levin, Lyn Feudner, Sue Dawe, Kathi Vargo, and Lori Sutherland.

Ramona Chamber of Commerce sponsors the two-day tour. Tickets are $10 each and are valid for both days. They can be purchased at the chamber office at 960 Main St. from Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Businesses and individuals supporting Open Studios include: Albertsons, Karen and Thad Clendenen/Century 21, Daniel’s Liquor & Deli, Daniel’s West, Farmers Insurance/Ramirez Agency, Highland Valley Studios, High Valley Veterinary Hospital, Jewelry World and Loan, Krysak and Associates, Ramona Beauty Supply and Salon, Ramona Disposal, Ramona Chamber of Commerce, Dan Vengler, Norma Garcia Vengler, and Walker Communications & Media Services/Julie Walker.

Tickets are also available at Java Hut, Daniel’s Liquor & Deli, Daniel’s West and at the studios on the days of the event.

Watch for the bright yellow and black “Open Studio Tour” signs leading to each studio.

For more information see or call the chamber, 760-789-1311.

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