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With 160 artists to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming to decide where to go during the Art at the Source open studios tour. Studios are open, free to the public from 10am-5PM, June 1 & 2, and again on June 8 & 9. Here is the first of my recommended routes.
Best of West County – artistic variety, scenery, and sumptuous dining
From Sebastopol, get onto Bodega Highway heading west. About a mile out of town, keep your eyes peeled for Studio #46, 9400 Spring Hill School Road. All the studios are numbered, and everyone has big yellow signs pointing to their place, so they aren’t difficult to find. This is Takayuki Zoshi’s wood carving studio.
It’s only about 14 minutes to the next stop. Continue on Bodega Highway. Make a right on Grandview Road (it is a grand view!) A left on Cherry Ridge Road, a sharp right on Occidental Road, left on Green Hill Road, left on Graton Road. Go 1.75 mi. Turn right on Tanuda Road, a small, short street going up hill. You’ll see signs for studio # 77. You are so almost there! Take the next right onto Harrison Grade Road. Turn left at Morelli Lane. Go about a third of a mile, past the purple mailbox on the right. At the next cluster of mailboxes on the right hand side you will turn left onto Heather Lane for Leland and Stacey Dennick‘s fused glass. 4200 Heather Lane, Sebastopol. Refreshments, door prizes, relaxation on the deck and art! Demos at 1 and 2PM daily.
Head down Harrison Grade and turn right on Graton Road, turn right onto Bohemian Hwy to adorable downtown Occidental. Grab a sandwich at the Bohemian Market, or lunch at Howard’s Station Cafe (best breakfast in five counties). Continue through town on Bo ho Hwy. Just past the big hotel on the right, turn onto Bittner Road. Two miles up, make a left onto Joy Road. Stop at studio #81, AKA the Enchanted Barn, for paintings and cards by Theresa Joyce and clay sculpture by Rebecca Love. Four properties up the road, visit the historic red schoolhouse, studio # 82, where Susan St. Thomas will exhibit her mixed media paintings and watercolors.
Take a stroll through old growth redwoods
Backtrack on Joy Road, past Buettner Road, and make a left onto Fitzpatrick Lane Road. Look for 17400. See the link above for detailed directions.
More of my favorite artists & restaurants in the area
West Sebastopol: #69- Nancy Winn – papier mache, #68- Aaron Poovey – sculpture, #72- Caren Catterall – prints, #73- Rik Olson – linocuts.
Have dinner at Bistro des Compains in Occidental. Reservations recommended.
A few of the best nearby wineries (in the Russian River Valley)
Whew, what a great day! Next post – the glass collector’s tour.