Valley Artists Studio Tour: A rare glimpse into artists' workspaces

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The Valley is home to a rich array of fine artists and 30 of these artists will provide a rare opportunity to view their private studios on the annual self-guided Valley Artists Studio Tour October 2 and 3, presented by the San Fernando Valley Arts Council, a non-profit organization.   The tour includes established, nationally known award-winning artists,as well as exciting emerging fine artists. Whether you are a long time art collector or you are just beginning a collection, the tour is a perfect venue to shop for fine art, and to see artists at work.  Included in the ticket price is a  “Meet the Artists” reception and benefit art sale with food, wine and entertainment.

The 2010 VAST artists represent a wide range of styles and techniques. Listed here are only a few of the artists on the Tour.

Alisa Gabrielle with her Cloud 9 sculpture

Stuart Abelman is one of a small group of elite glassblowers who started the art glass studio movement in the United States. His exquisite pieces have been on display during two White House administrations and are in galleries and museums throughout the world such as the Corning Museum and the Smithsonian Institute.

Visit the studio of Susan Manders, a fine artist specializing in impressionistic oil on canvas. Her works are in fine collections such as archived by the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Getty Museum. Susan was honored to be selected official United States Olympic Artist for the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics

See pieces created by Joan Carl, a very prestigious sculptor who works in marble, clay, wood, plaster, bronze, and paint. Her credits include numerous awards, the prestigious inclusion in Who’s Who in American Art, American Artists of Renown, Dictionary of American Sculptors and more.

Joan Carl is a nationally recognized, award-winning sculptor, seen her working in her studio.

Visit Alisa Gabrielle, an artist of stone sculpture, acrylic on canvas and mixed media drawings. Alisa is a multi-faceted artist who sculpts in stone, paints colorful acrylics on canvas and creates exciting mixed media drawings. She has recently returned from her yearly trips to Pietrasanta, Italy with new works to see on the tour.

A must see is Charles Knecht, a distinctive impressionist fine artists who’s work is greatly inspired by the French Impressionism of his European travels. Knecht’s painting can be found in public and private collections in the United States, Spain, Germany and England.

Don’t miss the studio of Barbara Katz Bierman, a prolific colorful painter, known for her vibrant and distinct paintings of women and festive scenes. She is inspired by the vivid colors of life.

Olympic Artist Susan Manders has work archived at the Getty Museum and National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Morgan Kari has worked many years as a Fashion Illustrator for department stores and art teacher. She is also a member of several Valley prestigious arts organizations. With over 35 years experience she is a winner of numerous awards she will share her extensive art expertise about the art fashion industry, portraiture and botanical illustrations.

See the exquisite pottery work of Ellen Rundle, who uses handbuilding and throwing of clay to establish tile and art sculpture. She combines her design skills, computer expertise and love of clay to make custom tiles and art sculpture.

Not sure what you want to see?  Preview the art,  purchase your ticket and strategize which studios to visit at the Canoga Park Youth Art Center and Gallery One piece of each artist’s work will be on display. 7222 Remmet Street, Canoga Park,  (818) 346-7099  Gallery hours: Mon-Sat, 10 pm–4 pm;

Charles Knecht, whose work is collected worldwide, at his studio.

Tickets, good for both Saturday and Sunday, are priced at $20 in advance ($25 during the VAST tour weekend). Included in the price of each ticket is an invitation to a “Meet the Artists” reception with entertainment and a benefit art sale on Saturday, Oct. 2 7-9 pm. Discount rate of $15 each when purchased for groups of 5 or more. For tickets or information call (818) 469-3380 or access

If you want to buy tickets in person:  Canoga Park Youth Art Center and Gallery, (818) 346-7099; Continental Art Supplies, Reseda, (818) 345-1044; Hair Raising Experience, Woodland Hills, (818) 884-7125; The Great Frame Up; Northridge, (818) 920-4000; Gonzales Framing, North Hollywood, (818) 753-0035; Brittany Hill Ltd, Woodland Hills, (818) 224-8024; Mittel’s Art Supply, Woodland Hills, (818) 710-0517.

About Karen Young

Karen Young is the founder of My Daily Find.