Markleeville artists open studios |

Markleeville artists open studios

Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Gina Gigli is one of the Alpine County artists participating in the open studio event.

Celebrating the annual, yet always dramatic, “changing of the leaves” in the mountains of Alpine County, 18 artists who live and work near Markleeville, will open their art studios to the public for the weekend for the fourth annual “Markleeville Artists Autumn Open Studios” on October 7 and 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Whether driving through Woodfords Canyon, along the Carson River or by Markleeville Creek, the aspen and cottonwood trees and the willows will all be vying for attention with their vivid hues.

The tour of the artists’ studios is free, and maps of directions to the Markleeville-vicinity homes and studios will be available during the weekend at the Alpine County Visitor Center.

New to the tour this year will be pastel artist Evelyn Yonker, painter Linda Stallcup, chocolatier Debra Esteban and beading crafter Dale Bennett as they join designer Sandra Baenen, photographer Todd Branscombe, garden sculptor Jan Brees, topiary sculptor Jeff Brees, watercolorist Peter Chope, sculptor Susan Flakus, etcher Gina Gigli, crafter Kay Jobst, oil painter Charles Muench, photographer Jennifer Vaughn, potters Mark and Carolyn Vaughn, fabric artist Deidre Wallace and pen and ink artist Tanya Berger.

This year, sponsors of the event are: Hope Valley Outdoors, Yonker Construction, The Deli, Markleeville General Store, Sunrise Construction, Villa Gigli Trattoria and Wolf Creek.

The avowed goal of the group is to promote the appreciation of visual arts in Markleeville via expansion of education by artist-in-residence and scholarship programs.

For further information, phone 530-694-2253 or e-mail

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