Open studio tour celebrates fall |

Open studio tour celebrates fall

Charles Muench

The seventh annual Markleeville autumn open studio tour is scheduled for Oct. 3 and 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year’s theme is “A Concert of Color.”

Each fall, Sierra aspens and cottonwoods create a symphony of music, hitting all notes of the color spectrum. In harmony with this concert of color, local artists in Markleeville open their studios to share a wide variety of artwork as varied as the colors in the quaking aspen leaves.

There will be 17 artists participating in the tour. Artwork on display will include the watercolors of Peter Chope and Sandy Baenan, the creative confectionary of Debra Esteban, the oil paintings of Charles Muench, the topiary work of Jeff Brees (who was commissioned by the Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek to create a sculpture for its gardens,) and many others.

Last year more than 400 people attended the two-day event, which continues to grow in popularity.

The tour of the artists’ studios is free. Maps with directions to the Markleeville-vicinity homes and studios will be available during the weekend at the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce. Bright yellow and gold banners will be hanging throughout town, marking each artist’s studio.

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