Open Studio Tour is Oct. 17-18

Saturday ‘Sidewalk Sale’ to feature participating artists

Open Studio Tour is Oct. 17-18Maturango Museum will once again present its popular “Open Studio Tour” on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17-18, which allows members of our community an inside look at local creative workspaces between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day.

“See the amazing array of talent that we have in our community,” said coordinator Andrew Pelch. “Artists and craftspeople in Ridgecrest and Inyokern open their studios, or set up their displays in different venues so visitors can meet the artists, see their studios and purchase artwork.”

Residents can obtain a free map by writing to or visiting Maps can also be picked up at the Maturango Museum, 100 E. Las Flores Ave.

On Saturday, Oct. 10, the museum will have a sidewalk sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — “the perfect time to stop by and get your free map,” said Pelch.

Due to COVID and health-safety reasons, the studio visits may be cancelled at any time at the discretion of the Museum or the individual artists’ venues.

The 18 participating artists and their mediums include Ace!, wire-wrapped semi-precious stone jewelry; Sally Adams, metal cut-out sculptures and copper jewelry; Janice Allen, oil, pencil, charcoal and watercolor paintings of realistic animals and landscapes; Laura Arns, torch-worked glass;

Debbie Benson, clay sculptures and functional items; Jerry Bradley, wood, metal and Corian sculptures; Jacques Canot, up-cycled wood art and lamps; Nancy Crawford, watercolor and oil paintings;

Kathy Fields, functional and sculptural ceramics; Birgit Gagliardi, ceramic artwork like birdhouses and castles and pumpkins; Skip Gorman, fabricated metal functional and decorative objects;

Lois Hinman, functional and sculptural pottery and ceramics and oil paintings; Cheryl McDonald, watercolor, pencil and other paintings; Mike Mumford, forged-steel artwork including shadow sculptures and decorative items; Kathleen Murray, expressive realism watercolor and acrylic paintings;

Debra Newton, oil, watercolor and pastel paintings; Larry Sawyer, wood, metal and etched glass decorative and functional artwork; Eileen Shibley, abstract, floral, landscape and ‘wild women’ watercolor paintings.

For more information see the “Artists’ Interview” video on

Story First Published: 2020-10-09