Free Art Loop offers colorful glimpse into local studios

This Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
By: Kathy Spoto, Loomis News Correspondent
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10th Annual Loomis Art Loop Studio Tour

When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12

Where: Five artist residences in Loomis, Penryn and Auburn

Who: 13 fine artists

Cost: Free


Start: Dominguez residence Address: 3578 Silver Ranch Ave., Loomis


The Loomis Art Loop gives attendees an intimate, patron-like view into the work and lives of 13 local artists.

 “On a larger tour you can’t possibly see all the artists,” said Penryn painter Sandy Delehanty, who sees the art loop as a chance to linger and ask artists about their work.

“So we thought, ‘What if we limit the tour to just five stops and show the work of two or three artists at each location?’” Delehanty said.

On Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Loomis Basin artists offer a free tour of their private homes and gardens to watch demonstrations, ask questions, view artwork and eat treats.

A sampling of these local artists –– Doug Horton, Lisa Bone, Brenda Dominguez and Delehanty –– have sanded, carved, shaped, sketched and painted their inspirations and life experiences into jewelry, pottery, paintings and felt.

At the first stop, step into Brenda Dominguez’s Loomis garden and experience the world as an artist sees it. Like her pastel and felting compositions, her compact garden is a textural feast for the eyes, featuring flower planters made from repurposed items. While there, meet former Del Oro High School teacher and jeweler John Dominguez and pastelist Susan Goodmundson. Seek fortification from the chocolate fountain, pick up a map and hit the second stop at Horton Iris Garden.

When Loomis artist Doug Horton packed his 27-foot Nor’Sea sailboat and made it his home for seven years, bringing his ceramic studio was not an option. Presented with the challenge of a small space, Horton began fashioning jewelry with Tahitian pearls.

“You use what you have,” said Horton, “A scrap of sandpaper or a broken drill bit become important tools.”

The challenges of a limited studio provided Horton time to devise a way to anchor pearls into a sea of shimmering mother-of-pearl that is simple and focuses on the natural beauty of these materials.

Also at the iris farm are guest artist Susie Preissner and potter Lisa Bone. Bone sculpts her warm, western charm into her wheel-thrown ceramics and sculptures inspired by horses.

“I kick it up a notch by using horsehair and feathers inlaid into my designs,” said Bone, who also creates commissioned Raku-fired pieces as remembrances for horse owners whose pets have died. From the Horton farm, head to painter Sandy Delehanty’s home, the third stop on the tour.

Delehanty, who makes demonstrating brushwork while talking seem easy, is an enthusiastic teacher. An accomplished and award-winning watercolor and oil painter, Delehanty teaches workshops across the U.S. and in postcard-perfect villages in France, Italy and Spain.

Turning the pages of one of her watercolor travel journals, she thumbed past numerous European scenes –– craggy-cliffed villages, cafés on cobblestone streets and poppy-strewn fields –– all painted with a watercolor set measuring six-inches across and containing 14 colors.

“When I come back from these trips, I have all these sketches and photographs to work from,” said Delehanty. Through her travels and hours painting, Delehanty has become an expert at capturing and conveying the lighting and mood of distant lands.

Joining Delehanty at this stop are fused glass artist Judy Butler and relief printmaker Cindy Bonito.

From here, attendees can travel north along Auburn-Folsom Road to see the photography of Larry Brenden and the jewelry of Janet Paehlig or turn south to take a peek into painter Victoria Brooks’ Loomis studio, along with metal artist Angela Ridway.

Either way, there are more artists and inspirations waiting to be discovered and explored this Mother’s Day weekend.