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Posted: Saturday, October 9, 2010 12:00 am

Sneak a peak behind the scenes when more than 20 artists show their skills this weekend at the Lodi Open Studio Tours. Some artists will open up their homes and personal studios to showcase their jars of paintbrushes and works in progress. Others will gather together and demonstrate how creativity transforms thoughts into beautiful and functional pieces of art. Find out which of your favorite local artists are showing and how you can see them in action.

Ross Johnson

What he does: Painting in oil.

About the artist: Ross Johnson was a Lodi dentist for many years, but now he’s using his retirement to pursue his other passion: Oil painting. Most of Johnson’s paintings include buildings and landscapes from places he has visited. When describing his paintings, Johnson says most create a somber mood with the sky and shadows.

This is Johnson’s first time participating in the Open Studio Tours, but he attended the event last year.

“It was interesting seeing different works and different mediums,” he said.

Patti Wallace

What she does: Painting, drawing and jewelry in a variety of media.

About the artist: Wallace has been a member of the Lodi Community Art Center for 10 years, and was president for three of those years. This weekend, Wallace will set up a studio with several other artists. She’ll have new works, such as necklaces and earrings of fused glass. She will also show her large Chinese brush paintings that were on display at Lodi Library earlier this year.

Wallace’s trolley car painting is the signature piece for the Lodi Open Studio Tours, and she will have giclee prints on canvas available for $150.

Wendy Gage

What she does: Paintings in watercolor.

About the artist: “I like flowers, mostly,” says artist Wendy Gage, whose inspiration comes from gardens and archways. “I like that you can create them and bring out the depth in them.”

Gage’s flower watercolors will be on display this weekend while she also teaches visitors how a painting becomes three dimensional, step-by-step.

She encourages everyone in Lodi to explore each art studio this weekend.

“It’s beautiful art, and you get to see real life artists in the act,” she said.

Jean Justeau

What she does: Paintings in oil.

About the artist: Jean Justeau does primarily figurative work with oil. She has collaborated with sculptors Samuel Bassett and Pepe Pool on several projects. She expects the tours to be fun and a great gathering, as always. She will also be working on a new painting over the weekend.

J.C. Strote

What she does: Fused glass, wall art, sculpture, jewelry and mixed media.

About the artist: J.C. Strote has had her studio for 12 years, but this is the first time she’s opening it to the public. In addition to her own glass creations, Strote is going to offer a fun house of art. Her friend and artist Marsha McInnis will be there with paper and wire-wrapping pieces. Mark Plaza, a member of the Lodi Art Center and San Joaquin Potters Guild will be there with his blown glass. Artist Jerri Ross will also be at Strote’s studio with her own fused glass designs.

Barbara Gillespie

What she does: Photography.

About the artist: Barbara Gillespie’s favorite subjects to photograph are landscapes. She’s photographed abroad, but also in and around Lodi. Her landscape photography will be on display this weekend, and she will be there to answer questions from visitors. She will also have photos available for sale.

Deborah Morgan

What she does: Paintings in a variety of media.

About the artist: You know a Deborah Morgan painting when you see it. They are bright and definitely stand out. Morgan, the former Art Center president, will display her works with other artists this weekend.

Rich Allen

What he does: Landscapes in oil.

About the artist: Rich Allen is often inspired while visited Puget Sound, Wash. He admires plein air painters, and often wheels his painting cart with easel and paints to locations he wants to paint. Allen recently switched from paint brushes to palette knife, which he now paints with exclusively. Allen will have many of his oil paintings on display as he works on a new painting while visitors come in and out.

Jerrod Mays

What he does: Sculpture in metals and other media.

About the artist: Earlier this year, Jerrod Mays won Best of Show at the Lodi Community Art Center’s Spring Art Show for his large spider, “Crazy Legs.” Now he’s staying busy with more of his metal sculptures and will be showing outdoors with other artists. May learned what he calls “farm welding” from his father who before he took classes at San Joaquin Delta College. Mays also created “Better Days,” the bus stop pergola on Lodi Avenue that includes handmade benches, grape clusters and offers shade to anyone who sits under it.

Lisa Goldman

What she does: Painting, sculpture and jewelry in a variety of media.

About the artist: When you visit Lisa Goldman’s Woodbridge studio this weekend, you will not only see inside of her eclectic workspace, you’ll also be able to wander through her beautiful garden. Her artwork — from masks to jewelry and mirrors — is fun and colorful. Outside, you’ll be able to browse journals, jewelry, notecards, felted pins and hair clips for sale.

Sam Bassett and Pepe Pool

What they do: Sculpture in metal, concrete and wood.

About the artist: When people talk about Lodi Open Studio Tours, everyone says Sam Bassett and Pepe Pool’s studio is the place to visit. Their sculptures will be displayed in the on-site gallery, as well as around the property, including near a koi pond and bamboo garden. The abstract pieces are 100 percent their creations, from the creation of the molds to the richness of the pigments.

Several other artists will also have their work spaces set up this weekend alongside Bassett and Pool.

Suzanne Rawlins

What she does: Sculpture in clay and other media.

About the artist: Lodi Community Art Center member Suzanne Rawlins has been working with mixed media in recent years, but this weekend, she is going to demonstrate ceramic hand building. She has worked with clay for more than 30 years, teaching private students, as well as men at the California Youth Authority.

“I enjoy making whimsical clay characters that make people smile,” she said.

Last year, Rawlins demonstrated the art of folding Japanese kusudamas, or origami paper balls.

Marilyn Eger

What she does: Paintings in oil.

About the artist: Though she’s an art teacher, Marilyn Eger is always learning something new in painting. Though her home studio is filled with her own paintings from seascapes to landscapes, she will set up her studio at a Lodi gallery. Guests can view her past work and watch her work on a new piece.

Lucinda Kasser

What she does: Paintings in oil.

About the artist: Through her paintings, Lucinda Kasser offers her vision of the world. Inspired by travels throughout the United States and Europe, Kasser has dedicated her life to the arts.

This weekend, she will not only display her works, but show people her painting process.

Glenn Robison

What he does: Sculpture in wood.

About the artist: Glenn Robison is passionate about wood. The woodworker creates unique bowls and other sculptures from birch, palm, oak, cork oak, juniper, elm, cherry or walnut. This weekend, he will take his trusty lathe and gouges to an outdoor studio and garden.

Mira Woodworth

What she does: Sculpture, wall art and jewelry from glass and recycled materials.

About the artist: Woodworth learned the art of glass through trial and error. She now combines glass with acrylic, polymer, metal, photography and clay. Mira is married to color pencil artist Ken Woodworth. They will open their home this weekend.

Ken Woodworth

What he does: Colored pencil paintings.

About the artist: Ken Woodworth creates paintings of photosurrealistic surrealism from colored pencil. Woodworth’s signature pieces are the koi paintings in his “Koi Kichi” series. Woodworth will open up his home this weekend.

Caroline Henry

What she does: Paintings and drawing in a variety of media.

About the artist: Caroline Henry paints whatever inspires her, whether it’s someone on the beach in Santa Cruz or a scene in Downtown Lodi. This weekend, she will open her large home studio and show guests where the magic happens.

Gil Dellinger

What he does: Paintings in acrylics and pastels.

About the artist: Gil Dellinger prefers plein-air painting — painting on location. Much of his work is painted on location, but he also paints from digital images in his studio. The former University of the Pacific art professor has had shows nationwide, but this weekend he will paint on location for those attending L.O.S.T.

Valarie Panaglia

What she does: Etching, mezzotint, linocut, monoprint, monotype and embossing.

About the artist: Valerie Panaglie does it all. See her interesting and beautiful pieces this weekend when she displays her work and shows how it’s done at Studio Samba.

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