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Posted: Friday, October 5, 2007 10:00 pm

Local painters, woodworkers, jewelry makers, collage artists, glass workers and sculptors in Lodi and Stockton are opening their homes, garages and studios to the public. Starting this weekend, artists will show their diverse work spaces, demonstrate their crafts and exhibit completed works.

A collaboration of Lodi and Stockton arts commissions, the tours will be on consecutive weekends. Stockton's Open Studio Tour is today and tomorrow and Lodi's tour will be Oct. 13 and 14. More than 30 artists will be represented over the two weekends. Get your tickets, get a map and admire your neighbor's art as they give a glimpse of the art that makes them tick.

Who: Samuel Bassett and Pepe Pool

Medium: Sculpture

Highlight: In a serene garden of trees, tropical bushes and towering bamboo, Bassett's and Pool's cement sculptures fuse minimal abstractionism and nature in a beautiful way. "I hope people will understand it better in the context of a garden rather than a gallery," Bassett said. In their study of negative space, the artistic partners have begun experimenting with color. The vibrant blues, purples and oranges are not paint or stain - it is the color of the cement. Bassett and Pool will showcase both the gardens, an indoor gallery and their workshop, where they create everything from rubber molds to meaningful cement towers.

Marilyn Eger stands inside her studio where most of her artwork is featured on the walls in Acampo. She will have the majority of her paintings displayed during the Open Studio Tour. (Angelina Gervasi/News-Sentinel)

Who: Marilyn Eger

Medium: Painting

Highlight: Eger has painted pretty much everything, and her two-story gallery proves it. Surrounded by vineyards of purple grapes, her studio is a tribute to the places she's been, the classes she's taken and those special moments she successfully seized. Landscapes, boats, people and still life wait to be viewed. An art teacher, Eger is always striving to become a better painter. "I'm an energetic painter and I love what I do," she said.

Who: Lisa Goldman

Medium: Paper arts

Highlight: Paper mache masks with animalistic characteristics. A framed mingling of beads, string, paint and paper. Tiny pieces of pottery. Glass faces. Colorful, fused glass dishes. These are just a few of the artistic elements you'll find when you enter through the beaded mirror curtains of Goldman's Woodbridge gallery. Using found products, there is no limit to Goldman's eclectic creations. After your eyes wander over every little nook and cranny filled with interesting art, sit in her lush yard and enjoy a glass of wine with the artist.

William Head has one of his jewelry pieces, a crystal opal gold ring with diamonds, displayed at his goldsmith shop in Lodi. (Brian Feulner/News-Sentinel)

Who: Nina Rodriguez

Medium: Stained glass

Highlight: With her young daughter coloring on an easel beside her, Rodriguez creates stained glass like you've probably never seen before. Her lawn sprinklers are the most intricate: A large heron or egret created with layers of colorful glass and mounted to a hand-crafted stand that spouts water. The electric blue glass is her favorite because it is so vibrant, but the color combinations are endless in outdoor-inspired pieces.

Who: William Head

Medium: Jewelry

Highlight: Head likes to wow people with hand-crafted jewelry. He starts from scratch, forming metal and carving rare stones into unique pieces. More than diamonds and rubies, Head uses stones such as Tibetan turquoise opals, star sapphires in every color of the rainbow, chrysopraise, gem silica chrysocolla, etc. "There is so much more available than every day diamonds," he said. Each of his broaches and rings are completely unique. Head, a Lockeford native, isn't in gems for the money, but because he loves them, from rough to finished.

Who: Pete Troiani

Medium: Woodwork

Highlight: Using retired 59-gallon wine barrels, Troiani creates one-of-a-kind ice chests, Lazy Susans, wine bottle and wine glass racks, clocks, baskets and candle holders. His goal is to use 100 percent of the wine barrel. When making a table, he uses the staves as legs and the top of the barrel as the table top. Each of his products are hand-finished, polished and usually rich in color and stained from storing red wines.

Phyllis Marts sits in her garage, where she will have all of her paintings displayed during the Open Studios Tour in Woodbridge on Tuesday afternoon. (Angelina Gervasi/News-Sentinel)

Who: Phyllis Marts

Medium: Painting

Highlight: Marts has been painting since her first child was born 45 years ago. Her specialties are still life and landscapes painted with vibrant oils. Often times, she starts with a photo she took and adds her own elements in the painting process. In her garage that doubles as her studio and gallery, Marts shows hundreds of painting of bell peppers, melons, open fields, historic figures and flowers.

Open Studios Tour

Stockton tour: Today and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lodi tour: Oct. 13 and 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Prices: $20, includes both cities and good for up to two people.

Where to get tickets: Downtown Stockton Alliance, Tidewater Gallery, Stockton Art League, Goodwin Gallery, Hutchins Street Square, With Garden Flair, Merle Norman Cosmetics Studio, WineStyle and Stockton and Lodi Arts Commission Offices.

Tickets or Information: 937-7488, 333-5511.

Contact reporter Lauren Nelson at



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