Topanga Canyon Gallery Revs Up For Its Annual Studio Tour This Saturday

Friday, 7 Jun 2013, 8:51:00 AM

Kathy Leonardo

Rebecca Catterall’s 'Red Can' is one of the pieces on display as part of the Topanga Canyon Gallery Studio tour this Saturday, June 8. Everything is clay, the can, the brush and the glove. The transfer technique was used for the paint label. The piece is Raku fired.
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Rebecca Catterall’s 'Red Can' is one of the pieces on display as part of the Topanga Canyon Gallery Studio tour this Saturday, June 8. Everything is clay, the can, the brush and the glove. The transfer technique was used for the paint label. The piece is Raku fired.

When I first arrived in Los Angeles from New York City

in the late 90s, a friend suggested we do some hiking in Topanga Canyon. I

remember, as we drove through winding roads passing lush shrubbery and blooming

wild flowers, the feeling of amazement amongst the rolling hills and

breathtaking views.

After a 30-minute drive, we were transported into

country living; there was no sign of city life. It was a welcome respite.

Last year, I attended the popular Topanga Canyon Gallery

Studio tour – a self-guided tour offering access to at least 20 art studios and

featuring more than 40 artists. An artist run collective, Topanga Canyon

Gallery was created in the 1950s. The annual tour attracts hundreds of visitors

each year.

It was thrilling to see local studios in such a

beautiful setting. It felt as if we were given a backstage pass. We were

allowed entry into private studios, charming homes, and picturesque gardens.

The two-day annual event featured not only members of

the Topanga Canyon Gallery, but also guest artists. Several of the larger

studios and venues showcased multiple artists.

Artist Rebecca Catterall demonstrated her technique of

transferring photo images to clay. Catterall has lived in Topanga for the past

30 years and has been participating in the tour since its inception.

“Topanga is LA’s backyard with its mountains, hiking

trails, interesting cafes, and colorful history,” Catterall said. “The artists’

studio tour gives a rare glimpse into not just the art, but also the varied

lifestyles of the artists who call Topanga home.”

The panoramic views of Topanga Inn highlight the work of

landscape artist Elena Roche, while Robyn Feeley’s home/studio showcases

artists in a casual setting.

Feeley’s furry friends were there to greet us. Her

watercolor pet portraits were on display as well as her ceramic tiles.

Feeley has participated in the studio tour for eight

years.

She started out as a guest artist and later moved to

Topanga Canyon.

This year she will be showing mini birdhouses and new

paintings.

“I find the tour is a great opportunity to clean my

studio,” Feeley said. “Each year I find old art, slightly distressed art that I

offer for really, really low prices!”

The silent auction and reception was another truly

enjoyable part of the tour.

Here, artists gathered as well as art patrons. You could

feel the camaraderie and support of the community.

The celebratory tone of the evening sent us home with a

sense of awe and perhaps inspired many of us to start our own collection.

I am looking forward to getting an early start on this

year’s tour as well as attending the silent auction and reception, which takes

place this Saturday, June 8 from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Tickets (two days) are $15 in advance or $20 at the

door. Children under 16 are free.

The tour starts at Topanga Canyon Gallery, located in

Pine Tree Circle, 120 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., #109, Topanga, CA 90290.

For more information, visit www.topangacanyongallery.com

or call 310.455.7909.

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