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three rivers studio tour

updated mon 4 mar 02


jerry and nancy Jonnum on sat 2 mar 02

I am sending a press release for a studio tour that I am proud to be a part
of. It will take place in the Southern Sierra foothills of California. My
husband and I went on this tour two years ago (before we lived in Three
Rivers). It was a fun weekend. This year my studio will be one of the ones
on the tour.

Three Rivers Artists'
Studio Tour V

March 23 and 24, 2002

In the Sierra Nevada foothill village of Three Rivers, California--at the
entrance to Sequoia National Park (east of Visalia, 90 minutes south of
Fresno, half way between LA and the Bay Area)

Twenty nine Three Rivers artists will be opening their home studios for this
self-guided tour on both Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, from 10-5pm.
This is the fifth tour of the biennial event started ten years ago with only
eight studios, now tripling in size. The art media is as varied and
individual as each studio site is unique in this Sierra Nevada foothill
town. You will see large realistic oil paintings in the Hudson River School
style, hand-woven 100% wool saddle blankets, documentary photography of the
Central Valley women in agriculture, hand-crafted furniture inspired by the
Arts and Crafts Movement, high-fired clay sculpture, pencil drawings of
local landmarks including cabins in Mineral King, impressionistic oil
paintings of figures in contemporary settings, collage and mandalas blended
with poetry, hand-woven clothing, computer montage, stone garden fountains
and sculpture, functional stoneware, lathe-turned bowls made out of firewood
scraps, hand quilting, hand-crafted jewelry, gourd artistry, bronze
sculpture, and lamps made from twigs and handmade paper. Each artist will
be present both days at their studios for questions and conversation.
Studios will have art for sale and for viewing. Three Rivers in its
springtime glory of wildflowers blooming and mountain vistas will be the
"natural art studio" of the tour. You can take your time and enjoy the drive
through this lovely village in the Kaweah River canyon.

The tour starts at Anne Lang's Emporium on Highway 198 where you pick up
guidebooks and badges. Tickets are $10 per person in advance, $15 after
March 16 and at the door. Children are welcome if they are accompanied by
careful and adult supervision, $5 for each child age 12 and under, $10 after
the deadline. Tickets are good for both days, so why not plan to stay
overnight in Three Rivers for a special weekend treat.

Call 559-561-4671 for advance ticket purchase with MC or VISA, or send check
to Studio Tour V, PO Box 245, Three Rivers, CA 93271.

For more information go to
For lodging see or

Elsah Cort, organizer 559-561-4671
Marilyn Messa, organizer 559-561-4671

Joyce Lee on sun 3 mar 02

When Nancy writes of a Three Rivers Studio Tour in the Southern Sierra =
Foothills of California, she's speaking of an area across the Sierras =
from our part of the Mojave desert. As the crow flies, it's not =
far....... but by the road, it's some hours away. Even so, I've spent =
some time in the Three Rivers area and have visited most of the studios =
on several occasions ...... gorgeous,
peaceful part of the world and lovely, lovely work.... not only clay =
..... all kinds of crafts&art. As I recall, on at least one tour I was =
lucky to get away with lunch money... but what treasures! California =
is dotted with such retreats, but Three Rivers is especially reminiscent =
of a simpler time.

DI ?? ok........ In the Mojave ..... easier to live with........