This event recap is provided by Arts Intern Sam Pappas.

Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts and Agriculture and Artists-in-residence Erin Cooper, Alfonso Fernandez, and Christie Lower welcomed the public to the Open Studio on July 3rd. With Independence Day approaching, a vibrant crowd of people, including some first-time visitors, came to listen to the artists and see what they created over the course of their residencies.

Two small groups of attendees were formed and took turns touring the artists’ studios, sharing questions and listening to the artists’ stories and description of their practices. The small group settings allowed the artists and guests to make personal connections and learn together.

Erin Cooper in the Pickle Room

Local Ceramicist Erin Cooper inspired guests with her wood-fired pieces that exemplify movement and balance.

Alfonso Fernandez in The Old Shop

Painter Alfonso Fernandez  hailing from Baltimore, MD and the acclaimed Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), captivated the groups with his colorful images, combining recent history and ancient wisdom.

Christie Lower in The Upstairs Studio

Everyone took flight with Eastern Oregon fiber Artist Christie Lower  and her intricate needle-felted birds. She has also taken an interest in our resident donkey, Juanita. Take a peek at Christie’s Instagram @rusticfiberart for her next piece.

Following the studio tour, both groups and the artists met in the Classroom to mingle and continue making connections. The warm summer evening was filled with inspiration, connection, and gratitude.

Our next Open Studio is scheduled for July 25th from 4-6 p.m. with Sculptor Pato Hebert, Scientist Gail Langellotto, and Fibers Artist Eliot Spaulding. Reserve your space at the event today.

Photos by Loma Smith Photography

Published On: July 9th, 2024 / Categories: Pine Meadow Ranch, Pine Meadow Ranch Programs /