Art guild readies Mother’s Day event

COAST CITIES — The San Dieguito Art Guild is offering its annual Mother’s Day Weekend Artist Studio and Garden Tour, with ticket sales at 8:30 a.m. and the homes will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 8 and May 9, leaving from the Off Track Gallery, 937 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. The self-guided tour will feature nine guild members’ homes, gardens and art studios.
This year’s tour chairwoman is Terry Oshrin, who’s mother, Gloria Daniels, was an active SDAG member for a decade and when she died, Oshrin joined the guild to carry on her mother’s legacy.
The tour this year is dedicated to the memory of four of the SDAG members’ mothers. Photos of those moms will be featured on the front of a small booklet along with photos of the homes and of artists’ artwork. This booklet will be given to ticket-holders as a memento of the tour.
This year the guild is celebrating 45 years of thriving and surviving. The guild was started in Del Mar by artist Sue Beere. After four different gallery locations in Del Mar, the guild moved to Leucadia behind the Corner Frame Shop, then a one-year lease on Vulcan and then many years in the downstairs portion of the Pannikin Coffee House followed. From there the guild moved three more times. This month the guild signed a 5-year lease with the Lumberyard Shopping Center. Through it all, the mission has remained the same — “dedicated to furthering artistic understanding and fostering artistic growth of members and the community at large by promoting interest, education, knowledge and skills in the visual arts.”
Tickets are $20. Tickets will be sold at the Off Track Gallery, in the Lumberyard Shopping Center, and at OffTrackGallery.com. Tickets may also be purchased the day(s) of the tour.
Each home will feature several guests artists and will offer refreshments. Some homes will also have entertainment. All of the studio homes are in coastal North County so as to be easily accessible in a day. All of the art on display will be for sale at prices directly from the artist to the public and will include paintings, prints, ceramics, sculpture, glass, textiles and jewelry. The artwork offered on this tour is all made by local artists. You won’t find anything mass-produced or imported.
The homes include a 2-acre showcase in Olivenhain, the home of Manuelita Brown (the artist who sculpted “Encinitas Child”), Carolyn Cope (second generation Encinitan and Encinitas Rotary Interact chairwoman) the home of Charlene Bonney (whose aunt Bonney Park was also a longtime guild member), the unassuming home of a gifted potter, and more.
A portion of the proceeds from this tour will be donated to a local school’s art department.

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