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Art in Sonoma: Atelier One Celebrates 30th Anniversary Weekend

On Saturday, Sept. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, art will be all the talk around Sonoma County as Graton’s Atelier One throws its doors open to the public for two days to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

One of the most alluring attributes of a visit to Sonoma County is the diversity of experiences offered within its sprawling confines. There are, of course, the world-famous vineyards and vines to be explored but there is also a robust culinary scene dotted with a generous number of Michelin awarded eateries, a stellar cheese trail showcasing hand-crafted locally produced dairy products, and yes, a vibrant art scene that has attracted artists of all stripes for decades.

Image of Painting from Atelier One.Formerly a dilapidated apple processing building, the near-century-old, two-story red- brick structure that now houses the creative incubator Atelier One was restored and brought to new life in 1987 by local architect and craftsman, J. Lamont Langworthy, who continues practice architecture in the building.

Rather than keeping his newly acquired outpost all to himself, Langworthy turned the building into an artists’ commune of sorts. Now known as a haven for artists, Atelier One attracted international recognition and is now home to an amalgam of some 20 creatives, including accomplished painters, printers, a sculptor, and photographers.

During the 30th anniversary weekend, guests will be granted a rare opportunity to tour the Atelier One building and its many studios while mingling with the artists that call the space their artistic home. A favorite of collectors and clients alike, this annual event is yet another opportunity to experience the embarrassment of riches tucked away in and around Sonoma County. 

Plus, it’s a brilliant excuse to visit the historic side of Graton.

Atelier One, 2860 Bowen St., Graton, 203-470-4845

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