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Art at the Source opens studios of Sonoma County artists

The annual open studio event that ushers art lovers into the studios of artists throughout west Sonoma County is coming up on June 6-7 and 13-14.

Art at the Source is an exposure to a vast variety of art and the people and methods behind it. As a mark of the variety that is yours to view and enjoy during Art at the Source are the shared studios of artists whose work can be quite different.

Two such artists sharing a space, but varying in their expression, are Cecilia Hallinan and Nina Canal. They are two unique painters, both hailing from international backgrounds, both with formal art educations, opening their studio for this special public viewing.

Cecilia Hallinan is American born, educated in Latin America, the West Indies, and Europe as a classically trained painter. While she explores the formal qualities of early training, she charts her own path.

Coming of age during the height of minimalism, she sees herself as a "mark maker." Hallinan collaborates "between an idea, its expression, and then it is distilled."

A court interpreter and adjunct professor of painting at Portland State University among others, she was a 10-year member of the notorious 333 Studios in Portland, Oregon. She has been a Sonoma County resident since 2009 and is represented by Khysie Horn at Quicksilver Mine Company, a gallery that once occupied space in Forestville, but still an online presence for artists.

For more of Hallinan's story and to see images of her colorful and inspired works, click here.

Nina Canal is South Africa born, raised in London, and then after university she relocated to New York City. She was part of the now famous avant-garde Manhattan art scene from 1976-81, finding her mark as an artist and musician.

Today, she is back in the U.S. after 15 years living in France. Besides painting, she teachers Butterfly Dragon Tai Chi. Canal says her work is intuitive and about energy.

Her abstract paintings are "inspired by the earth and by nature, calling up tribal echoes of a different paradigm."

Visit her website for more information and to see her vivid paintings.

Don't miss the chance to see the space and art shared by Hallinan and Canal during this June's Open Studio event, as you wind your way along your own art route.  In the Art at the Source catalog and online, you'll find their listings under Studios 18 and 19 at 2080 Llano Road, off of Highway 12, near Sebastopol.

For information on Art at the Source and how it works, read this article.

Art at the Source
June 6 -7 and 13-14
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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