Original art, beautiful homes on display

COAST CITIES — The San Dieguito Art Guild is offering its 16th annual Mother’s Day Weekend Artist Studio and Garden Tour, featuring nine Guild members’ homes, gardens and art studios May 8 and May 9. The Off Track Gallery, 937 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, Suite C-103, will open at 8:30 a.m. for ticket sales and the homes will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets for the self-guided tour are $20. Tickets will also be sold online at for 10 days before the event. Tickets are also available at each home on the days of the tour. Each home will feature several artists and will offer refreshments. Some homes will also have entertainment. All of the studio homes are in the North San Diego coastal area so as to be easily accessible in a day.
Not only are the homes interesting and the gardens tended and lush, but most are homes of a working artist, including Charlene Bonney, Lindsay Duff, Darlene Katz, Rusty Loftin, Bobbi Hirschkoff and Manuelita Brown.
All of the art on display will be for sale at prices directly from the artist and will include paintings, prints, ceramics, sculpture, glass, textiles and jewelry.
The San Dieguito Art Guild has been a community organization since 1965. The guild is a showcase for a wide variety of artists of all levels and mediums. The tour is the San Dieguito Art Guild’s major fundraiser for the year. The money taken in from the tour help off-set rent and other operating expenses for the Off Track Gallery. In addition a portion of the proceeds from this tour will be donated to several local high school’s art departments.
Homes being shown in this year’s tour include:
— The Bonney home is a quaint, cozy, charming life by the sea.
— Lindsay Duff’s adobe-styled home has stone steps cut through southwest landscaping a hand-built glass mosaic domed pizza oven, and large barbecue with a lawn area filled sculptures and fountain.
— Manuelita Brown’s home is tucked behind blossoming trees and features the workshop where she sculpts, surrounding by flowering and fruited trees, an organic vegetable garden and koi pond.
— The Cope home has a front of the stucco facade has a stenciled design done by a local artist. Walking through the home gives a 180-degree view of the Pacific sea and sky with a graceful Japanese garden.
— Bobbi Hirschkoff’s home has two acres of inviting sculptured gardens, a combination of rose gardens, vegetable beds, xeriscape and tropical landscaping. Hirschkoff does fused glass, jewelry, bronze and ceramic sculpture, and painting.
— Bryan Morse’s home is a sculpted patio and raised pool area, circles and curves on the fieldstone and lapis stonework is surrounded by a backdrop of southwestern and tropical growth.
— Donna and Rusty Loftin work as a team on their pottery business and caring for their home and gardens, both tropical and vegetable plantings.
— Darlene Katz’s home sits atop a canyon, with a western view and Katz’s oils exhibited in the upper halls. The large studio windows, framed by roses and fruit trees in bloom, offer a view of the canyon and Pacific.
— Nancy Lee’s home has made use of warm woods, lovely furnishings and elegant arches with a view of the Eastern mountains. Lee’s art studio is an artfully converted garage, full of her works in progress and some extremely interesting completed pieces.

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