Above and Beyond - Mary Barnhill

One Studio—Five Artists

It’s funny how an idea can begin to take shape and then, seemingly of its own volition, mushroom into a thing alive and growing with its own energy. Last year for Open Studios I volunteered for ARTS Obispo as the Area Captain for Cambria with the goal of recruiting new or returning participants. It was quite a successful campaign bringing our number of artists from only 8 up to 17.

When I approached Stephen Kellogg, a long time Cambrian and a truly amazing watercolor artist, I was surprised to learn that he had no real studio per se. How is possible that such fine work could be produced, as he put it, “somewhere between lawn mower and the cat litter box”! I invited him on the spot to join me at my studio and he agreed. (That’s him in the garden painting during OSAT 2015.)

Well, the idea of shared space has taken on a life of its own! This year Stephen is returning for one weekend and my husband William Barnhill has decided to show too. Holly McCain, who shared space elsewhere last year, emailed me saying she was “homeless” and was wondering if she could join us. Then, how could we deny space for Spencer Poulter, last year’s mentee in the Student Mentorship Program?

So here we are, a total of five artists of different disciplines sharing space at one studio at catalog location #150, 151, 158, 162, and 165! Come and meet the gang, watch demonstrations and stroll our lovely gardens located at 1060 Hartford Street in Cambria. There will be refreshments and a daily raffle on both weekends. See you there!