The Los Padres Artist Guild 12th Annual Studio and Garden Tour & Sale will take place on Saturday, June 14th from 10 AM to 5 PM.  35 local artists will display and sell their work in 8 studios and gardens in Santa Maria and Orcutt. Tour books, costing $10, contain maps and descriptions of each location and artist, and serve as passports for two people for the day. “It is really a great art adventure.” explains Michael Corob, guild program director.” Each of the gardens and studios has its unique charm, and the creations that the artists share are as varied as the plants in the gardens.”

Marilyn Benson’s English garden contains statues, bird houses, and a picket fence. She is well known for her English Cottage paintings, as well as her bold florals. Sue Southern’s garden mixes native plants, and blooming flowers with her own ceramic forms, which use natural materials to make the designs. The enchanting entrance to Margie Bowker’s studio is a wonderful introduction to her paintings of the central coast and of South Africa, the country of her birth. Wayne Handlos’s extensive geranium collection complements his ceramic leaf and flower plaques.  Vora Sousa uses old  master’s techniques in her oil paintings of English ladies. Carole Patton paints roosters and other small animals, while Susan Patton (no relation to Carole) creates unique jewelry and hand dyed silks. First time artists on tour include Michelle Ellis- garden signs and pots, Cynthia Youngern- bird feeders, and  Mary Lou Raska- framed arrangements from nature. Other mediums  used by the artists include photography, assemblage, and hand made cards and teddy bears. All exhibiting artists will be on location with their work and will be happy to answer questions and share their inspirations. Refreshments will be served at many locations.

The tour books can be purchased at Ron’s Nursery and Gardens, 850 West Grand Avenue in Grover Beach,  Woody’s Butcher Block, 700 East Main Street Suite 104 in Santa Maria, and Company’s Coming, 1110 E. Clark Ave. in Orcutt. A portion of the proceeds of the tour supports student art scholarships. This year the guild awarded $1000 to an art student. “We suggest that you purchase a book in advance, study it, then plan your route. You can see a few of the homes in a couple of hours, or spend all day discovering and enjoying the art of talented local artists.” For more information call 934-3433.