Inside the artists’ studio

Jewelry artist Annette Schachner holds some of the beautiful silver necklaces she had made that are on display (and for sale) at the Gold Country Artists Gallery in Placerville. See more of her work during the 2012 Spring Art Studio Tour. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Annette Schachner never forgets a face … at least not the ones she creates

The 61-year-old El Dorado Hills jewelry artist incorporates faces into her beautiful silver jewelry — faces with calm looks and closed eyes, smiling faces surrounded by the sun, even dragon faces with fiery, red eyes — small, simple and detailed.

Guests can admire and purchase these pieces and much more during this year’s Spring Art Studio Tour sponsored by the non-profit El Dorado Hills Arts Association. Thirty-six artists at various locations will display their paintings, sculptures, watercolors, ceramics and jewelry at home studios June 2 & 3. Studios are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

This is Schachner’s fourth year on the tour and said she loves meeting the people and sharing her love for art. During the studio tour guests get to directly converse with the artist, ask questions about their creative processes and buy from the artist right on the spot.

Schachner began her art career as a painter and ceramic artist. About five years ago a jewelry making television program caught her interest. “I got a book and got interested.”

And she’s got talent.

Schachner’s jewelry features great craftsmanship and the designs revolve around the world’s native cultures. She takes her time with each piece, whether it’s a relaxed Buddha face or a shaped pice of dichroic glass wrapped in silver, her favorite metal.

“Silver is one of the precious metals but it’s more affordable than gold,” she explained. “I think it just lends itself to my styles and designs.

Schachner said she considers her finished products mini sculptures and though her intricate dragons are the bestseller, the artist said she prefers her tranquil faces. “As I get older peace and tranquility are very important to my well-being,” she said.

“I really enjoy the creative process and the end result is very important to me … to have something in my hand that almost lasts forever,” she added.

On the tour

Joining Schachner this year at one of the 14 tour locations are watercolorist and painter Sue Chapman and painter Pam Snyder.

Other artists participating are:

El Dorado Hills — Crista Dixon, artisan jewelry; Terrie Bennett, sculpture and bronze; Linda McCann, watercolor and oil; Lorrene Baum-Davis, jewelry and graphics; Philip Lachapelle, oil; Varya McMillan, oil mixed media and encaustic; Elena Tucker, glass jewelry; Joey Cattone, acrylic; Judy Arrigotti, oil and gourd sculptures; Deborah Hill, ceramics, pastel, acrylics, oil and jewelry; Pat Woodward, photography, drawings and watercolors; Randall Tillery, oil; and Anca Statescu, ceramics.

Folsom — Lori Anderson, oil and acrylic; Carol Quinn, oil; Barbara Nilsson, oil, acrylic and monotype; Joyce Kramer, oil, pastel and watercolor; Mac Christensen, pastel, oil, greeting cards; Joan Sexton, pastel and encaustic; Bernard Treanton, pastel; David Kalbach, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, oil and graphite; Heather Moss, mixed media on canvas; Roy Moffatt, watercolor; Tatyana Fogarty, oil; and Charlie Asher, oil on canvas.

Shingle Springs — Suzanne Haydu, watercolor with mixed media; Anton Nemeth, porcelain; and Mary Mendlein, fused glass, jewelry and Raku pottery.

Rescue — Erik Ryan, constructions of paint, print and collage.

Cameron Park — Jodi Reed, gourds; Barbara Steffen, lampwork glass beads and jewelry; Lynn Anderson fused and stained glass; and Mark Goddard, acrylic.

Visit eldoradohillsarts.com for a free map and brochure.

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