The founding architect, owners and 20 participating artists and creative ventures at Atelier One in Graton, Calif., are hosting a building-wide art- and music-filled 25th anniversary celebration and open studios event that kicks off with a party on Friday, September 28, 6-9 pm and continues through Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm each day.
Atelier One is located at 2860 Bowen St. in Graton. The weekend-long event offers a rare opportunity to explore the building, meet many of the artists and innovators whose pioneering work has attracted international visitors and attention to this west county hamlet, and see work in progress. The event is free and parking is ample.
Atelier One is a 93 year-old building that has provided artists with affordable work space since 1987. The two-story red brick building served the agriculturally significant Green Valley area of west Sonoma County until the 1970s. In 1981, the old fruit dryer structure was rescued from neglect, renovated, and brought up to code by J. Lamont Langworthy--an architect and craftsman most noted for using inexpensive yet handsome natural building materials in creative ways. Langworthy practices architecture out of an office in the Atelier One building, which continues to serve his vision as an incubator for creativity.
The artists and creative ventures that will be showcasing their work include Charles Becker, Lisa Beerntsen, Robert Breyer, Cindy Cleary, J.T. Devine, Robin Eschner, Spiral Foods Cooperative, J. Lamont Langworthy, Emily Melville Fashion Design, monty monty, Elizabeth Peyton, Michael Risch, Alex Robbins, Claude Smith, Judson King Smith, ViewCraft, Christiane Vincent, Becky Wells, Joe Zizzi, and Art Honors Life—the Gallery at FUNERIA. Musical performances will be both impromptu and scheduled, including the multi-genre instrumental and vocal group Take Jack, which is performing Friday at 7 pm and Saturday at 2 pm.
For more information about the participants, visit atelierone.blogspot.com. Atelier One is located at 2860 Bowen Street, Graton CA, approximately one hour north of San Francisco, west of Hwy 101.