OAKHURST — Three local artists in the upcoming 14th annual Art Trails Open Studio Tour are showing their work at Branches Books & Gifts, on Friday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 2.
The annual Sierra Art Trails Open Studio Tour draws thousands of visitors to our area each year, giving art enthusiasts a chance to see fine art and fine crafts in the making, and to purchase works directly from the people who create them.
Showing at Branches this weekend are artist Elizabeth Govreau of Coursegold, and identical twins Kaitlyn and Camille Fisher of Oakhurst, both in 7th grade.
“We are thrilled to be hosting three very talented and uniquely different artists on this year’s Art Trails,” says Branches’ owner Anne Driscoll. “Art Trails is the perfect partnership for us as literature, in our eyes, is another art form and we are excited to share the creative energy these talented artists bring to our store.”
For Kaitlyn and Camille, this is the fourth year the young artists have participated in the Student Sponsorship Program offered through Sierra Art Trails.
The girls are an inspiration to one another, creatively speaking, and have each chosen art as their single elective at school. Participation in Sierra Art Trails has allowed Kaitlyn and Camille to grow, learn, and be inspired by new mediums and methods. Many local adult artists have encouraged them to freely explore their work in new and innovative ways.
Kaitlyn’s number one passion is art, and she draws during every spare moment, with a natural ability to create characters with extraordinary personality. Kaitlyn has been enthralled with Zentangle and other abstract detailed pen art. She aspires to have her own art gallery and to be a professional full-time artist someday.
Camille Fisher is an artist and photographer who likes to incorporate color playfully into her work, which is influenced by her love of the natural sciences. Camille also loves watercolor, pastels, fabric, ceramics, colored pencils and especially photography. She hopes to continue her artistic progress with this opportunity to display her art through Sierra Art Trails.
On a continuum of the age spectrum is Elizabeth Govreau, who has been involved in the arts her whole life. Elizabeth’s parents were artists and, as a child, she watched them paint and market their art. She has attended the Fashion Institute of Merchandising Marketing and Design, where her favotire classes involved fashion illustration.
Elizabeth has also studied under master artists Jerome Grimmer and Elizabeth Tolley. After working at a museum and as a full time artist right after college, she then went on to open Gallery Govreau in Fresno’s Arts and Theater district.
Elizabeth is now working as a studio artist and enjoys painting commissioned portraits in acrylic and is also a silver and goldsmith. Her work is currently available at Branches during the Art Trails weekend.
Sierra Art Trails takes place in homes, studios, galleries, and businesses in more than a dozen communities in Eastern Madera and Mariposa Counties, featuring artists and artisans working in a wide range of media including painting, photography, jewelry, sculpture, fiber arts, woodcarving, ceramics, and glass.
Sierra Art Trails also offers workshops, demonstrations, lectures, and special exhibits for artists and the general public. The nonprofit SAT raises funds for student sponsorships and scholarships, school art programs, public art, and other art related projects and organizations.
Branches Books is located at 40044 Highway 49, Suite B-1, in the same shopping center as Vons. (559) 641-2019
Sierra Art Trails is made possible by a dedicated group of volunteers responsible for managing and promoting the organization, planning exhibits, activities, and events, fundraising, and publishing the annual Sierra Art Trails catalog.