By Zach Chouteau
The East Bay Open Studios (EBOS) returned during the first two weekends of June, opening up artists’ homes to the public during a tradition that has lasted more than four decades now.
More than 190 participants displayed and sold their works in 2018 across 15 East Bay cities. It’s truly a unique event, with artists of many mediums inviting one and all to drop by their home studios and view their works, buy some art and/or just make a new acquaintance in the neighborhood.
That was the case when the ‘Rich Life’ segment dropped by the Elm Street home studio shared by talented local Richmond painters Linda Ruiz-Lozito and Tai Yee in the East Richmond Heights neighborhood. The two truly went above and beyond with their participation, not only opening their super-cool studio building at the back of the property to visitors, but having a snazzy tented gallery constructed in a courtyard as well—and even serving snacks and beverages.
Both artists paint in a variety of mediums, with an emphasis on oils and pastels. Each of them uses landscapes and still-life objects as frequent subjects, so their works complemented each other’s nicely in the temporary mini-gallery.
Ruiz-Lozito told us that drop-bys had been slow but steady during her involvement with the EBOS hosting this year, and that her and Yee had found the experience interesting and rewarding, including just having the chance to meet several new friends from around the neighborhood. This even took place on cue during our visit, as a new neighbor—and aspiring artist—from across the street came by to introduce herself and hang out.
If you’d like to find out more about EBOS, including how you yourself can potentially become a host artist for 2019, visit the event’s website at www.EastBayOpenStudios.com.