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Djerassi Resident Artists Program holds annual open house in July – reservations required

by Contributed Content on June 24, 2012

walkers at Djerassi grounds in Woodside

The Djerassi Resident Artists Program will open its private 580-acre ranch in the Santa Cruz Mountains for its annual “Open House / Open Studios” on Sunday, July 29, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. This is the one day of the year that the  Artists’ Barn and private grounds are open to the general public.

Attendees are invited to meet the eight current resident artists, walk the stunning natural landscape, and view panoramic Pacific Ocean vistas. The afternoon includes open artists’ studios, dance and music performances, literary readings, and self-guided tours of the site-specific sculpture collection located on winding trails among ancient redwoods and oak trees, rolling hills and fern-shaded glens. Delectable small dishes by the Program’s gourmet chef will be served throughout the day.

Admission is $35 per person and reservations are required. To reserve, call (650) 747-1250 or go to www.djerassi.org. Space is limited and early reservations are recommended. No pets are allowed. The Djerassi Resident Artists Program is located at 2325 Bear Gulch Road West in Woodside.

A list of participating artists follows:

Open Studios
Janice Jakielski – Visual Artist – Marlborough, MA
Cynthia Lin – Visual Artist – New York, NY
Andrew Haik Demirjian – Media Artist – Palisades Park, NJ

Performances*
Isak Immanuel – Choreographer – Los Angeles, CA
Manuela Meier – Composer – Belfast, Northern Ireland
José Pereira Valente – Composer – Coimbra, Portugal

Readings*
Dipika Guha – Playwright – New Haven, CT
Dolores Hayden – Poet – Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

*Artists’ performances and readings begin at 1:30pm and are staggered so that visitors can attend all performances.

Photo by Frances Freyberg

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