The monthly Weaverville Art Cruise will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5. Local galleries will have new showings displayed; local businesses will provide a venue for artists to showcase their work. Refreshments are served at many locations. Participating galleries and businesses, from north to south, include:

UP NORTH MERCANTILE: Up North Confectionery & Mercantile offers many locally made goods, but are excited to highlight Hazy Rae Designs for the Art Cruise. Sarah Goodyear recently found a little extra time in her schedule which gave her the chance to start her line of earrings in June 2020. Hazey Rae Designs specializes in trendy leather earrings and studs. Their more recent line layers wood or metal on leather, which has prove to be highly popular amongst customers. All products are made with high quality materials set on sterling silver hardware and no two pairs are the same. Find Hazy Rae Designs at Up North Mercantile or on their social media pages.

MAINSTREET GALLERY: Fabric artist Jody Rusconi learned to thread a Singer sewing machine in 1960 and has been a die-hard quilting student and enthusiast since 2004. As an artist, Jody finds herself asking: When is a raven more than a black bird in the sky? Should trees look like trees and goats look like goats and people be recognizable all the time? She answers, “I don’t walk that path well and I’m getting even worse with experience. My points don’t match; many times they don’t even exist. When I watch a quilt artist, or any artist or art lover for that matter, walk closer to a piece of fabric art I have made, my heart celebrates. They want to see more, gotcha!”

Rusconi has a bachelor’s degree in Biology with an Art minor; her biological illustrations have been published in two scientific publications.

Rusconi is also a jewelry designer, AGS certified appraiser, sole business owner of Graystone Jewelers in Eureka from 1984-2006. She designed five drop-dead pieces of jewelry worn to two separate Presidential Inauguration celebrations.

Rusconi says, “I’m a lackadaisical long-distance runner, I was 62 when I ran my first half-marathon. I’m an avid ocean swimmer and love to paddleboard. I’ve crewed on sailboats from dinghies to 40-foot sloops, enjoyed 20 plus years of long-distance road biking trips and events, and have generally spent a good portion of my time getting into trouble.” 

TRINITY COUNTY VISITOR CENTER: Showing photographs of the beautiful Trinity Alps by various local photographers.

OLSON STONEWARE: Featuring and-thrown personalized stoneware pottery. Baby sets, mugs, steins and more.

HIGHLAND ART CENTER: September’s main exhibit at the Highland Art Center features the paintings of Jeff Crago, who won the Best of Show award at the Juried Art Show last October with his piece titled Tare 2. Much of his work has a Polynesian theme as well as other exotic depictions of Oceania and beyond. Bold colors, strong brushwork and interesting compositions are the elements consistently present in Jeff’s pictures. A sneak preview will be on view from August 27th with the official opening on Saturday, September 5th.

Juried Art Show Submissions: A heads up to all artists. The Highland will be accepting artwork for its 36th annual Juried Art Show beginning Tuesday, Sept. 15 until the cutoff deadline on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Works on canvas, works on paper, ceramics, woodwork, metal art, glass work, and mixed media will be accepted. Come into the gallery at 691 Main St. Weaverville for guidelines and entry form. Highland Art Center membership required.

Live music on the lawn by Stormy Weather during art Art Cruise.

Be sure to visit Weaverville’s other fine shops that will remain open for the evening.

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