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Placer Arts Studios Tour Revs Up New Shuttle Service

Tickets must be purchased by Oct. 23 for new chauffeured luxury coach ride

The 24th annual Placer Arts Studio Tour (PAST) of workshops, galleries and creative spaces of local artisans may be months away, however, visitors may secure a seat on the new Placer Arts Studios Tour Shuttle Bus now!

This year’s PAST event runs Nov. 10 – 12, from 10am to 5pm each day. PAST allows the public to visit 100 artists who will demonstrate, exhibit and market their work at 43 sites throughout Placer County. There is no cost to attend the self-led tour.

For those who would rather be chauffeured, a luxury coach is available on Saturday, Nov. 11 to transport tourists to 10 select locations on the Tour where they can meet and view the works of 48 of the artists. The cost of the round-trip shuttle ride is $25, which includes a boxed lunch at one of the studio stops.

The coach departs Roseville at 9am, picks up passengers in Auburn at 9:30am, then begins a route that leads to studios and galleries in Colfax, Newcastle, Penryn, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Roseville and Auburn.

“Tourists may take the shuttle on Saturday to just sit back and relax, then visit other sites—or return to their favorites—on their own on Friday and Sunday,” suggests Tour Coordinator Gia McNutt. “People may experience the Tour in the way—and at the time—that works best for them.”

To help visitors discover favorite artists and plan their PAST itinerary, preview shows are being held at the Westfield Galleria at Roseville; the General Gomez Gallery, 808 Lincoln Way, in Auburn; and the PlacerArts Gallery, 910 Lincoln Way, in Auburn.

“This Tour includes some of the finest artists in Northern California, and represents a vast array of techniques and talents,” McNutt says. “From organic clays and metals, to found objects; eccentric materials to new takes on traditional processes—you will see them all.”

In addition to the Shuttle, there are more new things planned for the 2017 Studios Tour, including a mobile “Passport” app that provides directions; links to artists’ sites; and offers sponsor deals and discounts. It will even enter the user into free prize drawings for gift baskets and other items.

For more information, to download a Tour Guide, or to purchase Shuttle tickets, visit www.placerarts.org/PAST2017 or call 530-885-5670.

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