ARTISTICALLY INSPIRED HOMES OPEN THEIR DOORS.
To most people, a house is where they eat, sleep, watch television, raise children and build equity.
But, for artists, their home is another canvas. Creativity is in every kitchen cupboard, bathroom fixture, floor covering and window treatment.
It's just that kind of artistic wonderland that exists behind the front door of Jack and Marci Stewart's seemingly ordinary tract home on a quiet, tree-lined Upland street.
The Stewarts will open their home to the public on Sunday as part of the "Artists @ Work & Their Homes" tour. Featuring six homes in all, the tour will allow visitors to see where and how artists live and to watch them work.
At the Stewarts' home, the game room has antique gaming machines and vintage chairs. Walls are painted in vivid pink. A large construction beam is used as a fireplace mantle. There is also a vast collection of art: their own and that of others.
"Our home is our inspiration," said Marci Stewart, a painter who uses Chinese brush techniques and materials. "It's another palette we use to express ourselves." Many of her paintings, watercolor on Chinese rice (or shuen) paper, are mounted on the walls throughout the home.
Jack Stewart, a landscape architect who was trained in ceramic art by Claremont sculptor Betty Davenport Ford, said he has long wanted his home to be an artist's sanctuary, so when he married Marci nine years ago, they set out to make that dream come true.
"Neighbors and friends say that we've put more into our house than we'll ever get out," Marci said. "But we plan on being here for the rest of our lives. So many people think of their homes as a commodity. We think more intrinsically."
Her husband has created an outdoor Shangri-La of diversity, accented with many pieces of stained glass. A French impressionist-style mural by Alyssa de Ville is painted on one of the concrete walls in the backyard.
Directly behind the house is a detached guest room the couple use as an office, retreat and a place for friends to unwind when they come to visit. French doors offer a view of a rock-wall waterfall and sparkling pool.
There is also a path leading to a hidden outdoor chapel featuring a hand-carved wooden cross. Near it is a life-size statue of Quan Yin, the Chinese goddess of mercy.
And on the south side of the house is Jack Stewart's work-in-
progress: a vineyard. He hopes the grapevines, when mature, will shade the landscape.
"The outside is as important as the inside," Marci Stewart said. "It's hard for some people to understand how artists live. Your home can be an expression of who you are -- not the bottom line of your income."
Diana Sholley, (909) 483-9381
ARTISTS @ WORK & THEIR HOMES
>What: Six homes in Upland and Claremont, including those of painter Marci Stewart and landscape architect and ceramist Jack Stewart; wood carver Osvaldo Orellana; folk art and Latin-influenced sculptor Dee Marcellus Cole; graphics designer and mono printer Kathy Spear; and cloisonne artist Bess Reid.
>When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
>Cost: $40 advance, $45 on event day, with proceeds benefiting the Scripps College Fine Arts Foundation student scholarship program.
>Information: (909) 985-8092 or (909) 593-1497.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Sep 22, 2007|
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