A tour through northwest Madera featured five stops where visitors admired, bought and created art over the weekend. The doors of a gallery, a home, a retirement home and two restaurants were open for patrons of creative work on Saturday and some on Sunday too.
Over the years, the Madera Art Tour has integrated what used to be separate showings into a two-day affair, right before the start of the holiday season to give visitors a chance to buy mostly handcrafted artwork.
Some stops, however, chose to only open one day this year. The Circle Gallery was one of them.
“We tried it two days one time and there was not enough business to justify keeping it for two days, plus we had to hire overnight security. So that’s an additional cost,” said Abigail Anderson-Shine, board member of the Madera County Arts Council, which operates the gallery. Anderson-Shine chaired the 7th annual Holiday Art Affair part of the Madera Art Tour on Saturday...