ASiF Artists' Studio in the Foothills
ASiF, Artists' Studio in the Foothills, is a fine art gallery and community resource featuring work in a variety of media by local artists. It was founded in Grass Valley, California, in 2007.
ASiF Studios is a unique venue in the Sierra Foothills and is home to 30 local resident artists. In addition to full resident status, ASiF offers a variety of membership options including daily drop-in use. ASiF also offers classes in drawing, painting, printmaking, mosaics, clay and sculpture. Our mission is to nurture the creative spirit in our community by providing an environment where art can be made, displayed and appreciated.
ASiF features a main gallery, showing new work every six weeks. It also has a "Small Works Wall", with a constantly changing display of two and three dimensional work. The retail shop, ASiF GiFT, features a variety of unique and distinctive handcrafted gift items - jewelry, sculptural and functional ceramics, wooden spoons and boxes, cards, prints and more.
The 2D Studio at ASiF Studios is equipped with easels and stools, a stage and lighting for figure drawing, and a printmaking area with a state of the art Griffin printmaking press. A wide variety of classes in drawing, painting, printmaking and mosaics for adults and children is available year-round. Figure drawing sessions are held on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. The 2D studio is also available for meetings and events for local art groups.
The 3D Studio is equipped with two electric kilns, a gas reduction kiln, 6 potter's wheels, a slab roller, five multi-use tables, a glaze lab, and a damp room. Resident staff is always on site and ASiF offers a wide variety of classes in clay building and wheel-throwing for children and adults.
Our website, www.asifstudios.com, has complete and current information about ASiF Studios including gallery information; current class schedules; current and upcoming shows; links to our blog, facebook page, and recent news articles; and an interactive map with driving directions.
Seasons Open: All year
Hours Open: Monday - Friday from 10am to 5pm; Saturday from 11am to 4pm; Sunday by appointment
Fees: There are no fees to visit the gallery or tour the facilities. There are fees for membership and for classes at ASiF Studios.
ASiF Studios is wheel-chair accessible.
ASiF Studios is located in a former cabinetry showroom and all of the cabinets, flooring and other materials were recycled to create the gallery, studios and classroom spaces. The windows have been coated to inhibit heat flow and reduce energy usage. Artists use recycled materials whenever possible and recycle all paper and plastic products. Water-based (rather than oil-based) inks are used in all printmaking classes, and clay is recycled in the hand-building and wheel-throwing classes. All ASiF Studio invitations, newsletters and other communications are sent electronically - rather than by paper. The artists are constantly finding new ways to make ASiF Studios more energy efficient and eco-friendly.
ASiF Studios welcomes all service dogs. Resident artists are permitted to have pets in their studio spaces.