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Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

Watsonville artist Josefina Rocha (right) works on a new piece of art Saturday inside the Porter Building during the Arts Council Santa Cruz County’s 37th annual Open Studios Art Tour. This year features 322 artists that open their studios across Santa Cruz County to meet with the public. Rocha is sharing the room, which is part of Pajaro Valley Arts, in a “pop-up” space with artist Hermelinda Vasquez-Matias, who is showing her hand-painted wood figures, known as Alebrijes. The art tour also runs Oct. 14-15 for North County artists, from the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor and north, and Oct. 21-22 for all county artists.

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This painted wooden peacock was created by Watsonville artist Hermelinda Vasquez-Matias. Photo: Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian
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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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