Art & Culture

Open Studios Featured Artist: Lesley Holtaway

Open Studios artist, Lesley Holtaway, shares perspective on making jewelry

As part of a new series on Benitolink, the San Benito County Arts Council will feature different artists every week in an effort to highlight some of the local talent participating in this year's Open Studios Art Tour on April 25-26 throughout San Benito County. The second featured artist, Lesley Holtaway, shares her thoughts below about her artistic process. Please visit her studio at 854 Cole Rd. in Aromas during Open Studios weekend.

"I look at jewelry as little sculptures and collages," Holtaway says. "The combination of materials that can be used are endless, but I’m most drawn to working with freshwater pearls, semi-precious stones, crystals and art glass. While my necklaces have a classic look, the earrings are more delicate. My style tends towards a casual elegance for everyday wear."

For more information about this year's tour or to download a map, please visit or contact the Arts Council at 831.636.2787

San Benito County Arts Council

The San Benito County Arts Council’s mission is to: *Promote diversity, quality and involvement in the arts for all residents in San Benito County *Encourage cultural and artistic growth and create opportunities for the production of art *Provide access to the arts through programs in the visual, performing and media arts *Establish a favorable climate for artists to live and work and for the arts to thrive