The locals’ summer. We’ve heard the term; having experienced the crazy months of June through August, residents couldn’t be more excited to welcome the deep breath that is this oh-so-beautiful September. There are lots of things to do this month, so may I suggest you do yourself a favor and attend an art tour, as our area is inundated with them this time of year. Two particularly unique tours are Art & Soul ArtWalk and Sierra Valley Arts & Ag.

Art & Soul, in its second year, is a Truckee-based tour with 30 stops celebrating local artists with demonstrations, live music, small bites, craft beer, and wine. The event benefits Arts for the Schools and is presented by the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association.

“It’s really cool to celebrate and explore the artists of Truckee/Reno and give them some love,” said Cassie Hebel, the event’s organizer and founder.

Storefronts and sidewalks will be taken over by sculptures, live music, and artists’ demonstrations. Some stations will even invite visitors to try their hand at the featured artist’s craft.

“We are celebrating our entire local artisan community including Truckee’s amazing photographers, oil painters, jewelry designers, musicians, and culinary artists,” Hebel said in the event’s press release.

Music includes locals Brian Hess, Renegade, and Calling Ophelia.

Another novel art event is the Sierra Valley Arts & Ag. This tour includes 14 historic ranches and farms in the Sierra Valley that will be host to local artists and agricultural organizations spread out over 55 miles, with three sites in the interior of the valley.

Guests at this event will be invited to visit market farms and working ranches while sampling the works of artists in every medium from wood and paint to glass, ceramic, metal, and fiber.

“The variety of artists is so amazing in such a small valley,” Kristi Jamason, Sierra Valley Arts & Ag organizer, said. Jamason has lived in the area for many years and noted its deep-seated history with the dairy farming industry that supplied milk, cream, and butter to the miners in Virginia City. As a result, the valley is filled with numerous dairy barns that are more than 100 years old, many of which are still serving today’s working ranches.

These barns, often built with hand-hewn timbers and wooden pegs, will be host to 25 different area artists showing and selling their goods.

“There are so many people doing amazing work out of their garage,” Jamason said. A ceramic artist herself, she wanted to bring all these folks and her peers together in one place.

There will be three starting locations or “trailheads,” located at The Sierra Valley Grange Hall in Vinton, Sierra Valley Farms in Beckwourth, and the historic Sierraville school in Sierraville. Each location will have a knowledgeable volunteer to help you plan your trip around the valley.

All trailheads will also provide you the opportunity to pick up a map, purchase a passport to track your journey, or an embroidered flour sack dish towel.

The day will end with a dinner prepared by the Sierra Valley Grange Hall in Vinton from 4 to 6 p.m.