Santa Rosa Press Democrat article honors two long lived Healdsburg businesses operating under one roof - Upstairs Art Gallery and Levin & Co. Books
The best businesses are started as as means to fill a need.
Does this mean if two are started under the same roof they fill twice the need?.....
The article on Healdsburg is by Ann Carranza of the Press Democrat published Sunday August 26, 2018 in the Towns section. . Photo credit: BethSchlanker
Sonoma County landscapes in oil by Laura G. Roney
Laura's Roney's latest oil paintings reflect views throughout Sonoma County, either vineyards or Sonoma County parks. The land in Sonoma County has such varied landscapes, and provides a near endless opportunity for breath taking scenes. Some paintings focus on vines, others focus on vistas. Still other paintings focus on both.
Laura says,"This part of the country is so beautiful. It is a pleasure to capture it in paintings. My paintings focus on the breathtaking beauty that makes up the wine country. I am endlessly enamored with the gorgeous vines and stunning vistas. Many of my paintings include the stunning rolling hills and mountain ranges along with the fantastic grapes and vineyards".
Roney has focused on her art since 1993. She received basic training at institutions of higher learning, but says she truly learned by studying with practicing artists. She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Fine Art at Academy of Art in San Francisco.
Saturday, August 4, 2 - 5pm
FEBRUARY EXHIBIT: CLOSE TO THE HEART
EXHIBIT DATES: February 1 – February 28, 2021
Sonoma County artists, Linda Baretta, Beverly Bird, Sally Cataldo, Marsha Connell, Karen Miller, Tosya Shore, Michelle Hoting, Jo Tobin-Charleston, Carolyn Wilson present “Close to the Heart,” a new perspective on this Valentine season – things that are uniquely special to each individual artist. Shore’s “Walk this Way” is a watercolor showing a tender moment in an older couple’s day – a scene that would touch anyone’s heart. Miller’s contribution is “Cat in a Quandary,” a pastel painting of her quirky cat in her favorite room where all her best creativity lives. Barretta brings us “Schoolhouse Beach,” an oil painting of a favorite local scene along the Sonoma Coast, painted with blooms beneath her feet. Her piece glows with sundrenched color and the vibrant beauty of the red wildflowers. Wilson’s choice, “Yosemite Valley Winter,” is a mixed media piece that takes us to this magical place in the peace and tranquility of a snowy winter scene. Bird’s “Seeing Reds” is an acrylic painting that highlights traditional tokens of love – flowers and sweets – in delicious shades of red. After the past crazy, dark year, the warm feelings expressed through this exhibit open the door to a beautiful spring and hope for better times. “Because each artist’s choice is special, they resonate with the viewer,” noted Wilson.
New Artist: The Gallery is pleased to announce a new member artist, Sally Cataldo. A water media artist, her expressive abstract paintings are a reflection of observations of her environment. Working in acrylic, watercolor, gouache, her paintings are forceful designs of sophisticated color combinations, dynamic shapes and unique use of line. Whether purely abstract or a subjective interpretation, they catch the viewer’s eye and don’t let go. Internationally renowned, Cataldo is a published, award winning artist who has exhibited widely and participated in Sonoma County Art Trails for a number of years. Sallycataldoart.com
The Small Works Showcase on the stairway features a members’ show along the same theme, ”Close to the Heart.” The exhibit highlights a variety of takes on this theme in watercolor, acrylic and oil. In addition to the artists named above, Willow Laland, Donna Schaffer, Gail Morgan, Ron Sumner, Victoria Kochergin, and Laura Roney are showing their work in this exhibit.
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