Featured Artist September 2019
Beverly Bird presents Oceans 21, a collection of paintings exploring multiple aspects of our ocean-related experience.
Works include seascapes, sculpted shorelines, and boats, even a glacier. Highlighting both our own breathtaking Sonoma Coast and the magnificent Oregon coast, many of the paintings were painted in plein air. Using acrylics, these paintings often feature textural passages emphasizing details and planes. From forceful wave action to a peaceful shoreline sunset, Bird’s paintings capture the range of the ocean’s moods. Viewing this collection, one can almost smell the salty air. “The ocean has always been a creative inspiration for me. I love how its constancy is colored by ever-changing shifts in mood. I work to capture this feeling in my ocean scenes, “noted the artist.
A Sonoma County artist, Bird was raised in Southern California and has always lived near the ocean. As a child, ocean scenes became a favorite subject for the young art student. A graduate in Art from CSU Long Beach, Bird subsequently studied landscape painting with master artists. An annual participant in the Art at the Source Open Studio program, her work has been selected for a number of exhibits in the region.
RECEPTION: Sunday, September 15, 2019, 3 pm - 6 pm
EXHIBIT DATES: September 1st - September 29th, 2019
The Small Works Showcase on the Upstairs Art Gallery stairway September 2019 features “A Summer Diary” by Linda Barretta.
Celebrating the colors of summer, Barretta presents paintings of flower gardens and farms, filled with sun drenched light and color. Painted in plein air using oil and acrylic, flowers inspire these works. A seasoned painter, known for her striking use of color, Barretta’s current body of work is mainly in oils, while her first medium was acrylic. She tapped into both mediums to create this delightful small works collection.
RECEPTION: Sunday, September 15, 2019, 3 pm - 6 pm
EXHIBIT DATES: September 1st - September 29th 2019
The Small Works Showcase on the stairway features “Coastal Plein Air” by Donna Schaffer. These landscapes & seascapes explore the environment where the oceans meet the land. Schaffer strives to take you there with her color palette and brushstrokes in oil. “Painting en plein air allows me to capture in-depth the views I love," noted Schaffer.
RECEPTION : Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm
EXHIBIT DATES: July 29 – August 31, 2019
The August 2019 featured artist, Phyllis Rapp is presenting whimsical acrylic paintings of animals, people, landscapes and flowers in dream like settings, “Day Dreams”. Rapp says her paintings start with a base of colors, stamps, stencils in abstract application. As she studies the results, she discovers various scenes and more realistic representations of familiar objects emerge. She adds detail to the "found" images and then paints out the distractions - or the negative space. Phyllis' love of design, color, and texture are evident in her colorful and imaginative resulting paintings.
Phyllis Rapp, is a founder of the 22-year-old Upstairs Art Gallery. She has a BFA from San Francisco Academy of Art and has been active in many art organizations, galleries and has taught watercolor classes.
Reception: Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm
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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