"Drawn to Water"
Celebrating Our New Painters
"Drawn to Water" is the theme now being featured in the front window of the gallery. Our three new local artists - Karen Miller, Beverly Bird and Andrea Cleall - are all showing their own water themes to the end of January.
There's a welcoming reception at Upstairs Art Gallery, Healdsburg:
Saturday, January 12th 2019 from 2pm- 5pm.
All three artists will be on hand to introduce themselves and talk about their work.
Karen Miller studied art at UC Santa Cruz specializing in lithography and intaglio. She moved on to become a structural engineer for 20 years. After battling a long illness, she returned to her art and now shares the magic she creates. Using soft pastels, Karen beautifully portrays many aspects of our local landscape. Her vignettes of ponds, lakes, woods and the surrounding trees are both ethereal and subtle with delightful bursts of color that draw you into her paintings, inviting you to linger.
Beverly Bird lives near the Russian River, not far from the ocean. Her feel for the land and her connection to it, define her paintings. It feels as if you're wandering beside her, balancing on a windy cliff and watching the spray of waves as they hit the shore. She conveys a sense of our place in nature, whether traipsing through swampy creek beds in search of adventure, or staring across a vast vineyard towards the mountains beyond. You can also see portraits of figures and faces on display that have captured her imagination as well. Beverly has a BA in art from CSU Long Beach and has continued studying over the years with many master artists.
Andrea Cleall is drawn to imagery that expresses light in a beautiful way. Her lakes, rivers, and creeks are rendered with a deep, intimate appreciation of Sonoma County. She also depicts people, flora and wildlife in a way that invites you to see her subjects in a personal manner. Her still lifes of fruit ripe with color and flowers in bloom, seem to glow with qualities found in paintings by the old masters. Andrea has studied art since early school days and attended classes at the California Institute of Art.
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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