Color me Happy by Tony Minnino
Embarking on a new direction in his artwork, artist Tony Mininno shares a fresh and engaging side of his creative self in his colorful, passionate abstracts. Each unique piece, drawn from the reservoir of his life, is filled with soul and energy. Keeping in mind that color has the scientifically proven ability to alter one’s mood and feelings, Mininno thoughtfully applies each stroke, first in response to his own inner psyche, but also to further elicit such emotions as excitement, joy, calm, creativity and respect. These emotions, first experienced by the artist, himself, are then offered through his abstracts, as a gift to the viewer - a gift to pause and explore for themselves all that is drawn out in their own experience of his art.
"These paintings exhibit bright color and whimsical pattern and brushwork. I applied thick layers of paint that I have carved or incised with serrated knives to create directional movement or 'energy.'
Although I have given each painting a name that hints at my intention, I want the viewer to explore each painting and let his or her mind wander in and around my canvas and reach their own conclusion as to what it represents to them in their minds."
To further your art-viewing pleasure, Tony Mininno's small works abstracts will be on display along with, "Autumn Color," a show featuring the artworks of all the artists at Upstairs Art Gallery, October 2nd - 29th.
Reception: October 7th, 4-7PM
Tony will also be in the gallery on the following days:
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 11am-6pm
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 3-6pm
Saturday, Oct. 14, 11am-3pm
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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