John Warner creates watercolor paintings of coastal landscapes and seascapes from Canada to Mexico, Hawaii, and the Mediterranean, as well as California's vineyards. John says he finds inspiration in their ever-changing light and reflections and warmth. John paints only from his own sketches and photos. This methodology is how he focuses
his vision into a very personal sense of place.
John says his love of watercolor began as a youngster visiting the galleries in Carmel, California. His aunt and uncle lived in Carmel. When the families got together on the holidays, they'd explore the beaches and art galleries. As an aspiring artist, John was enthralled with the unique environment. John says that to this day the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur Coast continue to amaze and stimulate him to capture its rugged beauty.
John is our featured artist April 1-29 2018
Well known for his paintings of California birds, Ron Sumner is also showing some of his Sonoma county vistas - from a bird's perspective. Ron's ability to portray birds realistically in their natural environment is evident in his landscape paintings too. His work has won many awards including two editions of Splash - an annual international publication featuring 100 of today's most accomplished watercolor artists. Paintings by Ron Sumner will be featured through March 25 2018.
Reception Saturday, March 17th 2-6. Refreshments served.
Starting off the New Year with the spotlight on Healdsburg artist Phyllis Rapp, our featured artist for January.
The artwork that she has chosen to display will depict watercolor winter themes that celebrate plants, animals and people in a whimsical style.
Phylllis is new to the gallery - but not really. She was a founding member of the gallery 20 years ago and was the gallery manager for many years. Then we scared her away and she went and lived on a sailboat in the Caribbean. But now we're thrilled to have her back.
Phyllis is featured artist thru Feb 4 2018.
Reception Saturday January 27 3-6pm
SANTA ROSA AREA FIRE UPDATE:
The gallery will continue to be closed Wed and Thurs (Oct 11 and 12th) due to the fire conditions and very poor air quality in our area.
Our gallery 'family' of 16 local artists are all safe and accounted for, including their pets, but we have been deeply affected by the fire. Some of us are evacuated from our homes, and several of us have lost our homes in the fire .....
We are happy to report that the fire has not come near the town of Healdsburg, so the gallery is fine.
Thank you for your support and concerns for our artists and we hope to see you under clear blue skies soon.
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
Debbie Harding - soft pastel paintings
There is not one blade of grass,
there is no color in this world
that is not intended to make us rejoice." - John Calvin
Focused mainly on landscape, floral and wildlife, each artwork is an invitation to see more acutely the richness of life that we can so often miss in our hurried pace.