Fine Art Oil Painter, Donna Schaffer, says she feels privileged to live in the Dry Creek Valley, just to the northwest of the town of Healdsburg. In recent years she's planted heritage zinnias, salvia, cosmos, black-eyed susans and milkweed in order to attract the widest range of butterflies. Quietly sitting next to the flowers, with her camera ready, she's had quite a bit of success, and uses these reference photos to compose and create her paintings.
In addition to butterflies, Schaffer says her "neighborhood" landscapes have glorious seasons and personalities. She captures these scenes on canvas so she can share the best seasons and the best times of day with her collectors. Some of her paintings are accomplished on-site or "plein aire", other paintings are based on her sketches, color notes and her personal reference photos. Schaffer's original oil painting interpretations range from using thick paint (impasto) on some creations to smooth, detailed observations on others.
Donna has lived amongst the vineyards in Dry Creek Valley since 1990, a place where she can paint her passion for northern California's flora and fauna, especially her very popular and widely collected vineyards. Not limited to the land, she has painted a vast collection of marine life paintings. Her curious mind pushes her to learn scientific knowledge about each subject that she paints. Donna says, "Sometimes I think I should've become a botanist or biologist instead of a fine arts painter".
Artist reception: Saturday, November 3, 3 - 6pm
Featured Artist Show runs to November 25
Donna will also be in the gallery
November 3 & 4, 11-6
November 10-11, 11-6
Come upstairs and watch Phyllis Rapp put a postitive spin on 'negative' painting.
During October, Phyllis is exhibiting multi media artwork of her winsome animals and fanciful figures in the Small Works Showcase. Her representational works of animals and figures are created in watercolor and acrylic paints, handmade paper collage, paper and ephemera.
Featured artist in September is Bill Gittins, a consummate and prolific oil painter of Sonoma County landmarks, vineyards and places of quiet beauty. Bill’s paintings are widely exhibited in private and permanent collections, including Sutter Hospital. He is a participating artist in the 2018 Art Trails open studios event.
Karen Norton, a potter for over 40 years uses a variety of clays, glazes and firing methods to create her hand built platters. She says her designs are land, sea and sky scapes that take the viewer to unimagined places where tranquility and vitality merge into cohesive wholeness.
Naomi Lasley - Naomi taught ceramics for 25 years in Santa Rosa City Schools. Since her retirement she works in her Sebastopol art studio and she formed Clayamity, a group of former art students and professional artists. Her works are pit-fired pots and raku ceramics, and she uses horse hair, seaweed, sawdust among other ingredients to create the colors and designs.
Willow LaLand-Yeilding is exhibiting Works on Paper, and selected etchings by Italian Mistro Andro Cecovini and the late Stephen Whittle English-born Sebastopol Artist in the gallery’s Small Works Showcase.
A third generation artist, Willow began exhibiting her paintings when she was 12 years old at the New York Art Expo and in Nevada City, California. She is a wine-country artist who loves to paint reflections from glassware in the bold, wine themed paintings that she is known for.
Artist Reception: Sunday, September 9th, 2 - 5pm
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
Modernist and Impressionist oil painter, Jill Keller Peters, is featuring a collection of small scale minimalist abstractions and impressionist landscapes in the gallery’s Small Works Showcase. These paintings celebrate Keller Peter’s expressive color sense both in design and nature.
Meet Jill at her artist reception at Upstairs Art Gallery, 306 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA.
Saturday July 14 2018, 2-5
Currently displaying work by a selection of artist partners spanning the gallery's 21 year history.
Diana Majumdar; David Walker, Katrina Small, Taylor Paige; Judy Markoff; Don Drummond; Gary Sauder, Nishi Marcus; Lindy Date;Dee Andreini; Tony Mininno; Tamra Sanchez; Jan Thomas and T Barny sculpture.
A heartfelt thanks to all our artists and art collectors who have made it all possible.
Current Upstairs Art Gallery artist partners - June 2018
Back row: Ron Sumner, Carolyn Wilson, Bill Gittins, Donna Schaffer
Second row: Lenona Winter, Jo Tobin-Charleston, Laura Roney, Susan Greer, Willow Laland
Front row : Jill Keller Peters, Phyllis Rapp, Cynthia Jackson-Hein, Marsha Connell
not pictured : Dan Scannell, Cynthia Sumner, John Warner.
Upstairs Art Gallery is celebrating 21 years in business -June 2018. This major milestone bestows upon the gallery the honor of being the longest running art gallery in Healdsburg history, a town that is currently the vibrant home to over 20 art galleries. This small gallery was also ahead of its time in 1997, as was the first artist-owned gallery to open in Sonoma County, a business model that has since been followed successfully by many more!
June is the time to show off Sonoma County's bounty of crops, backyard gardens and agricultural heritage. "Abundance" is the theme that is featured in the gallery front window. Art works by Carolyn Wilson, Lenona Winter, Cynthia Jackson-Hein, Willow Laland, Dan Scannell , Ron Sumner and Jill Keller Peters showcase the varied farmland offerings that are rooted in Sonoma County.
Upstairs there will be a historical showcase of artwork by many alumni artists who have been part of the gallery's 21 year past, alongside the work of the 16 current artist partners.
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Some things remain the same.....
Travel writer, Amy Gunderson, from the New York Times visited us and wrote about Upstairs Art Gallery in her article "36 Hours /Healdsburg, Calif." , published Friday August 26, 2005.
Amy says "Levin and Company (306 Center Street) is a small bookstore with an artist-owned gallery upstairs - called Upstairs Art Gallery - where the person working the desk is one of the creative minds behind the art adorning the walls. Even in the heart of wine county, it isn't just about the grapes."
Of the restaurants, hotels and shops mentioned in the article, many have gone by the wayside, but Upstairs Art Gallery and Levin's bookstore are still thriving, and in the good company of Downtown Bakery and Creamery, Oakville Grocery and Bear Republic Brewing Company ....all still highly recommended on any visit to Healdsburg.
Credit: New York Times, August 26, 2005. Article written by Amy Gunderson. Photos by Peter DaSilva.
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