Curious about encaustic art? Live demo 1-3 pm Saturday June 3 2017
Melted beeswax has been used in art making for many centuries. Watch Rachel Laufer, our resident encaustic artist, get into her creatitive groove with a soundtrack of great jazz playing gently in the background. Wanna try your hand? Have questions? Great. All welcome!
Daniele Todaro's art isn't miss a beat either. Her energetic colorful jazz inspired artwork is livening up the walls in the gallery right now, too. See some of her instrument inspired art here
If you are a jazz fan, check out the 2017 Healdsburg Jazz Festival program of events ....It's happenin now! June 2-11 . www.healdsburgjazzfestival.org/festivals-2/2017-festival/
Reception: Sunday June 4, 2-5pm
Dan is having fun exploring a new medium - encaustic hot wax paintings. His botanical images are painted in oils and appear to float above sketches and found papers which are sealed under a layer of clear wax.
This is a series of a dozen small botanical themed paintings, 11" x 14". Hang them solo, or they would look great clustered in a group , as they are in matching frames .
Reception: June 4 2017 2-5pm
Influenced by strong shapes and contrast, Jan's recent paintings reflect a particular awareness of abstraction in the landscape. "I am increasingly interested in design and placement of shapes and quality of color to communicate a visual story of time and space", she says. "Working on artist grade sanded papers allows me to build up many layers of pastel to create luminous color and rich texture."
This current show includes small paintings, 8"x 10" or smaller, as well as larger works. The small paintings are wonderful additions to brighten a narrow wall or accent a table top when placed in a small easel. They travel well in a suitcase and are affordable for beginner collectors, and as gifts.
Laura Roney ...oils capturing early morning light
There is a brief period of time at first light where the sun's impact is most intense as light streaks across the land. Laura Roney's new series Sunrise in Sonoma County Oil Paintings reflect the part of dawn when the rhythm of life changes. She captures the impact of morning sun, first on the sky, then on the clouds and the earth. These representational landscapes depicting mornings based on what she says she sees rather than an idealized version of nature. "There's enough grandeur present in Sonoma County, I do not have to embellish it."
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Locke's magical paintings were originally commissioned to illustrate a new children's book, The Time Out Bears. Written with children in mind, the book is about choosing between having a good attitude or a bad one. The Time Out Bears is expected to be published by the end of the year.
The artist will be talking about the paintings at a reception on Saturday, May 7 2016, 2 - 5 pm, and Cathy will be our featured until May 29.
Cathy Locke holds a B.F.A from Art Center College of Design and a M.F.A. from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where she currently teaches for the graduate department. She has received accolades for her work from the Pastel Society of America, Art Directors Club of New York, Society of Illustrators, Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, the Pastel Journal and Campaign Papers.
by Victoria A. Kochergin
Extreme detail, subtle variances in hue and translucent color layers are trademarks of Victoria's artwork. Working from live objects, Victoria works weeks to months on a single piece. "I am passionate about capturing the various details and individual qualities of what I am drawing. Each flower, fruit and leaf has its unique character, beauty and spirit. Drawing from life allows me to feel and discover this. By the time I complete a piece, I am filled with more awe for Nature's miracles." It is this visceral experience Victoria strives to share with others through her artwork.
Kochergin's artwork has been exhibited in many galleries, botanical gardens and international shows. She holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from U.C. Berkeley and is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists.
Saturday, April 9th from 3-7:00PM
New Sonoma County landscape and still life oil paintings, by Lenona Winter.
"It is my response to a landscape that I am trying to capture in paint - not necessarily an exact likeness," she says. "I look for emotionally-involving subjects at locations with a potential for multiple compositions, and return there to paint many times. When I become familiar with a site and have a strong connection with it, I create a larger studio piece based on the plein air work."
Artist Reception Saturday March 5th 2-5pm