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
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.
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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