Bill Gittins' continuing body of work emphasizes the beauty of the Land, Water and Sky of Sonoma County as it relates to our surrounding geography, its coast, rivers and lakes, and our sunsets, sunrises and clouds in our broad sky. This body of work will be on display at the gallery until July 31st.
Reception: Saturday, July 9 2016 from 4pm - 7pm
Bill Gittins will be celebrated as featured artist at Upstairs Art Gallery in Healdsburg for the month of July.
Daniele Todaro is excited to share her new series of landscape pastels and monotypes. Although she has lived in Sonoma County for 16 years, she is still filled with wonder at the local landscape. She said this series came about while driving one of the many gorgeous back roads. She rounded a corner and there were several out buildings on a hill. The way the sun shone on the hills and illuminated those buildings made her smile. Later, when she began to paint, she found herself smiling and laughing, yes actually laughing with joy at the fun she was having painting them. She'd like you feel the happiness she feels when she looks at our local landscape.
Influenced by paintings of Russian fairy tales, artist Cathy Locke created The Magic Series, paintings that explore the inner workings of a child's mind.
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
In April, as flowers are blooming and spring fills the air, Upstairs Art Gallery will be featuring a collection of botanical artwork titled "Nature's Infinite Beauty" 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.
Lenona Winter continues to pursue her passion of painting the Sonoma landscape in the California Impressionist tradition.
"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
Earth's Bounty - mixed media paintings
A visual feast for the eyes, these contemporary paintings by Carolyn Wilson are rich in texture, line and color. This series of small, still life paintings celebrate earth's bounty. They honor a beautiful bevy of fresh fruit and vegetables found at Farmers markets, backyard orchards and gardens. The same wonderful fresh local produce that inspires chefs to create 'farm to fork' dishes, so maybe these paintings could be called 'farm to frame'?
A fine artist for 25+ years, Carolyn's primary ingredients are watercolor and ink. A love of drawing is evident, and visible ink lines are often an integral part of her designs. Her addition of hand-colored tissue paper collage creates a tactile quality. The complexity, mystery and subtlety of these multiple layers add depth to her creations.
Carolyn's work has won many awards, and she is published in the book "The New Encyclopedia of Watercolor Techniques" (2010). She participates in Sonoma County Art Trails Open Studio event annually each October.
There will be an Artist Reception for Carolyn Wilson
Sunday, January 10, 2016 from 2-5PM.
Have questions about raku? What is dichroic glass? How do you come up with your jewelry designs? In December, you have an opportuntiy to meet the makers of our ceramics, glass and jewelry in the gallery.
SAVE THE DATES ...... DECEMBER 2015
Saturday, December 5th: Susan Harter-Oshiro; fused glass jewelry - 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Saturday, December 5th: Jo-Tobin-Charleston: beaded jewelry - 4:00PM - 8:oo PM
Sunday, December 6th: Brittany Ketcham; hand crafted bead, gemstone and leather jewelry - 11:30 AM -2:30 PM
Sunday, December 6th: Melissa McCann; Fused glass functional and decorative art - 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Saturday, December 12th: Barbara Tocher; Ceramic jewelry and pottery - 2:30 PM - 5-30 PM
Sunday, December 13th: Luann Udell; polymer clay jewelry, sculpture and 2-dimensional art - 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Saturday, December 19th: Joann Cassidy; ceramic figurines, bells, whistles and functional ceramics - 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Saturday, December 19th: Robert Yelland; hand formed silver and copper jewelry - 2:30 Pm - 5:30 PM
Sunday, December 20th: Nancy and Brian Roberts; fused and complex pattern bar functional and art glass - 11:30 Am - 2:30 PM
No matter where you go in Sonoma County there are inspiring landscapes.... golden hills, redwoods, rivers and steams. In addition to wine country vistas, there are country barns and apple orchards. Dee has lived and worked in Sonoma County her whole life. She graduated high school and college here, got married here, and had three children here. She says that for an artist there is no better place to live!
Capturing the freedom of nature is what stirs Dee's soul and what she wishes to convey to others.
Tony is generally recognized for his paintings of redwood trees in the California landscape. "This new body of work represents a variety of subjects that have stimulated in me an excitement."
Born and raised in New York City, Tony's artistic career spans more than sixty years. Early on his oil paintings focused on figurative and still life subjects. In 1997, when he relocated to Sonoma County, he was inspired by the environment to paint landscapes.
This part of the country is so beautiful, Laura Roney says she finds it a pleasure to capture it in her paintings. Laura's paintings focus on the breathtaking beauty that makes up the wine country. She is endlessly enamored with the gorgeous vines and stunning vistas. Many of her paintings include rolling hills and mountain ranges along with the fantastic grapes and vineyards. Laura's family is in the wine business and that passion fuels her art. Her goal is to provide a piece of the wine country for visitors to take home. Laura paints with an artists' group that meets a different locations around Sonoma and Napa counties once a week. They paint on location for several hours. Those paintings are smaller since she tries to complete them in a short period of time. The purpose is to capture the light and feel of the day. Laura says sometimes those small gems just demand to become bigger. Those she recreates in a much larger size in her studio using the small painting as a guide. On these paintings, she can take time to add the detail which was part of the experience.
Come view these new paintings at the Upstairs Art Gallery June 28th-July 26th. There will be an Artist's Reception on July 11 from 3-8pm.