I have been working in oils since 1986 and have had many one man and groups shows in the East Bay and Mendocino County. My work is representational with a focus on the emotional effects of visual perception. I work directly from my subjects. I also produce archival reproductions of many of my paintings. Currently, my work is on dicplay at the Edgewater Gallery in Fort Bragg and the Artists’ Cooperative of Mendocino.
Margaret Paul brings creativity, style and history together in her collection of rings and pendants. With a 27 year teaching career and holding a B.A. degree as well as Graduate studies in Arts and Sciences, she travels extensively to find rare sterling flatware for her stunning creations, many with an historic lineage.
Before any piece is crafted, Margaret studies the material, deciding which piece would most credit her vision of the jewelry. Evolving from "raw material" to finished jewelry demands a meticulous series of processes before ever being considered ready for a client.
Margaret creates custom rings out of customer provided sterling flatware.
for more information, visit Margaret's website at: www.antiquesterlingcreations.com
Observing Nature is the source of my art, whether it be a watercolor in my sketchbook, a plein air painting, or a studio study. Something as simple as a shell found by the sea, a leaf in the forest, the clouds in the sky at sunrise, this mindful looking that is required to make art, creates a connection within me to the world I live in. Robert Phelps writes this about watching: For whenever someone is seriously watching, a form of lost innocence is restored. This is to become a child, full of wonder.
My hope is that you, the observer, will connect with these works and remember your love of earth and sky.
I have been making paintings for many years, displayed at the Open Studios of Shipyard Artists in San Francisco, been in juried shows and exhibits throughout the West Coast, and it is now my pleasure to be represented at the Edgewater Gallery in Fort Bragg.
Patricia Breed describes her work as a doorway into a timeless consciousness. The mystic poetry that she loves helps her to enter that doorway, where we will find her figures and creatures dancing in the pure hues of her painted visions.
Breed teaches ceramic sculpture and painting at the College of the Redwoods. Her work can also be seen at the Mendocino Art Center, Dreamscape Gallery, and on her website www.PatriciaBreed.net
Greg Burdick has been working with wood for the past 30 years on the Mendocino Coast. During that time he has gathered pieces of redwood burl and other woods that he now uses to make into one of a kind bowls, tables, and sculptures. Since the wood often has irregularities, he has taken to filling gaps with malachite or turquoise. The bowls are heirloom quality, made to be used and treasured. Tables can be shipped.
Alfredo R. Vionnet is a Master Woodcraftsman. He claims he is a three-time retired professional practicing his craft, but his precious works of art tell a different story.
After retiring for the third time, Vionnet's true calling emerged when he discovered the beautiful, exotic woods found in Africa, Australia, and South America. With overwhelming enthusiasm, Alfredo began practicing his craft and creating goblets, vases, writing instruments, professional cutting boards, containers of every shape and size with matching lids equally beautiful, working with the natural beauty of the wood and/or designing checkered patterns and playing with light and dark woods.
Vionnet's work is representative of what one can do with simple pieces of wood, which otherwise would be considered just wood, yet they turn into exotic art pieces. One must see and touch to truly enjoy them as artwork.
Alfredo's unique designs and precision workmanship is a result of daily practice and passion of his craft! It’s no wonder his work is well received and admired by the art communities for his choice of wood, color, design, and superb workmanship.
Commissioned works are accepted.
Alfredo R. Vionnet
Steve Chell - reflektions & abstraktions reflektions: mixed media mirrors
Photography was Steve's artistic expression of choice, especially abstract photography. While it remains an important part of his creative life, he sought an additional outlet that was new and unique. He found it in the combination of wood and mirror.
Steve combines colored mirror - bronze, gray, copper, ebony, and blue - a variety of textured glass styles, flame-treated copper, strips of his colorful abstract photographs, and exotic hardwood accent pieces into his mixed media mirrors. He uses standardized black mouldings for his frames, most of which he builds himself. Steve recently won first place in the Glass category of the annual Art in the Redwoods show sponsored by Gualala Arts with a mixed media mirror that featured a combination strip of bronze and copper mirrors on a silver mirror base.
Mirrors range in size from 6" x 8" accent pieces to 28" x 70" dressing mirrors. Currently, reflektions' mirrors can be seen at The Dolphin Gallery in Gualala and the Edgewater Gallery in Fort Bragg.
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abstraktions: the lens as a palette
Fascinating shapes, colors, textures, and the play of light and dark are what Steve seeks when looking through his camera lens. They are found in the rusted metal of a country gate, the light beamed through a fused glass vase, even the graffiti left on an abandoned railroad car. They are everywhere we look. Perhaps more accurately, they are where we rarely look. Steve points his camera at these special places to capture the hidden beauty in their detail. He calls it "painting a picture in pixels."
Steve's photos make an even greater impact when produced on aluminum, a dye-infusion process that brings a unique luminescence to the print. His photos also are available at The Dophin Gallery in Gualala. Here are samples: Top row, l to r: Tin Barn and Drips!' Bottom row, l to r: Krinkle! and Water Patterns.
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About the artist: Steve's professional career included 25 years of public relations and human resources management in Silicon Valley, followed by nearly a decade of management communications consulting for many high tech and public sector organizations. He and his wife, Carol, a watercolor artist, moved to Gualala in 2006.
Though I have been a member of the Mendocino Artist's community since 1986, my interest in art began as a child when I accompanied my mother to art galleries and museums in Los Angeles and began taking art courses during the summers.
In 1970 I began studying ceramics, first at Antelope Junior College in Lancaster, California; then at the University of California at Northridge, where I attended ceramics classes from 1970 to 1974. But it was not until August 1984, when an auto accident and severe concussion changed the course of my life. While recovering in Napa, I re-discovered my affection (and talent) for painting and found it very healing and centering.
Along the way, I have studied a wide array of artistic media—painting, drawing, silk-screen, collage, sculpture, printmaking and of course, ceramics—but my focus in recent years has been my Kites. With my hand stretched canvas kites I am free to explore and combine all my experience. Primarily, the images I create are those of Angels—over 250 so far, each one with a distinct style, personality and healing influence all their own.
Happy (L.A.) Hyder
I am an artist using the camera as my tool, the negative as my canvas. Loving the intricacies of architecture, I seek the same in nature. Everyday since spring 2016 (my first in Mendocino following 47 years in San Francisco) finds me ecstatic, as I became physically and visually immersed in this vibrant area.
An autodidact, I claim the pictorialist photographers of 1950s' Life Magazine as mentors, their crisp, sometimes stark, b&w images began my love of photography, informing my budding vision, and, to this day, making me exacting in my choice of image to take and and to print.
Images in Edgewater Gallery stem from my b&w through my digital work, from hours in a dark room to hours in front of a computer - though printing is much easier and much less toxic. My work is also available in Mendocino in my own gallery (through July 16th), at Good Life Bakery (through June), and ongoing at The Gallery of the Senses/Perfume Mendo. And, of course, by appointment: 707/280-9622.
Barbara Bonardi, a resident of Marin County and a current guest member of the Edgewater Gallery, has been a long-distance local of Fort Bragg, since the age of five. Weekend trips in the family's Ford station wagon (with the fake wooden side panels) took hours of travel but well worth the trip.
Combing the sandy beaches as a little girl looking for sea treasures was a weekly ritual. Little did she know, sand was going to be an important element in her design work today, since glass is made from liquid sand!
"It was the colorful glass art of Chihuli that introduced me to this medium," remembers Bonardi. "I was fascinated with the multitude of colors, the complexity and simplicity of the medium, the incredibly high temperatures to create designs, and the jewel-like quality of the end result."
Bonardi's glass art collection include one-of-a-kind fusible glass jewelry (necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and pins) and beautiful glass bowls and candleholders.
For more about Barbara Bonardi, her story, and other art mediums, visit her at: www.bbinthesky.com
The love of beautiful art expressions has always been in my life. I earned a BA degree in Art with an emphasis in Interior Design at San Jose State. My career was in Interior Design and different aspects of sales and marketing.
Watercolor is a passion for me. Though less forgiving than other media, it challenges me and gives me great pleasure. I consider myself always growing and evolving as I explore the many effects possible with watercolor.
In college, I was privileged to study under Erik Oback, a widely recognized Master of the medium. More recently, I have studied with Fred Graf, Karen Bowers, Judy Greenberg, Susan Cornelis, and Dale Laitinen, all award-winning artists.
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Web Page: www.GualalaArts.org (click on "Local Artists" then "Carol Chell"
Growing up in Switzerland, I began knitting around the age of six with the help of my mother, a life-long knitter herself. Under the guidance of a home economics teacher, I learned professional design and finishing techniques. I soon applied these skills to making sweaters, socks, doll clothes, and scarves.
I discovered felting (or fulling, as a technical term for felting a knitted garment is known), when I came across a felted hat in a yarn shop. The process, which involves hot water, soap, and friction to turn a loosely knitted fabric into a warm, solid, and virtually waterproof garment, fascinated me. I have been experimenting with different shapes and colors ever since.
After several years of knitting and felting part time and selling my work through shops and galleries, I took a leap and started doing art and craft festivals ten years ago. I sell my hats all over California and the United States. I combine my travels to art festivals with visits to national parks, museums, and yarn and fabric shops.
I live and work in Little River, California and an avid hiker and birder.
Mendocino Coast photographer, Russ Christoff, writes of his creative approach to the medium:
Our perception of the world is based on time. We don't perceive or experience our environment in 'fraction of a second' snapshots.
This is countered by taking longer or multiple exposures - using the camera to translate my experience over time into a visual form. My interpretations of the North Coast are meant to evoke dreamlike images and, perhaps, take the viewer to another place.
Pam Goedhart is a multi-award winning artist who paints in oils, watercolors, and acrylics. Her paintings have been included in Sunset Magazine, Artists Magazine, Mendocino Travelers Guide, Splash, and the Press Democrat, among others.
Pam was an art minor in college and began her professional career as International Advertising Manager for Teledyne. A decade later, she opened her own marketing firm. Overseeing a full art department, she worked for clients such as First American Title, The City of Pleasanton, and The City of Whittier developing logos, brochures, and ads. Eventually she worked in Los Angeles coordinating advertising for 42 television stations with Hollywood Studios, including Showtime, HBO, Disney, New Line, Paramount, and Columbia.
Pam moved to Sea Ranch in 2003 and has painted full time since then. Her work has been exhibited at Spindrift Gallery, The Sea Ranch Lodge, Placewares, Dutton Gold, Hedges Winery, Panache, and Art by The Sea. Pam has also been teaching watercolors and acrylics in her private studio for over 10 years. Her studio in Sea Ranch is always open by appointment. She is a member of the North Coast Artist Guild, The Mendocino Art Center, The Gualala Art Center, and Petaluma Center for the Arts.