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
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.
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.
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
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.