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.
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.
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 100 so far, each one with a distinct style, personality and healing influence all their own.
After graduating from the University of California in Berkeley, Teplow taught French at Saratoga High School before entering the Peace Corps. She was assigned to teach in Togo, West Africa. In her village of Lama Kara she became acquainted with African trade beads which were actually millefiori beads that had been brought from the island of Murano in the Venetian Lagoon of Italy. Her first necklace consisted of those glass beads. Returning to California she accepted a job teaching at the Summerhill School on Road 409 in Caspar. That house was used in the movie, "Over Board." She began to teach the dances she had learned in West Africa and formed a dance company named "Ivory". For 10 years Teplow was the founder and director of the acclaimed Mendocino Dance Series bringing dance companies from around the world to Cotton Auditorium. After her years of producing, she was asked to be the agent for La Tania, the world-class Flamenco dancer. She later promoted the jazz singer Scotty Wright and booked jazz acts into the Ocean Club at the Hill House. In the 1990s she began teaching all subjects at Coastal Adult School for the Fort Bragg Unified School District. Rhoda shows her jewelry at Edgewater Gallery in Fort Bragg, the Mendocino Art Center, Artists’ Collective of Elk, the Dolphin Gallery, and the Gualala Art Center. Her body of work incorporates her own porcelain beads, brass from the Ashanti tribe, recycled glass beads from the Krobo tribe in Ghana, and pendants from Katmandu.
There are so many techniques for making pots and decorating them. Roq finds herself perpetually fascinated by new ways to add texture to clay. When she is creating, she is drawn into a blissful state of mind. It is her hope that the texture can draw the user into the present.
Roq prefers to use a high fire reduction and soda firing for her ceramics. These firings methods produce pots that are more durable than factory made and offer greater color and texture variations.
Roq's pots are usually hand thrown on a wheel, then later carved and altered using a variety of tools. She is in control of the process when the process when they are being created, but once they are in the kiln, the fire is in control and the result is often a surprise.
The greatest compliment to her work is to see it used as part of one's daily life. Touched, seen and used in the ordinary rituals of living.
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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