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.
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.
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
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
Marta Alonso Canillar
I was born in Spain but have made my home in California since 1990.
As a young girl growing up in the post-Franco period of Spain, during the seventies and eighties, pursuing a career in the arts was not acceptable. My artistic inclinations were put in the background as something I did on occasion, never a priority. However, when I moved away, as part of my rebellious act against my family and cultural conformity, my journey took me on a different path; in fact, different countries. It took me many years to come back full circle to that place of confidence and determination to pursue my soul’s purpose.
In 2014, I took my first oil painting lessons from Cynda Valle in Willits, and that was when I knew I had found myself again. Cynda has giving me the technical knowledge as well as the mentorship to allow for my creativity and confidence to flow unrestrained. Within four months after I started my mentorship with Cynda, I was commissioned to do a large painting at Mariposa Market portraying a collage-look of rural Mendocino. A year later, the newly built hospital in Willits commissioned me to do another one of the same scale; this time, it depicted a more representational look of their kitchen garden.
The last three years have been very productive doing some commissions and selling a few pieces that are now in other parts of the globe. The mural "Mariposa” has proved to be a favorite of people.
I started the year 2018 presenting three paintings at the Mendocino Art Center and took Best-in-Show for one of my paintings. Having received this recognition has given me the right of passage to show my work publicly. So, here I am at the Edgewater Gallery! I hope you enjoy my work.
As I have not made my appearance in the virtual world, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions via email at email@example.com.
Gracias de todo corazón!!
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.
Alisemarie began her artistic mission during a journey of self-discovery. She purchased a one-way ticket to Paris and had decided to begin her quest at Plum Village, a Zen Buddhist retreat center in southwestern rural France.
At the Zen Buddhist center, she learned and practiced meditation, the essence of Buddhist teachings, and recognized that her spiritual practice, though not so specifically defined, had begun many years ago as a young child.
Leaving the center on a holiday weekend, there were no trains available, and was invited to stay at a local farmhouse. There, Alisemarie inspired by the stillness of that first early morning, and she began to capture those images of the worn farm structures and pastoral scenes.
Alisemarie's previous fine arts training and her recent spiritual understandings came to fruition, blending into new, uplifting perceptions of depth, spaciousness and tranquility. Alisemarie knew she must share these visions that caused her to pause with others in a world where peace is so fleeting.
Loraine Toth is new to Edgewater Gallery this month (May, 2018). I had the privilege of meeting her and seeing her creative works of art firsthand. Loraine’s work is magnificent!
Toth was born in New York City, and by 20 years of age, she was already on her path to becoming an accomplished artist. Loraine has a Major in Fashion Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC, was accepted to Vienna Fine Arts Academy, and the list goes on and on.
Toth has worked with cement sculpture and began her clay work with mentor Romana Anzi Downie. She is quoted as stating, “Have practiced my art, sometimes with like-minded clay people, at the College of the Redwoods under Bob Zvolensky, the Mendocino Art Center, and most recently in my own studio.”
Barbara Bonardi, Edgewater Gallery Artist 5/3/18
More from Loraine Toth:
“People, and the bodies they reside in, have fascinated me from earliest memory. I have drawn them in my career as a successful fashion illustrator; painted them in Vienna, Austria; and now sculpt then (mostly in clay) here on the North Coast of California.
The grace and beauty I see within people is sometimes not visible on the outside …. I sculpt it anyway. This is perhaps my greatest gift. I share it with you! Thank you, Loraine Toth”
Barbara Bonardi is Mendocino County’s newest, diverse artist! This year, Bonardi is unveiling, for the first time in her career as an artist, her watercolor paintings, fluid acrylic abstracts, and various mixed media images incorporating pottery chards, paper on paper, and sea glass on glass.
Bonardi is also a glass and fine silver jewelry designer and Certified Instructor. Many of her one-of-a-kind jewelry designs incorporate fusible glass, silver, gold, and exotic pearls and beads from far away places. Be sure to see her fusible glass jewelry collection and objects of art at the Edgewater Gallery in Fort Bragg, CA.
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
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.
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.