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.
Sharon Garner began studying photography in 2001. Inspired by the natural world around her, she first imaged wild flowers! In 2007, her local civic club asked her to create a calendar, reminiscent of the famous "Calendar Girls"! Each woman was photographed and then collaged into their favorite flower. This experience led her to study portraiture which has become another of her favorites! In addition, Sharon takes great pleasure in photographing landscapes and local musicians.
All images in this gallery are copyright by Sharon Garner, all rights reserved.
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.
I have been fascinated with redwood burl since the 1970's, using chain saws to out the redwood stumps into slabs. All the different grain patterns inside the burls became an obsession and consequent love affair!
Aside from tables, I began making bowls and other turnings in the 90's. After all these years, I still find it exciting and almost therapeutic for my mental state.