Silicon Valley Open Studios – Final Weekend

I’m taking a break from participating in Open Studios this year so I can focus on some large scale projects that require ALL my focus and a very messy studio although I love holding my own,  I finally get to enjoy going to OTHER artists’ studios this year!

This is the final weekend and includes all the towns from Cupertino to Gilroy. Make sure to get out and take a peek at all the great work out there! I managed to hit a few studios yesterday in Los Gatos and San Jose and will make some rounds from 11:00 – 5:00 today – maybe I’ll see you out there!

Here are some highlights from my outing yesterday, click on the artist’s names for links to their websites.

SVOS 2014 -  Carol Greene - Alameda Artworks - Site 186


Carol Greene at the Alameda Artworks ( Site 186 ) was showing some bold and beautiful Face Scapes.

SVOS 2014 - Carol Greene - Face Scapes

SVOS 2014- Carol Greene - Portraits


SVOS 2014-  Jennifer Williams - Photography

Jennifer Williams was exhibiting her quietly soulful photographs at the Alameda Artworks, Studio 18 ( Site 186 ) along side of her mother Susan Williams who was showing playful, colorful paintings. Talent running in the family!

SVOS 2014- Susan Williams - Painting


SVOS 2014 - Richard Gullion (Site 186)

Richard Gullion ( Site 186) was showing energetic abstract paintings and drawings as well as ceramics in his studio at Alameda Artworks.

SVOS 2014 - Richard Gullion (Site 186) - ceramic fish            SVOS 2014 - Richard Gullion  (Site 186)


SVOS 2014 -  Mark Danitschek - Cermic Heads 2 ( site 186)

SVOS 2014 -  Mark Danitschek - Cermic Heads 1 ( site 186)

SVOS 2014 -  Mark Danitschek - Cermic Heads 4 ( site 186)

I have a big crush Mark Danitscheck‘s ceramic heads and his experimental glazing techniques! He was showing with Amanda Danitcheck at Alameda Artworks ( Site 186) and her exquisite abstract paintings – love those figures!

SVOS 2014 - Mark and Amanda Danitschek ( site 186)              SVOS 2014 -  Amanda Danitschek - small figures ( site 186)

SVOS 2014 -  Amanda Danitschek - Painting ( site 186)

SVOS 2014 -  Amanda Danitschek - Figure and Boat Painting ( site 186).jpg


SVOS 2014- David Lippenberger- ( site 186)

David Lippenberger was exhibiting his stylized figures and rubber band paintings at his studio at Alameda Artworks ( Site 186). He had a very interesting process of layering charcoal and gesso in his figure paintings and coating the  abstract squiggles of the rubber bands with layers of paint making a lush, textured surface.

SVOS 2014- David Lippenberger-  Rubber Band Paintings ( site 186)                 SVOS 2014- David Lippenberger-  Sef Portraits( site 186)


SVOS 2014 - Stacey Nussbaum - ( Site 186)

Stacey Nussbaum at the Alameda Artworks ( Site 186 ) was exhibiting really lovely pastels inspired by her bike rides through Santa Teresa Park.

SVOS 2014 - Stacey Nussbaum - ( Site 186) inspiration board            SVOS 2014 - Stacey Nussbaum - ( Site 186) pastels


SVOS 2014 - David Stonesifer - (site 452)

David Stonesifer‘s studio (Site 452) in Los Gatos was fabulous! Beyond his gorgeous landscape and floral oil paintings ( he’s incredibly prolific!), you feel like you’re entering an enchanted world surrounded by lush grounds.  No wonder his paintings are so beautiful!

SVOS 2014 - David Stonesifer - deer topiary -  (site 452)  SVOS 2014 - David Stonesifer -bees- (site 452)   SVOS 2014 - David Stonesifer -  deer statue (site 452)

SVOS 2014 - David Stonesifer -racoon statue - (site 452)   SVOS 2014 - David Stonesifer -  paintings and lanterns - (site 452)   SVOS 2014 - David Stonesifer garden house - (site 452)

SVOS 2014- Veronica Gross (328)

Veronica Gross was hosting a number of artists at her Los Gatos Studio ( Site 328 ). Here she is among her glowing watercolor landscapes and florals.


SVOS 2014- Karen VanGalder Site 328

Karen VanGalder was showing her ceramics ( Site 328 ) – a lot of character and beautiful glazes.  Love those cats, perfect for Los Gatos!

SVOS 2014- Karen VanGalder cats Site 328

SVOS 2014 -Karen VanGalder - Muse          SVOS 2014 Karen VanGalder's kitty


SVOS 2014 - Maralyn Miller - new painting - Site 279

Maralyn Miller ( Site 279) was hosting several artist at her fantastic studio in Los Gatos. It’s a real treat to see her gorgeous landscapes in what would be a runner up for a dream studio (my heart belongs to another)!

SVOS 2014 - Maralyn Miller - Site 279


SVOS 2014 - James Derieg - Animals Rule Series

James Derieg ( Site 279) was showing his playful  paintings and amazing dog house / garden / retreats.


SVOS 2014 - Hellen Scheel - Site 279

Helen Scheel was showing her paintings ( Site 279 ), her fruit and vegetables were just glowing!


SVOS 2014 - Patty Montgomery - Mixed Media - Site 279              SVOS 2014 - Patty Montgomery - Milbrae - Site 279              SVOS 2014 - Patty Montgomery - Process- Site 279

Patty Montgomery (Site 279)  was showing her great mixed media paintings.

SVOS 2014 - Patty Montgomery - Who Rules the Yard- Site 279


Triton’s Midsummer Art Celebration

It’s that time of year again when the Triton Museum of Art hosts it’s annual Midsummer Arts Celebration. The sculpture garden sprouted with tents filled with art, jewelry and other wearable crafts. There was live music all day although I heard I’d missed out on a jam session with George Rivera on drums!  I did see some juggling and enjoyed ice cream while checking out the creative output of the local artists who came out to support the Triton!

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Artists Tents 2013

Midsummer Art Celebration Triton Art Tents 2013

The Los Gatos Art Association and the Los Gatos Museums Gallery were well represented with lots of their member artists exhibiting (I’m a member of both of these organization – but couldn’t take on one more thing!). The following is a sampling of participating artists, I’ve provided links to their websites where applicable, so if you’re interested, just click on their name or photo.

Midsummer Art Festival Triton LGAA sign 2013

I wonder which one of our members of the Los Gatos Art Association is responsible for this fun sign – I suppose I should recognize the style, but there are over 200 of us I think! Clearly, I’m not represented as I would be a long haired calico.

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Maralyn Miller 2013

LGAA member, Maralyn Milller had her gorgeous California landscape oils on exhibit!

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Rebecca White 2013.jpg

Rebecca White showed her lovely plein air work. She’s an LGAA member and heads up the plein air group – one day I’ll get out there with you Rebecca and we’ll paint up a storm!

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Denise Natanson-Marcus 2013

I met Denise Natanson-Marcus who is a new member of the LGAA who brought her vibrant landscapes.

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Patty Montgomery 2013

I was happy to meet Patty Montgomery of the LGAA for the first time as well and really enjoyed her mixed media pieces which had bits of bags, dental floss and can pulls collaged into her textured and subtly colored (almost monochromatic) works. Loved her compositions!

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Julia Watson 2013.jpg

Julia Watson member of the LGAA and LGMG  (and part-time manager of the latter) exhibited her lovely florals that she paints in oil.

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Nina Bricker 2013

Nina Bricker of the LGAA showed a variety of great pieces including this striking owl print.

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Michael Rogan 2013

Michael Rogan is a member of both the LGAA and the LGMG – he brought some of his beautiful watercolor landscapes.

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Donna Orme 2013.jpg

Donna Orme of the LGMG was exhibiting her dynamic mixed media abstract work as well as her richly textured afghans.

Midsummer Art Festival Triton Al Preciado 2013

Al Preciado, member of Kaleid Gallery was showing his exuberant mixed media paintings and sculptures and demonstrating his tin foil construction technique and offering samples to children.

Midsummer Art Celebration Triton Al Preciado's dogs 2013

I thought his dogs, especially the one in the front with its hatchet blade tongue were pretty bad ass!

Midsummer Art Celebration Triton Jaya King Art Demo 2013

Artists Jaya King (above) and Jeff Bramschreiber who are art educators at the Triton each had their own tents where they were demonstrating  aspects of their creative process.

Midsummer Art Celebration Triton Jaya King's art 2013

I bought Jaya’s whimsical mixed media painting Lisa Tries to Help – so adorable!

Midsummer Art Celebration Triton Portrait Painting & Tarot Card  Reading 2013

You could have your tarot cards read or your portrait painted by artist David Meija.

Midsummer Art Celebration Triton Mary's Chutney food truck 2013

Or you could graze through a variety of yummy ethnic food trucks. Oh I do hope to run into Mary’s Chutney truck again before the next solstice!