Bay Area artists Dotti Cichon and Jamila Rufaro have a joint exhibition, Earth Wind & Fire at Kaleid this month in downtown San Jose, California. The show focuses on the use of natural and weathered materials, rworn and rusted materials, silk papers and metalics. I was so happy to attend the Aritsts’ Reception which coincided with Kaleid’s fabulous Two-Buck Tuesdays!
Artist Dotti Cichon at Kaleid, 88 S 4th Street, San Jose, California.
Dotti Cichon’s silk panels have beautiful abstracted patterns printed from her manipulated digital photographs of global architecture. They can be worn as scarves as well (I’m a proud owner of one not depicted here).
In this gold leafed panel Dotti Cichon strikes an elegant balance between the organic, “worm-holed” treatment and the sumptuous gold finish.
This copper-leafed textile is another beautiful metallic treatment of an organic feeling surface.
Here is a detail of silver leafed papers, some with remnants of calligraphy from the silver kimono assemblage below.
Silver kimono assemblage.
Kimono Angel assemblage by Jamila Rufaro and Dotti Cichon.
Book art by Jamila Rufaro is inspired by imaginary sea life and Cortez. I have one of here pieces from this series that was exhibited at Sanchez 50/50 2017!
I love the forms that Jamila Rufaro has created manipulating book pages!
Such a Fascinating interactive sculpture with video depicting the origins of the cosmos by Dotti Cichon.
Fur, Feathers & Fins is currently showing at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, California, where I have three of my Birds & Teacup paintings. Juried by DeWitt Cheng, curator, critic and teacher, this exhibition explores a variety of approaches to depicting animals and our relationships to them from the purely representation evocations of them in their natural habitat to the utilitarian, metaphorical, symbolic, playful and even removed. I can’t help but think about this subject matter in terms of the Anthropocene, how do we look at animals now that most of their worlds are impacted if not threatened by ours. Is the new wild, one of suburban back yards, zoos and laboratories? Something I think about anyway – Elizabeth Kolbert’s, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History is a great book on this subject! This show wraps up March 30, here are a few pictures from the opening reception, with links to artist’s websites, if available, when you click on their names.
Devan John, Gallery Manager of PAL announcing the awards.
First place went to Janey Fritsche for her oil on cradled panel, Sea Shepherds.
Second Place was awarded to Ellen Kramer for her photograph Discarded.
Third Place was given to Maura Carta‘s oil on panel, Nose-less Bunny.
Honorable Mention for Ann Sismore’s photograph God’s Got Your Back.
A second Honorable Mention for Bob Carlin‘s digital print under resin, Blue Footed Boobie .
A third Honorable Mention was awarded to Beka Brayer for her one of her Waiting for Wings mixed media assemblage pieces, details shown here.
Me with three of my Birds & Teacup paintings, Tea II, Petunia Tea I and Anemone Tea I.
Kathy Kleinsteiber and her acrylic portraits of animals.
May Shei – Joyful Moment – Watercolor on Rice Paper
Judy Kramer, Insect Photography – Fur Feathers and Fins
Linda Maki – Fish on Lahina Wharf – Oil on Canvas
Leah (Jay) Jakusovszky – Amphibian Illustrations
Detail from Peter Koronakos‘s assemblage Penguin.
Jihoon Choi with his painted steel Pink Rhino and Yellow Giraffe.
I was delighted to become familiar with Jihoon Choi and his fantastic work!
To hear the Artist Talk he gave click on this link for the video I shot: Jihoon Choi – Artist Talk
Jihoon Choi photographs of his scupltures in Bay Area locations.
The womanKIND reception was a warm-hearted gathering on a very cold night at the Citadel Gallery in San Jose. The exhibition, a Cole / Drews Watkins project was held in support of the YWCA Silcon Valley – eliminating racism, empowering women! Last day to see the show is Monday, December 19th from 12 to 6 pm.
Tanis Crosby, CEO of the YWCA Silicon Valley speaking eloquently about the importance of being there for each other as women, as community. Very inspirational!
Many of the exhibiting artists were present, here I am with my floral paintings.
Jhina Alvarado with her Mixed media encaustics.
Diana D’Angelo and her mixed media paintings.
Ashlie Andrade with Sara Cole’s paintings on paper.
Sara Cole with her self portraits.
Susan Drews Watkins and friends.
Susan Drews Watkins sculpture, metal, water and glass.
Joy Redick and her watercolors.
Lisa Renée Falk and her Citrus Dress – glass, silk and plastic citrus bags.
Lisa Renée Falk and her Citrus Dress, glass, silk and plastic citrus bags.
Trace Galbraith and her slumped glass work.
My Birds and Teacups cards.
Tableart by Henri Mansfield Herns.
Work by Tableart, Gutfreund, Cole, Cameron
Marti Somers Squirrel over Tumbleweed, Mixed media on panel.
Karen Gutefreund‘s Perpetual Motion, mixed media on canvas. Karen had been to the show early in the afternoon before racing off to Arc in San Francisco for the opening of the F*ck U! exhibition reception!
Brigitte Carnochan‘s Pot of Daffodils , silver gelatin print.
Jhina Alvarado’s Alberts, mixed media encaustic paintings.
Jamie Woods, YWCA Silicon Valley’s Associate Director of Philanthropy and Sara Cole.
It was an honor to meet Tanis Crosby and help to support the YWCA Silicon Valley for all that they do – eliminating racism and empowering women! I hope we’re able to raise lot’s of money with this show for the important work that they do in our community!
The womanKIND reception is tonight from 6-9 pm at the Citadel Gallery, 199 Martha Street in San Jose in support of the YWCA Silicon Valley – eliminating racism, empowering women!
There will be an address by Tanis Crosby, CEO of the YWCA Silicon Valley and spoken word poetry at 8 pm! This is a free, fundraising event and a chance to see lots of great painting, photography, sculpture, glass, jewelry (and cards). There will be a raffle of works donated by organizers, Sara Cole and Susan Drews Watkins and maybe you’ll end up falling in love and taking and something special home with you!
Here is a sneak peek from last night, photos compliments of Sara Cole:
For more on the artists exhibiting tonight: please check out this link: http://www.saravcoleart.com/cdwprojects
What a party! The food, the fun, the friends the fashion the frolicking the theme (falling down the rabbit hole into a world of wonder) and yes, booze, but at its core, Anne and Mark’s Art Party is all about the art – visual, musical, spoken and dance, SO many artist and SUCH great work! Artists emerging and established, local and international, street meets museum! As an exhibiting artist this year I am so grateful to Anne Sconberg and Mark Henderson and Georgie Huff and to the vast army of volunteers and contributors who made this all possible…and it’s not over yet!
The gallery is open this week, Friday and Saturday from 11am-5pm ($10 admission) and a Closing Bash ($29 admission) Saturday night, October I, complete with a Pivot to Fashion Show that is not to be missed! It’s a good thing because you can’t see everything in one visit! Check out https://artpartysj.com/ for more information! FYI This post is link rich – click on the artist’s names for websites where available!
Bill Gould‘s installation over the gateway to Anne & Mark’s Art Party clattering in the breeze like a river rucking over stones.
So delighted to have six of my Florilegia – illuminated mixed media assemblage paintings on exhibit in my own little “gallery” in the south-west corner of the Main Gallery. Here I am with Purity and Oblivion.
Pano of my “gallery” Secret Lover, Mature Elegance, Happy Marriage, Purity and Oblivion.
With Bryan Callanta – the man who knows galleries and shirts and also the man I have to thank for my great little gallery!
With artist W.M. Vinci – the Mad Hatter with the sublime taste and the fab footwear!
Goldfish heels! Swoon!
Fabulous Steam Punk art lovers.
Susan Kraft and her encaustic paintings.
NUMU curator, Marianne McGrath.
Sieglinde Van Damme and her digital prints from scanned Chemograms with gallerist Jack Fisher.
Jay Ruland‘s gorgeous dying rose scanned prints.
Lovely White Rabbit & Mad Hatter!
Christopher Elliman‘s mixed media Systematic Deconstruction.
Tessie Barerra-Sharaga‘s mixed media installation.
Exhibiting artist Holly Van Hart with her abstract landscape oil paintings on canvas.
Samuel Price‘s mixed media collage.
Will Marino‘s wound and folded paper, Shadow (Fig Tree)
Jody Alexander and her Keep installation of discarded library books, and vintage linen and book skins, boro technique worked textiles.
Lisa Wangness‘s mixed media collage Sin / Without.
Dotti Cichon‘s digital photography printed on silk.
Exhibting artist Sara Friedlander and her American Women: Birds of Im/Migration
Mixed media digital collage and paint on wooden panel
Sara Friedlander‘s American Women: Birds of Im/Migration: Ethel on Her Way Home From School – Mixed media digital collage and paint on wooden panel.
George Rivera‘s dramatic oil on canvas figurative work.
Karen Gutfreund‘s bold text pieces.
Exhibiting artist Laura Jacobson with her prints and ceramics.
Rose Sellery – Baby Shoes!
Rose Selery‘s Pins and Needles dress (detail).
Exhibting artist Rose Sellery and her Rags to Riches sculpture with JR
Rose Sellery‘s Rags to Riches
Laura Scandrett‘s Untitled – Photochemicals on Photo Paper.
Cristina Velázquez‘s installation.
Marc D’Estout – Pinhead
Exhibiitng artist – Guru and Angel – Mark Henderson.
Robert Larson‘s mixed media paintings – I love the one with the cigarette packaging!
Margaret Niven‘s mixed media trees flanking Stan Welsh and Margitta Dietrick Welsh’s mixed media, sculpture, photograph with drawing on far wall
Della Calfee‘s photograph On the Inside.
Robert Ortbal‘s A to Z sculpture.
Robin Lasser‘s photograph & fabulous party goers
Brian Coleman‘s Neon lovliness!
Emanuela Harris-Sintamarian‘s gouache on paper.
Exhibiting artist Mandy Spritzer and her metal pieces
Exhibiting artist Danielle Dufayet and daughter.
Danielle Dufayet‘s acrylic paintings.
David Middlebrook with his missed media sculpture and the lovely April Gee.
Cool vibe – bass and piano.
Indian classical dance with Abhinaya Dance Co.
Best of friends!
Great sax with a jazz-funk-rap group.
Shovelman! I bought his Dirty West CD SOOOO good!
Late night in the VIP lounge.
One final blast of fire before I called it a night.
There is a moving exhibition of Kristen Lindseth’s masterful bronzes on currently at the Peninsula Museum of Art in Burlingame. More than portraits, these sensitively rendered busts and masks explore states of mind, histories that make us who we are, and the personal process of transformation. Make some time to spend in the quietly revealing company of these sculptures!
Metaphysical / Metamorical
Labyrinth of Time
Labyrinth of Time (rear view)
Union of Opposites
Time (side views)
Soar (side view)
Transformation Inner Alchemy Transformed
The exhibition, Metaphysical / Metaphorical, continues on through to August 7, 2016, with an Artist Talk, Sunday, July 10 at 2:pm .
I finally got to meet Charlotte Kruk, at her open studio last weekend! I first saw her work through Image magazine (the M&M Toreador and Flamenco Dancer couture) and then I saw Let Them Bake Cake (the Marie Antoinette inspired convection made of sugar and flour bags and all the cake making ingredient trappings) at the Triton Museum of Art. I’m such a big fan of her fun and fabulous wearable art made from colorful candy wrappers and the like – it’s full of joy and playfulness!
Turns out her studio is just as playful as Charlotte Kruk’s work. She’s having more open studios this weekend and next from 11-5 Sat & Sun so don’t miss it! Check this Silicon Valley Open Studios link for directions.
I couldn’t wear Let Them Bake Cake home but I took a little sugar with me anyway!
David Middlebrook is one of five artists, whose careers have been greatly influenced by their association with The Triton Museum of Art in the currently running exhibition, What the Triton Means to Me.
Los Gatos sculptor David Middlebrook, represented by The McLoughlin Gallery, has lived and worked all over the word. I love his playful approach to substantial ideas, by using scale, drama, incongruity and enticing finishes Middlebrook engages viewers immediately, with the puzzle of their meaning unfolding under further inspection.
In Haywire a packing crate seems to hover overhead while strapping dangles limply to the ground, There’s a floating rock entangled in one of the ends and another is trapped in the recesses of the crate like an escaped balloon.
The viewer can appreciate this work on a purely aesthetic level, the harmonious finishes, the towering form in space, the curvilinear elements in juxtaposition to the linear, mass versus weightlessness. This is an enjoyable and impactful experience on its own but when combined with the artist’s explanation of his inspiration it reaches a higher level. When I asked David Middlebrook about the piece he said, “We’ve messed up everything else on this planet. I thought, what would it look like if we messed up gravity too?” Love it! – an inviting window into a sharp social commentary to be appreciated on many levels.
Queen of Time, Cast Bronze, Resin, Wood and Paper, presents an egg pierced with holes held up by the curved branches of a birch log, perched on a stand of oversized bent combs…..I wish I’d asked what combs represent in Middlebrook’s sculptural lexicon! I get a sense of thwarted but persistent growth.
Congress (right) Cast Bronze and Basalt, is a highly polished piece of two overscale pipes, fixed end to end in a lovely sinuous union. It’s our congress blowing smoke at each other in a deadlocked, deadbeat embrace.
Incidental Incubator, the giant egg in the nest of garbage cans, may be speaking to our relationship to carbon, both as the building block of life on our planet and our ever growing carbon footprint.
Chief Curator Preston Metcalf and David Middlebrook in front of Haywire.
The show runs until January 3, 2016 and also features the work of Patricia Bengston-Jones, Leroy Parker, Nabeela Sajjad and George Rivera.
A bed of roses………. I’ve always loved that idea.
I have been playing with the notion of using other flowers to create beds based on their victorian meanings (like my Forget-me-not Casket here and here) and while I envision life-sized beds, I couldn’t resist doing a miniature version when I found this vintage doll’s bed at an estate sale!
Faithfulness – Bed of Violets
This was such a pleasure to put together. Once I had the dimensions of the bed, I found sheets of moss and an old white enamel tray to line the bed. I used potted African violets as my garden violets weren’t in season. There were even drilled holes in the head “board” where I just slipped in my twisted wire cursive. I love this dear little thing but it just wets my appetite for the life sized double bed version!
Peter, Peter pumpkin eater
Had a wife and couldn’t keep her.
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her, very well.
Kinda creeped myself out!
New work was just hung at the Los Gatos Museums Gallery and it looks great! I’ll take you for a quick spin with my camera, but you really must go in to see it in person as my photos do not do any of the work justice!
We’re located at 24 N. Santa Cruz Avenue in Los Gatos, California we’re open Tuesday through Friday: 10-5:30, Saturday: 10-5 and Sunday: 11- 3. The next art exchange will take place at the end of April.