Last Hours – SVOS 2014

I was able to squeeze in a few more studio visits before time ran out on the 28th annual Silicon Valley Open Studios. Click on the artist’s name for a link to their website.

First on my list was Ed Lucey‘s hilltop Los Gatos studio ( Site 271).  I have admired his work since I arrived in California in 1997 where I saw it at the Pacific Art League and although we both belong to the Los Gatos Museums Art Gallery and the Los Gatos Art Association, I have never seen his studio!

SVOS 2014 - Ed Lucey - Artist in his Studio

I was not disappointed. It was overflowing with richly hued landscapes and the occasional still life and that was just what was on the walls – lots more in the pull out racks!

SVOS 2014 - Ed Lucey and guests

The artist talking with studio guests.

SVOS 2014 - Ed Lucey -  Valley View

Ed Lucey’s work is really rooted in the local landscape, you can feel that as you gaze out over the valley below his studio.

SVOS 2014 - Ed Lucey - Los Gatos Studio

SVOS 2014 - Ed Lucey - Wall of Art

SVOS 2014 - Ed Lucey - Plein Air

His plein air easel was set up on the patio – you really need that umbrella for the California sun!

SVOS 2014 Michael Rogan ( Site 271)

Michael Rogan, who belongs to the Los Gatos Museums Gallery and the Los Gatos Art Association too, was also exhibiting his work at Ed’s. Michael had his great watercolor landscapes and portraits and I’ve seen his roosters before but his parrots were new to me!

Not the only wildlife to be seen at  the studio…..

Rattlesnake - photo Maie Cameron 2014

Rattle - photo Marie Cameron 2014

Yes, that’s a rattler – a little one and, sadly, not a live one anymore but it was amazing to examine it up close and to remember that though we seldom see these snakes, they’re close by!


SVOS 2014 - Holly Van Hart

The last stop on my list was Holly Van Hart‘s Saratoga studio. I met Holly this last year as she became a new member of the Los Gatos Museums Gallery and won the Triton Museum of Art’s Statewide Painting Competition (and a coveted solo show). She’s busy preparing an “oeuvre” of nest and egg themed paintings related to her winning entry, Possibilities Abound, for this upcoming exhibition.

SVOS 2014 - Holly Van Hart- Possibilities Alight

Possibilities Alight

SVOS 2014 - Holly Van Hart- Queen of Possibilities

Queen of Possibilities

SVOS 2014 - Holly Van Hart - Studio

Holly’s nests are very warm and fluid and textured, I especially love Possibilities Alight where the nest is precariously perched among all those lovely magnolias and the activity within the nest is implied but still mysterious. Can’t wait for the show!


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