Fade Reception Date


Director Lynne Todaro and I settled on a date for my Fade reception at Vargas Gallery, Wednesday, December 6 from 4-7 pm. Perfect timing for students, between classes and between holidays. I’m delighted to hear that the show, which began Nov 8, has been getting a great response and I am looking forward to entertaining visitors at the reception! I hope you can join me if you are in the area!!!

These are some of the “artist with her work” shots taken at the exhibit to come up with a show promotion…

Such a lovely space! Vargas Gallery is located in the Gillmor Center in the middle of the Mission College Campus. Gallery hours are Monday  & Wednesday 11 am – 2 pm and Thursday 3:30 -6:30 pm.


Installing Fade my Solo Show at Vargas Gallery

I was so delighted to throw together a last minute solo show for Vargas Gallery at Mission College! I’m calling it Fade – it’s a collection of my Fade to White work, exploring albinism and leucism in our flora and fauna, laced with larger pieces I’ve done over the years that touch on themes of vulnerability and tenacity, beauty and mystery.

The show will run November 9 – December 14 (Reception TBA) Thanks to Director Lynne Todaro for the opportunity and to Ashley at the gallery for her help setting up!

Silicon Valley Small Art 2015

Tonight there was a reception at the Vargas Gallery for Silicon Valley Small Art 2015 which includes the work of artists Carmen Almlie-Martinez, Lynette Cook, Goran Konjevod, Dee Hooker, Diane Kreiter, Terry Kreiter, Won Ly, Adele Seltzer,  Beth Shields, Peter Taber, Corinne Whitaker, Sheila Winner, and Tom Yacoe.

I knew my friend Tom Yacoe was in the show and I was eager to see his beautiful work. His acrylic paintings, Sierra Runoff, Russian River 3, and Seaside Looking South are on exhibit.

Tom Yacoe – Seaside Looking South – Acrylic on Canvas

I was happy to see Lynette Cook exhibiting as well, showing her oil paintings, I Can See Forever, City Geometry, It’s Always Time For Peace. The detail!

Lynette Cook – City Geometry – Oil on MDF

I asked Lynette Cook to show me the catalogue from her joint exhibit with her mother -”Mother & Daughter” – paintings and textiles on exhibit in Baltimore and coming to Stanford Spaces in May.

D. Hooker‘s mixed media pieces with Curator, Lynne Todaro.

D. Hooker’s mixed media on cigar boxes – so playful!

Goran Konjavad – folded paper.

A peek only of the very interesting 3D printed sculpture Jive by Corinne Whitaker.

Silicon Valley Small Art 2015  at the Vargas Gallery in the Gillmor Center at Mission College will run until December 19.

Monumental Fiber

Monumental Fiber : Threads Mapping Man, Cities and the Cosmos is the brainchild of Dotti Cichon which features the work of three artists, Eszter Bornemisza (Hungary), Anitta Toivio (Finland) and Dotti Cichon herself (USA). This exhibition incorporates photography, installation, painting and mixed media fiber art to convey altered perceptions of our environments and each other. It’s running at the Vargas Gallery at Mission College from February 18 – March 28. I had the pleasure of catching the opening reception last night.

Monumental Fiber - Vargas Gallery 2015 - Gallery View 2 - photo Marie Cameron

Monumental Fiber : Threads Mapping Man, Cities and the Cosmos - Vargas Gallery

Monumental Fiber - Vargas Gallery 2015 - Green - photo Marie Cameron                                Monumental Fiber - Vargas Gallery 2015 - Gillmor Center- photo Marie Cameron                               Monumental Fiber - Vargas Gallery 2015 - Blue- photo Marie Cameron

Mission College’s Gillmor Center, in which the Vargas Gallery is situated, is quite a spectacle at night!

Monumental Fiber - Vargas Gallery 2015 - Dotti Cichon - photo Marie Cameron

I love Cichon’s work! She travels extensively taking architecturally inspired photographs which she then manipulates into kaleidoscopic patterns – printed in this exhibition on silk banners. To me, these pieces transform the familiar into something that seems to reveal the spiritual core of its source material.

Monumental Fiber - Vargas Gallery 2015 - Gallery viewer- photo Marie Cameron

Eszter Bornemeisza, from Budapest, Hungary, works with bits of ephemera to construct labyrinth-like layered maps as a launching point for exploring personal and community narratives. It’s easy to get drawn in to the tactile details, threads and netting, maps and cryptic equations of nuclear physics.

Monumental Fiber - Vargas Gallery 2015 - detail of Eszter Bornemisza's panels - photo Marie Cameron                  Monumental Fiber - Vargas Gallery 2015 - Lynne Todaro and Dotti Cichon- photo Marie Cameron               Monumental Fiber - Vargas Gallery 2015 - Gallery View 1- photo Marie Cameron

Detail from Bornemisza’s layered panels,  Mission College Instructor and Sculptor,  Lynne Todaro and Dotti Cichon, Vargas Gallery

Monumental Fiber - Vargas Gallery 2015 - Emotional Portraits by Anitta Toivio - photo Marie Cameron

Finnish painter, Anitta Toivio paints people not as she sees them but as she senses them, through the energy they emit the memories they hold onto, their auras. Emotional Portraits are spiritual portraits on silk.

Monumental Fiber - Vargas Gallery 2015 - A and D Projects, collaboration by D Cichon and Anitta Toivo- photo Marie Cameron

The Landscape in Us, a collaboration by Cichon and Toivo are photographs, a Finnish forrest printed on fabric and a video projection of a California seascape video on an overlay of organza, melding two landscapes representative to each of these artists.

Monumental Fiber - Vargas Gallery 2015 - Marie Cameron and Dotti Cichon- photo Lynne Todaro

As you can tell I’m a fan of Cichon’s work, sporting one of her silk scarves, the wearable version of one of the panels in front of which we are standing. Mine is based on graffiti from Florence!