May 4, 2004
In This Issue:
Weekend 1 Highlights
Palo Alto Studios
Allied Artists West
Demonstrations for Weekend 2
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Issue #8: Successes for Weekend 1; Weekend 2 Highlights; and Demonstrations
An e-magazine published by Silicon Valley Open Studios.
Palo Alto Studios Located at 4030 Transport Street in a small,
quiet industrial neighborhood of Palo Alto, the old warehouse now
contains 14 sky-lit studios. Each studio is 500-square feet, framed by
high, clean white-walls. Each artist is busily moving within, preparing
for the Silicon Valley Open Studios (SVOS) tours, that will be held
there on May 8th-9th from 11a.m. to 5p.m.
Located at 4030 Transport Street in a small, quiet industrial neighborhood of Palo Alto, the old warehouse now contains 14 sky-lit studios. Each studio is 500-square feet, framed by high, clean white-walls. Each artist is busily moving within, preparing for the Silicon Valley Open Studios (SVOS) tours, that will be held there on May 8th-9th from 11a.m. to 5p.m.
Artists West A lovely Saratoga garden setting at the
home of host Mary Ann Henderson will be the site for Allied Artists
West, a group of mostly water colorists and small number of oil and
pastel painters. Creating the feeling of a mini art fair, each artist
will set up a small tented area showing her work, inviting SVOS
visitors to peruse each display while sipping lemonade or white wine
and eating cookies.
A lovely Saratoga garden setting at the home of host Mary Ann Henderson will be the site for Allied Artists West, a group of mostly water colorists and small number of oil and pastel painters. Creating the feeling of a mini art fair, each artist will set up a small tented area showing her work, inviting SVOS visitors to peruse each display while sipping lemonade or white wine and eating cookies.
Natanson-Marcus Studio Denise Natanson-Marcus’s garden is rich
with a variety of plants and fragrant flowers. The Los Altos site will
be the location for SVOS on May 8th and 9th for a versatile group of
artists gathering with Denise to offer artwork to the public.
Denise Natanson-Marcus’s garden is rich with a variety of plants and fragrant flowers. The Los Altos site will be the location for SVOS on May 8th and 9th for a versatile group of artists gathering with Denise to offer artwork to the public.
Demonstrations by Artists during May 8-9 Weekend
Issue #8: Successes for Weekend 1; Weekend 2 Highlights; and Demonstrations
Issue #1: Jellyfish, Trinity Alps and Tranquility
The Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center’s El Toro Room and adjacent hallways bustled with activity for two days. Art enthusiasts zipped around each artist’s booth like honeybees seeking nectar in a floral garden. Classical music washed over the crowd from an unseen source as if loudspeakers were embedded in the walls. Sometimes people’s favorite party tunes from their private CD collections drowned out the soft harmonies.
Several SVOS participants painted in their spots while gabbing with visitors and the press. When I wasn’t painting or talking to customers, I was yakking it up with the other artists, gawking at their creative wares, and sharing art-war stories. Many artists learned a lot by participating this year, and others sold their pieces or received commission work.
Acrylic painter Sheri Chakamian sold several of her pieces and received four commission orders. Because of her marketing plan to advertise SVOS on her own, she had many visitors come to her booth. She loved the venue and how Daryl Manning, art specialist of Morgan Hill, arranged the El Toro Room to accommodate over ten artists. Sheri was really happy with the inaugural event.
Suzanne Perry made these delightful, whimsical animals out of clay and sold a bunch. This was her first year with SVOS, and she was thrilled about the outcome of the two-day event, which she says exceeded her expectations.
Digital photography was among the hot selling items at this show; Brenda Renzulli happily sold some of her digital pieces to the owner of the Trail Dust Restaurant in town, where he’ll display her cow photo.
Another satisfied artist was Jerri Kuehn, whose spectacular pencil drawings of babies and nature caught everyone’s attention. As a result, she sold several pieces She wants to join SVOS next year, and says she loved the location of the open studios tour.
Marge Regan enjoyed talking to the artists around her during the lulls between busy spurts. She liked when people asked about her work and how she created each piece or jewelry-set. Such conversations frequently ended in a sale.
Let’s not forget C.J Myers, Mary Hughes Hiller, Steve Soult, Satu Viitanen, Don Jensen, Anita Kell Mason, Carol Belliveau, Theresa Wayne, Renee Filice, Jon Keegan, and Bob Bowman who contributed to the variety and success of SVOS 2004.
Daryl Manning was the force behind this fun event. She worked above the call of duty and made sure this first-time gig was a success. Morgan Hill Mayor Dennis Kennedy and Councilman Greg Sellers attended the event, demonstrating the city’s support for the visual arts. Daryl was quite pleased with the outcome this year and said: “I liked the diversity of art media represented here; all the artwork shown was of extremely high quality.”
The artists and Daryl loved the outcome of the show with sales; fresh contacts, meeting new friends of kindred spirit and the boost SVOS gave to each participant. This is the type of event that makes Morgan Hill credible as a “Grand Central Station” of artistic talent, and this isn’t the last you’ll see of it; in fact, it’s only the beginning.
San Jose’s spring heat wave inspired artists at the Alameda Art Works Studios to turn on their fans during the first of three open studio weekends this year. Art appreciators tromped and trickled into the building’s giant, retracted garage door in back, as well as through its regular entrance in front. They headed down art-clad hallways left and right, wandering into and out of different studios, all-the-while popping strawberries, sugar-snaps, and m&m’s. Owner Falko Forbrich - donning his wide-brimmed sunhat and white sneakers - tended the barbeque while guests and artists feasted together at canopied tables.
Visitors experienced many shades of the overall celebratory mood as they strolled from one studio to the next, hearing West African singing and drumming in one workspace, jazz in another, and live ukulele strumming in yet another. Hungrily, the viewers snapped up prints, paintings, and cards, remarking at the range of work and the collective talent. “This is the best stuff I’ve seen at Alameda Art Works,” said one annual SVOS attendee. “It’s a full-house,” he added, “and every artist has created something that’s compelling in a different way.” Indeed, there were floral depictions, landscapes, urban scenes, portraits and figurative paintings, conceptual works, pop-art pieces, prints, wood, paper, and polymer crafts, handmade books, and more. Viewers had the opportunity to see works in progress and raw materials; and they got the chance to ask as many questions as their curiosities dictated.
Ultimately, despite the heat, SVOS at the Alameda Art Works was an upbeat and informative two-day event: visitors and artists alike came away clutching something –a piece of art, or a bit of money; a new friend, or an important business contact; or simply the pleasure of a full belly after a long day.
Seven artists participated in the Open Studio at the Pacific Art League. Photographer Susan Prather spoke for all the artists in noting that the venue looked “smashing,” the combination of artists was really good, and the reaction to the art very positive.
Saturday’s show was attended by at least 200, buoyed by Saturday morning’s May Day parade. Sunday’s crowd was less impressive; diminished attendance had been expected due to the scheduling of this venue on a different weekend from the rest of the local artists.
Helen Ju and Roland Ralston participated in this year’s Open Studios for the first time. For Ralston, who showed figurative works in pastel, this was the first time he had ever hung his work in public. “Having five veteran artists to work with in this Open Studio was a tremendous benefit,” he said. “I had five mentors to help me and they’ve all been very supportive.”
Gary Coleman displayed abstracts, landscapes and figures in oil and pastel. He also offered demonstrations of the monotype process, even taking a group of teens into the art league’s print room to see the press.
Also participating in the show were Werner Glinka (assemblages); Steve Curl (watercolor) and Pete Zivkov (photography). Executive Director Claudia Morgan was pleased with the event. “Given our need to show on a non-Palo Alto weekend, the turnout was very good, and sales seem to be on the rise. The Pacific Art League is delighted to continue to be a part of Silicon Valley Open Studios.”
Tom Taylor is not only a smart businessman, but a true friend to artists. He recognized that his vacant light industrial buildings, unused in these hard economic times, might lend themselves well to multiple-artist studios. From that vision, he developed The Palo Alto Studios, offering affordable rents to artists. His once uninhabited warehouse is now teeming with occupancy.
Located at 4030 Transport Street in a small, quiet industrial neighborhood of Palo Alto, the old warehouse now contains 14 sky-lit studios. Each studio is 500-square feet, framed by high, clean white-walls. Each artist is busily moving within, preparing for the Silicon Valley Open Studios (SVOS) tours, that will be held there on May 8th-9th from 11a.m. to 5p.m..
Many of the artists are veterans of Open Studios. However, at this fledgling 18-month location, this will be the first year 14 artists will participate together. They are; Terri Acebo, Tami Avery, Karen Frankel, Julie Nelson-Gal, Tom Garrison, Cassandra Gay, Hedda Hope, Wendy Lowengrub, Doron Noyman, Simone Raoux, Marie-Louise Rouff, Marie Koretz, Anne Russell and Robin Welles.
As visitors move about each enclosed workshop to meet the artists, they will indulge their eyes to a diverse range of mediums, including painting, woodworking, photography, printmaking, sculpture and mixed-media. Each artist is eager to communicate their objectives and discuss innovative approaches to their skills.
One such artist, Hedda Hope, worldly and well-educated in the field of art, started out as a figurative artist. In her travels throughout the world, she found something stirred inside her soul when in the presence of abstract works of art. She is a quiet and gentle woman on the outside, but her paintings seem to explode with the passion and energy she holds inside. Warm, brightly-layered movement fills her canvases, telling a story of imagined adventures through fields of abstract flower gardens. Every once in awhile, a partial figure seems to linger among the swirls of purple, yellow, orange and green, inviting the viewer to set their own interpretation.
Interpretation is what Wendy Lowengrub does with the human body. Originally painting and drawing only the literal figure, she now looks beyond the body to discover fleshy hills and valleys, waterfalls and rivers of veins hidden in the physical form that was once muscle, skin and bones. Wendy uses paint, beeswax, charcoal, oil sticks, ink, dirt, rope, wood or whatever is required to help her complete her compositional journey. She welcomes and looks forward to viewers critiquing her new body of work, which explores the abstract in the tangled web of veins and nerves.
Julie Nelson-Gal's large images of strangers line the bright white walls of her studio, but somehow they feel like they could be all related. That's what Julie intends. The relationship of humanity is very important in each piece as she assembles the photos in neat rows bound together with bits of paper, thread, fabric, glue and wax. Capturing the "fleeting moments in life," as she puts it, is what attracts Julie to these strangers that stare back at her from the past. Her new piece for the show is an assemblage of reproduced old photos, lace and paper quilted together with thread that honor the forgotten children who where once loved. She keeps the images fragile and raw to remind us of how life and the past is so easily discarded.
When you commission a work of art from Tom Garrison, you can ensure that your loved ones won't be forgotten. A contractor by day, Tom includes something unique to each individual in his woodwork--their profile. His subtle imagery is lathed into every bedpost, bookcase, table leg, and even in a simple candlestick. Sure enough, hidden within the negative space of each turned piece is the profile of someone near and dear. If a visit to Tom's studio is on your list, don't forget to bring a few photos of your family. There may be a bedpost in their future.
Though the future may bring classes or the occasional unrelated art meeting or seminar to this facility, these artists are dug-in for the long haul making this artistic community a welcome change in the economic rollercoaster.
A lovely Saratoga garden setting at the home of host Mary Ann Henderson will be the site for Allied Artists West, a group of mostly water colorists and small number of oil and pastel painters. Creating the feeling of a mini art fair, each artist will set up a small tented area showing her work, inviting SVOS visitors to peruse each display while sipping lemonade or white wine and eating cookies. A small jazz ensemble comprised of husband and son of one of the members will add music to the ambiance with Saxophone, keyboard and guitars. The members of this group hope to attract viewers and collectors as well as just get together and have a good time. They’ve been doing this for five years and expect a good turn out with lots of sales, good exposure for their work and a grand party.
Floy Zittin, president of Allied Artists West, says the group was established twenty years ago for professional artists who teach, exhibit and sell their work. They meet once per month to have lunch to talk about and critique each other's work. In addition to this, they go on plein air painting trips. On a trip to Carmel last July, nine of the artists stayed at the vacation home of one of the members. They had a slumber party with sleeping bags, got up early and went out painting for the day. They are good friends and have a lot of fun. This summer they will go to the Russian River to paint.
Professionally speaking, the promotion of group shows is a function of the organization; according to Floy, the group tries to have at least one exhibit per year. They have exhibited at many venues in Northern California including shows at the Tate Museum in Los Gatos and at the Triton Museum in Santa Clara. To be included in the Allied Artists West group, artists must be invited by one of the established members to submit their work for consideration. If the work is well presented, and the artist is successful in teaching or selling, then the new artist will be sponsored for membership.
As individual painters, each of the members of Allied Artists West is skillful and adept in her own way. Floy always liked to draw as a child, and her biology major in college led her to begin a career as a biological illustrator. She worked on college textbooks, including a field guide for the National Museum of Natural Sciences of Canada. She also spent time doing watercolor paintings of fish in British Columbia, where she enjoyed the feedback of fishery biologists. Now, in Cupertino, she likes to go hiking on trails with her husband and is inspired to paint animals and birds in their natural surroundings. She says that her former job in biology illustration still influences her work. Floy teaches watercolor classes in Los Altos and Menlo Park. She has won numerous awards locally, and her work can be seen at the Viewpoint Gallery in Los Altos.
Kay Duffy, who has been painting for over twenty-five years, does “wet and loose” watercolor paintings. Her spontaneous style lends itself to the practice of going out on location to paint in the “plein air” mode. She is a signature member of the Society of Western Artists, as well as belonging to the Santa Clara Valley Water Color Society and Allied Artists West. She is president of the Hakone Foundation and teaches watercolor and collage at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga where she also coordinates the art program.
Jane McCullough, who is nationally recognized with a signature membership in the National Watercolor Society as well as membership in Watercolor West and California Watercolor Society, exhibited one of her beautifully detailed watercolor paintings in the Collection 2004 Live Auction on April 22 at the San Jose Museum of Modern Art. Jane is well accomplished with her paintings of people, flowers, fruit and scenic views of nature and gardens. Works by Elaine Frenett, Floy Zittin and Pat Suggs were featured in the Silent Auction that evening.
Other artists exhibiting with Allied Artists West in SVOS on May 8th and 9th are watercolorists Rosemarie Gorman, Oneida Hammond, Jane Hofstetter and Judy Welsh; and oil painters Jean Kluga and Vivian Taggart. Artist member Millicent Bishop has organized an art book sale for the SVOS event. One of the member’s friends whose husband died of cancer gave the books as a gift. Millie wanted to do something meaningful with the money from the sale of the books, so she decided to donate the proceeds to Cancer Research.
Members of Allied Artists West were recognized widely for their artwork and are often called upon to jury art competitions, and to demonstrate their techniques to art organizations. Their works are in many private and corporate collections nationwide. This is a cooperative group of professional artists who enjoy one another. This enthusiastic energy is sure to rub off on anyone who visits their Saratoga garden SVOS art party May 8th and 9th.
Denise Natanson-Marcus’s garden is rich with a variety of plants and fragrant flowers. The Los Altos site will be the location for SVOS on May 8th and 9th for a versatile group of artists gathering with Denise to offer artwork to the public. Denise and one other artist began exhibiting with SVOS six years ago. At that time only a few people attended. The following year one of her neighbors, a watercolor teacher, asked if her students could participate with her and they found that many more viewers came because of the increased publicity. Last year there were eight artists exhibiting in the front and back gardens of the Natanson-Marcus Studio, with an even greater audience. Natanson-MarcusDenise says that now during the application period of SVOS she offers her space to artists who want to show their work with a group.
Each artist in the group this year is unique, so attendants will enjoy a new and diverse array of media when entering the garden. Denise’s Natanson-Marcus’s California landscape paintings begin with a trip to a natural setting, like Rancho San Antonio, where she goes with a friend she refers to as her “painting partner”. She sometimes paints “plein air,” and other times takes a slide and then goes back to the studio and creates the landscape on a large canvas.
The porcelain, stoneware and raku ceramics of Randy Koster have attracted many art connoisseurs to this venue for the last three years. Dewey Garrett, will be appearing with his turned wood sculptures. Vivek Wig will show photography and decorative tiles, while Eva Mora Szorc will share her vibrant watercolor and acrylic paintings. Katherine Zander will enhance the ambiance with her paintings, sculpture, prints and wearable art. s. Denise believes original art is valuable because it holds the energy of the artist, including all of the thought, care and time that was invested in the piece. She says that does something special to the feeling of a collector’s home.
Visitors are welcome to browse and eat snacks provided by the artists at the mini art fair-like occasion. According to Denise Natanson-Marcus, the artists want people to get to know them and their work, and to make sales, of course. She says that the neighbors have met many of the artists and have begun to collect their art. It has become an affair to remember in the neighborhood.
Our artists are proud of their artwork--and they want you to be excited about visual art as well! Many artists have volunteered to show you how they do what they do---so look below for a list of demonstrations taking place this coming weekend -- May 8-9 -- near you!