Jun
17
Jul 16

BOUNDARIES by Beth Rose Hibbard

 

Figurative painter Beth Hibbard was born in her parents’ trailer on the Hopi-Navajo reservation in southeast Arizona. Her parents, both native Angelenos, relocated to the area so her father could become a general practitioner of rural medicine. Her mother - also an artist - left behind a successful soft-sculpture design company to raise Beth and her sister in the colorful and expansive desert.

 

Beth showed an early aptitude for rendering the human figure. Hours spent in secret carefully studying her father’s mysterious and gruesome medical textbooks influenced the figurative themes found in Beth’s early work. By age fifteen she was attending figure-drawing classes at the local junior college and a student at a vocational high school for the arts in Santa Rosa.

 

In 1998 she moved to Chicago to attend The School of the Art Institute, but was quickly disenchanted by the culture at the university, and dropped out after only one semester. Beth finally found her creative community in 2002 when she happened upon Creativity Explored San Francisco, a day-program servicing Artists with developmental disabilities. After a brief period volunteering at Creativity Explored, she was offered a full-time Art teaching position at a sister program in Sonoma County, where she worked for ten years. 

 

Over the last decade Beth's personal paintings have dealt with themes of fertility, intimacy, death, and mental illness.  Her most current series continues to address ideas around how the body metabolizes emotional energy. 

 

Beth currently acts as the Gallery Coordinator and Art Instructor for Alchemia Gallery and Studios, a theater and Fine Arts program for Artists and performers with disabilities in Sonoma County. She resides and creates with her son on their semi-rural Art Farm in Petaluma, California.

 

Statement for the seriesBoundaries

 

When I am struck by a concept for a body of work, the act of realizing it becomes automatic. I like this approach because it allows enough space for spontaneity, and allows the subconscious to make decisions and guide me towards a conclusion. The conceptual structure that I envisioned was to paint a portrait series of Artists that I knew, all sitting in the same chair in my studio. I saw a rigid space occupied by a subject whose boundaries are limited. In my painting and in my professional life, I have felt compelled to champion the creative personality.  I have observed the creative people I know, including myself, to be conduits for both their own emotional energy and that of whomever is inhabiting their physiological space at a given time. This sometimes-disorienting level of empathy can often only be resolved by an act of creativity. If an artist is able to metabolize their experience from a place of authenticity, then the result can be enormously healing for the viewer. The subjects in this series were both deliberate and advantageous, representing a concentration of creators whose personal work I believe is making a difference in a world in need of change.

May
1
Jun 11

work by victoria wagner

may-june 2017

limited edition prints now showing

 

 

untitled rectangles

by victoria wagner 

 

 

The “untitled rectangle” series is the result of Victoria’s recent two-month station as an Artist-in-Residence at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA. During her time at Kala, she learned the process of hand silkscreen printing with water based inks. She pushed the medium by layering simple designs and multiple, complex sheets of color. This series is one of her layering processes in which nine colors were screened atop one another to create dimensionality and depth of field, the surprising result being optical illusion and variance that makes this small edition series wobble and vibrate.

 

 

 

Victoria Wagner

www.victoriawagner.com

Mar
25
11:30 am11:30

FRIDAY APRIL 7TH 5-8 PM OPENING RECEPTION FOR SHAWN. E HALL

APRIL 7TH 2017

KITTY HAWK GALLERY 125 N. MAIN ST. SEBASTOPOL, CA

OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAYAPRIL 7TH 2017   5:00 TO 8:00

GYPSY TREASURE BOXES

Shawn E. Hall loves finding treasures.  As a child she collected small things and hid them under her bed in cigar boxes she found on the family farm.  She loved the way the boxes smelled and how they reminded her of her Grandpa. At the end of the day she would hide under her covers with her ‘Give a Show Projector’ for light and look through her boxes of goodies over and over again; it made her feel safe. And nightly, her mother would have to come into her room to turn off the glowing plastic projector under the sheets next to her sleeping little girl.

 

As Shawn’s passion for treasures matured, it lead her to seek out and photograph Antique Markets all over the world. With this photography show she pulls her cigar boxes from under the bed and shares her photos in her signature Gypsy Style.

Shawn E. Hall has been carrying her camera on her travels for the last 30 years.  As a commercial designer she looks for textures, colors and elements to bring back to her projects. Flea Markets became her passion.  Along the backroads and alleyways, boulevards and dirt paths, Shawn has photographed simple treasures and castaways captured in Antique markets from Paris to Buenos Aires; from Morocco, Italy and Spain to Puerto Rico and the states. Her eye, trained on uncovering architectural elements and authentic folk art is able to reveal treasures others often overlook.  But for Shawn it has become her signature gypsy style.

Nov
26
4:30 pm16:30

JEWELRY TRUNK SHOW NOVEMBER 26TH - SERPENTINE AND FAIR

music, food, beverages and meet the artist and creator of some of my most favorite jewelry here at the shop, serpentine and fair. locally made, beautiful and effortless wearables by georgia dwyer. novermber 26th 11-4 pm .

shop small business saturday for the holidays 

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Jun
2
Jul 26

NBLA ART SHOW

exhibiting 11 different local artists. incredible and affordable work. come see!

reception june 10th 5-8 pm

Jan
8
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22
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