Louise Luthi

Ink Wash and Graphite

Queen 2 © Louise Luthi

Louise Luthi is an artist with expertise in printmaking, drawing, and painting. Her work can be described as a fusion of observation and revelation; through her feeling for light and atmosphere she imbues the visible with evidence of things not seen.

The “Heads,” drawn from the kings and queens of the Royal Portal of Chartres, represent a current study inquiring into the visual expression of the gracious transforming power of the Holy Spirit in broken but still living stones.

The “Late Afternoon Landscapes” were drawn on her parents’ property in the hills west of Templeton. Years ago Louise discovered in these bright hills with their massive dark oaks and lithe bay laurels the timeless joy of drawing and returns to them again and again.

Louise received her BA from UC Santa Barbara in printmaking and art history and an MFA in printmaking from Yale University School of Art. Her prints are in the collections of Washington University, Purdue University, UC Riverside, and ten US embassies around the world. She has taught all her working life at all levels from college to kindergarten and in many different settings.

Louise’s favorite artists: Delacroix, Matisse, Michelangelo, the great Venetian masters, Rembrandt, Hopper and Klee. Louise’s favorite poetry: The Psalms, Dante’s Divine Comedy, and poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins.
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Bob Helfert

Photography

Panamint Tapestry © Bob Helfert

I was born and raised in San Luis Obispo County, and have always appreciated the intensely photogenic character of this area. After a 30-year career in the neurosciences, during which much time was spent applying technical photography to my research, I now pursue photography as an artistic genre, translating perspectives gained as a scientist toward the abstract expression of nature’s offerings.

Being a detail-oriented person, I focus on the finer topographical, textural and tonal aspects of our planet in a manner similar to what I enjoyed while using microscopes to capture close-up images of the brain’s “landscape” and chemistry.

Please examine my work. As you do, relax and look beyond the image to view the underlying forms, textures and colors. There is much to enjoy here in terms of fine detail. This underlying “anatomy” is the essence of my art, and is what I refer to as the Tones of the Earth. I hope you enjoy the experience!
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Don Kirkham

Jewelry

Malachite earrings & pendant © Don Kirkham

Born and raised in California, I have been making wire wrapped jewelry since I retired from being an engineer. Wire wrapping to me is making beautiful wire wrapped jewelry out of any semi-precious stone, that can be worn as a pendant, earrings, necklace or a ring. It is a challenge in creating the design, to show the beauty, simplicity and the complexity of natural materials I find. The wire can be shaped into any shape to indicate motion that encompass the jewelry. I use various wire size and color (gold and silver plated) including bronze wire. Twisting the wire reflects the light and enhances the beauty of the jewelry. I hand select all materials including cabochons, that are from around the world, including seaglass from California shorelines and antique collectibles that can be turned into one of a kind keepsakes to be worn. 
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Kathleen VanHyfte

Acrylic/Oil

Rapture II © KathleenVan Hyfte

My work reflects moods, dreams and realities of my personal experiences. these are represented in my paintings with color and line, sometimes very controlled sometimes not.

The painting evolves as a process that is unplanned over a period of days or months, sometimes longer. The result is a combination of works which sometimes seem to contradict each other.

My studio is my sanctuary, something we all need and find in a different place. Painting allows me to empty myself of many things both positive and negative.
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Alexandra S. Iorio

Iconic Paintings on Stone

Madonna & Child © Alexandra S. Iorio

Alexandra S. Iorio is “Zamba Arts.” Zamba Arts provides handmade religious icons for homes and hearts around the globe. The goal is to enhance a spiritual experience, to help in creating a connection for miraculous intervention, or simply complement that place for quiet prayer in the home. Alexandra creates the images on stone, in of itself representing the spiritual and earthly creation. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
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Mari O’Brien

Mixed Media

Creation Story © Mari O’Brien

For 25 years I was an academic teaching French and English language and literature, comparative literature, and humanities—until I felt a calling to return to the art that inspired much of my youth.

My work is rendered mainly in acrylic, collage, and mixed media. I paint in a primarily intuitive, adventurous, and experimental way, resulting in abstract or non-representational pieces, using multiple layers and creating a rich, complex tapestry. Some folks describe me and my work as eccentric and eclectic, and I freely admit that I like these descriptors!

For me, a successful painting evokes an emotional response on the part of the viewer, even when no identifiable subject is depicted.

A Photoshop junkie of sorts, I often manipulate digital images of my paintings for use as collage materials, as well as for my silk scarf and note card designs.

I am blessed to be living this life in art!
www.mariobrien.com
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Chuck Jennings

Photography

© Chuck Jennings

Chuck Jennings has a BA degree in painting and drawing, and MA and MFA degrees in Fine Art and Design. He moved to the Central Coast from the Chicago area in 1968 to teach at Cal Poly. He was the Chair of the Department of Art and Design for 14 years before he retired in 2008. Chuck has exhibited his work all over the United States. His favorite venues have been Santa Fe, New Mexico and Sedona, Arizona. Chuck’s work is included in the collection of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Although for most of his art career he concentrated on painting, he has loved photography since he bought his first single lens reflex camera in 1967. He bought his first digital camera in 2003. Since then, he has devoted all his creative energies to photography. In 2010 he opened ConcoursStudios. He now owns and operates Giclée Print and Photo in San Luis Obispo.

concoursstudios.com  gicleeprintandphoto.com
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Carolyn Henderson

Pastel

Laguna Path 3 © Carolyn Henderson

Carolyn Henderson is a Pastelist. She has a BA in Art from California State University, Northridge and a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She primarily paints local landscapes inspired by the beauty of the Central Coast.
www.carolynhenderson.com

Bill Rumbler

Photography

SLO City Sunset © Bill Rumbler

Bill Rumbler started out as a photographer and a reporter with a daily newspaper in Michigan in the 1960’s, but later tried to make a living by words alone, and largely succeeded. Photography was relegated to snapping pictures of kids and grandkids in the wading pool, and Aunt Tilly in front of Big
Ben. Then, in January 2013, Bill purchased a Nikon D7000 and ever since he’s been out shooting sunrises, sunsets, moonrises and moonsets, while trying to find unique locations from which to do so. He’s probably out shooting while you’re reading this.

As far as a philosophy of photography goes, well, it’s taken nearly 70 years for him to develop a philosophy of life, so who knows how long it’ll take to come up with a philosophy of image making.
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Lisa Kanofsky

Mixed Media & Jewelry 

© Lisa Kanofsky

Lisa Kanofsky is a California native. She has an A.A. degree in fashion design from Brooks college in Long Beach, California This is where she discovered her affinity for textiles, textile design, silk ainting and fashion accessories. She also holds a B.A degree in liberal arts from Antioch University in Santa Barbara, California.

Having lived in Europe and Africa broadened her aesthetic scope and palette. Always influenced by her surroundings, she draws inspiration from the beauty of nature and urban landscapes.

In 2011, Lisa created an online shop featuring her tiny art pieces and her “tiny tableau pendants.” This collection now includes rings and earrings. These are created from portions of original mixed media paintings and are secured under a glass cabochon. Each piece is an original work signed by the artist.
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Geoffery Rowe

Graphic Art 

Bixby Creek Bridge © Geoffery Rowe

Geoffery Rowe has a BFA in Communication Design with an emphasis on Illustration. He’s been working in the fast-paced world of advertising for over ten years as a commercial artist.

Living on the Central Coast of California has inspired his new collection of digital illustrated art which is influenced by the poster designs of the early 20th century.

Online Portfolio:
www.geofferyrowe.com
www.dribbble.com/GeofferyRowe
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Mark Allen

Oil Based Enamel

Prefumo Canyon Road © Mark Allen

Mark Allen resides in Los Osos, California.
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Carole McDonald

Oil, Acrylic

Spring on Turi Road © Carole McDonald

Carole is a native Californian and self taught oil painter who moved to the Central Coast in 2009 to pursue acrylics and water mixable oils.

When she’s not painting, she’s knitting one of her felted ibag creations.

“As a former Disney Imagineer, working at the happiest place on earth where art was everywhere and discussed every day, my imagination soared. More vibrant colors came to mind along with a general tranquil feeling… Little did I know I would retire to the happiest city in America. Small World.”

Her inspiration for her colorful paintings is the endless landscapes and seascapes of the Central Coast.
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Janice Lucier

Acrylic, Oil 

Woman in an Orange Robe
© Janice Lucier

I was born in Massachusetts and currently reside in Grover Beach, California. From an early age I knew that an artist is what I wanted to be.

As an artist my goal is to enjoy the process of creating and to just let the painting flow with minimal pre-planning. I like surprises and solving problems as my paintings develop. I paint mainly in acrylics and oils however I also do pen and ink drawings and watercolor.

To see more of my work my painting blog address is http://janicelucier.blogspot.com.
To see drawings and sketches the address is http://lucierjanice.blogspot.com.
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Kathryn Thomas

Fused Glass 

Dinner plates © Kathryn Thomas

Kathryn Wullner Thomas has been designing and creating stained glass windows and fused glass pieces for several years as a way to escape her primary career as a forensic psychologist. Now retired and living in Morro Bay, she is focusing exclusively on working with color and design incorporated into functional art (including serving platters, sushi or dinner plates, bowls, dessert dishes, etc.), window inserts, and decorative sculptures. Pieces are available both in the gallery and by commission. Please feel free to view additional pictures at the main desk of Gallery at Marina Square, Morro Bay.
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Linda Loebs

Acrylic 

Ocean and Sky © Linda Loebs

Art is not new me. As a child I remember crawling behind our couch to draw on the wall a whole village of circle people. My skills have come a long way since my wall drawings, but the passion is still there. I love to paint, to create, to watch as an image appears. It’s always exciting to me to see how colors come together on my canvas, and my art reflects this love of color.

While painting is not new to me, being in a gallery is a new experience. I’m so excited to join the many talented artists at Gallery at Marina Square. I have two degrees in art: an AA in Fine Art from Cuesta College and a BS in Art and Design from Calpoly. Since gaining my degrees this is the first time I’ve been able to dedicate myself to my fine art and I’m looking forward to where it takes me.
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Mike Swanberg

Music 

Mike Swanberg, performing
at a Gallery at
Marina Square reception.
Mike Swanberg is Gallery at Marina Square’s “resident musician.” Mike sings and plays his guitar at all of our receptions, and he sells his CD’s at the gallery.


Patrick Terjak

Ceramics 

Vase © Patrick Terjak
The youngest son of an accomplished woodworker, Patrick Terjak was introduced to clay at the impressionable age of 14 by his brother Jerome. He chose to pursue ceramics largely because of the encouragement and critical eye of his high school teacher.

Patrick attended Edinboro University of Pennsylvania to pursue a BFA in ceramics and teacher certification. He began to explore raku, salt & soda, and wood firing in addition to a steady diet of cone 10 reduction firing in the natural gas kilns. After an award for best in show at the annual student exhibition in 1986, Patrick accepted an Artist in Residence position at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh, PA, and was subsequently selected for a one year residency position at the world famous Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT. During his Bray residency, he was chosen for the graduate program at Arizona State University by Kurt Weiser.

Patrick completed his MFA thesis exhibition and was awarded an Arizona Commission of the Arts grant and then a fellowship as an Emerging Artist by the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts, based in Miami, FL. Patrick moved to CA in 2005, and chose to share a studio and winter wood firing cycle with Joern Piesnack of Morro Bay.

Dan Morris

Photography

Hawk Late Afternoon © Dan Morris

Dan Morris is a local photographer who lives in Los Osos.

Carol Astaire

Oil 

Sunset on Morro Bay © Carol Astaire

Born and raised in California, Carol Astaire received her BFA in painting from UCLA, her lifetime teaching credential from CSU Long Beach and taught art in the Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo School Districts. Carol has been continuously active in the art world, and her works have been collected by national and international museum. She has participated in many open competitions, receiving two first place awards in photography and earning several solo shows. Her love for all of the arts shows in her work.

“I have been inspired to create art my entire life. I simply love nature, especially being on the ocean. The light, movement, scents and moods vary continually, and the inspiration to paint what I see and feel is exhilarating. Kayaking the California coast, I photograph what captivates me, for future reference when I return to my studio. Nothing nurtures or humbles my spirit so much as the sea. I hope to share my love of nature with others through my work.”

http://www.astaire-fineart.com

Jeff Odell

Oil

Main Street © Jeff Odell

Jeff Odell has pursued the “truth of color” for more than 30 years on the Central California Coast, painting rural/urban landscapes, seascapes, portraits and figures, interior studies, and “anything that will sit long enough to serve as a subject.” He has created public artwork within the City of Morro Bay, including two “Art Cans” (large concrete trash cans turned into murals); one is located at the top of the Centennial Stairway, next to Dorn’s Breakers Café, the other is at 845 Embarcadero. He has a large mural on the north wall of the Backstage Salon, located at 960 Main Street, and he has also worked with school children to create a large painting on canvas, which hangs in the multi-purpose room at Del Mar Elementary School in north Morro Bay.

A major influence for Jeff was his experience in the painting studio of nationally recognized painter and Professor Emeritus Wilbur Niewald, who taught that the only way to get at the visual truth of color is to work directly from nature.

Sarah DeLong

Watercolor

Oaxacan Basket Weaver © Sarah DeLong

Sarah DeLong moved to Morro Bay at the end of 2011 after living in Grinnell, Iowa. Watercolor has been her medium of choice for over 24 years. She is in her element painting by a mountain stream or painting a boat in a harbor. In recent years painting people has been an interest of hers. Sarah loves the glowing transparent colors you get with watercolor and has developed a loose realistic style.

Sarah is a signature member of the Iowa watercolor Society and has won a 1st, a 3rd and two 5th place ribbons in their Annual Jury Show. She has exhibited in many shows in Minnesota and Iowa. In 2010 the national Transparent Watercolor Society accepted her "Oaxacan Basket Weaver" painting in their Annual Jury show. She is represented by Catriri's Art Oasis in Amana Iowa.

Rick Carter

Wood

Boxes © Rick Carter

Rick Carter has been interested in working with wood since his woodshop class in the 8th grade. He loves to see the beauty of the grain pop out as the wood is smoothed and finished. Since his retirement in 2010 he’s been able to work on his art several days a week.

He’s currently working on smaller items for the home that make thoughtful gifts. He’s using interesting hardwoods, including several species from Asia, Africa, and South America. All his woods are natural, with no stains or dyes. Rick can make larger items, such as butcher block tables, custom made to your specifications.

Kristina Albion

Mosaics and Soap

Mosaic birdhouses © Kristina Albion

Kristina Albion creates her mosaics in the manner of her Sicilian heritage—using an assortment of glass, ceramic tile, and mixed media elements. Kristina’s bird houses are embellished with insirational messages that touch one’s heart and soul.

Kristina also creates simple natural hand-made soaps, made from the finest organic oils, without any additives. They are hypo-allergenic.

Bill Sima

Photography

@ Bill Sima

Bill Sima is a local orthopaedic surgeon who has been practicing in Templeton for twenty years. Growing up in Hawaii inspired his passion for photography. He primarily captures pictures of the coastline. Each picture is digitally enhanced to reflect the beauty of the central coast. Bill travels frequently to places like Costa Rica and Belize for missionary work. Besides doing photography he enjoys kite boarding, flying, tennis and bike riding. He also volunteers his time to his local church and to the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department Flying Samaritans for humanitarian medical aide in the aero squadron.

Virginia Mack

Watercolor

Untitled © Virginia Mack

Virginia Mack is a native Californian. She has been exploring and savoring the wild lands of the state throughout her life. She has been living on the Central Coast for 10 years. She is a part-time instructor at both Allan Hancock College and Cuesta College in the fine arts departments.

Virginia, along with her late husband John, also an artist, has spent endless hours exploring the back roads of San Luis Obispo County seeking those bits of landscape that are visually stimulating. Virginia works primarily in watercolors and mixed media and is a colorist at heart. She builds most of her pieces in a wet-on-wet process (wet watercolor paints on wet watercolor paper) resolving the pieces as the paper slowly dries. She creates the forms with rich colors that she plays off against contrasting colors thereby subduing them while preserving their presence in layers of color. She often mixes the watercolor process with work using colored pencils, pastel, charcoal, and pencil.

Virginia received her education in fine arts at the University of California, Berkeley. She has taken additional classes at The California College of Arts and Crafts and in independent workshops.

Jarien de Ham

Chinese Brush Painting

Swallows in Willows © Jarien de Ham

Jarien de Ham has lived on the Central Coast since 1974 with her husband, Gerald, and has raised two sons here. Her interest in art began as a child, then on to a BA from UCSB, working as an artist from home, followed by classes in Chinese painting and calligraphy at Cuesta College in the early 2000’s. This added to a lifelong interest in Asian culture from martial arts to Zen Buddhism leading, naturally to study at an art academy in Hangzhou, China. It is ever a challenge to master traditional techniques as well as push the boundaries of spontaneity. The climate and locale of the Central Coast continues to inspire and feed the need to express landscapes and forms with an Asian feel.

Bonnie Werring

Jewelry

Necklace & Earrings © Bonnie Werring
 
In 2009 Bonnie joined a fused glass class and within two hours created 10 pairs of earrings and a few necklaces. She was hooked. Bonnie already had most of the tools, just needed a kiln. She took more classes at the 2010 Las Vegas Glass Expo and came home with lots of ideas and more glass. With her 15 kiln she can fire plates, bowls, picture frames, trays, wind chimes or about 50 pairs of earrings. Bonnie enjoys layering colors, textures and sparkle, hopefully creating something that is uniquely YOU.

Cheryl Strahl

Photography

Sunset On The Rocks ©  Cheryl Strahl

Light is my guide.  Where it leads, I follow—camera in hand—as it paints color and shadow, emphasizing lines and shapes, shifting its magic from moment to moment.

I am a traveler, but wherever I go, it’s the light that calls to me, offering new perspectives and revealing bits of the world in a way I’ve never seen before.  Whether it’s the warm afterglow of sunset on Half Dome in Yosemite, an iridescent green hummingbird on a bright red Heliconia flower in Costa Rica, the amazing blue color of an iceberg in Alaska, or a beautiful sunset on Morro Rock in nearby Morro Bay, my camera grants me a personal window to the world, allowing me to capture an image frozen in time... and make it mine.

I am a retired engineer who’s passion has gone from writing and managing software to capturing and processing photographs. My photography has gained both local and national recognition, and won several awards as well as acceptance into juried fine art photography shows at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. I enjoy donating both my art and photographic services to several non-profit groups in our community.

I am loving my photographic journey and am so fortunate to live in such a beautiful place!

Thomas Mackenzie Brown

Ceramics

Blue Crystalline Vase © Thomas Mackenzie Brown 

Thomas Mackenzie Brown received a BFA Degree in Art with specialization in technical ceramics from California State University at Long Beach.

In 1983, Thomas studied crystalline glaze development with little direction as there was little experience or documentation published on the subject of crystals. Working with crystalline glazes quickly became his passion.

Thomas has been an Art Instructor in California during the past 16 years. He is currently working on his post graduate degree in technical ceramics and glaze calculations. His constant endeavor in the subject of ceramics is to produce new, exciting colors and versions of crystalline glazed pieces that are well made, beautiful to look at and help add value to the understanding of form as it relates to crystalline and other glazes.

Nina S. Litvinoff

Acrylic, Oil and Watercolor

Angry Bear © Nina S. Litvinoff

Nina Litvinoff studied art at a very early age with her father. Both could be seen sketching and painting on the Morro Bay Embarcadero, or other coastal areas, with Nina's mother by their side. Nina later graduated from University of California, Los Angeles and obtained a credential to teach art from CSUN. Nina sketches, paints with oil, acrylic or watercolor.

A native of the Central Coast, Nina enjoys sketching subject matter on the spot, in the open air. Nina likes to sketch scenes that evoke fantasy and the whimsical in her very detailed works of ships, Coastal scenes with peaceful bays, otters and seals basking in the sun with their pups in tangles of seaweed, boats moored and Victorian homes, to mention a few.

Nina enjoys commissioned paintings, sketches or other assignments utilizing fantasy and her imagination.

Lois Pruitt

Wood Sculpture

Puzzle © Lois Pruitt

Lois began working with wood when her son was 8 years of age. Lois and her sister worked together, while Lois carved out the wood pieces, her sister painted each individual carving.

Her sister moved on, however, and Lois learned to paint these unique pieces and began to fashion pins, key chains and fun, colorful puzzles of the sea and its creatures.

Today, Lois utilizes a 19 inch Dewalt scroll saw, to cut the wood, forming each piece, completing whimsical puzzles, pins and other wonderful works of art.

Lois resides on the Central Coast with her husband, Charles Pruitt.

Beth Sargent

Photography

Sunrays Through the Pier © Beth Sargent

Beth has a love for nature’s beauty and mystery. The vision that she sees when she looks through the lens of her camera is a world of wonder. She shares that wonder of nature with everyone through her photography.

Beth says that the Central Coast of California has beauty like no other. It is rich with wildlife and beautiful views. Though Beth’s photography takes her to many wonderful places, the Central Coast of California is her home and she feels blessed to live here.

Beth’s interest in photography started in the 1970’s while in college. In time, her interest grew into a passion that really shines through her award winning photography of today.

Her work is shown worldwide. Her passion is photographing nature for all to enjoy.

http://BethSargentImages.com

Diane Miller

Glass

Hen salt and pepper shaker © Diane Miller

If you attend local craft events you have watched Diane Miller improve over the last 25 years. Her medium is pyrex glass. She starts with rods and tubing and works over a small bench torch. She melds, fuses, cajoles and defines her original pieces. The rods and tubing become earrings, scent bottles, ornaments, salt and pepper shakers. Diane is also a watercolor painter. Cartooning is her muse. She is sure to keep a watercolor journal of her travels and life's notable events. Diane is a native of the Central Coast and lives in Morro Bay with her husband, Ed, who is also a glass blower.

www.luckyducksglass.com

Don Doubledee

Graphite, Pen and Ink, Colored Pencil

My Yen© Don Doubledee

Don Doubledee has been an Architect since 1982. Don has become known locally for portraits he has completed with graphite, color pencil or pen and ink.

His “Postcards of Amsterdam” began a number of series of what Don calls his “Postcard” sketches featuring line drawings he has completed while vacationing around the world. Now, his “Postcards of Morro Bay” series features detailed pencil drawings of Morro Bay’s waterfront.

James A. Crawford

Photography

Sailboats in the Fog #7 © James A. Crawford

Crawford’s interest in art began in high school and further developed at Orange Coast College where he majored in Architecture and minored in History and Art.

In 1966 while in Viet Nam, he purchased his first 35mm camera and with limited time, he was able to begin his craft. Upon his return to the States, Crawford lived and worked in Laguna Beach, Ca. pursuing an Architectural career while continuing to photograph and interacting with area artists. In 1976, James moved to San Luis Obispo to further his education at Cal Poly where he majored in Architecture and minored in Photography. James continues to further his photographic education through yearly workshops with varied Master Photographers. James Crawford’s work is a part of many private art collections.

www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/c/crawf/
www.flickr.com/photos/jacrawf/

Gregory Siragusa

Digital Photography

Stillness and Light © Gregory Siragusa

Gregory Siragusa is a digital photographer whose photographs capture a variety of subject matter representing nature, performance and architecture.

Greg presents his photographs to the viewer and marvels how the context of each image is interpreted.

Having relocated to the Central Coast approximately 15 years ago, Greg is traveling constantly, perpetually refining his focus on nature, architecture, music and mood.

Greg’s photos focus on subjects that are subtle or commonplace to grand in nature.

Karen Peterson

Photography

Gas Station in Bodie © Karen Peterson

Karen’s interest in photography began when she received her first camera on her 9th birthday. After earning a B.S. in Recreation Administration her interest in photography was rekindled by her father’s gift of his old Ziess Contaflex 35mm SLR.

Karen began creating images using the Polaroid Image & Emulsion Transfer processes in the early 1990’s. She has also explored other photographic techniques including hand coloring traditional darkroom b&w and infrared prints, Polaroid SX-70 Manipulations and digital “hand coloring”.

Karen’s images have won numerous awards including the Central Coast Photographic Society’s juried fine art photography shows, the Mid-State Fair, San Mateo County Fair, KINSA, New Times & Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contests.

Linda Bench

Colored Pencil

California Poppies © Linda Bench

Linda Bench learned to appreciate art growing up. Her father supplied plenty of art materials and she was exposed to varied art forms, as a child. Therefore, it comes as no surprise, with this kind of influence, that Linda would become an artist.

Linda, a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, earned her BS degree in Landscape Architecture Design.

Linda fell in love with professional quality, soft, thick leaded, Prismacolor pencils. She appreciates quiet tranquil moments, whereby she can put the outside world on hold and focus completely on her art work. Linda begins her drawing with a light coat of pigment, then builds and blends 8 to 10 layers of color over her subject through completion. While working with pencils her hands gently warm the lead, making the color spread in thick, even coats.

Alice Cahill

Photography

A Sense of Place © Alice Cahill

Alice Cahill is an award winning nature photographer. Her inspiration is the Earth – she is fascinated by it, and she believes in nature as a healing force and a refuge from the chaos of daily life.

Alice’s photographs have been published in many nature and photo magazines, including Outdoor California, Photographers Forum, Outdoor and Nature, and Oprah’s O Magazine.

Alice is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

www.senseofwonderphotography.com

Ardella Swanberg

Oil, Acrylic and Watercolor

Bridal Veil © Ardella Swanberg

Ardella was raised in Garden Grove, California, lived in many locations, and relocated to the Central Coast 10 years ago. Ardella’s inspirations have been the subjects found in the many places she has lived—she now lives on a cattle ranch north of Cayucos.

Ardella received a BS in Art Education, from the University of Minnesota. In addition, she teaches art classes in Cayucos.

Charles Pruitt

Photography

Morro Bay Harbor © Charles Pruitt

Arroyo Grande resident Charles Pruitt began taking photographs over 40 years ago when he was given an old 35mm camera by a family friend.

While living in Hawaii, Chuck was mentored by Boone Morrison, founder of the Volcano Art Institute in Volcano National Park. This association led to meeting and learning from Brett Weston, Minor White, and Paul Caponigro. During this time Chuck began working in large and medium film formats, abstract photography using color infrared film and long exposures; often taking a 4x5 Crown Graphic on backpacking trips.

Chuck studied photography after returning to California. While in college he combined Chemistry and Photo classes to recreate historic techniques of wet plate negatives, cyanotypes, platinum and albumin printing methods. Chuck received state and national recognition for his experimental prints.

Chuck took up digital photography in 2004, but still uses his 50+ year old Hassleblad.

In 2008 Chuck began printing on canvas and other fine art media. This process is called Giclée (zhee clay) and uses archival inks and media.

Deb Festa

Watercolor, Acrylic

Fantasy Garden © Deb Festa

Deb finds immense joy in capturing natures light, color and ever-changing moods in her refreshing watercolor and acrylic paintings. She is known for her vibrant color combinations.

Painting exclusively in watercolor since 1991, she added acrylic in 2007, and has become well known throughout the central coast, with local and international art lovers collecting her work.

In addition, Deb makes beautiful Rosary Beads.

Deb’s purpose is to capture and share the serenity and joy of nature – a serene refuge from the modern world. Deb lives in Los Osos, California with her husband Ray. They have two grown children, Stephanie and Isaiah.

www.DebFesta.net

Galen Griswold

Oil and Acrylic

Cayucos 2 © Galen Griswold

The dean of Galen’s graduate school suggested that along with a professional career one must find a connection with culture. For Galen, painting became that connection.

Galen studied with Ted Goerschner and Ted Christensen, and has also studied at Alameda College and San Francisco Art Institute.

His art has emerged through experimentation and a deep appreciation for the work of others.

Selling over a thousand art pieces, Galen’s collectors express appreciation for his use of color, vibrancy, and energy.

Gay McNeal

Fiber Art and Jewelry

Sevens © Gay McNeal

Gay’s love of textiles and the fiber arts started when her mother taught her to sew when she was ten years old.

Gay received a BA in Art with an emphasis in Interior and Textile Design from C.S.U. Long Beach. She continues to take classes in order to explore and experiment with all aspects of the fiber arts.

Gay possesses an appreciation of the multifaceted role that fiber has played in the art and material cultures of many ethnic societies, and her creative high comes from the actual process of trying out the multitude of techniques, both old and new available to textile artists today.

George William Asdel

Pen & Ink, Pencil, Watermedia


Artist Meets Bear © George W. Asdel

George was raised in Monterey Park, California, obtained an art education at East Los Angeles College, and C.S.U. Los Angeles and Fullerton, and now resides in Atascadero.

George has taught art at the Hibbs’ Cove Art Centre in Newfoundland, Canada, and at the Charles Paddock Zoo. He has owned art galleries, and his scenes of fishing villages have sold to collectors from around the world.

George is a member of the Central Coast Printmakers and OPAG. He enters art shows, helps in the schools, illustrates books and greeting cards, and involved in many other projects.

Gregory Stephen McIntosh

Gouache & Pastel

Magus © Gregory Stephen McIntosh

“Figurative and atmospheric expressions emerge in gouache, pastel, powdered pigment, ink and oil, as monotype and painting. The form and content are neither abstractions nor representations, not ornamental nor a likeness, but rather exist as reality unto themselves, providing perhaps a glimpse into that vital inner world of unrealizable dreams, Chimera.”
Gregory Stephen McIntosh

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Hope Myers

Watercolor & Jewelry

Chub © Hope Myers

Hope Myers is an award-winning artist who paints watercolors and makes one-of-a-kind jewelry in her "An Artist's Garden" studio in Los Osos, California. She began to work with art forms as a child and continued her interests through a B.A. degree in Wisconsin with a minor in Art History.

In California, Hope has extended her fine arts studies through academic classes at Cal Poly, and through professional workshops with Robert Reynolds, Helmuth Wegner, Kolan Peterson, Tom Lynch, and others.

Her primary medium is transparent watercolor. Using vibrant colors in sometimes unusual combinations; in clean and at times simple settings, she emphasizes her love for the beauty
of living things and outdoor scenes that can brighten our lives.

Jack McNeal

Photography

View From Hazard Beach © Jack McNeal

Jack has had a camera in his hand since the mid forties. He has gradually progressed from childhood snapshots to underwater photography using hand made underwater housings in the 50’s and 60’s. He then moved to medium format (2 1/4 x 2 1/4) black and white and eventually to large format (8x10 and 4x5) and finally to digital cameras.

Jack was a gold medalist at the Underwater Film Festival in Santa Monica both for Black and White Prints and Color Slides in 1959 and 1960 as well as the LA County Fair for Black and White prints.

More recently he has been in Juried Shows at San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay.

His current work involves extensive exploration of place and mood with digital cameras, including local shorelines as well as travel to Utah, Alaska and Okinawa.

Nona Jane Siragusa

Oil Painting and Mixed Media

Grigori Angel © Nona Jane Siragusa

Plein-air artist, Nona Jane Siragusa’s landscape and seascape paintings in oil capture the clear and intense light of the Central Coast. Among California’s Impressionist-inspired painters, Nona Jane is trained to paint “en plein-air” or out-of-doors.

Nona Jane also paints various types of Angels using different kinds of paper, cloth, paint, inks, and varnish—a collage and photomontage of other mediums.

When asked why she paints angels, Jane has said, “I believe that Angels move among us and encourage us along in life by their will and intellect. I can feel them invisibly directing my actions.”

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