AAASD Artists

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*All art on display is for sale. New art is put up for display every 2 months, please come by! A portion of all art sold benefits the LJCC and its programs.

To learn more about the AAASD and displaying your art, please contact Dottie Stanley at dottieaartist@gmail.com

Please call to check the schedule before coming to view the Featured Artist exhibit in the Las Patronas room.  Meetings and classes are held there and it may not be available for drop-in viewing. 858-459-0831.

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October’s Featured Artist  leah higgins

Leah Higgins: Leah was Highlighted in the March 2016 “La Jolla Light Newspaper” for her art and voted “Best of  San Diego Magazine ” winner 2016, Art Teacher, San Diego Magazine 2016.

Leah Higgins is a native of La Jolla, residing part time at Lake Tahoe.  Attended Cal Poly SLO,  Cal Western University, Point Loma,  University of North Dakota and finally SDSU.  Throughout the 70’s and 80’s she and her husband owned “The Ocean Toad” a retail store Chain featuring surf inspired clothing and was the lead fashion designer for manufacturing companies, “Toad Grown” and “Leah Of California”  Leah served as a freelance Fashion Designer for Beeba’s Creations and other design houses, thus feeding her unique creativity into every article she created and sold internationally. Leah also taught fashion design in the 1980’s at the College of fashion Careers of California.    With a growing family, Leah and her husband Patrick left the fashion industry to join the family business of nursing homes, settling permanently into Pacific Beach.  Now with 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren, Leah has the time to put into her long standing passion for painting.

Leah has created hundreds of paintings of everything from still life, seascapes, landscapes, portraits and pets. Her paintings are often commissioned by real estate agents and new home owners to create a unique closing gift.  Leah values and accepts commissions of any sort using Watercolor, Oil and acrylic or pen and ink.

Leah has shown and sold her art in many Art shows and Galleries at various places in San Diego and Lake Tahoe.  Leah is honored to have her art be in so many wonderful homes around the country. Leah designed the  Las Patronas’s Jewel Ball “Jester’s Jewel” and is currently hanging her art at Girard Avenue Collection in La Jolla.  Leah is a board member of the La Jolla Historical Society Secret Garden Tour. Many years of painting in the gardens and for the last 5 years represents the Artists in the Secret Garden Tour.

Leah currently Teaches Art Classes at her historical home in Pacific Beach.  The home was built and once owned by Kate Sessions.
Visit her website for examples of her work.   www.LEAHHIGGINSART.COM


September’s Featured Artist


Peggy Hinaekian: Hinaekian lives and works in California, Florida and Switzerland. She is a Graduate of the Italian Peggy Hpeggy H artAcademy of Art “Leonardo da Vinci”, Rome History of Art, McGill University, Montreal Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris Institute of Contemporary Prints, Geneva, Switzerland.
Hinaekian is an internationally recognized, well established artist whose work consists of oils and acrylics on canvas and on paper, collages, monotypes and etchings. Her signed limited edition etchings of a mythical character were distributed worldwide by English, French and Italian editors. She then embraced abstract art and produced a great number of paintings on canvas and on paper. She had a career as a fashion designer in Boston and Manhattan before pursuing art as a profession.She has exhibited extensively all over the world and was the only American artist invited to participate in the prestigious Milan International Exhibition in 2015. She is a multi-faceted artist and her worldwide travels have influenced her work especially the orange/red hues of the Sahara and New Mexican deserts and the turquoise blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the oceans. She has a fascination with creative imagery and is mostly a color field artist; the nostalgic character of her work is best described as atmospheric, poetic and quiet. She tries to breathe movement into her “abstract landscapes” to guide the viewer into the paintings, making him wander into a different reality. “Best in Painting” award at the La Jolla Art and Wine Festival in 2013. Numerous solo exhibitions, international biennials and group shows in Europe and the United States.Her work can be found in numerous corporate and private collections. She has several gallery representations in the United States and Europe. She has also had numerous Interviews and write ups in European and American newspapers and has done radio interviews. She has produced cover illustration of books and has also written an erotic novel entitled “Of Julia and Men” – cover illustration and 26 images inside the book are images of her etchings.

August’s Featured Artist   Carol Wilson Mansfield: Mansfield is a native of Chicago, Illinois, who now enjoys living in San Diego, California. She has been drawing and carol mansfieldpainting since taking children’s art classes in Oak Park, Illinois, and continuing with adult work at The Art Institute of Chicago and The Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She graduated from Denison University, Granville, Ohio, with a major in art and minors in secondary school education and mathematics. After teaching High School math and Junior High School art for several years, she became a graphic artist, commercial photographer, and art director in the publishing industry.

Most of her paintings are acrylic on paper or canvas. The artwork is the result of a “discussion” between the artist and the painted image as it is developing. The discussion process results in intuitive color and texture tempered by rational, sometimes mathematical, composition and detail. As inspiration demands, she also produces experimental works with mixed media and collage.

She is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society, the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, the San Diego Watercolor Society, and the Allied Artists Association of San Diego.


July’s Featured Artist

John Valois: Using oils and acrylics, Valois started painting during the 60’s and 70’s. Unfortunately, life with its family Ragged Pointand professional demands interrupted those early explorations and it was not till he retired that he returned to the art world.

In the time interval, the digital world had begun and new artistic media had developed. He found the flexibility and range of possibilities offered by the digital media to be excellent means for expressing his long buried creative feelings and ideas. He also discovered that the artistic process frequently lead him into unforeseen areas with some surprising and exciting results. The digital camera, Photoshop and Painter have become the artistic tools which help him not only reflect the reality of the moment but also realities as one would re-imagine them, in short, creative re-presentations of both worlds.

His work can also be viewed at his website: http://www.jeanval.com/

June’s Featured Artist

Jeffrey Brosbe: Brosbe is drawn to light and form.  He is a collector.  His images, which are fine art photographic Kerala Sunsetprints offered in extremely limited editions, represent his collection of things, “…  that touch me, that stimulate me,  that move me emotionally, intellectually, or, best of all, in both ways.”  His images are best described, in general, as “Introspective” and often “Impressionistic”.  He considers the creation of an image the same as the creation of a Haiku:  “It should be whole and meaningful in itself while providing greater insight when pondered further.”  His web site is www.jeffreyrbrosbe.com

He has been engaged in photography for almost his entire life.  His earliest saved negative was created in 1952, and he expects it to be several years before he creates his last.  However, it was not until 1994 that he began showing his work in public.

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Dottie Stanley: My passion for painting started as a young child and was enhanced when I began studying portraits, figures and still life with Arthur Maynard at the Ridgewood Art Institute of New Jersey.  He was considered a master painter and was a student of Francis Vincent DuMonde, a protégée and contemporary of Winslow Homer.

I always loved to paint dramatic lights and shadows, much like the work of Edward Hopper.  My pallet consists of cobalt blues, cadmium red, yellow ochers, siennas, ultramarine, and others.  I strive to achieve an atmospheric quality in my work portraying the time of day, temperature and mood. Some of the notable artists with whom I have studied are David Leffel, a living master;  Everett Raymond Kinstler, official White House and The Smithsonian portraitist; Harvey Dinnerstein, Art Students League, New York City; William Scott Jennings of Sedona, AZ; Ken Auster of Laguna Beach, CA, and Mary Beth McKenzie and Wolf Kahn of New York City.

My work sometimes tends to have a lonely, forlorn quality.  I concentrate on an attitude, a confrontational message to the viewer, or some other nuance that establishes an inner loneliness.  The remarks of one art reviewer provide an accurate portrayal of my objectives.  “Dottie Stanley finds beauty in the everyday scenes that most of us take for granted.  In her paintings of individuals and groups of individuals, she is able to convey their entire history in their expressions.  The compositions and settings are rich with narrative possibilities.  The viewer can spend days thinking of how the subject got where he or she is and what will happen next.  One gets a sense that these are people whom we might see in our neighborhood.

“Dottie’s landscapes have a similar impact, but on a different level.  Her paintings of old buildings are technically excellent.  Her sense of light, shadow and color are so developed that one is not sure where the image ends and the frame begins.  But once again a feel for the history not only for the building but for the area is conveyed.  It feels as if we know these places.”

I am a Fellow of the American Artists Professional League and an invited member of the Salmagundi Club in New York City.  I am also a member of the Allied Artists of America and the Oil Painters of America.  I am the founder and current president of the Allied Artists’ Association of San Diego and was featured as one of the four best artists of the Artists Guild at the San Diego Museum of Fine Arts.  I am past president of the La Jolla (California) Art Association, a past member of the Art Students League of New York, The Market Street Group (of San Diego) and the San Diego Art Institute. I am one of the artists featured in the book “Best of America Oil Artists (Vol. II).”  My works are in collections throughout the United States, Italy, Poland and Mexico and are award winners in international and national juried shows.  They have also been exhibited in museums, including the San Diego Museum of Art, the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Bonita (California) Cultural Museum and Art Center.

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Steve Gould: Steve grew up in New York City and Los Angeles, earned his academic degrees in chemistry on both coasts, and lived and studied in Switzerland and England. While he has been a professional landscape and nature photographer for the past ten years, most of his adult life he was a chemistry professor – primarily at Oregon State University.

Steve retired in San Diego in 2003, became more involved with his love of photography, and embraced the digital world, which lets Steve bring out the best in his images with a level of control that was impossible in the traditional wet chemistry darkroom. Steve photographs whatever catches his eye and inspires him, primarily landscapes, wildlife and nature, including underwater.

In this AAASD exhibition, “India, A Journey”, Steve presents a selection of the images from his recent seven-week trip to India.

As one reviewer has said, “Steve uses photography to capture the special sense and flavor of each place, the novelty of the scenery, the personalities of the people, the whimsy of the sea creatures, and the different ways they interact with their environment, exploring every aspect of the changing expression of the face of nature.”

Steve’s photography has been featured in the San Diego Natural History Museum and the Oceanside Museum of Art, as well as in galleries in San Diego, Sedona, San Clemente, and Carlsbad.  He has been a winner in Nature’s Best Photography’s “Ocean Views” 2012 competition and the Nature Conservancy 2013 Calendar competition.  His prints are found in numerous private and corporate collections, including Kaiser Permanente (San Diego), City of Hope National Medical Center, and Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

Steve has his studio in Carmel Valley, San Diego, California. To see more of Steve’s work, to purchase photographs, or to discuss private lessons in photography and using the digital darkroom, please visit his website at www.stevegouldphotography.com, call him at 858-259-5202, or contact him at sjgould@sbcglobal.net.

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Katherine Shyu Keeling: The work of Katherine is alive and engaging, a reflection of the artist herself.  Residing in La Jolla, Katherine has carved a niche with unique color combinations and interesting subject matters.  Her passions often grace her paintings.  She derives her inspiration from sailing, music and dance, nature, and her love of the sea.  Her emphasis is color and form, the mystical images that liberate the unconscious mind and embrace an abstract, passionate expression of feelings, mood, and spontaneity of romantic themes.  
 
In recent years, she has produced multiple series of lyrical abstractions: window of the sea, underwater and playful fish, regatta, following her poetic theme of song and dance.  

Katherine is originally from Taiwan, after spending a few years of her youth in Japan and Germany, she came to University of San Diego for her MBA graduate study.  She enjoyed years of success in investment banking, management consulting profession with multi national corporations before devoting full time to her art.

Having studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the International School of Art in Italy, and UCSD, Katherine’s solid education provides the foundation for her adventurous, often whimsical reflection on life.  An award winning artist, her work is on display in museums, select galleries, as well as in private and corporate collection in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia.  Her work was chosen for CD covers, and PBS to promote classical and jazz music.  She and her art have been featured in Good morning San Diego, Union Tribune and La Jolla Light.

 

September’s Featured Artist 

David Ainsley: David was born in New York City, at an early age he was motivated in IMG_0206(1)becoming IMG_0200(1)an artist and fulfilled this goal by graduating from the High School of Industrial Art. At the same time , David studied Studio Life drawing with the noted New York Artist, Thomas Fogarty, at the Art Students League in New York City. Following this , David sought further training at Parsons School of Design, in New York City. At Parsons, David studied with the noted American Painter Joseph Albers and Sewell Stillman, Color Theorists of  Yale University. After graduation, David worked as a Graphic Designer at an Ad Agency and a Union Publication in New York. David’s design talents were highly sought after, accepting employment in Southern  California as a Furniture Designer in Association with Thomasville, Baker and Henredon corporations until his retirement, thirty years later. As an Artist , David continues to fulfill his need to create works of Fine Art. His works of Art have been displayed in numerous Art exhibitions and Museum Art Festivals, as well as in private collections in the USA and aboard.

August’s Featured Artist

Katarzyna Lappin: I was born in Warsaw, Poland. Four years of my childhood I lived LappinKatarzyna_SummerInLagunaBeachKatarzynaLappinin Copenhagen, Denmark where I believe my artistic imagination originated. I lived there with my family in a cozy cottage, next to a park which was like my own personal wonderland. I used to draw a lot as a child. In 1988 I started to paint in oils, initially under a guidance of a professional artist and an art restorer of the Royal Castle in Warsaw. I was twenty three years old. Under his guidance, I enjoyed learning the techniques of the XVII century Dutch Masters. At that time art was my hobby, but occasionally I had some sales and freelance assignments.

 
Ever since I moved to California I knew that I would eventually transform my art aspirations into a profession. I have lived in California since the year 2000 and started my art business in January 2010. Since then I have joined several art organizations, participated in many local and international exhibitions, and generated quite a long list of awards. Currently I am the President of Chula Vista Art Guild, Artist Member of Allied Artists Association of San Diego, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and South Bayfront Artists Association. I am also an Associate Member of California Art Club. In 2012 I served on the board of the Chula Vista Cultural Arts Commission.
 

I am absolutely fascinated with California’s beauty so landscape became a favorite theme of mine, especially seascape. The other direction I love is still life and gardens. I can’t place myself in any specific category because there is also a third direction defining me and that is a whimsical realism. These three components describe me as an artist. When I paint still life I am tight, disciplined and very detailed. With landscape I let my brush loosen up, so mood of the artwork is my focus. In the whimsical work I tend to tap into scenes which I call “still shots from a dream.” Most of my art collectors use to say that there is a very subtle hint of the surreal in most of my artwork. To find out more about my art career, and to see my current portfolio please visit my website www.katarzynalappin.com

July’s Featured Artist

About Nicole Caulfield: Beauty.  We find it exploring our majestic parks, our coastline, the warmDSCN7302 glow of a sunset, a face, a look, an eagle soaring above us.  How lucky we are to have access to the best photographic tools imaginable to preserve such moments and such places. As a teenager living abroad I found my first camera was a simple and easy tool to record events, people, or scenery.  It was a perfect instrument with which to create perspective and to bring a point of view in the most immediate of life circumstances.  Later, while in college, I studied the features of a single lens reflex camera, went on specific assignments to develop some basic skills in black and white photography, and discovered the creative side of printing my own photos.

Today, with the development of digital cameras and a few basic editing tools, I’ve enjoyed even more latitude and freedom in capturing these special moments.  Light, perspective, density, color, SAMSUNG CSCcropping, all calibrated and printed within seconds. I have mostly been influenced by the perspectival view developed during the Renaissance to the post-modern age so have yet to launch images with an aperspectival view.  Images that do not engage the viewer to a precise point of view or objective point of view. I also find the art of engaging a viewer who has already been overly saturated with stimulating media via books, magazines, billboards, and the internet at the flick of a finger is a challenge in itself.  Information is no longer hard to come by.  In fact creating an image where the viewer can experience even a nano moment of mindless awe, un-jaded revelation, beauty, or quietude is a moment to behold.  Perhaps it is why we need beauty or that as artists we do strive to share or preserve that very “moment” of beholding it with one another. Whether with a camera or a paintbrush.

June’s Featured Artist 
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About Jeffrey R. Brosbe: Jeffrey is drawn to light and form.  He is a collector.  His images, which are fine art photographic prints offered in extremely limited editions, represent his collection of things, “…  that touch me, that stimulate me,  that move me emotionally, intellectually, or, best of all, in both ways.”  His images are best described, in general, as “Introspective” and often “Impressionistic”.  He considers the creation of an image the same as the creation of a Haiku:  “It should be whole and meaningful in itself while providing greater insight when pondered further.”  His web site is www.jeffreyrbrosbe.com .

He has been engaged in photography for almost his entire life.  His earliest saved negative was created in 1952, and he expects it to be several years before he creates his last.  However, it was not until 1994 that he began showing his work in public.

His first solo exhibition was in 1995 and his last international honor was inclusion in the 51st International Exhibition at the San Diego Art Institute – Museum of the Living Artist.  Details of all in between, including exhibition of his work Coast to Coast and Internationally may be seen at this web site mentioned above.

Recently he has been working mostly in digital format, but still rarely does anything more in the digital file than could be done in a wet darkroom.  It really “bugs” him that PhotoShop is so expensive when he uses less than 10% of its program.  However, recently, he has occasionally played around with what he considers the more intrusive aspects of the program.

He says:  Visually, my work is built around shape, light, and shadow.  The essence of my images however are moments in time which, in their contemplation, communicate my personal response to the world which is sometimes a wry, ironic smile; at others awestruck;, and sometimes in a realm between these poles.

May’s Featured Artist 

About Minnie Valero: I was born and raised in Argentina, in Spanish.  I obtained my B. A. degree from the Tango Callejero-STango FarolitoUniversidad de Córdoba, Argentina, 1974.  I came as an immigrant to California with my husband and four children in 1979. Here I worked at Los Angeles and Santa Ana Unified School Districts as  high school teacher, counselor, and assistant principal for 25 years while obtaining two Masters degrees, CSU D. Hills, 1983, and UCLA, 1993.  I studied Cantonese Chinese for three years and  earned a scholarship to study art and culture in China, July-August 1986.

When I retired from the California public school system in 2005, I dedicated myself to my lifelong hobby: drawing and painting.  I studied at the Societé des Pastelistes de France, in Paris, and L’Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris, and a few selected instructors in California. I bought a studio apartment in a small town in the French Pyrenées, Cauterets, where I painted plein air around town. The owner of a small gallery nearby offered me a show. The Office de Tourisme asked me to teach watercolor classes to tourists. This was the beginning of my “third” life: Art and France.

I started living most of the year in California, and a few months a year in France, where I was exhibiting and teaching in  French.  My first solo exhibition in France was in 2007: “A Mes Yeux”, in Saint Savin. I have had solo shows in nearby towns every year since then. Meanwhile, I have had solo and group shows in Sweden, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Costa Rica and Panama, as well as in California. I have published three books : My Three Lives: in Argentina, USA and France, Ex Libris, 2011; Spring in Sweden, Blurb, 2013; Looking Forward, Blurb, 2013. These books are self-published, and for sale by these companies on the internet. They are also for sale in some bookstores in France, and at the San Diego Watercolor Society, La Jolla Art Association, and the Women’s Museum of California, in San Diego.

I have been blessed by the friendship of wonderful people who have helped me in my lifelong pursuits of knowledge and beauty. I enjoy life.

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About Caroline Morse: Color, color and shape, color and value, color and pattern.   Relationships between colors.  These motivate Caroline to paint.   Her own perception of beauty.  Caroline’s paintings are interpretive realism rather than photorealism.    She  likes to add a little of her own sensibilities to what she paints.  Caroline seeks to capture energy and emotion, as well as substance and meaning, in color.   She like painting landscapes, figures and flowers.

Caroline enjoyed art from a young age.  Growing up in Seattle, Washington, she was often involved in some kind of an art project.  After college, where studio art was not encouraged, she took classes from all kinds of community resources, both in New York state where she lived for 40 years, and in California where she moved in 2000. Though she had careers in foundation administration, agency management, social work and art therapy, Caroline resumed her artistic passions in San Diego.

Caroline studied for several years with Sebastian Capella and with several Athenaeum teachers.  She was a student at Mesa College, Westchester Art Workshop, College of New Rochelle, and  Studio Workshop School NYC

AWARDS AND EXHIBITS

 Awards: San Diego County Fair – Honorable Mentions; St. Mark’s Religious Art Festival – Honorable Mention; La Jolla Art Association Annual All County Show – Certificate of Merit;  La Jolla Art Association – People’s Choice;  IBM Gallery, Poughkeepsie – Honorable Mention; Hyde Park Library – Second Prize

California and New York exhibitions:  57 Degrees, Athenaeum Rotunda, Poway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul’s  Cathedral, St. Marks United Methodist Church, La Jolla Art Association,  Studio of Art and Design, Gallery 21, San Diego City Attorney’s Office, Emerald Plaza, San Diego Art Institute, UCSD Institute for Continued Learning, Bonita Museum & Cultural Center, San Diego Hospice, UCSD Faculty Club, Art Institute of California, Lyceum, UCSD Visual Arts Group, Rancho Sante Fe Art Fair, Southwestern Artists Association, San Diego County Fair, Clairmont Art Guild, ARK Theater,  San Diego Book Arts Edible Books, BAE Systems, Mixed Media Gallery, Scripps Mercy Hospital, Solana Mar, Ossining Arts Council, College of New Rochelle, IBM Gallery Poughkeepsie, Hyde Park Library

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About Gladys Jimenez: Gladys was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1963. She has travelled to over 20 countries abroad, and has lived in Mexico for several years. She currently lives in San Diego, CA.

While she has always been a creative person, in high school she created the posters for art production department, the flyers and programs for the high school theater, and in her senior year she created the school mural, it was her summer trip to Europe in 1985 that inspired her to use oil as her preferred painting medium.

Ms. Jimenez’s first juried art exhibit was in 1985 at the Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery in Hollywood CA. She had a buyer for her painting the first day of exhibit.

Although Ms. Jimenez has taken the equivalent of two full-time years of fundamental art classes at CSUSM and Palomar College in San Marcos CA where she studied under Michael Steirnagle, Ken Joudrey and Steven Curry to name a few, she considers herself a self-taught artist.

Ms. Jimenez has exhibited her artwork in numerous juried art exhibitions and group shows. She has received numerous awards, including first place in visual arts by the national award winning Bravura Literacy Magazine. Her artwork has been published in several publications and is collected by national and international collectors.

Ms. Jimenez taught art in public schools for 18 years and is the founder of Boldly Creating Life Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds to provide school supplies to elementary schools that do not have an art program. She is also the founder of Happy Scribbles, an art website for children. Ms. Jimenez is a member of her local art associations.

 

February’s Featured Artist BBBeverly Brock
About Beverly Brock: Beverly enjoys all photography but her favorites are night, nature and creative. Whether it’s a hummingbird in search of dinner, star trails tracing lace patterns across the night sky, or the luminous detail of a flowering cactus, Beverly’s artistry brings her special vision of nature to vivid life for your pleasure. Of her work, Beverly says, “Most of all it gives me a chance to use my senses to create something that makes me feel like I’m seeing deep into my creative eyes.  Than I’m able to share my vision with others and hope they enjoy what I see.”Because of her love of photography, she is always teaching and learning.She is active in different photography clubs where all work together to help each other become better photographers.  Sharing creative ideas with others and taking input she has received from judges has helped her to grow in her art and to win many awards.Beverly received a Certificate of Photography from New York Institute of Photography in January of 2000. She started out as a business called “Kidnapper of Images,” photographing weddings & parties.She is an active member of the Allied Artists Association of San Diego, serving on the Board and as webmaster.  Her slogan is: “Memories are made by you,  I make them last forever.”

January’s Featured Artist Hibiscus JohnValois
About John Valois: My work focuses not only on what is “out there” but on the underlying emotional and psychological forces that make us human. Mythology, religion, literature, music, poetry and visual imagery are all attempts at communicating a sense of what these elemental powers are. Consciously and unconsciously they influence how we feel, think, and experience life in its most fundamental dualities: love – hate, security – fear, happiness – sadness , domination – submission, strength – weakness, confidence – anxiety and so on. The conflicts and complementarities of the inner and outer worlds play a significant role in the content of my work.

These are the “realities” that shape our lives and as an artist I attempt to create imagery that will recreate these in ways that resonate with my viewers.


December’s Featured Artist
Gwen Nobil

About Gwen Nobil: It has been said that artists are seldom bored, because with each new canvas comes a whole new world that the artist may create at their whim!

I am frequently asked by new acquaintances what ‘kind’ of artist I am, or, more often- ‘what do I like to paint?’   I, perhaps innocently,  feel no need to limit myself to one subject:  I enjoy the challenge of trying to ‘capture the moment’ with plein air landscapes, careful studies of models for figure or portrait, or a still life  that showcases  the beauty of flowers or special objects.  Each of these subjects is a source of continuing fascination.

This exhibition will include various paintings of each of these categories.  I hope you enjoy them, and that some may touch your heart, as they have mine.

 

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About Joan Everds: Joan has pursued photography for many years. She printed black and white and then color photographs in her darkroom for 30 years until she joined the digital revolution, which she rapidly found to be even more exciting and stimulating.

She strives to achieve a sense of classic elegance in her work. Many of her images are the result of the blending or fusion of traditional themes and concepts with the creativity and freedom that the exciting digital tools provide.

Joan loves to create paintings from photographs, and then often completes the canvas with acrylics and inks. Her favorite subject matter has changed through the years, from Still Life to Landscape to Figurative.

Joan has taken workshops and art courses (Art Institute of Chicago) since her college years. She has exhibited internationally, nationally and locally including a solo show at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park featuring 21 of her pieces. She enjoys the competition involved in submitting art for exhibition such as the San Diego Fair and the Wilmington International Exhibition of Photography.

Joan is honored to be an aaaSD featured artist along with Pam York for  October and November.

 

October’s Featured Artist

About Pamela York: BRIGHT LIGHTS AND THE BIG CITY – Pamela grew up in a military family and

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has lived all over the US.  Her family was stationed in San Diego when she was in her early teens and she immediately fell in love with the ocean.  She remained here in San Diego where she married her native San Diegan husband.  They raised their son in the community of La Mesa.

York took her first photography class in high school but didn’t pursue it on a professional level until her mid-forties when she took a black and white film photography class at a local school.  Seeing those images appear on the paper in the dark room had her hooked just like it did in her high school days.  She continued her education via online courses, local photography groups and workshops.

Pamela is now a digital photographer who is comfortable using whatever tools are available to her to achieve the image she has envisioned.  While the majority of her imagery is based on nature photography, in more recent years she has been really excited about photographing urban city scenes, especially at night when the lights turn the gritty city into a magical scene.  She is always in search of interesting lines and repeating patterns.  The architecture and grid patterns of the city and its buildings never fail to provide an abundance of these.  The images that will be on exhibit at the La Jolla Community Center are from Southern California, New York, and Asia.

September’s Featured Artist

About Suzanne Knight: Suzanne has been a San Diego resident for over 46 years. She began silk dyeing/painting in the late

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1970’s, inspired by a kaleidoscope of nature, astronomy, life’s emotions and her four kitty cats. Suzanne’s love of silk dyeing/painting has led her to produce many interesting derivatives of silk art.

The absolute diversity of her medium is what keeps her on her artistic toes. What other art form can be used in ALL these ways: to hang in a gallery, to walk the runway as wearable art, to decorate a home (curtains. pillows, room dividers), to wear while dancing (veils…tutus) and to create theatre costumes and sets?

Silk dyeing/painting is absolutely a crossover art form!!! Curators can’t even figure out where to group silk art when it comes to gallery exhibits. Galleries and event promoters call Silk Art “mixed media” but they are wrong. It is “Silk Art” pure and simple, and it belongs in a category of its very OWN.

Suzanne believes and operates under the premise that the “joy” is in the “journey”. Her art and her workshops verify that underlying theory.

Suzanne Knight suz.knight@cox.net home 619 287-1790 or cell 619 507-3267

 

August’s Featured Artist

About Jackie Warfield: Jackie is a Coldwell Banker Realtor on Prospect in La Jolla. A graduate of Visual Arts

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from UCSD. She has resided in La Jolla since 1996 with her two young daughters. A student of Sebastian Capella, her lifelong artistic passion and imagination began as a child in Oklahoma. Amid the cloud filled skies and vast plains grew her creative interests. Her work is based off of a limited palette and she enjoys painting with either oil or acrylic. In her free time, Jackie enjoys creating art demonstrations for local retirement communities. Feel free to send Jackie any questions to jacqueline.warfield@camoves.com.

July’s Featured Artist

About Rodger Heglar: Rodger is a retired university professor of biological and forensic anthropology, Rodger

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turned a lifelong interest in painting into a second career as an artist. He brings to his plein-air-based paintings a feel for drama amid calm, and for awe in the ordinary. Both his palette knife and his brush works invite the viewer to share an intimate moment of time and space.

June’s Featured Artist

About Jenny K. Ferrone: Jenny is a Plein Air painter whose memberships include the San Diego Museum of Art – Artist Guild, California Art Club, Oil Painters of America, San Diego Watercolor Society and Allied Artists of San Diego. Her juried Incoming Tidework has received recognition and awards at member shows. Jenny’s background includes a deep love of art which inspired her to graduate with her first Bachelor’s degree in Art at a time when she found limited opportunities in the job market. Subsequently, she went back to school and earned another Bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University in Mechanical Engineering. With two bachelor’s degrees, one master’s degree and doctorate with a focus on engineering education, Dr. Ferrone is an artist that draws from a wealth of experience in the sciences, and both liberal and visual arts.

As a mechanical engineer Jenny worked in the aerospace industry, and also taught Mechanical Design at Southwestern College for ten years as Adjunct Instructor from which she has retired. Devoting full time to painting, Jenny brings her love of art and the physical sciences together to produce plein-air paintings infused with light and tonality . Her landscape and marine subjects capture scenes and mood that evoke a sense of peace and beauty. “The world continues to inspire me, arousing new curiosities, and a strong desire to share its natural beauty with others. As thoughts and feelings respond to a particular time and place, it is my intent to share and bring a personal view onto the canvas. Each scene has its emotional potential and technical challenge; and as Edgar Payne noted, careful observation is preceded by interpretation until the idea has been translated to a final painting. This thought guides my choices and esthetic intent.”

Jenny’s style, use of color and philosophy, follows in the tradition of the Impressionists and uses a tonal palette consisting of the three primaries and seven or eight warm and cool greys. Her painting process begins loosely on a tinted canvas surface; layers of color and form establish the composition. The final touches are the details that refine the areas she wishes to emphasize. These are her favorite and challenging parts of the painting. Tonal colors lay the foundation and inspire endless possibilities and variation that can be achieved through the subtle use of values.

 

May’s Featured Artist

emily slapin

About Emily Slapin: Emily is a classically trained painter and draftsman living and working in San Diego. She is the daughter of an art teacher and a jazz musician and began drawing early in life. Emily fell in love with portrait paintings as a young girl when she would accompany her mother on trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She began drawing from figure models as a teenager, and honed her skills as a student at the Rhode Island School of Design and the New York Academy of Art. After earning a Bachelors in Illustration and a Masters in Drawing, Emily started her teaching career at the Rhode Island School of Design’s Continuing Education program teaching Drawing I and II, Figure Drawing, and Artistic Anatomy. She currently teaches at Platt College in San Diego.

Emily draws inspiration from the Northern Renaissance works of Albrecht Durer and Rogier van der Weyden; the French Neoclassicist painters Ingres and David; and mid-20th century American Regionalism works by Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, Andrew Wyeth, and Paul Cadmus. Emily’s subject matter is primarily focused on the portrait and figure, although she has been known to draw or paint an occasional furry four-legged companion. When she’s not teaching or in her studio, Emily spends her time renovating the 1929 Craftsman she shares with her husband, their three rescue dogs, and 6 laying hens.

Paint Alchemy: An Artist Reception

Visit this exhibition of recent paintings by Gladys Jimenez and Emily Slapin of the Allied Artists Association of SD. The artists will be present to answer questions and conduct a brief gallery talk at 7pm. This is a great opportunity to talk with artists about the inspiration and motivation behind their work. Wine and light refreshments will be served. Fri, Apr 17, 6-8pm. Open to all.

 

*All art on display is for sale. New art is put up for display every 2 months, please come by! A portion of all art sold benefits the LJCC and its programs.

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About Gladys Jimenez: Gladys Jimenez has always been a creative person. In high school Gladys created the art for the theater department, the posters for the art production department, and the school mural.

Gladys was greatly influence by the art of the masters after a summer trip to Europe when she was 21 years old. She was able to explore the Van Gogh museum, the Rijksmuseum, the Louvre, and other great art museums in Italy.

When Gladys returned to Los Angeles, she bought art supplies and began to paint. Gladys’ first juried art exhibit was in 1985 at the Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery in Hollywood, CA. She had a buyer for her painting the first day of exhibit.

Since 1998 Gladys has been teaching art to children. She began Happyscribbles.net in 2001 to give children access to art online.  Gladys founded Boldly Creating Life Foundation (bclf.org), a non-profit organization that brings art back into the public elementary school classrooms without an art program.

In 2011 Gladys went back to college full-time for two years and took the fundamental art classes to keep growing as an artist. She studied art under Michael Steirnagle, Ken Joudrey and Steven Curry to name a few.

Gladys creates her art with the intention of bringing love, beauty, and healing to her collectors through her artwork.

Gladys is an award-winning artist and her work is on demand nationally and internationally. She is a member of several local art associations. Her other passions are nature, travel, and spending time with loved ones. She currently lives in San Diego, California.

 

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About Marion Mettler: Marion has been drawing and painting most of her life, with a long-time focus on figurative work, hence the “Faces and Figures” emphasis of this show. She uses a variety of media (including watercolor and watermedia, acrylic, monotype, charcoal, pencil, ink, and collage) on many types of paper surfaces from Yupo to tissue.

Although her education degree was in English writing and her career was spent in different editorial and management roles in book publishing, she has always seen herself as an artist and taken many art courses and workshops since her college years.  In addition to aaaSD, the San Diego Art Institute, and the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild, she has been a member of The San Diego Watercolor Society for many years. She regularly submits her work at both local member and international shows and draws with two different figurative artist groups every week.  She is a signature member of both SDWS and the Western Federation Watercolor Society. “It is important always to have a path or direction that leads you to continue to do work.”

Marion is pleased to be an aaaSD featured artist and to be sharing that opportunity with Carol Mansfield.

 

February’s Featured Artist

About Carol Mansfield: Carol’s art experience started in early childhood at the Oak Park, Illinois Art League classes for local children.

Later she attended Saturday classes at  the Chicago Art Institute. After graduating from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, she taught high school mathematics and intermediate school art. This was followed by twenty-five years as Art Director for American School of Needlework publishing company, originally in Chicago and then San Marcos, CA. This involved designing in a variety of craft and needlework media, graphics design for the instructional books, and direction and styling for the printed photography.

Her mostly non-objective paintings focus on paint values, color contrast, and the interaction of acrylic paint and water on paper. They are the result of a “conversation” between the many layers of paint and the resulting ideas of the artist. As the paint dries and colors interact, wonderful passages appear that lead to the next layer of this painting, or possibly and idea for a whole new painting. The paintings are continually analyzed for composition and harmony. Often letters are used for interest and to add to the imaginative quality communicated to the viewer. The paintings on display at the La Jolla Community Center will be shown during February and March 2015 in the Featured Artists show with Marion Mettler.

Carol is a Signature member of the San Diego Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies.

 

January’s Featured Artist

About Jeffrey R. Brosbe: Jeffrey R. Brosbe is drawn to light and form.  He is a collector.  His images, which are fine art photographic prints offered in extremely limited editions, represent his collection of things, “…  that touch me, that stimulate me,  that move me emotionally, intellectually, or, best of all, in both ways.”  His images are best described, in general, as “Introspective” and often “Impressionistic”.  He considers the creation of an image the same as the creation of a Haiku:  “It should be whole and meaningful in itself while providing greater insight when pondered further.”  His web site is www.jeffreyrbrosbe.com .

He has been engaged in photography for almost his entire life.  His earliest saved negative was created in 1952, and he expects it to be several years before he creates his last.  However, it was not until 1994 that he began showing his work in public.

His first solo exhibition was in 1995 and his last international honor was inclusion in the 51st International Exhibition at the San Diego Art Institute – Museum of the Living Artist.  Details of all in between, including exhibition of his work Coast to Coast and Internationally may be seen at this web site mentioned above.

Recently he has been working mostly in digital format, but still rarely does anything more in the digital file than could be done in a wet darkroom.  It really “bugs” him that PhotoShop is so expensive when he uses less than 10% of its program.  However, recently, he has occasionally played around with what he considers the more intrusive aspects of the program.

He says:  Visually, my work is built around shape, light, and shadow.  The essence of my images however are moments in time which, in their contemplation, communicate my personal response to the world which is sometimes a wry, ironic smile; at others awestruck;, and sometimes in a realm between these poles. 

 

December’s Featured Artist 

About Steve Gould: Steve was born in New York City and his family moved to Los Angeles when he was ten. He has since lived four times on the east coast and four on the west coast, so he is “bi-coastal”. He has also lived in Switzerland and England. While he has been a professional landscape and nature photographer for the past ten years, most of his adult life he was a chemistry professor – primarily at Oregon State University. The beginnings of his life in chemistry and his love of photography corresponded closely in time: he bought his first serious SLR camera in 1964 and took it with him to Europe for the summer between his Junior and Senior years as a chemistry major at UCLA.

Steve retired in San Diego in 2003, and became even more serious about his photography. Mentored in 2004 by a new friend who explained he could show and sell his artwork, Steve quickly created his “life after life”, first joining The PhotoArts Group, which had recently formed in Escondido, and then The Digital Art Guild in La Jolla, which still meets monthly at Renata Spiazzi’s beautiful home; Renata is still the co-President of the group. As Steve became more and more immersed in the San Diego art community, he joined the Del Mar Art Center, the aaaSD (Allied Artists Association of San Diego, The San Diego Underwater Photographic Society, The San Diego Photoshop Users Group, and the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild.

The timing of Steve’s new life was excellent: he had never owned a digital camera or even heard of Adobe’s Photoshop until 2004, but both technologies were really taking off by then, and he quickly began mastering both. Digital photography is really liberating, no longer confining him to a film roll of 36-exposures, and letting him instantly review the appropriateness of his camera settings. The digital world lets Steve bring out the best in his images with a level of control that was impossible in the traditional wet chemistry darkroom. Steve primarily photographs landscapes, wildlife and nature, including underwater, but he really photographs whatever catches his eye and inspires him. He recently finished a year-long commission to create a new photography book on San Diego and the surrounding communities, and the book will be published next Spring.

As one reviewer has said, “Steve’s love of nature and photography have taken him all over the world above and below the water from Antarctica, Africa, the South Pacific and Hawaii to his own hometown.  He uses photography to capture the special sense and flavor of each place, the novelty of the scenery, the personalities of the people, the whimsy of the sea creatures, and the different ways they interact with their environment, exploring every aspect of the changing expression of the face of nature.  He has given us a moment with an ephemeral “found” composition that will change with the tide and translated the music of ribbons of color locked into rock canyons.  Steve has created unforgettable images that evoke joy, peacefulness, gaiety and solitude, letting the natural textures and colors tell the story.”

Steve has his studio in Carmel Valley, San Diego, California. He can be reached at 858-259-5202 or by email at sjgould@sbcglobal.net. His website is www.stevegouldphotography.com.

Featured Artist for October, Gwen Nobel

Artists Statement:
There is something fascinating about the process of creating: whether trying to ‘capture the moment’ in a plein air painting on location, or replicating the form and substance of a beautiful vase in a still life; perhaps especially when attempting to convey to others the subtle qualities of a person in a portrait. It is both challenging and fun,  frustrating and rewarding.  Artists seem to love it.  I certainly do! I have been painting about 15 years. One of my early rewards came in the form of a First Place for Plein Air at the (then Del Mar) Fair Contest. Being recognized by your peers is always exciting. My main goal in painting is to feel  that I have caught something of the spirit of the scene.
The show at the La Jolla Community Center features landscapes both local and further north to Carmel. Look for crashing ocean waves and tranquil streams! Selected still life paintings as well as several florals are included.The subtle use of color, plus a natural sense of design imbue the pieces with life. The use of light and shadow adds luminosity. Layering and glazing add depth. These techniques are the tools used in creating a lasting image of what is a sometimes fleeting impression. A way to grab hold of life and say: Whoa, slow down!  and maybe help someone appreciate a beautiful scene!
Growing up in a small southern town didn’t allow for much in the way of formal art studies, but I was always drawn to the fine arts wherever I could find them. I loved to visit museums and galleries in Memphis, Tennessee and other large cities in the South. Moving to New York City as a young adult certainly facilitated this. Relocating to San Diego in the late sixties opened up many opportunities for studying painting in watercolor and, more recently, oils. Constantly challenging myself with new subjects and techniques, I have studied with both international and local masters of the medium.  I would credit Ken and Stephanie Goldman, local artist/teachers for instilling a need for excellence as well as a love of the process. Hopefully, this is apparent in my paintings!

August’s Featured Artist

aaaSD Featured Artist for August: Renata Spiazzi

About Renata Spiazzi: Born in Italy, I have been involved in the arts all my life. I moved to the United States in 1952, taught for many years at the San Diego Community Colleges with credentials for all the Arts and Crafts. Simultaneously I worked on commissions. 23 years ago I was introduced to the computer and as soon as I discovered the potential of the digital tool, I decided that I would not like to try and make a digital oil painting or a watercolor. The computer needed a new kind of art!

I started investigating the possibility of taking advantage of what the programs written by special programmers could give me, and starting from a gradient, a doodle or a fractal and transforming them with the use of filters I develop abstract compositions. I like abstractions and non objective works. The reason is that I like the viewer to look at my work and feel, through his eyes, what a piece of music would make him feel by listening to it, through his ears. Too often people looking at a painting get involved in the subject and miss the real message.

I enjoy work. I think it is the greatest blessing we have been given. I try to make every minute count. It is a shame that we have to sleep so many hours and wish we had the possibility of canning the time so many people waste and using it for ourselves.

INFORMATION ON THE WORKS ON THE RIGHT

These are original works of Art. They were created WITH an electronic tool: “the computer” not BY it. Without THE HAND, and THE MIND of the artist, the computer would not have done it! The creation process was done using the keyboard, the mouse, and sometimes a stylus on a special tablet, while it all appeared on a monitor (instead of a piece of paper or a canvas). Then the image was transferred to a support through a printer.

The printer, following the dictates of the computer that has collected all the information put there by the artist, spits color inks on a canvas or paper, via special jets, and the image appears. The support has been prepared with a special coating to receive the inks.

The inks are pigments, therefore they are archival. This means they will last a long time with, of course, respect for a work of art, which will include: not touching the surface, not exposing the work to direct sunlight, not hanging it in an ambient where it will be exposed to high humidity such as a bathroom.

Sometimes we enclose prints done on paper with a mat, and a Plexiglas, and a backing, to protect them. Today, it is high fashion to have them printed on a canvas and mounted on stretcher bars. The canvas is exposed to all elements, therefore vulnerable. The artist does spray it with a protective coat but care should be taken when transporting, moving or hanging it.

Among all the awards received, two that are especially meaningful to me are that I was the recipient of The Palette Award from the San Diego Art Institute and nominated as a Grandmaster of Digital Art by the MOCA Museum of Computer Art.

September’s Featured Artist

aaaSD Featured Artist for September: Vita Sorrentino

About Vita Sorrentino: Vita was born in Italy. When she came to the United States she settled in New York where she attended The New York Fashion Institute.

In 1979 Vita and her family moved to San Diego and now reside in Rancho Bernardo.
Vita has studied with International and local Artists and continues to take workshops whenever the opportunity arises. Her first love is Watercolors; however, now she is working with Acrylics, Gouache, Inks and Collage. Vita is experimenting with these new media in order to expand her productive creativity.

Vita was President of The Rancho Bernardo Art Association for three years, and is a member of the Escondido Art Partnership, North County Society of Fine Arts, Carlsbad Oceanside Art League, San Diego Watercolor Society (signature member), California Watercolor Association (signature member), ISAP-International Society of Acrylic Painters (signature member), Watercolor West Juried Member, National League of American Pen Women, aaaSD (Allied Artists Association of San Diego), The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild and the San Diego Art Institute .

ARTIST STATEMENT:

Every artist has his or her own individual vision.  I consider myself a painter who deals in contemporary subjects. Watercolor was my medium of choice, however now I am experimenting with acrylics, collages, gouaches, and inks, creating different and unique paintings.

I work on paper, canvas and other surface that inspire me and make my paintings unique.

My ultimate goal is to enthrall the art enthusiast who is willing to look at my paintings and enjoy them as much as I enjoy painting them.

July’s Featured Artist

aaaSD Featured Artist for July:Dottie Stanley

About Dottie Stanley: My passion for painting started as a young child and was enhanced when I began studying portraits, figures and still life with Arthur Maynard at the Ridgewood Art Institute of New Jersey.  He was considered a master painter and was a student of Francis Vincent DuMonde, a protégée and contemporary of Winslow Homer.

I always loved to paint dramatic lights and shadows, much like the work of Edward Hopper.  My pallet consists of cobalt blues, cadmium red, yellow ochers, siennas, ultramarine, and others.  I strive to achieve an atmospheric quality in my work portraying the time of day, temperature and mood.

Some of the notable artists with whom I have studied are David Leffel, a living master;  Everett Raymond Kinstler, official White House and The Smithsonian portraitist; Harvey Dinnerstein, Art Students League, New York City; William Scott Jennings of Sedona, AZ; Ken Auster of Laguna Beach, CA, and Mary Beth McKenzie and Wolf Kahn of New York City.

My work sometimes tends to have a lonely, forlorn quality.  I concentrate on an attitude, a confrontational message to the viewer, or some other nuance that establishes an inner loneliness.  The remarks of one art reviewer provide an accurate portrayal of my objectives.  “Dottie Stanley finds beauty in the everyday scenes that most of us take for granted.  In her paintings of individuals and groups of individuals, she is able to convey their entire history in their expressions.  The compositions and settings are rich with narrative possibilities.  The viewer can spend days thinking of how the subject got where he or she is and what will happen next.  One gets a sense that these are people whom we might see in our neighborhood.

“Dottie’s landscapes have a similar impact, but on a different level.  Her paintings of old buildings are technically excellent.  Her sense of light, shadow and color are so developed that one is not sure where the image ends and the frame begins.  But once again a feel for the history not only for the building but for the area is conveyed.  It feels as if we know these places.”

I am a Fellow of the American Artists Professional League and an invited member of the Salmagundi Club in New York City.  I am also a member of the Allied Artists of America and the Oil Painters of America.  I am the founder and current president of the Allied Artists’ Association of San Diego and was featured as one of the four best artists of the Artists Guild at the San Diego Museum of Fine Arts.  I am past president of the La Jolla (California) Art Association, a past member of the Art Students League of New York, The Market Street Group (of San Diego) and the San Diego Art Institute.

I am one of the artists featured in the book “Best of America Oil Artists (Vol. II).”  My works are in collections throughout the United States, Italy, Poland and Mexico and are award winners in international and national juried shows.  They have also been exhibited in museums, including the San Diego Museum of Art, the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Bonita (California) Cultural Museum and Art Center.

Dottie Stanley has her studio in La Jolla, California..  She is available by appointment only.  She can be reached at (858) 352-8192, or by email at dottieartist@san.rr.com. Her web site is www.DottieStanley.com.

 

Artist Reception on June 13, 2014 at 3:30pm. Free, open to all. light refreshments served.

Meet and mingle with the featured artists of the June and July, Carol Korfin and Dottie Stanley, and view their wonderful works of art while shopping for great designer sales.

June’s Featured Artist

aaaSD Featured Artist for June: Carol Korfin

About Carol Korfin – a.k.a. The Glass Giraffe Creating one-of-a-kind fused glass art, Carol Korfin chose her company name by “fusing” her love of all things giraffe with her love of glass art.  She has a giraffe collection numbering over 150 pieces in her home.

Living in San Diego since 1981, she has been driven by a passion for designing.  Carol became hooked on glass soon after retiring and  began creating more pieces than her hands (and kiln) could handle.  Each glass art piece is created and designed from her voluminous imagination using the finest quality glass.  Using  a variety of glass types – such as translucent, opaque, dichroic, iridescent, frit, millefiore, confetti, rods, stringers and noodles, her pieces are limited only by inspiration and the size of her  kiln, which happens to be pretty big.

Pendants, bowls, wall creations and decorative pieces are created for the most discerning buyer and can be found  in galleries in San Diego County.

Currently she is in the Off Track Gallery, located in the Lumberyard Center, Encinitas and Let’s Go Home, Del Mar area.  Come by and browse a variety of creations and muse at her whimsical  interpretations in glass.

Active in numerous art organizations; San Dieguito Art Guild, Coastal Artists; Art Glass Association of Southern California in Spanish Village, Balboa Park; San Diego Museum of Art, Artists Guild in Balboa Park; Allied Artists Association of San Diego;  and Sargent Art Group, she consistently seeks outlets for her wonderful creations.  Proud of her pieces, she looks forward to you having you adopt one of her creations to take  home to live with you.

You can also visit her website www.GlassGiraffe.com or contact her at carol@glassgiraffe.com  (858) 793-5482.

May’s Featured Artist

aaaSD Featured Artist for May: Susanne Flowers

Figurative artist Susanne Flowers was influenced at a very young age by a mother who loved to draw. Susanne received youth art scholarships throughout her formative years and studied fine and commercial art in college.  She moved to Southern California from the Midwest in 1980.  The vibrancy and vitality of the Southwest and nearby Mexico inspired her to excel and mature as an artist.

Susanne has worked in advertising design, fashion merchandise display, editorial illustration and community education.  She has won numerous awards and has been juried into many national and regional exhibitions in California, Arizona and Michigan, as well as Canada and Mexico.

Statement:   “The mixed/media exhibition at LJCC includes portraits and images of several San Diego artists’ models whose cultural backgrounds are Hispanic, Asian and African American.  Spontaneity is the key as I am drawing from life rather than copying photographs.   I want my art to be fresh, lively and filled with emotion.  I like to set a mood and build a small amount of tension in my work.  Capturing a moment in time is the ultimate goal–that half second when truth reveals itself.”

April’s Featured Artist

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aaaSD Featured Artist for April: LEE ZASLOFF 
 
aaaSD’s Featured Artist for April, 2014, is Lee Zasloff  a fine artist and a digital artist living in Encinitas, California. She holds a Master’s degree in Fine Art, Specialization Drawing and Painting, from California State University, Long Beach. As well as being a full time artist, Lee has also been an Adjunct Professor in Graphic Communications at Palomar College teaching classes in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Corel Painter. She also wrote and hosted a twenty segment television series for Palomar College teaching Corel Painter on the local Cox television network which was ultimately shown on the national Community College network. The exhibit will be on view March 29th to May 30th. Additional featured artists are Suzanne Flowers, and the artists of aaaSD.
 
Zasloff has won many awards both locally and internationally for her acrylic paintings and digital art including the “Faber Birren National Juried Competition,” the juried “Southern California Regional Exhibition” at the San Diego Art Institute, the juried “Digital Long Island National Exhibition,” Long Island, New York and had her digitally created work “Illuminata” chosen for inclusion in Australia’s Ballistic Publishing Company’s International Juried Call For Digital Works. The book was published in conjunction with Corel Corporation and is titled “Painter, The World’s Finest Painter Art.”
 
Zasloff is most inspired by Post-Impressionist and Fauve artists Matisse and Cezanne and American artist Richard Diebenkorn’s strong use of color to capture powerful shapes and elaborate patterns. “I like to use color to create emotion and communicate impactful impressions. I love both the luscious feel of the painting moving across paper and canvas surfaces and the power of the computer to work in Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop. Using the computer is less textural, but one of its strengths is I can quickly try many ideas and be rewarded with broad color experimentation, expanding possibilities and unhindered imagination. I can then take those ideas back to the canvas or paper surface and the whole imaginative process starts again.”
 
This exhibit will feature both Ms. Zasloff’s digitally created archival prints and her colorful acrylic paintings.

 

Vita Sorrentino was born in Italy. When she came to the United States she settled in New York where she attended The New York Fashion Institute.

 

In 1979 Vita and her family moved to San Diego and now reside in Rancho Bernardo.Vita has studied with International and local Artists and continues to take workshops whenever the opportunity arises. Her first love is Watercolors; however, now she is working with Acrylics, Gouache, Inks and Collage. Vita is experimenting with these new media in order to expand her productive creativity.

 

Vita was President of The Rancho Bernardo Art Association for three years, and is a member of the Escondido Art Partnership, North County Society of Fine Arts, Carlsbad Oceanside Art League, San Diego Watercolor Society (signature member), California Watercolor Association (signature member), ISAP-International Society of Acrylic Painters (signature member), Watercolor West Juried Member, National League of American Pen Women, aaaSD (Allied Artists Association of San Diego), The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild and the San Diego Art Institute .

 

 

 ARTIST STATEMENT:

 

Every artist has his or her own individual vision.  I consider myself a painter who deals in contemporary subjects. Watercolor was my medium of choice, however now I am experimenting with acrylics, collages, gouaches, and inks, creating different and unique paintings.

 

I work on paper, canvas and other surface that inspire me and make my paintings unique.

 

My ultimate goal is to enthrall the art enthusiast who is willing to look at my paintings and enjoy them as much as I enjoy painting them.